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Sports

  • September 19, 2018

    Cuban Pledges $10M After Mavericks Probe Finds Harassment

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will donate $10 million to organizations supporting women in sports and combating domestic violence after an independent investigation corroborated 20 years of allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the Mavericks organization, the NBA announced Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    PTAB Denial Of Nike Shoe Patent Amendment Prompts Debate

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has once again refused to allow Nike Inc. to amend a footwear patent that was challenged by rival Adidas AG, in a decision Tuesday that prompted a debate among judges about the standard for determining what is a reasonable number of substitute claims.

  • September 19, 2018

    Player Balks At NCAA's Confidentiality Bid In Wage Suit

    A former Villanova University football player said Wednesday the school and the NCAA are trying to force him to agree to a blanket confidentiality agreement to keep nonpublic documents set to be handed over as part of his lawsuit alleging college players must be paid minimum wage out of the hands of the press. 

  • September 19, 2018

    Feds Say $364M Consumer Debt Scam Duped Attys, Bankers

    Three men have been arrested for allegedly scamming investors including lawyers, bankers, investment advisers and professional athletes in a $364 million scheme offering high returns on consumer debt, federal prosecutors and securities regulators announced in Maryland on Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    FIFA Bans 3 Officials For Life Following Corruption Pleas

    The international soccer governing body FIFA on Wednesday said its independent ethics committee is imposing lifetime bans on three former officials who copped to various crimes as part of the U.S. government's sprawling crackdown on bribery in international soccer.

  • September 19, 2018

    Under Armour Ducks Investors' Stock Price Manipulation Suit

    A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday dismissed all claims against Under Armour and its underwriters in a consolidated action alleging the sports apparel company deliberately misled investors to inflate its stock price, ruling that a pension fund's claims under the Securities Act were time-barred and that another fund failed to state claims under the Exchange Act.

  • September 19, 2018

    Uber Driver Sues Jameis Winston Over Alleged Groping

    A female Uber driver whose accusation of groping led to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court Tuesday against the NFL player.

  • September 19, 2018

    MGM Resorts To Lease Hard Rock Site, Buy Assets For $275M

    MGM Resorts International is buying the operating assets of a Hard Rock property in the Cleveland metro area from MGM Growth Properties LLC for roughly $275 million and will lease the property from MGM Growth, the companies announced Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    Contractor Says Insurer Can't Appeal Sports Complex Fight

    Members of a contractor joint venture have urged a Texas federal judge not to allow Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. to appeal a ruling that required it to defend them against a lawsuit over allegedly faulty construction on a San Antonio-area sports complex, saying Mt. Hawley does not have an adequate question that needs review by the Fifth Circuit.

  • September 19, 2018

    Ex-Goldman Worker Cops To Insider Trading With NFL Player

    An ex-Goldman Sachs associate pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to charges that he provided tips about corporate transactions that allowed current Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks to make stock trades ahead of the deals.

  • September 18, 2018

    Pac-12 Leader Defends $4.5M Salary At NCAA Antitrust Trial

    Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott defended his $4.5 million annual salary Tuesday during a landmark antitrust trial over the NCAA's limits on student compensation, while also warning that paying student-athletes would confuse fans and broadcasters about amateur sports and disrupt the makeup of college athletic conferences.

  • September 18, 2018

    US Loses Bid To DQ Orrick In Fitbit Trade Secrets Case

    A California federal judge on Tuesday denied a request from the government to disqualify Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP from representing an ex-Fitbit Inc. employee accused of stealing trade secrets from a prior employer, since her co-defendants — whom the firm previously represented — said they didn't mind her keeping the firm as counsel.

  • September 18, 2018

    Nestlé Atty Enters The Ring As WWE's General Counsel

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Tuesday appointed a lawyer who has worked for Nestlé Waters North America and PepsiCo as the media company's new general counsel, according to a press release.

  • September 18, 2018

    US Anti-Doping Agency Says Russia Shouldn't Be Reinstated

    The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and counterparts from around the world called on the World Anti-Doping Agency on Tuesday to postpone a pending vote to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, saying the organization has not met the requirements set in WADA's Roadmap to Compliance and does not deserve reinstatement.

  • September 18, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Hit With $1B RICO Suit Over Mass. Casino

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. conspired to beat an East Boston racetrack for a Massachusetts Gaming Commission casino license through lies, threats, improper conversations with the agency and illegal campaign contributions, according to a multibillion-dollar Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act lawsuit filed in federal court.

  • September 18, 2018

    Ex-NFL Stars Vow To Boycott Annual Ceremony Over Benefits

    A group of Pro Football Hall of Famers have told the NFL that they will boycott the annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony if the league doesn’t give them health insurance and an annual salary.

  • September 17, 2018

    WWE Wins 2 Bouts In Suits Over Wrestlers' Concussions

    A Connecticut federal court ruled Monday in favor of World Wrestling Entertainment in two suits related to former wrestlers’ claims that the organization fraudulently concealed a link between the sport and brain injuries, finding that their complaints were barred by the statutes of limitations or the court’s previous rulings or were frivolous.

  • September 17, 2018

    U. Of Wis. Head Says Sports Program At Risk If Athletes Paid

    The University of Wisconsin-Madison could drop its athletics program if it has to start paying student-athletes, the head of the university told a federal judge Monday at a landmark antitrust trial over the NCAA's limits on compensation, while an American Athletic Conference commissioner warned that such payments "would intrude on college sports."

  • September 17, 2018

    Martha's Vineyard Golf Club Exempt From OT Pay, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Monday ruled that a tony Martha's Vineyard golf club that has welcomed such luminaries as President Barack Obama and NBA star Steph Curry doesn’t have to pay overtime to employees because it’s a seasonal, recreational establishment.

  • September 17, 2018

    NSA Must Give Up Info In Olympics Spy Suit, Attendees Say

    A group of 2002 Winter Olympics attendees who claim they were spied on by the U.S. National Security Agency asked a Utah federal court to compel the agency to respond to their discovery requests, saying the NSA is hiding behind invalid state secret objections.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Design Patent Confusion In Fed. Circ. Maatita Ruling

    Robert Anders

    The Federal Circuit's decision last month in Maatita effectively eliminates the design patent requirement that drawings must enable a person of skill in the art to make and use the invention. The court failed to properly apply statutory standards, leading to an improper result, say Robert Anders of A Design Consultancy and Christopher Rourk of Jackson Walker LLP.

  • Opinion

    Court Doubles Down On Incorrect Right Of Publicity Ruling

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal court's refusal last week to reconsider Davis v. Electronic Arts magnifies the manifest errors in its recent decision by ignoring the blatantly obvious identifiability of the former NFL players, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Widener's Rod Smolla Talks Free Speech

    Rodney Smolla

    In this new series featuring law school luminaries, Widener University Delaware Law School dean Rodney Smolla discusses teaching philosophies, his interest in First Amendment law, and arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court in Virginia v. Black.