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  • May 24, 2018

    Chicago Cubs Must Hand Over Emails In Scout's Firing Suit

    The Chicago Cubs will have to provide a scout they fired with unredacted emails that may help his case alleging he was dismissed for missing work because of surgery, a California federal judge ruled Thursday, saying the emails will elucidate questions of how the club treated similarly situated workers.

  • May 24, 2018

    Seeger Weiss Gets $52M Of $85M NFL Concussion Suit Fees

    A Pennsylvania federal judge distributed more than $85 million in fees to the class attorneys in the NFL concussion suit Wednesday, including a nearly $52 million share for co-lead class counsel Seeger Weiss LLP.

  • May 24, 2018

    DraftKings To Launch New Platform After High Court Ruling

    Boston-based fantasy sports platform DraftKings said Thursday it will soon roll out a new sports betting platform as it moves to capitalize on the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision earlier this month legalizing sports gambling.

  • May 24, 2018

    Pro Golfer Gets Suit Over Promotion Deals Putted To Fla.

    A Washington federal judge approved a request to transfer to Florida a supplement company’s breach-of-contract suit against professional golfer Greg Norman, finding Thursday that the relevant contract was negotiated and signed in the Sunshine State.

  • May 24, 2018

    Ex-MLB Pitcher Says Rival Academy Stole Training Program

    A former Major League Baseball pitcher alleges that a Washington resident stole trade secrets and other proprietary information about his baseball academy and training program designed to improve performance and reduce injuries, according to a suit removed to Florida federal court Thursday. 

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-Penn State GC Defends Self In Sandusky Case Hearing

    A former Pennsylvania State University general counsel and onetime Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice testified Wednesday that the yearslong threat of formal discipline over alleged conflicts and privilege violations during the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse investigation had left her unable to sleep and caused her hair to begin falling out.

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Dodges Arbitration Over $500K Settlement Advance

    A Pennsylvania federal judge shut down an attempt by a third-party claims funder to initiate arbitration proceedings against a former NFL player who is expected to collect $3.5 million from a settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries, ruling that the settlement agreement voided all third-party funding agreements.

  • May 23, 2018

    Gov't Auction Bidders Are Public Record, NJ Justices Rule

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the names and addresses of government property auction bidders are not shielded by the privacy protections of the state’s public records law because the auctions themselves are public events, not private ones.

  • May 23, 2018

    NFL Issues New Anthem Rules: Stand Up, Stay In Or Pay Up

    The National Football League will require all players on the field to stand for the national anthem and fine any team whose players or staff don’t follow that rule, according to a statement on Wednesday that said on-field protests during the song had made players seem "unpatriotic."

  • May 23, 2018

    NCAA Escapes Suit Over Vacated Wins

    An Arkansas federal court Wednesday rejected Arkansas Tech University’s attempt to restore more than 200 basketball wins vacated by the NCAA, saying the organization did not violate its own rules or the U.S. Constitution when it handed down the penalty.

  • May 23, 2018

    Paddy Power, FanDuel Ink Deal To Combine US Businesses

    Paddy Power Betfair PLC and New York City-based FanDuel on Wednesday said they had inked a deal to merge their U.S. businesses, a transaction the Irish bookmaker said will see it hand over $158 million in cash, a week after the Dublin-based company confirmed it was in deal talks with the daily fantasy sports giant.

  • May 22, 2018

    Consumers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Crunch Gym TCPA Suit

    A pair of consumer advocates on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a proposed class action against gym chain Crunch San Diego LLC over the company’s alleged spamming of members’ cellphones with promotional text messages, saying Federal Communications Commission autodialer rules are applicable in this case and prohibit the gym’s conduct.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google May Escape Gun-Scope Seller’s Crosshairs, For Now

    A California judge has tentatively tossed a suit alleging that Google arbitrarily discriminated against a gun-scope seller via a “dangerous weapons” policy that barred the business from its ad program.

  • May 22, 2018

    Fla. Attys Who Gave Rays Tickets To Judge Facing Probation

    A referee recommended Tuesday that the Florida attorneys who gave a judge Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tickets while litigating a case before him receive one year's probation and be required to speak to new attorneys about the incident.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit

    Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back up its claims.

  • May 22, 2018

    New Era Hit With TM Suit Over 'Fear Of God' Cap Line

    New Era Cap Co. Inc. was hit with a trademark suit on Tuesday in federal court by a Massachusetts religious apparel company started by a college student who says the baseball hat maker, which provides caps for Major League Baseball and recently released its Fear of God cap line, is illegally blocking her trademark petition.

  • May 22, 2018

    NCAA Settlement Objector Asks 9th Circ. To Curb Attys' Fees

    A former Division I football player fighting the $42 million legal fee award in the NCAA’s $209 million settlement with scholarship athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that class counsel can’t justify a bumper windfall in a “megafund” case.

  • May 22, 2018

    Korean Firm's $27M Award Over Calif. Co.'s Tax Issues OK'd

    A California federal judge has confirmed a South Korea investment firm’s nearly $27 million arbitral award against a golf club shaft manufacturer it had invested in before learning the company was purportedly avoiding corporate taxes.

  • May 22, 2018

    Ex-Cheerleader Hits Houston Texans With Wage Suit

    A former cheerleader for the NFL's Houston Texans filed a putative class action in Texas federal court Monday claiming she and other cheerleaders were forced to work off the clock and were cut from the squad when they complained about their coach's actions.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says NCAA Didn't Defame Ex-USC Coach

    A California state jury found Monday that the NCAA did not defame a former University of Southern California assistant football coach sanctioned for his part in the Reggie Bush scandal, according to attorneys for the NCAA.

Expert Analysis

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 3

    John Villafranco

    Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 2

    John Villafranco

    Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Key Issues States Face In The Wake Of Sports Bet Ruling

    Jim Havel

    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Advertiser Self-Regulation And Class Actions: Part 1

    John Villafranco

    When an advertiser voluntarily participates in industry self-regulation before the National Advertising Division, it does so expecting to avoid litigation. Yet there is a consistent concern among advertisers that NAD participation may make consumer class action litigation more, rather than less, likely. Attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP examine whether NAD decisions actually provide fodder for class actions.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • Sports Bet Decision Reveals Hidden Preemption Requirement

    Lawrence Ebner

    In holding that the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act’s anti-authorization provision is not a preemption provision, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision this week in Murphy v. NCAA provides a fascinating, and potentially far-reaching, clarification of the nature of federal preemption, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy PLLC.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.