Sports

  • June 26, 2017

    9th Circ. Keeps MLB Antitrust Immunity, But Fight Continues

    Minor league baseball players struck out Monday in the Ninth Circuit with claims that Major League Baseball unlawfully colludes to restrict their pay, yet plaintiffs’ attorneys plan to fight on, possibly setting the stage for U.S. Supreme Court review of the sport's nearly century-old antitrust exemption.

  • June 26, 2017

    Postgame: Slants Attys Talk High Court Victory

    Following their landmark victory at the U.S. Supreme Court, members of the Archer PC team that represented The Slants talked with Law360 — about the origins of their case, about the Washington Redskins and about what the decision means for their client.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Supreme Court Term By The Numbers

    Despite a contentious confirmation hearing for Justice Neil Gorsuch, the U.S. Supreme Court term itself was mellow this year, with more unanimous cases and fewer controversial decisions. Still, there were a handful of business rulings that packed a punch.

  • June 26, 2017

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    One firm went undefeated at the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Another built on last year’s winning streak. And some high court powerhouses took their lumps. Here, Law360 breaks down how the firms most frequently seen at oral arguments performed this term.

  • June 26, 2017

    IP Cases Led The Pack In High Court Amicus Briefs

    Intellectual property cases took four of the top 10 spots on Law360's ranking of the U.S. Supreme Court cases that attracted the most amicus briefs this term, as disputes involving issues like patent exhaustion and offensive trademarks each generated dozens of amicus filings.

  • June 26, 2017

    4 Cos. Bolster IPO Pipeline With Filings Totaling $296M

    Four companies represented by four law firms filed initial public offerings totaling $296 million on Friday, including a yoga studio owner, a pet health products company and two biotechnology firms, bolstering an IPO pipeline that is heating up at the onset of summer.

  • June 26, 2017

    Bruins Win Away-Game Meal Costs In Tax Court Shootout

    Owners of the Boston Bruins can deduct the total costs of pregame meals and snacks provided to its traveling employees at "away" city hotels from its taxes, the U.S. Tax Court ruled Monday, finding that careful meal preparation is vital to the team's success. 

  • June 26, 2017

    Exercise Org. Urges Judge To Trim Sanctions In CrossFit Suit

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association asked a California federal judge on Friday to rethink sanctions issued against it in a false advertising suit filed by CrossFit Inc., saying there’s no evidence that the organization intentionally withheld documents.

  • June 26, 2017

    8th Circ. Won't Revive Spiked $16M Easement Deduction

    A Missouri golf-course-owning partnership still can’t claim a $16.4 million IRS deduction for donating course land for conservation purposes after an Eighth Circuit panel sided with a U.S. Tax Court judge Monday in a published opinion agreeing that existing bank loans compromised the donation’s status as “in perpetuity.”

  • June 26, 2017

    Feds Say Evidence In Soccer Stadium Fraud Suit Is Hearsay

    Federal prosecutors on Sunday urged a Connecticut federal judge to block proposed evidence by a man accused of overbilling the city of Hartford, Connecticut, for work related to the construction of a professional soccer stadium, calling it hearsay.

  • June 26, 2017

    9th Circ. Upholds Baseball Antitrust Exemption In Wage Suit

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday rejected a lawsuit by minor league baseball players alleging Major League Baseball colluded to fix minor leaguers’ wages, again upholding a nearly 100-year-old judicially created exemption for the business of baseball from antitrust scrutiny and handing the league a major win.

  • June 23, 2017

    4th Circ. Rules NFL Retirement Plan Wrongly Denied Benefits

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday sided with former NFL linebacker Jesse Solomon, who is seeking higher disability benefits from the league's retirement plan for cognitive impairments resulting from head injuries, finding that the plan ignored evidence of when the player became disabled.

  • June 23, 2017

    Cal Ripken Jr. Co. Accused Of Infringing Ball Machine IP

    Cal Ripken Jr.’s baseball camps were sued in Maryland federal court on Friday for allegedly infringing a pair of patents covering automatic dispensing systems through the way they use certain baseball practice machines.

  • June 23, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Say Workers' Comp No Bar To Painkiller Claims

    Two former NFL players with claims against three teams, who remain from a larger suit against all 32 teams alleging players were encouraged to abuse painkillers, told a California judge Thursday the three remaining teams cannot dodge claims as being covered by state workers’ compensation laws.

  • June 23, 2017

    Football Helmet Maker Blasts Riddell's Venue Arg In IP Row

    The maker of Schutt Sports football helmets blasted a bid by Riddell Inc. to dodge a suit alleging it infringed three helmet design patents, arguing Thursday that the Texas federal case is right where it belongs, as the rival companies clash with dueling infringement suits.

  • June 23, 2017

    NBA Agent Sues Agency CEO For $30M After Firing

    Top NBA agent Dan Fegan sued his former boss Hank Ratner for $30 million in California state court on Thursday over a purported “Machiavellian” scheme to force him out of Ratner’s agency Independent Sports and Entertainment.

  • June 23, 2017

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

    The last week has seen Bank of India sue a unit of a troubled Mumbai diamond house, another suit from a private equity firm against BayernLB amid bribery claims over the sale of Formula One and a pension claim from confectionary giant Mondelez. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 23, 2017

    Native Mascot Foes Eye Public Arena After High Court Loss

    The U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision striking down a federal ban on registering offensive trademarks cemented the legal right of the Washington Redskins and other sports teams to trademark Native American-themed names and logos, but critics of those teams will now redouble their efforts to turn public opinion against the use of those marks.

  • June 23, 2017

    Colts Don’t Have To Renew Season Tickets, 7th Circ Says

    The Seventh Circuit ruled Thursday that season ticket holders for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts do not have a right to roll their seats over from one year to the next, striking down a challenge brought by a ticket broker who says he paid money with the expectation of renewing his seats.

  • June 23, 2017

    Zynga Latest To Invoke TC Heartland In Gambling IP Row

    Video game developer Zynga followed in DraftKings and FanDuel's footsteps and urged a Nevada federal court Thursday to transfer a gambling technology patent suit against the developer, saying the new TC Heartland precedent supports a move to California.

Expert Analysis

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    What law firms should be learning from a number of recent surveys is that they will not be able to rely on the never-ending flood of associate candidates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: We Feel, We Decide

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    Despite legal education training and the focus on logic and reason by the courts, lawyers address emotional issues on a daily basis — albeit more indirectly. But a shift to consciously and strategically addressing emotions gives us a powerful tool to help our clients reach faster, better decisions, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Opinion

    Justice Kennedy's Moderating Influence On The High Court

    Nan Aron

    The guessing game around Justice Anthony Kennedy’s possible retirement is reaching a crescendo. Yet the speculation does more than fuel bookmakers’ odds. It draws attention to his pivotal role as the court’s swing vote, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Juror-Posed Questions

    Roy Futterman

    One way to combat juror confusion and boredom is to allow jurors to ask witnesses questions. No federal evidentiary or court rule prohibits it, and every federal circuit court to address the practice has held it permissible, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • NY's Public Trust Doctrine Is Alive And Well

    Steven Russo

    This month, a New York appeals court ruled that Queens Development Group LLC cannot build a proposed shopping mall near the Mets' Citi Field, revealing a virtually absolutist application of the state's public trust doctrine, and the court's reluctance to expand or grant exceptions to authorized uses of New York state parkland, say Steven Russo and Evan Preminger of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Preliminary Instructions

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • New Media In Sports: Risk Vs. Reward

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    In this short video, Douglas Masters of Loeb & Loeb LLP talks about the evolving role of new media in sports and the inherent risk of exploring new avenues to drive fan engagement.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.