Sports, Fitness and High Tech Resource Group


The Sports, Fitness and High Tech Resource Group is comprised of attorneys and consultants with experience counseling, representing, and working in the sports,  fitness and high tech industries.  We are here to provide guidance and answer your questions when it comes to issues involving:

  • Legal

  • Regulatory

  • Risk & Insurance

  • Intellectual Property

  • Design & Manufacturing

  • Distribution / Import & Export

  • Warranty

  • Litigation

Webinar: June 12th, 1:30-2:30 PM EST / 10:30-11:30 AM PST  -Wearable Technology – A Brief History, Current Challenges, and Future Direction




Changes For Youth Football In California And Beyond

Anne Marie Ellis & Paul Alarcon

Buchalter Nemer

March 27, 2018

US Chemical Regulations and Issues for Product Companies: The Lawyers Perspective
Webinar, March 13,2018
US Chemical Regulations and Issues for Product Companies: The Scientists Perspective (click to replay)
Webinar, February 13, 2018
Warriors Onboard SyncThink For 60-Second Concussion Assessment
SportsTechie, October 23, 2017
This Fitness Sensor Evolved To Aid Elderly People, Prevent Falls
SportsTechie, October 13, 2017
Cyber Update: Five Tips from the Front Lines of Practice to Limit Your Company's Losses from a Breach
John Clabby & Joseph Swanson
Carlton Fields
Tampa, FL
July 26, 2017
Specific Jurisdiction Requires Specific Contacts
Elizabeth Vanis McNulty
Taylor Anderson
Irvine, CA
June 29, 2017
Time for California To Require Licensure for Athletic Trainers
Kevin C. Mayer
Crowell & Moring
May 26, 2017
The Weaponization of Global Regulatory Compliance
Peter J. Pliszka
Fasken Martineau
April 20, 2017
Product Liability Advisory Council
Advocate For An Agency: Ex-CPSC GC Cheryl Falvey
Cheryl Falvey
Crowell & Moring
March 31, 2017
Wearable Technology – A Brief History, Current Challenges, and Future Direction
Tuesday, June 12th, 2018; 1:30 EST / 10:30 PST
US Chemical Regulations and Issues for Product Companies: The Scientists Perspective
Tuesday, February 13, 2018; 1:30 EST / 10:30 PST
Turf Wars: Science vs Fear, A Field of Dreams or a Real Nightmare
Thursday, July 27th; 2PM EST / 11AM  PST

Artificial turf has developed to play a major role in recreation and team sports. It has become the surface of choice for public and some private playing fields. As it has grown in popularity it has improved in quality. The crumb rubber base has added more cushion and has been a great way to recycle tires, a win/win for all. Yet there have been lingering doubts about crumb rubber's chemical content and exposure to athletes of all ages. It even became the basis for a gender discrimination controversy in soccer. 

Now it looks like some definitive findings are out giving the green light to crumb rubber. But is the battle over? Has epidemiology won out over fear of cancer? Join us as we explore the legal ins and outs of science vs fear.



  • Crumb Rubber: What is it & where is it used?

  • Judging Legal and Medical Risk

  • Distinguishing facts from fear when it comes to Crumb Rubber

  • Making good business decisions in an era of hyper news coverage and "alternate facts"

  • Q & A

Sponsored by the Sports & Fitness Industry Association and featuring:
Mark Granger: Granger Legal Consulting
Cheryl Falvey: Crowell & Moring
William Anderson: Crowell & Moring
Printer Cartridges & Cheerleading Uniforms: What the Key 2017 IP Supreme Court Decisions Mean for Apparel Companies
Thursday, July 27th; 2PM EST / 11AM PST
On July 27, 2017, Crowell & Moring will be presenting a webinar hosted by the United States Fashion Industry Association on the hottest IP Supreme Court decisions from 2017 that will affect the fashion and retail industries.  Anne Li and Preetha Chakrabarti of Crowell will be discussing Star Athletica, LLC v. Varsity Brands, Inc. and Impression Prods., Inc. v. Lexmark Intl. Inc. The Star Athletica case involving the copyrightability of cheerleader uniform designs will have a significant impact on not only the fashion industry, but other industries that rely on copyright protection, such as consumer product manufacturing and 3D printing.  And the Lexmark decision involved the doctrine of patent exhaustion, and held that a patentee cannot sue for patent infringement after the first sale of a patented item, even if that first sale is outside the United States. Thus this case too will have an impact on any retailer that deals with IP and operations abroad.

We can all agree that 2016 was a crazy year, and so far 2017 is almost as bad. The record size of retail and manufacturer bankruptcies- Sports Authority, Sport Chalet, EMS, PSG/BAUER and now Gander Mountain had a heavy impact. The tug of war between brick and mortar and internet sales has been waking everyone up at night. The trade turmoil and administration change in Washington have rattled everyone’s cages. How do you guide a business based on consumer disposable income through this vortex? What can you do when California seems hell bent to make your life crazy with ridiculous regulations—and everyone else is copying them?

The members of the Sports, Fitness and High Tech Resource Group are here to help.  We have scores of lawyers with 20 or more years of experience representing the sports and fitness industry.  I just celebrated my 40th anniversary of the day that I, as a brand new lawyer, defended AMF Volt against a claim involving a falling chinning bar.

We cover every state and most of Canada. We know who the great experts and consultants are. We regularly appear before regulatory agencies, like the CPSC, and know how they work.  Intellectual Property, trade and commerce, import/export, customs and border patrol no problem.

We started 2017 with our Seminar in Vegas. We will be having blog posts, webinars, educational programs and regular updates throughout the year. If you missed our day -long program this past February, be ready for next year's in San Diego on February 5 and 6, 2018.

Welcome aboard!

Mark Granger, Esq.


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