• January 18, 2017

    Morissette's Manager Had Hand In Her Pocket, Stole $4.8M

    Alanis Morissette's former business manager has admitted to wire fraud, tax fraud and embezzling from his clients to the tune of $6.5 million, including $4.8 million from the singer-songwriter, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California said Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Remington Seeks Final OK Of Faulty Trigger Suit Settlement

    Remington Arms Co. LLC on Tuesday asked a Missouri federal court for final approval of a settlement to end a class action brought by gun owners in which it agreed to replace allegedly defective faulty trigger mechanisms in its best-selling Model 700 rifle and pay up to $12.5 million to class counsel.

  • January 18, 2017

    Ex-Trump Golf Employee Takes Age Bias Case To 3rd Circ.

    A former employee at the Trump National Golf Club Colts Neck alleging he was not rehired due to his age is taking his claims to the Third Circuit after his lawsuit was thrown out by a federal district judge, filing a notice of appeal on Tuesday.

  • January 18, 2017

    Aussie Turf Co. Says Ex-NFLer Didn't Provide Proper Service

    An Australian sports surface company named in a lawsuit by a former NFL linebacker who suffered a career-ending Achilles tendon injury on a removable natural grass playing surface again urged a Texas federal court to dismiss claims against it Tuesday, arguing the player had not satisfied international service requirements.

  • January 18, 2017

    Feds Oppose New Trial For Ex-Racer After Fraud Conviction

    The U.S. government has blasted convicted race car driver Tommy C. Constantine’s bid for an acquittal and new trial in his criminal fraud suit, arguing that his attempt to introduce a civil deposition does not qualify as new evidence.

  • January 18, 2017

    Justices Skeptical That Offensive TM Ban Is Constitutional

    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday in the high-profile battle over the federal government’s ban on offensive trademark registrations, at times sounding highly skeptical that the rule passes muster under the First Amendment.

  • January 18, 2017

    More Join Super Bowl Ticket Suit After Stay Lifted

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday allowed a handful of new plaintiffs to join a lawsuit against the NFL alleging they were displaced from their seats or had obstructed views at Super Bowl XLV at AT&T Stadium, after the Fifth Circuit denied class claims over the issue in a similar case last year.

  • January 18, 2017

    O'Melveny Nabs DLA Piper Sports & Entertainment Pro

    A nationally known sports and entertainment partner from DLA Piper with extensive mergers and acquisitions and private equity experience has left that law firm to join O'Melveny & Myers LLP’s New York office, where he will chair the firm’s sports industry group.

  • January 17, 2017

    Offensive TMs At High Court: Everything You Need To Know

    The highest-profile trademark case in years will be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, pitting a rock band and a billion-dollar football team against the federal government — and the First Amendment against laws limiting offensive speech. To get you up to speed, here's everything you need to know.

  • January 17, 2017

    Sports Flooring Co. Sues Rival Over 'Sport Court' Mark

    Sports flooring company Connor Sport Court International LLC filed suit in Utah federal court on Tuesday, accusing a competitor of violating the trademark it has registered for "Sport Court," marking the company's latest attempt to defend the mark from alleged misuse.

  • January 17, 2017

    Golfsmith Gets Court OK For $22M Sale Of Corporate Campus

    Bankrupt sporting goods retailer Golfsmith International Holdings Inc. received court approval Tuesday on its request to sell its corporate headquarters in Austin, Texas, for $22.5 million, pending some alterations to the order.

  • January 17, 2017

    Gambler Says FBI Leaks Ruin Insider Trading Case

    Prominent sports gambler Billy Walters on Friday asked a New York federal judge to dismiss an insider trading case against him — which also ensnared pro golfer Phil Mickelson — saying his rights were violated by a rogue FBI agent who leaked details of the investigation to the press.

  • January 17, 2017

    Pa. Senators Push Bill To Regulate Daily Fantasy Sports

    Two Pennsylvania state senators from both sides of the aisle on Tuesday said that they plan to introduce legislation to permit and regulate the operation of daily fantasy sports games in Pennsylvania.

  • January 17, 2017

    NY Looking To Test Sports Betting Ban, Wagering Chair Says

    New York could be the next state to challenge a federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting as New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee, told Law360 he plans to float a sports betting legalization bill this month, a move that will likely land the state in federal court. 

  • January 17, 2017

    Justices Want Solicitor General's Take On NJ Sports Betting

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for the U.S. Solicitor General's opinion about whether it should take up New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law that prohibits states from authorizing sports betting.

  • January 17, 2017

    Lead Objector Seeks $6M Fee In NCAA Concussion Deal

    Attorneys for the lead objector in a multidistrict litigation against the National Collegiate Athletic Association over concussion-related health concerns asked for $6 million in fees for their contributions to the case on Friday, the same day attorneys for a class of student-athletes sought $15 million in fees from an Illinois federal judge.

  • January 13, 2017

    Student-Athlete Attys Seek $15M In NCAA Concussion Deal

    Attorneys for a class of student-athletes in multidistrict litigation with the NCAA over concussion-related health concerns are seeking $15 million in fees on the heels of early approval of a $75 million settlement, according to a request filed in Illinois federal court on Friday.

  • January 13, 2017

    Calif. EMTs Escape HS Football Player's Negligence Suit

    A California appeals court on Friday declined to revive a high school football player's dismissed negligence claim against an ambulance company for allegedly not transporting him fast enough to the hospital after a head injury, finding that his key expert's testimony was rightly nixed, as was the case.

  • January 13, 2017

    Ex-Reebok CEO Must Sit For Deposition In TM Dispute

    Reebok on Friday lost a bid in federal court to shield its former CEO Ulrich Becker from deposition in the trademark suit the company filed against apparel makers who allegedly infringed its RBK brand.

  • January 13, 2017

    Podhurst Hits Back In Row With NFL Player Estate Over Fees

    Podhurst Orseck PA has urged a Pennsylvania federal court not to invalidate its retainer agreement with the estate of a class representative in the NFL concussion settlement that claims the firm is seeking an unfair recovery, saying it worked for both the class and the individual and deserves its contract-based fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 1

    David Fink

    Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Why NY Employers Should Carefully Consider Freelancers

    Loren Lee Forrest Jr.

    Employers that engage independent contractors should be aware of certain tensions between the new Freelance Isn't Free Act and the Court of Appeals of the State of New York's recent Yoga Vida decision. Both serve as reminders to scrupulously examine formalization of policies concerning independent contractors, say Loren Lee Forrest Jr. and Katherine Marques of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Legal Loopholes For Dietary Supplements Must Be Sealed

    Robert Tauler

    A lack of sustained and serious enforcement of federal laws and regulations allows shady dealers to openly sell illegal supplements in the U.S. Someday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have enough resources to bring these bad actors down, but until then laws that govern competition in the marketplace will remain the strongest weapon to protect consumers, says Robert Tauler of Tauler Smith LLP.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Almost Famous: Trademark Dilution Claims Just Out Of Reach

    Eric Ball

    Recent dismissals of trademark dilution claims at the motion-to-dismiss stage highlight that plaintiffs must be prepared to show early on that their mark is a “household name” before they can pursue their claims. These decisions also show that defendants are more often turning to this early path to attack an exaggerated claim to fame, say Eric Ball and Carly Bittman of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 5 Trends Dominated Ad Law In 2016


    Reed Smith LLP attorneys Michael Strauss and Jason Gordon examine the five that dominated the advertising industry over the past year and that will continue in 2017.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017


    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.