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  • January 22, 2019

    High Court Turns Down Trio Of Employment Cases

    The U.S. Supreme Court declined Tuesday to wade into three employment-related cases, including one that drew a statement by four conservative justices sharply rebuking the Ninth Circuit’s view of religious activity by public school employees.

  • January 22, 2019

    WADA Won't Sanction Russia Over Missed Data Deadline

    The World Anti-Doping Agency's executive committee decided Tuesday that Russia's beleagured anti-doping organization will remain certified and will not face sanctions despite missing a deadline for turning over data from a Moscow laboratory last month, according an agency statement.

  • January 22, 2019

    Irell Nabs Ex-Williams & Connolly Trial Lawyer In LA

    Irell & Manella LLP on Tuesday welcomed a prominent trial lawyer and former litigator at Williams & Connolly LLP into the fold to focus on trials, investigations and complex commercial litigation as a partner in its Los Angeles litigation group.

  • January 22, 2019

    Saints Fans Sue Over Playoff Loss After Controversial No-Call

    New Orleans Saints fans are looking to take legal action to reverse Sunday’s overtime playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams after a controversial decision by the referees not to call a pass interference penalty late in the game may have cost the Saints a spot in Super Bowl LIII.

  • January 22, 2019

    Ex-NFL Player's Estate Slams Recommended Fee To Podhurst

    The estate of deceased former NFL fullback Kevin Turner, who took a lead role in concussion litigation against the league, pushed a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday to throw out a recommendation that its former counsel with Podhurst Orseck PA receive $775,000 for working on Turner’s behalf.

  • January 22, 2019

    2 In Life Time Fitness Insider Trading Suit Must Face Charges

    Two men must face insider trading and conspiracy charges after an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday found plausible the government's allegations they had illegally traded Life Time Fitness Inc. call options when they learned that the company was going private.

  • January 22, 2019

    NJ Sen. Pushes Legal Challenge Of DOJ's Wire Act Opinion

    New Jersey's Senate president has urged the U.S. Department of Justice to reconsider its reinterpretation of the Wire Act, saying the new opinion threatens sports betting and online gambling in the Garden State and warning that it will spark a court fight to protect casino and tax revenues.

  • January 22, 2019

    Ex-Univ. Of Ariz. Coach Cops To $20K Hoops Bribery Scheme

    Former University of Arizona basketball coach Emanuel Richardson pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery before a Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday, choking up as he described how he took $20,000 from undercover federal agents to refer college ballers their way for business.

  • January 22, 2019

    Tough Mudder Can Pay Jilted Runners, Exec Promises

    The president of Tough Mudder has assured a Massachusetts federal judge that it can pay a six-figure settlement promised to a group of runners who sued over an uprooted event, saying the company no longer plans to transfer its assets to a new corporate entity.

  • January 22, 2019

    15 Minutes With Planet Fitness' General Counsel

    To Planet Fitness World Headquarters General Counsel Justin Vartanian, the biggest challenge for his industry is to motivate others to incorporate fitness into their lives. Here, he explains the benefits lawyers can gain from healthy lifestyles as the legal industry strives to reduce stigmas that surround mental health, and offers advice on how to stick to wellness-related resolutions amid demanding workloads.

  • January 18, 2019

    Pa. Gambling Board Urges Caution After DOJ Wire Act Opinion

    The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on Friday urged operators in the state seeking to set up mobile and online platforms to be cautious after the U.S. Department of Justice earlier the week issued an opinion finding the Wire Act, which prohibits placing wagers across state lines, applies beyond sports betting.

  • January 18, 2019

    Volleyball Players Win Cert. In Sex Abuse Cover-Up Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday certified a class of potentially thousands of youth volleyball players on claims that banned USA Volleyball coach Rick Butler concealed the fact that he had sexually abused underage athletes from customers of his clinics and camps.

  • January 18, 2019

    Judge Rips Defense Theory In College Hoops Corruption Trial

    The New York federal judge who presided over last year’s college basketball corruption trial has criticized the defense team's focus on the fairness of NCAA rules that prevent college players from being paid, saying in a new opinion Thursday that the “amateurism and recruitment rules were not on trial” and expert testimony on the issue could have led the jury to rule on “perceived economic unfairness.”

  • January 18, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen former Rabobank trader Anthony Conti sue his old employer, ArcelorMittal take Essar’s investment manager to court months after acquiring its steel business, and the managing director of AlixPartners sue a prominent Irish businessman and a British property tycoon. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 18, 2019

    Charles Harder Clients End 2 Gizmodo Defamation Suits

    Clients of Charles Harder, who brought the invasion of privacy suit that forced Gawker Media to file for bankruptcy in 2016, discontinued two New York state court defamation lawsuits Friday against the media company's successor, Gizmodo Media Group LLC, following a noncash agreement, a Gizmodo spokesperson said.

  • January 18, 2019

    Atlantic City's Winning Streak Will Be Tough To Sustain

    Atlantic City's fiscal recovery may be fueled by sports betting fever and trendy hotspots along the New Jersey boardwalk, but the resort town's government and business leaders must overcome entrenched patterns of corruption and bad economic decisions in order to sustain this newfound prosperity, experts say.

  • January 18, 2019

    No Sanctions For Baseball League's Ex-Attys, Judge Says

    An independent baseball league team owner who settled a suit with execs who allegedly cut him out of a new team deal can’t punish the league's former lawyers with $325,000 in sanctions for “vexatious” conduct, an Indiana federal court said Friday.

  • January 18, 2019

    Grandmother Hits Ballpark With Suit Over 'Unsafe' Stairs

    The operator of a minor league ballpark in Texas was thrown a curveball Thursday when a woman filed a lawsuit alleging it is liable for injuries she suffered in a fall down the park's stairs.

  • January 18, 2019

    Ex-Dallas Cowboy Tells TTAB 'Animal' TMs Aren't Similar

    Retired NFL player Michael Irvin has asked the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to uphold his trademark registration for the phrase “Train Like An Animal Play Like A Beast” against a nutritional supplement company’s claims that the phrase is too similar to its own “Animal” mark.

  • January 18, 2019

    Retailers Slam DC Circ. Appeal In Centerplate Receipt Row

    Groups representing retailers and the franchise industry have urged the D.C. Circuit to toss a consumer's appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed her proposed Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act class action against sports concessionaire Centerplate Inc., arguing that such suits unnecessarily threaten businesses.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Courts Are Getting It Right On Litigation Funding Discovery

    Matthew Harrison

    Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era

    John Hellerman

    President Donald Trump’s approach to crisis communications has changed the game enough to demand companies' consideration of a whole new set of options. John Hellerman of Hellerman Communications and Bill Pittard of KaiserDillon PLLC discuss whether corporations can successfully use similar tactics.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 2

    Peter Jarvis

    Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Case For Lawyer-Directed Litigation Funding In NY: Part 1

    Peter Jarvis

    Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • 4 AML Insights Broker-Dealers Should Carry Into 2019

    Mirella deRose

    While many of us were winding down 2018 focused on the holidays, the U.S. Department of Justice and other financial industry regulators were busy delivering a flurry of messages about anti-money laundering compliance, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • 7 Questions To Add To Your Lateral Partner Questionnaire

    Howard Rosenberg

    Law firms should redesign the vetting process for lateral candidates so it directly addresses sexual harassment and assault issues, says Howard Rosenberg of Decipher.