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  • September 17, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Wilson Win On Football Helmet Chin Straps

    The Federal Circuit on Monday affirmed a Texas federal judge's dismissal of a portion of a suit alleging Wilson Sporting Goods Co. infringed a pair of patents on football helmet straps held by SportStar Athletics Inc.

  • September 17, 2018

    IGT Offers $500M In Notes As NJ Sports-Betting Market Grows

    International Game Technology PLC on Monday said it is selling $500 million worth of senior secured notes to redeem a prior note issue as the London-based gambling company becomes active in the new sports-betting market in New Jersey.

  • September 17, 2018

    Sport Supplement Co., Consumers Settle Deceptive Label Suit

    Dietary supplement manufacturer PhD Fitness LLC and a putative class of consumers have told a South Carolina federal court they've agreed to end a suit accusing the company of deceptively labeling its sport supplements.

  • September 14, 2018

    Feds, Ballplayer Cut Deal On House Tied To Smuggling Case

    Major League Baseball star José Abreu has made a deal with the federal government to keep a Florida Keys house that a court ordered his former athletic trainer to forfeit after being convicted of helping smuggle Cuban baseball players, including Abreu, into the United States.

  • September 14, 2018

    Russian Wrestler's Doping Suspension Stretched To 2 Years

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a two-year suspension on a Russian Olympic wrestler for doping, overturning a previously imposed shorter period of ineligibility, according to a statement.

  • September 14, 2018

    Texas Justices Pass On Ex-Baylor Official's Defamation Case

    The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday declined to hear a former Baylor University football official’s argument that his defamation claims against the university, its regents and Pepper Hamilton LLP over a report on the school's response to sexual assault allegations belong in arbitration.

  • September 14, 2018

    Coupons A Sticking Point In Denial Of Fitbit Class Deal

    A California federal judge shot down a deal Thursday that would have resolved class claims that customers paid extra for Fitbit Inc. devices with a sleep-tracking function that doesn’t work as advertised, taking issues with, among other things, the use of Fitbit coupons as part of the settlement.

  • September 14, 2018

    Sports Businessmen Must Honor $26M Debt Guarantee: Judge

    A Manhattan federal judge ruled Thursday that a pair of sports management businessmen were on the hook for some $26 million after their companies defaulted on a high-interest loan, saying their requests for more discovery seemed like “a cynical effort to buy time.”

  • September 14, 2018

    Texas High Court Passes On El Paso Historic Site Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday said it won’t reconsider its decision refusing to take up a historian’s lawsuit that claimed the city of El Paso must ask residents to vote on a proposed ordinance that would bar developers from demolishing eight historic structures to build a $180 million downtown arena.

  • September 14, 2018

    Fla. Bar Seeks To Disbar Ex-Judge For Accepting Rays Tickets

    The Florida Bar on Friday urged that a former judge be disbarred for accepting Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tickets from attorneys litigating a case before him, calling a recommendation for a 90-day suspension too lenient.

  • September 14, 2018

    ‘Sport’ Headphones Can’t Go The Distance, Suit Says

    A Santa Cruz-based electronics company has been sued in California federal court by a customer claiming the company’s headphones are not waterproof as advertised and have defective batteries prone to failure in less than a year.

  • September 14, 2018

    Brand Battles: Starbucks Aims To Stop 'Anti-Semitic' Term

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Starbucks asks the board to block a mark it says has been used to "express extreme anti-Semitic views," college football powerhouse Ole Miss defends its "Hotty Toddy" chant, and Disney's Lucasfilm gets specific in a case over "Lightsabers."

  • September 13, 2018

    Member Fights Gold's Gym Bid To Nix Broken Equipment Suit

    A Colorado woman Thursday asked a federal court to deny Gold’s Gym’s attempt to dismiss her claim she was injured by a broken rowing machine, arguing her membership agreement’s liability waiver didn’t cover defective equipment.

  • September 13, 2018

    Riddell Loses Bid To Invalidate Rival's Football Helmet IP

    An Illinois federal judge Wednesday shot down an attempt by Riddell Inc. to have a design patent held by the maker of Schutt Sports football helmets declared invalid, saying Riddell had not backed its claim Schutt got the patent by deliberately withholding information.

  • September 13, 2018

    Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt Blocked For 2 More Weeks

    A Montana federal judge on Thursday extended for two weeks his block on a grizzly bear hunt in the Yellowstone National Park area, saying there are “serious questions” about whether the federal government was correct in removing Endangered Species Act protections for the animals.

  • September 13, 2018

    Barclays Center Settles Suit Over Biased Background Checks

    The Barclays Center has settled a proposed class action in New York federal court brought by job applicants alleging one of its food service providers used a discriminatory criminal history screening policy to deny positions to qualified applicants, with the vendor agreeing to hire workers it had denied and to revise its background check policy with the help of a psychology expert.

  • September 13, 2018

    Crypto Investor Launches Suit Over ‘Bait-And-Switch’ Scheme

    An investor who plunked more than $5 million into a blockchain-based online sports wagering startup filed a shareholder lawsuit in Delaware’s Chancery Court against two company principals and an entity he claims was created to siphon off the original company’s assets and profits.

  • September 13, 2018

    Ex-Adidas Duo, NBA Agent Want NCAA Case Charges Axed

    Three defendants accused of bribing high school basketball stars and coaches to steer players to college teams sponsored by Adidas urged a New York federal judge to throw out the criminal charges against them, arguing the government hasn’t established that they committed fraud.

  • September 12, 2018

    NY Judge Nixes Rest Of Legal Funder Suit After Booting CFPB

    A Manhattan federal judge concluded Wednesday that her decision earlier this year that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally structured and must exit a lawsuit accusing RD Legal Funding of scamming injured NFL players and 9/11 responders means that New York’s attorney general can’t proceed with the rest of the case, after all.

  • September 12, 2018

    NCAA Concussion MDL Nears End Of Direct Notice Phase

    More than 6,500 previously hard-to-reach class members in multidistrict litigation over concussions in student-athletes will soon learn about a $75 million deal with the NCAA, finally bringing to an end the direct notice portion of the case, an attorney for the college sports governing body told an Illinois federal judge Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • New Pass-Through Deduction Will Pass Over Many Lawyers

    Evan Morgan

    A few weeks ago, the IRS proposed regulations related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act's 20 percent deduction on qualified business income for pass-through entities. The guidance offers long-awaited clarity, but is mostly bad news for many law firms, says Evan Morgan of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • How Reckless Judicial Impeachments Threaten Rule Of Law

    Jan van Zyl Smit

    Judicial impeachment fever seems to be spreading through the states, with West Virginia legislators recently voting to remove their state's entire Supreme Court, and lawmakers in Pennsylvania and North Carolina threatening the same. These actions are a serious threat to judicial independence, says Jan van Zyl Smit of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Fogel Reviews 'Good Judgment'

    Judge Jeremy Fogel

    In this time of partisan conflict over judicial selection, a new book by Canadian jurist Robert J. Sharpe —​ "Good Judgment" — represents a refreshing, deeply thoughtful departure from binary arguments about how and why judges make decisions, says U.S. District Judge Jeremy Fogel, director of the Federal Judicial Center.

  • 10 Ways To Prevent E-Discovery Woes

    Debbie Reynolds

    E-discovery is not easy, but employing these 10 strategies may help minimize future headaches, say Debbie Reynolds and Daryl Gardner of EimerStahl Discovery Solutions LLC.

  • 4 Key Components To New Firm Partnership Agreements

    Russell Shinsky

    A well-drafted partnership agreement protects a law firm's founders, establishes a process for new and outgoing partners, and sets forth guidelines for navigating conflict along the way. Startup firms can begin with something less complex, but there are important elements that every agreement should include, says Russell Shinsky of Anchin Block & Anchin LLP.

  • Opinion

    EA Victory Over Ex-NFL Players Should Be Reversed

    Ronald Katz

    A California federal judge's recent decision to deny the retired NFL players' motion for class certification in the Electronic Arts right of publicity case not only misconstrues Ninth Circuit law, but also ignores the very nature of a "historic" team, says ​​​​​​​Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.