A Manhattan federal judge ordered Seat Scouts LLC effectively closed Thursday after a jury smacked the ticket tech concern and its CEO with $4.5 million of damages, finding they pilfered technology from competitor Broker Genius Inc. that allows resale brokers to easily reprice sports and entertainment stubs.
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Ticket Co. Shut Down After $4.5M Tech-Poaching Verdict

A Manhattan federal judge ordered Seat Scouts LLC effectively closed Thursday after a jury smacked the ticket tech concern and its CEO with $4.5 million of damages, finding they pilfered technology from competitor Broker Genius Inc. that allows resale brokers to easily reprice sports and entertainment stubs. Read full article »

Eagles Player Wants Union In Court Over Drug Policy Access

Philadelphia Eagles lineman David Lane Johnson has told a New York federal judge to reject the NFL Players Association’s bid for a quick win in his suit over access to the league's drug testing policy, saying the union has still not turned over a full copy of the document per his labor rights. Read full article »

WADA Says It Has Retrieved Sought Doping Data From Russia

The World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday that it has “successfully retrieved” data from a Moscow laboratory that the organization had demanded as part of its decision to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency after an alleged widespread, state-sponsored doping scheme. Read full article »

POLICY & REGULATION

Mass. Gov. Moves To Legalize Sports Betting

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker announced a new bill Thursday that would make sports betting legal in the state and add a new tax to already legal daily fantasy sports sites, proposals stemming from last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision giving states the ability to legalize sports wagering. Read full article »

LITIGATION

NFL Wants Former Players' Revived Painkiller Suit Dismissed

The NFL asked a California federal court to once again dismiss a proposed class action by former players alleging the league was negligent in providing them painkillers to get back in the game, saying the players didn't show that any NFL employees were involved in giving them the drugs. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem. Read full article »

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Analysis

Skadden's Deal With DOJ Comes With Woes For Greg Craig

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP called its $4.6 million deal with the U.S. Department of Justice “closure” after failing to register its lobbying work for the Ukrainian government, yet experts say the settlement actually exposes serious legal risks faced by ex-partner Greg Craig and potentially others. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Began Ukraine Work With Caution, Ended It In Lies

Emails released by the U.S. Department of Justice show how Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP lawyers slowly abandoned caution toward a foreign lobbying law and began openly lying to federal investigators during their engagement with the Ukrainian government from 2012 to 2013. Read full article »

Analysis

Skadden Deal Shows DOJ's FARA Focus Shifting To High Gear

The settlement announced Thursday between Skadden Arps Meagher & Flom LLP and the U.S. Department of Justice is the latest sign of increased enforcement of the current Foreign Agent Registration Act, even as efforts to update the law have gone nowhere. Read full article »

Analysis

For Skadden's Brand, Ukraine Scandal A Shot Across The Bow

Skadden’s unregistered lobbying work for the Ukrainian government has cost the law firm $4.6 million in a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice, but could the debacle cost the firm even more in reputational damage? Read full article »

How Skadden's Foreign Agent Scandal Unfolded

Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP has agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice for failing to register as a foreign agent. Here, we look at how the firm got to this point. Read full article »

Feature

Could A Tougher Standard For Law Schools Hurt Diversity?

The American Bar Association’s governing body is poised to vote later this month on a proposal to create stricter standards for law school bar passage rates, a move some say could have a negative impact on the diversity of the legal profession. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. To Remain Open During Shutdown

The Federal Circuit said in an order published on Friday that it would remain open during the partial government shutdown, with all deadlines remaining in place and all oral arguments proceeding as scheduled, as the federal courts brace themselves to run out of available funds within the coming days. Read full article »

GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

Two new reports found that in-house lawyers are increasingly looking for nontraditional perks such as flexible work arrangements and paid meals in addition to hefty bonuses, and that law firm leaders in the new year are overall fairly confident about their own shops' prospects but have more gloomy predictions about the domestic and global economies. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.​ Read full article »

In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week. Read full article »

Podcast

Law360's Pro Say LIVE: SDNY Chief Talks Women In The Law

This week the Pro Say podcast is live from the New York State Bar Association's annual meeting, talking with the chief judge of the Southern District of New York about how women are faring in the legal profession. Read full article »

Judge Orders Blue Cross Attys To Shape Up In Antitrust MDL

The Alabama federal judge overseeing sweeping antitrust litigation against the Blue Cross Blue Shield network has said he can no longer wait for the insurance giant’s army of lawyers to marshal themselves into a more manageable group, ordering a dozen attorneys into a "Council of Twelve" to streamline a leadership plan. Read full article »

Feature

Behind The Scenes, #TimesUp Fund Gets To Work

The TimesUp Legal Defense Fund, born of a social media hashtag, has grown to $24 million and is so far funding sexual harassment litigation, defamation defense, and public relations on behalf of dozens of women. But most of its work is taking place behind the scenes. Read full article »

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