• February 24, 2017

    Soccer Org. Must Face Sex Abuse Suit: Calif. Appeals Court

    A California Appeals Court on Wednesday ruled the U.S. Youth Soccer Association Inc. had a duty to conduct criminal background checks on its coaches, setting a precedent that such organizations could be held liable for a third party’s sexual abuse of a minor.

  • February 24, 2017

    ESports Still Struggling With Top-Heavy Power Structure

    The eSports competitive video game playing industry is at a crossroads as its top-heavy power structure leaves game publishers with all the power and teams with little influence, setting up a dynamic at the center of the industry's most pressing legal issues from the rights of players to the distribution of revenue.

  • February 24, 2017

    Feds Score Quick Win In $5.2M Gambling Winnings Row

    The U.S. Court of Federal Claims handed a win to the Internal Revenue Service on Friday, in Irish racehorse owner and businessman John P. McManus’ attempt to escape a $5.2 million tax bill for gambling winnings.

  • February 24, 2017

    College Football Conference, NCAA Hit With Concussion Suit

    Two former Purdue University football players on Thursday hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big Ten Conference with a proposed class action alleging the organizations didn’t tell them about the risks of repeated head trauma from which they now suffer.

  • February 24, 2017

    Belarus Canoers Took Drug Before It Was Banned, CAS Says

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has released its full decision explaining that it overturned the year-long suspension of the Belarus men's canoe and kayak team, which kept them out of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics, because the panel believed the athletes had taken a substance before it was banned.

  • February 24, 2017

    NCAA Athletes Denied Docs On Pac-12 ESports Competitions

    A California magistrate judge has denied student-athletes’ request for the PAC-12 conference’s documents on eSports competition between its member schools, finding that the documents are tangential to the fight over the NCAA’s caps on athlete scholarships.

  • February 24, 2017

    Brand Battles: Patagonia Targets Pot-Themed 'Ganjagonia'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, apparel brand Patagonia says a "Ganjagonia" mark will tarnish its name, Walt Disney won't just let it go when it sees a "Frozen" mark, and several MLB clubs spring into action.

  • February 24, 2017

    Ex-NFL Players Can't Catch Quick Win In Investment Fraud Suit

    A North Carolina magistrate judge won’t grant two former NFL defensive backs’ bid for a partial win in their countersuit against a financial manager who allegedly roped them into a bad restaurant franchise investment, finding Thursday that there are too many issues of fact for such a ruling.

  • February 23, 2017

    Feds Press For Ballplayer Smuggler's Son Testimony

    Case law supports the son of a convicted migrant smuggler being allowed to testify about a conversation he overheard between his father and a baseball agent on trial for allegedly helping Cuban ballplayers gain fraudulent entry into the United States, federal prosecutors argued in a filing Thursday.

  • February 23, 2017

    Fla. Senate Readies Gaming Bill, But House Has Other Ideas

    The Florida Senate Appropriations Committee's passage of a comprehensive gaming bill to the Senate floor on Thursday raised the prospects for long-sought resolutions to multiple industry issues, but those odds looked longer as a House panel backed a proposal that hews to the status quo and rejects expansion.

  • February 23, 2017

    Viacom Slips Suit Claiming It Hid MMA Promoter's Revenue

    A Delaware federal judge on Thursday tossed a suit by a minority shareholder in a mixed martial arts promotion company accusing Viacom Inc. of using a controlling stake to withhold both revenue and financial performance data from the promoter’s shareholders, ruling Viacom didn’t control the promoter.

  • February 23, 2017

    Oregon Moves Forward On Bill To Revamp Sports Agent Law

    Oregon lawmakers are pushing forward with what could be a first-of-its-kind bill that would significantly expand the definition of who is considered an athlete agent beyond those who negotiate contracts and provide college student-athletes with a specific civil remedy for agent misconduct.

  • February 23, 2017

    Golf Club Designer Accuses Co. Of Ripping Off His Clubs

    A golf club designer filed a copyright suit on Wednesday against a marketing and sales company that distributed his clubs, telling a California federal judge that the company purchased the clubs in order to make counterfeits and cut the designer out of the picture.

  • February 23, 2017

    CAS Denies Bid By 5 Russian Skiers To Compete At Worlds

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport refused to grant five Russian skiers a stay of their provisional suspensions on Tuesday, ahead of this year’s International Ski Federation Nordic World Championships, meaning they will be sidelined for the biannual event, which began on Wednesday, as a result of the country’s doping scandal.

  • February 23, 2017

    Ole Miss Self-Imposes Bowl Ban Amid New NCAA Allegations

    The University of Mississippi said Wednesday it is self-imposing a bowl ban for its 2017 football season after being hit with new allegations from the NCAA that staff members arranged for impermissible benefits for recruits.

  • February 23, 2017

    Gibson Dunn Guides Kindred Group In $219M Bid For 32Red

    European gaming company Kindred Group said it will buy smaller, Gibraltar-based competitor 32Red on Thursday, in a deal valued at £175.6 million ($219 million) that will allow it to expand its offerings in a U.K. gambling market that has seen its fair share of consolidation over the past few years.

  • February 23, 2017

    Jay Peak Owner Slams Bid To Toss Defenses In EB-5 Suit

    Jay Peak resort owner Ariel Quiros hit back Wednesday against the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission’s bid to strike his affirmative defenses in a $350 million EB-5 visa investment fraud case in Florida federal court, arguing that he doesn’t yet have to prove the defenses.

  • February 23, 2017

    AP, NFL Seek Atty Fees Following Toss Of Photogs' Suit

    The Associated Press, NFL and Replay Photos asked a New York federal judge for attorneys' fees and costs on Wednesday after their win in a suit brought by sports photographers who claimed that the league used its disproportionate bargaining power to make the photo agencies provide it their photographers’ pictures royalty-free.

  • February 22, 2017

    Trainer's Ex Details Cuban Ballplayer Smuggling Ops At Trial

    A government witness told a federal jury Wednesday in Miami that a sports agent and an athletic trainer on trial for conspiring to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the United States carried out the scheme by falsifying documents and arranging illegal border crossings, among other acts.

  • February 22, 2017

    Ex-49ers Cheerleader Can't Use Pseudonym In NFL Wage Suit

    A former cheerleader for the San Francisco 49ers who filed a putative class action against the NFL over an alleged leaguewide conspiracy to suppress wages lost her request to continue to use a pseudonym in California federal court on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Celeb Endorsement Contracts May Change In The Trump Era

    Matthew Y. Kane

    When Under Armour’s CEO recently called President Donald Trump “a real asset for the country,” several Under Armour celebrity spokespersons voiced their disapproval. In the age of Trump, advertisers should re-evaluate what kind of behavior they're willing to tolerate from their celebrity endorsers, say Matthew Kane and Keri Bruce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

    David Martinez

    As Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation continues to grow at a staggering rate, the Spokeo defense remains an intriguing, if unsettled, means of attacking TCPA claims in federal court. Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness might not be the TCPA killer defendants have hoped for, but it is at the very least a welcome refuge for companies under siege, say Michael Reif and David Martinez of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.