Woman suing the Yankees over the top hat logo has her case tossed out of court

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Last year a woman sued the New York Yankees for trademark infringement, claiming that her uncle created the Yankees top hat logo in 1947 and revised it in 1952 but never got paid for his work. That case was tossed by the trial court. Today it was tossed again on appeal.

The upshot: the plaintiff’s allegations didn’t establish the existence of a federal copyright claim because, at best, the the logo was a work for hire and if her uncle wasn’t paid for that back in the 40s or 50s he’s out of luck now and she certainly has no standing to advance and assigned claim in federal court.

Sorry, ma’am. You have my sympathies. They’re well behind my sympathies for the comic book creators of that era who got boned out of millions by the big comic book companies, but I’ll try to find a place in my heart for you someplace.

The Dodgers do not have a general manager, but they have an assistant general manager

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LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.

They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.

Two less cosmic takeaways from this: 1. Kingston is an analytics guy who has typically advised the wheeler-dealer — Dipoto — so it’s fairly safe to assume he’ll do that in Los Angeles too; and 2. that a team is happy to proceed without a general manager should tell you where general managers, well, in general, stand in this age of title inflation in baseball front offices.

I imagine that, after some time in the organization, Kingston will be named the actual general manager with no real change in his duties, further underscoring that, in this day and age, the title of GM is like the value of a Zimbabwean dollar.