Sports

  • August 17, 2017

    NFL Opposes Extension For Institutionalized Class Members

    The NFL on Thursday opposed a motion made by an attorney representing former football players in the concussion settlement class in Pennsylvania federal court asking for a yearlong extension for “institutionalized” ex-players to register for potential settlement benefits, arguing that the settlement already allows such late claims for “good cause.”

  • August 17, 2017

    Showtime Sues To Stop Mayweather-McGregor Fight Streams

    Showtime on Tuesday filed a lawsuit to stop more than 40 websites from pirating the much-hyped bout later this month pitting undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. against Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Conor McGregor.

  • August 17, 2017

    Fitbit Says Uber’s 2nd Circ. Win Impacts Fitness Tracker Row

    Fitbit told a California federal judge Thursday that a Second Circuit ruling in favor of Uber concerning its ability to arbitrate consumer claims is relevant to its own bid to compel arbitration in a lawsuit by users of the fitness trackers claiming the devices are “wildly inaccurate.”

  • August 17, 2017

    Gambler’s SEC Suit Stayed For Criminal Case Ruling

    A New York federal judge has stayed the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $43 million insider trading case against prominent sports gambler Billy Walters involving Dean Foods, agreeing that it is better to wait until after a ruling is handed down concerning financial penalties in his criminal proceeding.

  • August 17, 2017

    Portland Timbers Sued Over Broker’s Revoked Season Tickets

    Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers are facing a lawsuit in Washington federal court from a ticket broker alleging the team illegally revoked his ownership interest and renewal rights for more than 100 season ticket packages for games at the Timbers’ home stadium.

  • August 16, 2017

    Yogi's Ex-Atty Contests His 'Brazen' Appeal Of Bias-Suit Win

    Bikram Choudhury’s former attorney urged a California appellate court Wednesday to dismiss the yoga guru’s appeal of a $7 million judgment in her wrongful termination and sexual harassment suit, saying Choudhury’s “blatant, brazen violations” of court orders “disentitled” him to pursue his appeal.

  • August 16, 2017

    Woman Cops To $2.25M Online Steroid Distribution Scheme

    A California woman pled guilty in Missouri federal court Wednesday to taking part in a $2.25 million drug-trafficking scheme involving the online sale of anabolic steroids to athletes and other customers across the U.S., while her co-conspirator received a three-year prison sentence for his role in the scheme.

  • August 16, 2017

    NFL Appoints Oft-Used Arbitrator For Cowboys Star's Appeal

    The NFL has appointed veteran arbitrator Harold Henderson to hear the appeal over the six-game domestic violence suspension of Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott, the same arbitrator who issued a decision on Adrian Peterson that was challenged by the players union in U.S. federal court.

  • August 16, 2017

    FIFA Defendants Can't Get All Doc Translations, Judge Says

    Prosecutors do not have to hand over full English-language translations of documents produced in the FIFA corruption case and can demand the return of draft transcripts from undercover recordings, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled on Wednesday, despite concerns from defendants the government will spring evidence on them ahead of trial.

  • August 16, 2017

    Rawlings Hits Easton With TM Suit Over Baseball Bat Name

    Baseball equipment giant Rawlings filed a trademark lawsuit Tuesday against rival Easton, accusing the competitor of ripping off a “5150” brand of bats with a new “S150” line in order to profit from a recent equipment rule change.

  • August 16, 2017

    49ers Stadium-Goers, Ticketmaster To Arbitrate ADA Row

    U.S. District Judge Lucy H. Koh on Tuesday said attendees of events at the San Francisco 49ers' home stadium suing Ticketmaster and Live Nation over the sale of disability access seats must arbitrate their dispute, finding the arbitration clause in the companies' terms of use adequate and enforceable.

  • August 16, 2017

    Settlement Administrator Impeding Process, Ex-NFLers Say

    Sixteen former National Football League players on Tuesday accused the claims administrator overseeing the distribution of benefits from the multidistrict litigation over football-related brain injuries of missteps in its implementation of the 2015 settlement agreement, saying it was adding requirements that were not part of the initial deal.

  • August 16, 2017

    Baylor Settles Another Sex Assault Suit By Ex-Student

    Another former Baylor University student reached a settlement with the school in a lawsuit in Texas federal court accusing it of mishandling allegations and instances of sexual assault on campus, striking a deal with Baylor’s former head football coach and ex-athletic director as well, it was confirmed Wednesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Red Wings May Turn To Trademark Law To Protect Logo

    The Detroit Red Wings and National Hockey League condemned white supremacist protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, over the weekend, decrying the use of the Red Wings' iconic winged motorcycle wheel logo and raising the question of what a team can do when its logo is co-opted by a group that espouses beliefs at odds with what the team represents.

  • August 15, 2017

    Union Appeals Cowboys Star's 6-Game Conduct Suspension

    The National Football League Players Association said Tuesday that it has appealed Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game suspension issued after an investigation into allegations of domestic violence from an ex-girlfriend, an appeal that comes as other recent, high-profile player disciplinary disputes have spilled over into the federal courts.

  • August 15, 2017

    Alleged Ponzi Schemer Denied Leave To Travel To Vegas

    The alleged mastermind behind a $70 million ticket-resale Ponzi scheme was denied permission to fly to Las Vegas and ply his trade ahead of the landmark Mayweather-McGregor boxing bout, as the criminal case against him got underway in New York federal court Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    2026 World Cup Seeks Host Bids From North American Cities

    A group of North American organizers for the 2026 World Cup has reached out to 44 cities and 49 stadiums across the continent, asking them to declare their interest in serving as official hosts for the international soccer competition.

  • August 15, 2017

    Proskauer Represents MLB’s Miami Marlins In $1.2B Sale

    Proskauer Rose LLP represented the Miami Marlins in the $1.2 billion sale of the team to a group led by businessman Bruce Sherman and New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, the firm said Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    Golf Club Maker Fights Bid To Enforce $19M Arbitral Award

    A golf club shaft manufacturer urged a California federal judge on Monday to reject a Korean investment fund’s bid to enforce an approximately $18.8 million arbitral award against the company, saying the court should vacate the ruling entirely or wait until the resolution of a related proceeding in South Korea.

  • August 15, 2017

    PTAB Strikes Out Several Sports Sensor Patent Claims

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday handed mixed results to a company that makes sports analysis equipment, letting stand one patent covering motion sensor technology but invalidating claims in two others.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Pepperdine Gay Bias Case — A Loss And A Win For Plaintiffs

    Ronald Katz

    On Friday, two lesbian basketball players lost their discrimination case against Pepperdine University. However, the fact that the case was permitted to go to trial represented a major blow against sexual stereotyping in sport, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.