Sports

  • December 15, 2017

    Avaya Shortens Contract For Soccer Stadium Naming Rights

    Avaya Inc. has shortened its naming rights contract with a soccer stadium in San Jose to 2018 instead of 2024, the bankrupt telecom giant told a New York bankruptcy court Thursday, as it ties up loose ends ahead of an imminent exit from Chapter 11.

  • December 15, 2017

    FIFA Suspends Brazil Soccer Prez Named In Corruption Case

    The FIFA Ethics Committee on Friday suspended Brazilian soccer association President Marco Polo del Nero, who is named in the sweeping FIFA corruption case, a move that brings further scrutiny to the man as he has evaded U.S. courts.

  • December 15, 2017

    Snorkeling Co. Wants Out Of $20.5M Drowning Suit

    A company that rents snorkeling equipment urged a Puerto Rico federal court Friday to toss a $20.5 million suit alleging that it failed to warn a customer about hazardous weather that caused him to drown, saying the man signed an agreement to snorkel at his own risk.

  • December 15, 2017

    Wrigley Renovations Restrict Wheelchair Access, Suit Says

    The Chicago Cubs ballclub got slapped with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court on Friday by a man who says its ballpark renovation plans violate several Americans with Disabilities Act provisions that indicate wheelchair seating spaces should be an “integral part” of Wrigley Field’s seating plan.

  • December 15, 2017

    Fitbit Wants Activity Monitor IP Suit Tossed As Sanction

    Fitbit Inc. urged a California federal judge Thursday to sanction Smart Wearable Technologies Inc. and its counsel by throwing out its patent lawsuit against the wearable fitness device maker, saying the company continues to push forward with the case even though it knows its claims are frivolous.

  • December 15, 2017

    US Soccer Tells 2nd. Circ. League's Woes 'Self-Inflicted'

    The U.S. Soccer Federation told a Second Circuit panel Friday that soccer in the U.S. has seen “unprecedented success and growth” under the organization's league standards and urged the court to reject the North American Soccer League’s bid to stop the federation from bumping it down to third-tier status, a move the NASL says will force it out of business.​

  • December 15, 2017

    NFL Fan Wins 3rd Circ. Challenge To Super Bowl Ticket Suit

    A Third Circuit panel issued a precedential opinion on Friday in an NFL fan's putative class action alleging the National Football League violated New Jersey's consumer fraud law by failing to make enough 2014 Super Bowl tickets available for sale, finding that the economic factors presented created a plausible theory that the league’s conduct inflated prices.

  • December 15, 2017

    Topgolf Tech Co. Buy Harmed Competition, 5th Circ. Told

    Golf driving range and entertainment venue Sureshot Golf Ventures Inc. on Thursday urged the Fifth Circuit to revive a lawsuit alleging that competitor Topgolf International Inc. unfairly shut it out of the market by purchasing a golf ball tracking technology company used by Sureshot, saying the move was monopolistic and harmed competition.

  • December 14, 2017

    FIFA Trial Wraps In Blitz Of Denials And Recriminations

    The trial of three former South American soccer officials wrapped Thursday as the prosecution argued its trove of secret recordings, unearthed ledgers and wire transfer records clearly established the men’s roles in long-running bribery schemes, while the defense accused the prosecution of overplaying its hand in the government’s wide-ranging corruption inquiry into international soccer.

  • December 14, 2017

    Fitbit, Jawbone Announce Deal To End Sprawling IP War

    Rival wearable fitness device makers Fitbit Inc. and Jawbone told a California federal judge Thursday that they’d reached a settlement agreement resolving their multifront intellectual property war, requesting and subsequently receiving dismissal of a patent infringement suit Fitbit had brought against its competitor.

  • December 14, 2017

    Parkour Earth Wants Arbitrator To Settle Sport Turf War

    Parkour Earth, a group asserting itself as the international federation for the sport of parkour, said Thursday it will seek to have the Court of Arbitration for Sport settle a dispute with the international gymnastics federation over control of the sport moving forward.

  • December 14, 2017

    Louisville Athletics Says Pitino Must Repay Forfeited Funds

    The University of Louisville Athletics Association on Wednesday said former men's basketball head coach Rick Pitino should cover penalties the NCAA slapped the school with in June, lobbing counterclaims against Pitino in his Kentucky federal suit over his termination after a criminal bribery investigation involving the program he once led.

  • December 14, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: UniVista, PebblePost, Steph Curry

    UniVista Insurance has reportedly bought a new Miami building for $10.2 million, marketing startup PebblePost is said to be taking nearly 20,000 square feet on Lafayette Street in New York, and basketball player Steph Curry's family foundation has reportedly reached a deal to lease office space in Oakland, California.

  • December 14, 2017

    Ex-Mets Player Says Japanese Contract Suit Should Stay Put

    A former player for the New York Mets on Thursday asked a Pennsylvania federal court to keep alive his suit against the owners of a Japanese baseball team, telling the court that the team reaching out to him while in his home state gives the court jurisdiction to hear his claims over a reneged contract.

  • December 14, 2017

    Court OKs 2nd Swing At Ripken Baseball Camps In IP Fight

    A Maryland federal court on Wednesday granted a company suing Cal Ripken Jr.'s baseball camps a chance to amend its suit against the retired player's camps over patent infringement, finding that adding other Ripken-owned camps would not prejudice the company.

  • December 14, 2017

    New Player Rights Credo Covers Arbitration, Likenesses

    All athletes should have the right to a grievance process in which they have an equal say about the choice of arbitrator and have complete ownership over their name, image and likeness, according to new benchmark principles released Thursday by a group of major international sports players unions.

  • December 13, 2017

    FIFA Trial Catalogs Broken Loyalties And Shifting Alliances

    As the trial of three South American soccer officials accused of agreeing to take millions in bribes from sports marketing companies began to wind down Wednesday, both prosecutors and defense attorneys attested to the culture of graft fostered over years by gatekeepers of the sport.

  • December 13, 2017

    Gizmodo, Deadspin Defamation Suit Hits Major Snag

    A sports betting guru's state court defamation suit against a Deadspin.com writer hit a major snag Wednesday after a New York bankruptcy court ruled that the claims are barred by an injunction tied to the 2016 sale of the website's former parent Gawker Media to Univision.

  • December 13, 2017

    Baylor Must Hand Over Nonparty Sexual Assault Records

    Baylor University will have to turn over tens of thousands of sexual assault reports and records of sexual misconduct involving students not party to a lawsuit by 10 women alleging the school failed to adequately handle sexual assault allegations, after the school had argued the demands were overly broad and violated student privacy.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blind Advocate Fights Fla. Arena's Bid To Nix ADA Suit

    A blind man now suing a sports and entertainment arena for allegedly failing to make its website accessible urged a Florida federal court Tuesday not to nix his Americans with Disabilities Act case, arguing he does have a stake in the matter and sufficiently detailed his claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, and stating my biases upfront, it is possible for me to look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on the pros and cons of one version of alternative fees, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    David Apfel

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and race tracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitutional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

  • Opinion

    Bringing Order To The Court In College Hoops

    Jesse Morton

    In an open letter to Condoleezza Rice, chairwoman of the newly formed Commission on College Basketball, fraud prevention specialist Jesse Morton of Stout Risius Ross LLC proposes that the NCAA adopt a compliance framework similar to that outlined in the U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Voice In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three jury system improvements that will give jurors an active voice and role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: An Update From The DOJ

    Daniel Kahn

    U.S. Department of Justice prosecutors and law enforcement partners have secured more foreign bribery-related trial convictions and guilty pleas this year than in any other year in the history of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, in fact by almost twice as much. These are all significant cases with significant impacts, says Daniel Kahn, chief of the DOJ's FCPA Unit.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • New Obstacles For VPPA Plaintiffs At 9th Circ.

    Joshua Jessen

    Although the lure of hefty statutory damages under the Video Privacy Protection Act means that VPPA litigation will almost certainly continue, the Ninth Circuit's recent decision in Eichenberger v. ESPN is another setback for plaintiffs attempting to map this pre-internet law onto modern platforms that serve video content, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: Compliance, Past And Future

    Hui Chen

    More than any other statute, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act has fueled the growth of the compliance industry. While the expansion of corporate compliance is a positive development, the fear-driven and FCPA-centric approach has also produced unfortunate consequences, says ethics consultant Hui Chen, who served as the U.S. Department of Justice's first-ever compliance counsel.

  • Series

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

    Patrick Stokes

    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.