Sports

  • 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.

  • May 21, 2018

    Olympic Swimmer Says US Coach Hid Sex Abuse For Decade

    Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith hit the sport’s governing body with a sexual abuse lawsuit Monday, alleging USA Swimming actively “covered up” a nearly decadelong abusive relationship with a coach that began when she was 13.

  • May 21, 2018

    NFLPA, League Botched Benefits Disclosure, Ex-Player Says

    The National Football League Players Association and the NFL flouted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by failing to properly inform players about the terms of their retirement benefits plans, a former Jacksonville Jaguars safety alleged in a proposed class action Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Greece Says €40M Award In Contract Row Subject To DC Law

    Greece urged a D.C. federal court to apply a D.C. law relating to exchange rates to a judgment confirming a €39.8 million arbitral award against the country, which was issued to resolve a dispute with an American security contractor stemming from the 2004 Olympics.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ex-NY Sports Radio Host Rips Ponzi Charges, Evidence

    A former sports radio host charged with fraud relating to investments in ticket resales for major pop concerts asked a New York federal court on Friday to dismiss a substantive securities fraud count and suppress evidence found on his iPhone, saying both are defective.

  • May 21, 2018

    College Athlete Publicity Rights In Fantasy Issue Heats Up

    Daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings on Friday told the Indiana Supreme Court they do not need permission to use the names, likenesses and statistics of college athletes in their pay-to-play contests, while the athletes said the opposite in a lawsuit that is raising the issue of who owns such information as fantasy sports, and now sports betting, spread across the country.

  • May 21, 2018

    ESPN Can't Exclude Sex Harassment Allegations: Ex-Analyst

    A former ESPN legal analyst Friday asked a Connecticut federal court to reject the network's attempt to exclude allegations of past sexual harassment of other female employees from her own sexual harassment suit, saying they establish the company has a long-standing hostile work environment.

  • May 21, 2018

    NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday responded to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck federal restrictions on sports betting by urging Congress to establish uniform standards for the states that legalize the practice.

  • May 21, 2018

    Sports Leagues Differ On Betting After High Court Ruling

    Attorneys for major professional sports leagues who spoke at a conference on Saturday showed that leagues are still not aligned on the issue of betting even as broader legalization now seems inevitable, while also showing unity on maintaining the integrity of games.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ex-Notre Dame Coach Settles Daily Beast Suit Over RNC Talk

    Longtime Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz settled his defamation lawsuit against The Daily Beast Co. in Florida federal court on Monday after the online publication agreed to apologize for a 2016 article that suggested he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention.

  • May 21, 2018

    High Court Won't Review Gutted $4.35M Licensing Award

    The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not review a decision in which the Second Circuit slashed a fitness-wear company’s $4.35 million licensing-related jury award to $1.

  • May 18, 2018

    Sports Betting Sector Will Hinge On Cooperation, Many Say

    With the U.S. Supreme Court opening the door for states to legalize sports betting in a case fought by the NCAA and professional leagues, industry insiders say a partnership between the two sides is going to be essential for a successful betting regime to maintain integrity and compete with the underground illegal market. 

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.