• October 18, 2017

    Boxer's Brain Injury Suit Has Claims Against Docs Trimmed

    A New York appellate panel on Wednesday trimmed claims in a suit accusing ringside doctors of being responsible for boxer Magomed Abdusalamov’s catastrophic brain injury following a 2013 fight at Madison Square Garden, saying a lack of informed consent claim was improperly alleged.

  • October 18, 2017

    Argentine Co. Still Excused From Soccer TV Rights Suit

    A Florida federal judge declined Wednesday to reconsider the dismissal of claims against an Argentine sports media rights company in a bribery and antitrust lawsuit against a group of 21st Century Fox Inc. units over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments.

  • October 18, 2017

    Bikram Yogi Faces $3.6M Damages Bid In Pregnancy Bias Suit

    Disgraced yogi Bikram Choudhury could get slapped with a $3.6 million default judgment in a wrongful termination suit from an ex-employee, who says she was fired for getting pregnant, after a California judge on Wednesday requested more information to back up the request.

  • October 18, 2017

    NFL Star's Daughter Refiles CTE Suit, Names Helmet Maker

    Aaron Hernandez’s daughter has filed a new lawsuit seeking to hold the NFL accountable in Massachusetts state court for the late star football player’s development of a severe case of the brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, this time roping in helmet maker Riddell Inc.

  • October 18, 2017

    Cuban Ballplayer Smuggler Wants Feds' Visa Records

    A Florida sports trainer awaiting sentencing for smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. asked a federal judge on Tuesday to force the government to hand over visa records for 20 other players granted entry since his conviction, saying they followed a similar path to the country and prove a lack of fraud on his part.

  • October 18, 2017

    Jury To Be Kept From Media In FIFA Corruption Case

    A Brooklyn federal judge granted a request by prosecutors on Tuesday to partly anonymize and sequester jurors who will soon hear a corruption case against three men charged in a sweeping conspiracy to corrupt the global soccer group FIFA, rejecting the men's protests that it would give jurors the wrong idea about the seriousness of the case.

  • October 18, 2017

    Tribal Lenders Look To Avoid Taint Of Racer's $2B Fraud

    The conviction of auto racer Scott Tucker and his attorney on Friday over a $2 billion payday lending fraud paints the tribal lending businesses embroiled in the scheme in a harsh light, ratcheting up pressure on other lending tribes to show their operations are legitimate and have controls in place that could head off a similar mess.

  • October 18, 2017

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Cubs' Win In Rooftop Sightlines Fight

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday threw out a bid by Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners for a rehearing of their case accusing the Chicago Cubs of breaching a contract to prevent the obstruction of stadium sightlines, with all of the judges on the original appellate panel denying the petition for rehearing.

  • October 17, 2017

    Md. Asbestos Attys Clash Over Backlog At State Senate

    A Maryland Senate committee grappling with the backlog of thousands of asbestos lawsuits in state court in Baltimore sought the advice of attorneys in the case Tuesday, with plaintiffs’ attorneys arguing for consolidation and defendants’ attorneys arguing for case-by-case evaluations.

  • October 17, 2017

    NFL Players Union Wins Bid To Halt Elliott Suspension

    A New York federal judge late Tuesday halted Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, handing the players union a temporary win that reopens the door for Elliott to stay on the field this season.

  • October 17, 2017

    Winter Olympics, NASCAR Offer Glimpse Into 5G Future

    As the telecommunications industry lays the groundwork for the fifth-generation cell service network promising unparalleled speeds and the ability to support scores of connected devices, the 2018 Winter Olympics and NASCAR races are shaping up as notable testing grounds for the technology.

  • October 17, 2017

    US Soccer Fights League's Bid To Rejoin Division II

    The stateside branch of FIFA, international soccer’s governing body, on Monday said the antitrust suit it’s facing over a league’s revoked Division II status is rife with “overblown rhetoric about an imagined conspiracy,” urging a New York federal judge to deny the league’s bid for a preliminary injunction.

  • October 17, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: SpringerNature, Pure Group, Deutsche Bank

    SpringerNature is readying an initial public offering that could value the educational publishing business at up to €4 billion, private-equity-backed yoga and fitness center operator Pure Group is for sale, and the IPO of Deutsche Bank’s asset management division could raise €2 billion.

  • October 17, 2017

    Liberty Needn't Cover Client's $3M Expenses In SEC Probe

    The Tenth Circuit found Tuesday that a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announcement of an investigation is not an allegation or request for relief, and thus doesn't trigger coverage under a sports nutrition company’s policy with Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc., even though the client shelled out $3 million responding to the probe.

  • October 17, 2017

    Big Leagues Go To Bat For Federal Sports Betting Ban

    The NCAA joined the NFL and other major professional sports leagues to hit back Monday at claims that a federal prohibition on state-authorized sports betting is unconstitutional, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court that the law does not force states to enact or administer federal policy.

  • October 16, 2017

    Union Lobs Counterclaims In Ezekiel Elliott Suspension Row

    The NFL players union won’t wait for the Fifth Circuit to rectify the “procedural limbo” it said the appeals court left it in to try to free Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott from a six-game suspension, urging the New York federal judge overseeing the NFL’s adjoining suit to grant it an emergency order blocking his suspension Monday.

  • October 16, 2017

    Performance Sports, Pension Fund Spar Over Class Claim

    Bankrupt athletic equipment maker Performance Sports Group argued Monday in Delaware to disallow a potential class claim from a pension fund that alleges company brass misled investors about the company’s financial performance and business plans before a restatement of its finances in 2016.

  • October 16, 2017

    Kaepernick Grievance Tough To Prove In Face Of Controversy

    Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has filed a labor grievance alleging the NFL and its teams have colluded to keep him out of the league for spearheading national anthem protests last season, a charge that could destabilize the league’s labor agreement if he can manage to prove it. 

  • October 16, 2017

    Electronic Arts Fires Back At Coder's High Court Appeal

    Video game industry giant Electronic Arts has hit back at a former computer programmer's Hail Mary attempt to revive copyright claims to "John Madden Football," telling the U.S. Supreme Court that offering expert testimony instead of evidence should remain out of bounds.

  • October 16, 2017

    Norwest Signs $111M Deal To Recap Canadian Fitness Chain

    Minnesota middle market private equity firm Norwest Equity Partners has inked an agreement to recapitalize Canadian health club chain Movati Athletic Group with help from a $111 million loan arranged by Antares Capital, according to a statement on Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and even demand that their external lawyers provide advice that is tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • Merger Enforcement Takeaways From 5 Recent Cases

    Debbie Feinstein

    Despite a number of key federal antitrust posts remaining vacant, the antitrust authorities have remained quite active. Here, attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP discuss five recent transactions and what those cases mean for merger enforcement in the United States in the coming months and years.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Opinion

    September Madness: Problems With NCAA Corruption Case

    Randall Eliason

    I'm not saying the charges filed last month against 10 individuals in a college basketball corruption scheme are legally flawed — not all of them, anyway. But I do question whether bringing multiple felony charges on these facts is sound exercise of prosecutorial discretion, says Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.