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  • July 20, 2018

    Ohio State Sexual Misconduct Probe Reveals Over 100 Claims

    A Perkins Coie LLP investigation of allegations that a now-deceased Ohio State University sports team doctor sexually abused or harassed student-athletes and others has unearthed sexual misconduct claims made by more than 100 former students, the school said Friday.

  • July 20, 2018

    Skadden Guides English Soccer Club Investment

    English Football League member Aston Villa Football Club said Friday that it has received a significant investment from NSWE, a group jointly owned by businessman Nassef Sawiris and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens, which was advised by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • July 20, 2018

    NCAA Looking At Impact Of Sports Betting Legalization

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association said Thursday it is looking at the impact of the legalization of sports betting on college sports, creating a team of experts who will determine how the integrity of games can be protected and betting can best be monitored.

  • July 20, 2018

    Harvard Pilgrim Must Face Mental Health Discrimination Suit

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Friday allowed a woman to move forward with a proposed class action claiming an insurance plan from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Insurance Co. that covers medical expenses at nursing homes must also cover mental health care at her son's behavior-correcting summer camp.

  • July 20, 2018

    Blind Man Sues Miami Heat Over Website ADA Violations

    A blind Florida man filed a putative class action in Florida federal court on Thursday accusing the NBA’s Miami Heat of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act by failing to make its online merchandise store accessible to the visually impaired.

  • July 20, 2018

    Litigation Funder Seeks Bond For Ex-NFLer’s $500K Advance

    A third-party claims funder argued Thursday that a Pennsylvania federal court should make an ex-NFL player post a bond or some other security after he refused to repay an advance of his share of a settlement with the league in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries.

  • July 19, 2018

    Judge Referees NCAA, Athletes In Antitrust Pretrial Match

    A California federal judge on Thursday laid the ground rules for a Sept. 4 bench trial over allegations the NCAA illegally prevents athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships, requiring the parties to cut down over 2,000 exhibits, restricting layman witnesses and setting time limits on arguments.

  • July 19, 2018

    Hernandez Team Seeks To Return CTE Case To State Court

    The guardian of the minor daughter of the late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez asked a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to reverse the decision to join her claims to the NFL concussion multidistrict litigation, saying her claims have a different basis than the MDL ones.

  • July 19, 2018

    Big3 Hearing Gets Heated As Ex-Commish Calls For Sanctions

    A hearing on Big3’s motion to prevent ousted ex-commissioner Roger Mason from selling his shares of the three-on-three basketball league quickly devolved into a shouting match Thursday, as counsel for Mason accused Big3’s lawyers of lying to the court, wasting its time and then backing out like “cowards.”

  • July 19, 2018

    Junior Tennis Star Asks Fla. Court To Void Agent Contract

    Up-and-coming American tennis player Alexa Noel has asked a Florida state court to let her out of a lifetime player representation agreement with a Bahamas-based company, arguing the company did not follow the proper steps in finalizing the deal as required because she was a minor when she signed it.

  • July 19, 2018

    Ex-CBS Radio Worker Says WFAN Let Host Harass Her

    A former CBS Radio advertising account executive has accused the company and its new owner of cultivating a sexist work environment at New York-area sports station WFAN, letting host Joseph Benigno harass her and using a fight that broke out in the network’s suite during last year’s Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing bout as an excuse to fire her.

  • July 18, 2018

    Ex-Commish Hits Back Against Big3's 'Desperate' Suit

    Roger Mason, the ousted ex-commissioner of Ice Cube’s Big3 basketball league, hit back on Tuesday against a suit Big3 filed to prevent him from selling his stake in the league, calling it a “desperate,” bare-knuckled tactic to keep him from paying his lawyers as he fights off the league’s “smear campaign.”

  • July 18, 2018

    Miami Voters Will Have Say On Beckham's $1B Stadium Plan

    Miami voters will have a say this November on whether the city should negotiate a no-bid proposal with David Beckham's Major League Soccer ownership group to redevelop a city-owned golf course into a $1 billion soccer stadium, retail-office complex and public park.

  • July 18, 2018

    Calif. Poker Pro Cops To Pocketing $6M In Ticketing Ploy

    A California man accused of using his ticket resale business to fleece investors out of $6.2 million and using the funds for gambling at Las Vegas casinos has copped to one count of a criminal indictment in California federal court, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • July 18, 2018

    NFL Can't Get Probe For Concussion Settlement, For Now

    A Pennsylvania federal judge declined Tuesday to appoint a special investigator to help sort through potential fraudulent claims submitted against the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, saying that the current screening process was working properly as is.

  • July 18, 2018

    A Chat With Gibson Dunn Diversity Chief Salim-Williams

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, chief diversity officer at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • July 18, 2018

    Insurer Says It Doesn't Owe Coverage For Fatal Parade Crash

    A Dallas auto body shop isn't covered for a fatal crash involving an affiliated motorsports team during a parade, an insurer has told a Texas federal judge, arguing the shop isn't the party responsible for the crash and lied in its insurance application about whether it had any sports sponsorships.

  • July 17, 2018

    Floyd Mayweather Can't Duck All Of Ex's Defamation Case

    Floyd Mayweather must face defamation claims over comments he made in an interview with Katie Couric following his conviction for battery constituting domestic violence, a California appeals court ruled Monday, though it dismissed claims for emotional distress arising from the interview.

  • July 17, 2018

    NFL's Texans Cheerleaders Agree To Arbitrate Wage Suit

    Former cheerleaders for the NFL’s Houston Texans on Tuesday agreed to take their putative class action alleging wage and hour violations from a Texas federal court to arbitration, a month after the team argued arbitration was mandated by their contract.

  • July 17, 2018

    Fox Settles $30M Suit Over Muhammad Ali Super Bowl Promo

    Fox Broadcasting Co. has settled a $30 million lawsuit in which the company that owns the rights to legendary boxer Muhammad Ali’s identity accused the network of using his voice and life story without permission in a 2017 Super Bowl promotion, according to a filing Monday in California federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Opinion

    USOC Should Have Selected Ethics Expert As New CEO

    Ronald Katz

    The U.S. Olympic Committee is in the midst of an ethical crisis because of sexual abuse, and its new CEO does not have the background, experience or credibility to investigate the scandals. It is critical that she appoint someone to help resolve this major moral malfeasance, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The Sports Bet Case

    Matthew McGill

    Three members of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP team that represented the state of New Jersey in Murphy v. NCAA explain how they kept the faith — over six years of litigation — that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually strike down the federal prohibition on state legalization of sports wagering.