• January 20, 2017

    Alibaba Inks Deal To Be IOC Worldwide Sponsor

    Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has become a worldwide Olympics sponsor through 2028 carrying it through the next three games, all of which are to be hosted in Asia, the company and the International Olympic Committee announced Thursday.

  • January 20, 2017

    Bankruptcy Veteran Joins Broad and Cassel's Miami Office

    Broad and Cassel LLP has bolstered its bankruptcy practice group with the addition of a new partner who served as the liquidating trustee in the then-fifth-largest cruise line’s Chapter 11 case and litigated recovery efforts for a former University of Miami booster’s $930 million Ponzi scheme.

  • January 20, 2017

    NFLPA Wants Player's Drug Suspension Suit Moved To NY

    The NFL Players Association asked an Ohio federal court on Thursday to send to New York a case against it and the NFL by Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson alleging he was denied due process under the collective bargaining agreement in being subjected to a 10-game drug policy suspension.

  • January 20, 2017

    Face Scan Storage Not Actual Injury, Video Game Maker Says

    The maker of an NBA video game asked a New York federal judge on Friday to toss a putative class action claiming the company collected and retained facial scans of gamers because the players didn’t suffer any actual harm.

  • January 20, 2017

    Proxy Worker Gets Probation In Shareholder Bribe Scheme

    A former employee of a proxy advisory firm was sentenced by a Massachusetts federal judge Friday to probation for selling shareholder information in exchange for concert and sporting events tickets.

  • January 20, 2017

    Brand Battles: The Eagles Fight Real-Life 'Hotel California'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, The Eagles take on a Hotel California that the band claims is falsely implying it inspired the iconic tune, Snoop Dogg and the Toronto Maple Leafs continue their leaf beef, and DC Comics tackles an unauthorized "Kryptonite" mark.

  • January 20, 2017

    NHL Says Boston U. CTE Center Won't Hand Over Documents

    The National Hockey League says that the Boston University CTE Center is refusing to hand over documents and materials on its research into the causes of the degenerative brain condition, asking a Minnesota federal court to force the hand over of materials, including documents related to the posthumous diagnosis for one of the named plaintiffs in litigation alleging the league failed to warn players of the dangers of repeated head trauma in hockey.

  • January 20, 2017

    Insurer Says It Has No Duty To Cover Deceased Jockey

    Philadelphia Indemnity Insurance asked a Mississippi federal judge on Thursday for a quick win in its suit against a county fair and the family of a horse jockey who died during a fairground race, saying the company’s insurance policy with Neshoba County Fair clearly excludes athletes.

  • January 20, 2017

    NJ Racetrack Guard Loses Bid To Revive Wage Suit

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday refused to revive a Meadowlands Racetrack security guard's putative class action against the racetrack operator, finding that the business is not bound by a state statute requiring employers to pay certain wages to workers providing building services at state-owned and state-leased facilities.

  • January 20, 2017

    Cozen's Golfer Deal Tests Waters For Firm Sports Sponsorship

    In an uncharacteristic move for a major law firm, Cozen O’Connor signed a PGA Tour golfer to a firm sponsorship deal, paving the way for what could be a new avenue for advertising as law firms look to differentiate themselves from the pack.

  • January 19, 2017

    Most Influential Judges On Trump’s Supreme Court Short List

    A new look at the potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees’ rulings reveals a ranking of judicial influence with some surprises at the top — and at the bottom.

  • January 19, 2017

    The Lawyer Who Will Shape Trump’s Presidency

    Jones Day’s Donald McGahn is stepping into the role of White House counsel, a powerful but little-understood position that has a strong history of impacting the president’s authority.

  • January 19, 2017

    In The Polarized Era Of Trump, BigLaw Searches For Balance

    The alignment of law firms with or against the new administration in legal battles to come could open rifts among attorneys and clients. But the publicity earned for taking on a potentially unpopular case could ultimately be worth any public fallout.

  • January 19, 2017

    Rolling Back Regulation In The Age Of Trump

    The incoming president’s plans to rein in the power of federal agencies will lead to uncertainty for lawyers and their clients as pending investigations and rulemaking are stopped in their tracks.

  • January 19, 2017

    Fitbit Still Can’t Shake Shareholder Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday rejected Fitbit Inc.’s renewed bid to duck a proposed shareholder class action alleging the company hid problems with its fitness tracking technology and inflated its stock prices, saying the investors had shown enough to proceed.

  • January 19, 2017

    4 Ex-NFL Players Rejoin Concussion Settlement Class

    A group of ex-NFL players who opted out of the league’s controversial concussion settlement are now asking the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the sprawling litigation to rejoin the class, according to documents filed Wednesday.

  • January 19, 2017

    Miss. Pol Floats Bill To Impose Limits On NCAA Investigations

    A Mississippi state legislator has proposed a bill that would set a time limit on National Collegiate Athletic Association investigations of state colleges, as the organization’s investigation of the University of Mississippi’s athletic programs for multiple alleged violations enters its fourth year.

  • January 19, 2017

    IP Profs Favor Rejected Programmer In $3.6M Madden Row

    A group of seven intellectual property law professors waded into a high-profile video game copyright case on Wednesday, calling the criteria used by the Ninth Circuit to reject a programmer's bid to reinstate his $3.6 million jury award from game company Electronic Arts Inc. "deeply problematic."

  • January 19, 2017

    Feds Say Sports Agent Trying To Distract In Smuggling Trial

    The U.S. government asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to bar a sports agent who allegedly participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players into the U.S. from distracting the jury by impeaching the law enforcement investigation against him.

  • January 19, 2017

    Wal-Mart's Bike Assembly Causes Injuries, Buyer Says

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. was smacked Wednesday with a proposed class action in Florida federal court looking to hold the mega-retailer liable for at least $5 million in damages caused to consumers who were allegedly injured due to the “sloppy” in-store assembly of bicycles.

Expert Analysis

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Clarifying EEOC’s Obligation For Presuit Conciliation

    Gerald Maatman Jr.

    In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, a Texas federal court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would allow it to include discrimination claims in its lawsuit for individuals who had not yet applied to work for Bass Pro. The decision is a positive signal that at least some courts may be unwilling to allow to the EEOC to add claimants with whom it never conciliated, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.

  • Not What I Signed Up For: California’s New Autograph Law

    Daniel Fong

    A new California law requires a certificate of authenticity for all autographed items sold by dealers for over $5. Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang addressed concerns over potential overreach by clarifying that the law was not meant to affect the autographed book and art market. However, courts are not bound to give any credence to those statements, say Daniel Fong and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.