Author: Aron Solomon

As first appeared in NewsBreak By Aron Solomon The State of the Union, which President Biden will deliver on Tuesday night, is a historically important speech given by the president to Congress. The State of the Union is an annual event that dates back to George Washington, who was supposed to give one every year but didn’t always do so. Since then, it has become a tradition for presidents to speak before Congress once per year (except for those who served fewer than four years in office). Presidential State of the Union speeches are usually televised live and cover topics ranging…

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As first appeared in NewsBreak By Aron Solomon The rules that allowed college athletes to monetize their name, image, and likeness were never going to be enough for some people. The NIL rules would always be pushed, extended, and reimagined – they were just stage one of a much more complicated scenario involving ways for athletes to get net new money. When this made it into my Twitter feed this week, it was no surprise at all: Photo by Sure Sports Twitter feed This is essentially payday lending for athletes before they have a payday guaranteed. New Jersey lawyer, Rich DiTomaso, points…

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As first appeared in The Western Journal By Aron Solomon Involuntary manslaughter charges were filed today by the Santa Fe County district attorney against Alec Baldwin. For the family of slain cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, today’s charges mark the end of a 15-month wait as the Santa Fe authorities considered whether to file criminal charges against the actor and executive producer of the movie “Rust,” which is — stunningly — set to resume filming soon. As reported here earlier this month, Baldwin and Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, the armorer on the film set, were each charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter under NM Stat § 30-2-3 (2018). The…

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As first appeared in Boston Herald By Aron Solomon A question being asked with increasing frequency these days, especially after the revelations in Prince Harry’s bestselling book, is whether the royal family can and should sue Harry and Meghan Markle. It is not a common occurrence for members of the British royal family to sue someone. However, they do have legal teams in place to protect their interests and reputation, and they have taken legal action in the past when they feel it is necessary. Some notable examples include Prince Charles suing a newspaper for publishing his private journals, It is…

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As first appeared in Boxscore By Aron Solomon Saturday’s Australian Open women’s final was an instant classic. In the first Grand Slam final of the year, Elena Rybakina (from Moscow and playing, for the past four years, for Kazakhstan) lost a superbly-played final to Aryna Sabalenka (from Minsk, yet living in Florida) in a battle of massively heavy hitters. Yet there is an issue on the horizon that may hit women’s tennis even harder. Week two of the Australian Open found two Chinese women left in the draw. Two Chinese women in a Grand Slam round of 16. The WTA Tour…

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As first appeared in The Western Journal By Aron Solomon How are the plaintiffs’ lawyers doing so far in the Elon Musk class action? It would be an accurate characterization to say that they are doing a good but not great job so far. The lawyers for the plaintiffs need to prove two things to the jury for their claim to succeed. First, that Elon Musk deliberately deceived investors when he tweeted that he had “funding secured” to take Tesla private at $420 per share, and then followed up, mere hours later, that a deal was imminent. Second, that the shareholders…

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As first appeared in NewsBreak By Aron Solomon For those who follow the world of coffee, you’ll know that we are in what is known as the “third wave,” a term used to describe the current state of the specialty coffee industry. The first wave of coffee was focused on convenience and speed, with mass-produced instant coffee being a major player in this time period. The second wave saw higher-quality beans and brewing methods coming into play, but it was still primarily aimed at the mainstream consumer. Third-wave coffee represents something more: it’s about taking advantage of the best beans available,…

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As first appeared in The Western Journal By Aron Solomon If Elon Musk tweets it, is it true? This is more than a rhetorical question this week with Musk on the stand in a federal courtroom in San Francisco to defend against a class-action claim that he deceived shareholders by tweeting that he had funding locked up at $420 per share to take Tesla private. As Bloomberg reported on Monday, in his first minutes on the witness stand Friday, the renowned entrepreneur and prolific Twitter user offered a remarkably modest assessment of his influence on the social media network that he now owns: “Just because…

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As first appeared in NewsBreak By Aron Solomon Erik Pavia wants to save your life. To say that there are a lot of startups these days would be an understatement. But, from my perspective, having advised hundreds of startups over the years, it seems that far too many are working on something that doesn’t help regular people and that we can’t even understand. Pantheon is different. Co-founded by Pavia and Sean Dunford, Pantheon is asserting itself in a meaningful startup vertical that we can all understand: one that helps us live healthier (and, hopefully, longer) lives. Born and raised in El Paso,…

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As first appeared in DC Journal By Aron Solomon A jury in New York recently ruled against Adidas, refusing to award the German sporting goods giant the $8 million it sought in damages against designer Thom Browne. Adidas, founded in 1949 by Adolf Dassler, began producing sports shoes in his mother’s laundry room in Herzogenaurach, Germany. The company’s name combines its founder’s nickname, “Adi,” and the first three letters of his last name, “Das.” Adidas quickly gained a reputation for producing high-quality athletic footwear, and by the 1960s, the company was sponsoring major sports teams and athletes around the world. Today,…

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