Attorneys for the former South American soccer officials accused of conspiring to accept bribes from  sports marketing executives argued Tuesday that prosecutors had shown no proof that any of the funds that they showed flowing among various offshore accounts ever actually wound up in their clients' pockets.
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Defense, Gov't Clash Over Money Trail In FIFA Case

Attorneys for the former South American soccer officials accused of conspiring to accept bribes from  sports marketing executives argued Tuesday that prosecutors had shown no proof that any of the funds that they showed flowing among various offshore accounts ever actually wound up in their clients' pockets. Read more »

Expert Urges Contingency Fee Cap In NFL Concussion Deal

A court-appointed expert brought in to address several questions surrounding attorneys’ fees payouts in the uncapped NFL concussion settlement recommended Monday that the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the settlement should cap contingency fees for individual attorneys at 15 percent and scrap another request to set aside 5 percent of settlement awards to compensate future work in administering the settlement. Read more »

Gawker, Deadspin Libel Suit Set For Feb. 14 Trial

A sports gambling guru and a writer accused of defaming him will go head to head in New York bankruptcy court, after a judge set a Feb. 14 trial date to determine whether the journalist is protected by an injunction tied to the sale of the website’s bankrupt former parent Gawker Media. Read more »


The Top 10 Trademark Rulings Of 2017

From Cheerios box trade dress to generic “googling” to a blockbuster U.S. Supreme Court decision, 2017 was another bumper year for major rulings in trademark law. Here are the 10 you need to remember. Read more »


Apparel Co. Loses Bid To Revive $50M Adidas Contract Row

A New York federal court on Monday denied a streetwear apparel brand's attempt to revive a $50 million breach of contract claim it brought against Adidas AG over a failed collaboration agreement, finding that the company failed to present new evidence. Read more »

Madden Games Maker Can't Toss Ex-NFLer's Suit

A California federal judge on Monday refused to dismiss Electronic Arts Inc. from a retired NFL player's putative class action alleging the game maker improperly used their likenesses in Madden video games, saying a recent Ninth Circuit decision EA based its motion on did not preempt the players’ right of publicity claims under the Copyright Act. Read more »

Mass. Vending Co. Owners Sentenced For Illegal Gaming

The owners of vending machine company Four Star Vending in North Andover pled guilty and were sentenced for running an illegal gaming and money laundering scheme that netted the largest seizure in the history of Massachusetts' money laundering statute, the state’s attorney general said Tuesday. Read more »


Real Estate Rumors: Kirkland, Jim Crane, Monday Properties

Kirkland & Ellis has reportedly leased another 120,000 square feet in Manhattan, a company run by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is said to have landed a $19 million loan for a Florida hotel project, and Monday Properties has reportedly reached a deal to lease more than 16,000 square feet in New York. Read more »


Maurice Breakup Fee And Sale Plan Approved In Ch. 11 Case

Maurice Sporting Goods Inc. received court approval Tuesday in Delaware for its proposed sale and auction plan as well as a $500,000 breakup fee for its stalking horse bidder that initially drew objections from the U.S. trustee. Read more »



40 Years Of FCPA: Cross-Border Efforts And Growing Risk

The U.S. agencies’ increasing coordination with their foreign partners has led to more potent Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations — in terms of both their scope and settlement cost, say Patrick Stokes, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Zachariah Lloyd of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP. Read more »

Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting. Read more »


Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida. Read more »


Another Boutique Tops Cravath Scale For Associate Bonuses

Two more firms announced in recent days that many of their associates would receive year-end bonuses that either matched or exceeded the market scale established by Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, which has remained the standard among many BigLaw firms. Read more »

LA Boutique Says Ex-Gibson Dunn Atty Owes $140K In Fees

A former Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP partner skipped out on $140,000 in legal fees owed to Los Angeles-based boutique Brown Neri Smith & Khan LLP for an elderly abuse case, according to a state court suit filed Friday that said the former partner had even praised the boutique’s work with some freshly baked bread. Read more »

Pierce Sergenian Shakeout Produces A Split-Off Boutique

Less than a year into its existence, Los Angeles litigation boutique Pierce Sergenian LLP has been renamed Pierce Burns LLP after two members split to form their own boutique as a result of a clash between the original name partners over their long-term visions, Law360 has learned. Read more »

Senate Sets Up Vote For 'Not Qualified' Trump Judge Pick

The Senate on Monday advanced the nomination of Husch Blackwell LLP senior counsel L. Steven Grasz to an Eighth Circuit vacancy, despite Democrats' protests citing his "not qualified" rating from the American Bar Association. Read more »

Fla. Justices To Hear Row Over Judge's Facebook Friends

The Florida Supreme Court said Monday it will consider whether a judge should be disqualified from presiding over a case for being Facebook friends with opposing counsel, setting the stage for the court to refine the Sunshine State’s laws on judges' social media use. Read more »

Prosecutor Nominees Need To Be More Diverse, ABA Warns

The American Bar Association has urged the U.S. Department of Justice to place an emphasis on diversity when seeking recommendations for nominees to serve as U.S. attorneys, warning that a lack of diversity in the legal profession could erode public confidence in the justice system. Read more »


15 Minutes With Pindrop's General Counsel

Clarissa Cerda, GC of voice technology security company Pindrop, shared with Law360 what she's most excited for in 2018 and her thoughts on alternative billing arrangements. Read more »


What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding. Read more »

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Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway. Read more »


Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon. Read more »

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