• March 29, 2017

    Dean Foods Chair 'Impeached' In Walters Trial, Say Feds

    A New York federal judge presiding over the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters on Wednesday shot down a prosecution attempt to introduce hearsay statements from the estranged wife of its star witness, former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis, who the government said was “impeached significantly” during his testimony.

  • March 29, 2017

    Jane Does Demand Pepper Hamilton's Baylor Report Docs

    Women alleging Baylor University has failed to adequately respond to sexual assault reports, including those involving the school's football players, have hit Pepper Hamilton LLP, the law firm hired to review the school's response, with a demand to hand over documents related to that review and the conclusions reached.

  • March 29, 2017

    Insurer Says Sports Org Not Covered For Decades-Old Assault

    Everest National Insurance Co. on Tuesday asked a Florida federal court to rule it does not owe the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States coverage for a suit alleging it allows an accused sexual predator to attend its events, arguing the claims fall outside the AAU’s policy.

  • March 29, 2017

    USA Hockey, Women’s Team Avoid Boycott With 4-Year Deal

    USA Hockey and the U.S. women’s national hockey team reached a four-year labor agreement just in time to avoid a team boycott of the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship, the two sides announced Tuesday.

  • March 29, 2017

    Ex-Gordon & Rees Sports Litigator Joins Mintz Levin

    A former Gordon & Rees LLP partner who represents professional athletes, including NBA players Gilbert Arenas and Chris Bosh in litigation over the reality TV show “Basketball Wives,” has joined Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC in New York.

  • March 29, 2017

    Adidas Dodges Most Claims In $50M Contract Fight

    A New York federal judge tossed the majority of a $50 million breach of contract suit brought by a streetwear apparel brand against Adidas AG on Tuesday, finding the apparel giant wasn’t bound by a formal collaboration agreement with the brand.

  • March 29, 2017

    NFL Still Wary Of Sports Betting Despite Raiders' Vegas Move

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that the Oakland Raiders' move to the gambling and sports betting mecca Las Vegas will not change the league’s anti-gambling and anti-sports-betting policies, though he acknowledged that attitudes are changing toward gambling.

  • March 28, 2017

    Ex-Broker Tells Walters Jury Of Large, Risky Trades

    Prominent sports gambler Billy Walters was considered to be one of the most sophisticated investors in the world despite his penchant for large and risky stock trades sometimes as high as $50 million, his former broker told a New York federal jury Tuesday in Walters’ insider trading trial.

  • March 28, 2017

    Former Soccer Star Ends Firing Suit Against NY Cosmos

    Former Manchester United soccer star Eric Cantona and the New York Cosmos have agreed to drop a lawsuit over Cantona's 2014 firing as a team consultant, according to a stipulated dismissal filed in New York federal court Monday, putting an apparent end to the lawsuit over an incident that had marred the beginnings of the relaunched professional soccer club.

  • March 28, 2017

    School District Wants Texas Or Calif. For Faulty Turf MDL

    A Texas school district that’s suing FieldTurf USA Inc. over allegedly defective turf on Tuesday told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation it supports pretrial consolidation, but thinks the case should be handled in Texas or California — not in New Jersey, as FieldTurf has requested.

  • March 28, 2017

    Eastern Outfitters Gets Nod For Private Sale Procedures

    Planned procedures for a private sale of assets by bankrupt sporting goods retailer Eastern Outfitters LLC received the go-ahead Tuesday in Delaware, with a transaction with United Kingdom-based anticipated next month.

  • March 28, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Oppose Fees From Concussion Settlement

    Nearly 200 former NFL players and their families seeking recovery from an uncapped NFL concussion settlement on Monday objected to a 5 percent set-aside sought from their potential awards by the lead class attorneys from Seeger Weiss LLP and Anapol Weiss, arguing that such an amount is not appropriate at this time.

  • March 28, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ista, CarGurus, AC Milan

    CVC may snag $4.3 billion through the sale of German smart meter business Ista, CarGurus could raise $1 billion or more in an initial public offering scheduled for later this year, and Elliott Management will help finance the acquisition of soccer club AC Milan by a group of Chinese investors.

  • March 28, 2017

    Charity Seeks Goodell Deposition In NFL Gambling Fight

    A California-based nonprofit that works to connect NFL players with youth groups through bowling, golf and softball events asked a Texas federal judge Monday to compel the deposition of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in their dispute over the league’s decision to relocate a Las Vegas bowling event over a nongambling policy.

  • March 28, 2017

    NCAA Says Even Players In Revenue Sports Aren't Employees

    The NCAA again urged a California federal court to dismiss minimum-wage and overtime claims by a former University of Southern California football player, arguing Monday that his suit rests on the "implausible" contention that the revenue generated by certain college football programs makes those players employees.

  • March 28, 2017

    Athlete Hits Back At NCAA, Northwestern In Transfer Rule Suit

    A Northwestern University student urged an Illinois federal court Monday not to toss his suit against the school and the NCAA over the loss of his basketball scholarship and rules requiring athletes to sit out a year after transferring, saying his situation shows how the rules hurt competition.

  • March 28, 2017

    Sterling Can’t Nix Claims He Stiffed Attys In Clippers Row

    A California judge Tuesday rejected former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s attempt to throw out allegations he stiffed two law firms out of $271,000 for their work fighting the 2014 sale of the basketball team, saying a signed retainer agreement isn’t necessary in an emergency matter.

  • March 28, 2017

    Baylor Moves To Nix Ex-Staffer's Title IX Retaliation Suit

    Baylor University told a federal judge in Texas on Monday to dismiss a Title IX lawsuit brought by a former employee — alleging she was fired for her decision to reinstate the scholarship of a football player who she said was wrongly accused of sexual assault — because she hadn't alleged sex discrimination.

  • March 27, 2017

    Mayweather Gets Privacy Claims KO'd In Row With Ex-Fiancee

    A California appeals court trimmed defamation and false light portrayal claims from a suit brought against Floyd Mayweather Jr. by the boxer’s ex-fiancee, finding the aspiring model’s celebrity prevented her from claiming that his posts about her abortion on social media and discussion of her plastic surgery on the radio violated her privacy.

  • March 27, 2017

    Dean Foods Chair Gave Gambler Public And Bad Info: Defense

    The government’s star witness in the insider-trading case against prominent gambler Billy Walters suffered another withering day of cross examination in a New York federal court on Monday, with the defense suggesting that former Dean Foods chairman fed Walters publicly available information and possibly bad information instead of inside dope.

Expert Analysis

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Opinion

    Copyright Clause Shows Fallacy Of Originalism

    Andrew W. Stroud

    The Copyright Clause demonstrates that the Constitution is a living document. Both Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have understood that its application extends well beyond anything the framers could have conceived in 1787. Imagine if you had asked a framer whether the fanciful design on a cheerleader uniform was a “writing,” says Andrew Stroud of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Star Athletica V. Varsity: Ceci N’est Pas Une … Useful Article

    Jacqueline C. Charlesworth

    It is refreshing to encounter a copyright decision that does not contain the terms “fair use” or “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” and to think about the actual intellectual property that copyright is supposed to protect. Does copyright extend to an artistically crafted pipe, or only a picture of the pipe? Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us just such an opportunity, says Jacqueline Charlesworth, of counsel at Covington & B... (continued)

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.

  • Law Schools And Law Firms: Seeking Common Ground

    Randy Gordon

    What we don’t know is whether the teaching and practice of law are undergoing massive structural changes or we’re still digging out from the worst economic collapse since the Depression. But what we do know is that the missions of the most forward-looking law schools and law firms are converging in ways that were unimaginable 10 years ago, says Randy Gordon, a partner at Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP and executive professor of law at Te... (continued)

  • The Legalization Of Sports Betting: Lessons From Nevada

    Dennis Gutwald

    For now, Nevada operators have a monopoly on legal sports betting while other states are faced with prohibition. With the increasing likelihood that sports betting soon will be legalized in many states, there are five key things to know about Nevada’s success, says Dennis Gutwald of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP.

  • D&O Insurance And The Conduct Exclusion

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    Most directors and officers insurance policies have conduct exclusions precluding coverage for fraudulent, criminal or willful misconduct, but mere allegations are insufficient to trigger this exclusion. A California state appeals court's recent decision in Heart Tronics v. Axis Insurance provides interesting insight into the operation of such an exclusion, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.