A Panamanian apparel company on Wednesday admitted paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to a former FIFA official, who also served as president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, to facilitate a uniform sponsorship deal for the country’s national soccer team.
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Panamanian Apparel Co. Admits To Bribing Ex-FIFA Official

A Panamanian apparel company on Wednesday admitted paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to a former FIFA official, who also served as president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, to facilitate a uniform sponsorship deal for the country’s national soccer team. Read more »

Russian Athletes Seek $30M For Defamation In Doping Scandal

Three Russian athletes who were stripped of silver medals from the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, are seeking at least $30 million from the former director of the Moscow lab who blew the whistle on a state-sponsored doping program, calling him a “career criminal, liar and cheater” in New York state court Tuesday. Read more »

Pitino Calls On Louisville To Fight NCAA Sanctions In Court

Former University of Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino on Wednesday called on the university to take the NCAA to court over penalties, upheld this week, forcing the university to vacate its 2013 Men’s Basketball National Championship. Read more »

CEO Accused Of Tipping Ex-MLB Player Gets 2nd Mistrial

A California federal jury deadlocked Wednesday in the retrial of a former medical device company CEO on charges connected to an alleged insider trading scheme that resulted in last year’s conviction of former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces, prompting the judge to declare another mistrial. Read more »

Dallas Mavs To Probe Harassment Claims Against Ex-CEO

The Dallas Mavericks basketball team said Tuesday it has hired outside counsel to handle an investigation into widespread sexual harassment within its business operations allegedly perpetrated by former team president and CEO Terdema Ussery. Read more »

LITIGATION

Finance Cos. Told To Stop Contacting Ex-NFL Players

The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the uncapped concussion settlement on Tuesday ordered a group of related financial firms to stop contacting former National Football League football players following allegations from class counsel that the firms are pressuring players to hand over their retirement accounts. Read more »

PTAB Says Part Of Riddell Football Helmet Patent Obvious

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board said Wednesday that part of a Riddell Inc. football helmet patent is invalid due to obviousness, but found that rival helmet maker Schutt Sports could not nix all of the challenged claims from Riddell’s patent. Read more »

NY Sports Clubs Parent Co. Hit With Employee OT Suit

A proposed class of employees has accused the parent company behind regional gyms such as New York Sports Clubs of not paying its workers overtime. Read more »

Lifetime Fitness Exec Cops To Insider Trading Scheme Role

A former Lifetime Fitness executive accused of tipping friends about the gym chain’s planned private equity buyout in exchange for a cut of trading profits pled guilty on Wednesday to a count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud he faced over the scheme. Read more »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

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Russia, Ukraine Ties Mark Ex-Skadden Atty Snared By Mueller

Six years ago, Skadden associate Alex van der Zwaan was just one of several junior members of a firm team that wrote a controversial report about the prosecution of an ex-Ukrainian prime minister — a lucrative job arranged by Paul Manafort, now a Russia probe defendant. But van der Zwaan’s client list belies any junior lawyer status. Read more »

Ex-Skadden Atty Pleads Guilty To Lying In Mueller Probe

A former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyer pled guilty Tuesday to lying to officials in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Read more »

Pro Bono Spotlight

Akin Gump Secures Asylum For US Military Interpreter

Afghan native Abdul Samey Honaryar should not have spent a year detained in the custody of the same government he served as a war zone translator, his Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys told Law360. Read more »

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15 Minutes With Discover Financial Services' General Counsel

Kelly McNamara Corley, who has served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Discover Financial Services since 2008, shared with Law360 how the company prioritizes diversity and inclusion and what keeps her up at night, as technology continues to develop rapidly. Read more »

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