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  • January 23, 2019

    USOC Tries To Dodge Taekwondo Sex Abuse Class Action

    The U.S. Olympic Committee urged a Colorado federal magistrate judge to throw out allegations it facilitated an environment in which elite taekwondo fighters were required to trade sex for opportunities to compete, saying it was far removed from the alleged misconduct.

  • January 23, 2019

    Jay-Z, Meek Mill, Team Owners Launch Parole Reform Group

    Music mogul Jay-Z, rapper Meek Mill, and several professional sports team owners and asset managers on Wednesday launched a $50 million criminal justice reform effort aimed at revamping laws to reduce the number of people on parole or probation.

  • January 23, 2019

    Miami's $1B Plan For MLS Stadium Faces Renewed Challenge

    A Miami attorney who previously filed an ethics complaint over soccer legend David Beckham and Miami businessman Jorge Mas’ no-bid plan to replace the city’s public golf course with a $1 billion stadium-entertainment project has renewed his challenge in a pair of lawsuits made available Wednesday. 

  • January 23, 2019

    5 Key Changes In Final IRS Pass-Through Deduction Rules

    The Internal Revenue Service’s final regulations for claiming the new 20 percent deduction for pass-through income introduced a few surprises. Here, Law360 looks at the five main differences between the final regulations and the rules proposed last summer.

  • January 23, 2019

    Grassley Seeks Answers From USOC After Nassar Report

    Sen. Chuck Grassley has asked the U.S. Olympic Committee to outline the steps it’s taking to improve its culture and protect athletes after the release of a scathing December report about sexual abuse in the Olympic community, the lawmaker said Wednesday.

  • January 23, 2019

    NFL Concussion Judge Can't Nix Funding Deals, 3rd Circ. Told

    Litigation funding companies laying claim to NFL concussion class settlement money urged the Third Circuit to overturn a Pennsylvania federal judge’s ruling that the class deal barred their stake in the proceeds, arguing Wednesday that the district court overstepped its bounds because the companies aren’t even parties in the case.

  • January 23, 2019

    Riddell Helmet Co. Looks To Strike Players' Class Claims

    The manufacturer of Riddell football helmets asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to prevent a suit by six former players from going forward as a class action, saying the injuries the players claim, the specific helmets they used, where they played and the potential mitigating factors are too different for a group remedy.

  • January 23, 2019

    Nets Part Owner Buys WNBA Liberty From Knicks' Owner

    The WNBA’s New York Liberty have been purchased by Brooklyn Nets part-owner Joseph Tsai, the league’s interim president Mark Tatum said Wednesday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • DOJ's Wire Act Opinion Is A Game Changer

    Tim Lowry

    The U.S. Department of Justice's updated guidance on the Wire Act contains a fundamental distinction between civil risk and criminal risk, and this will slow down the proliferation of gambling-related online offerings in the internet gambling community, says Tim Lowry of DLA Piper.

  • 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.