• February 15, 2017

    9th Circ. Dubious Of Lakers' Bid To Ax TCPA Coverage Denial

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday appeared skeptical of the Los Angeles Lakers' argument that a fan's putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action alleged more than invasion of privacy claims excluded under the team's directors-and-officers policy but indicated that parts of the suit could potentially trigger coverage.

  • February 15, 2017

    Production Co. Fights Sanctions Bid Over EB-5 Suit

    A film and TV production company urged a Georgia federal judge on Tuesday not to impose sanctions in a now-dismissed $45 million lawsuit alleging former NBA player Theo Ratliff and others conspired to shut it out of a prospective deal involving the EB-5 program, saying its attorneys did not act in bad faith.

  • February 15, 2017

    CUNY Athletics Official Charged With Embezzling $600K

    A former City University of New York basketball coach and athletics official was charged on Tuesday in New York federal court with pocketing $600,000 in gym rental fees intended for Baruch College, a school still shaken by an NCAA violations scandal.

  • February 15, 2017

    Judge Botched Trial Of NBA Investment Adviser, 7th Circ. Told

    An attorney for former Chicago-area investment adviser Robert Lunn told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday that the judge who oversaw Lunn's 2014 trial obstructed his client's efforts to testify about a deal with NBA legend Scottie Pippen at the heart of his bank fraud case.

  • February 15, 2017

    Ex-USC Athlete Objects To $209M Deal In Grant-In-Aid MDL

    A former University of Southern California linebacker objected Tuesday to a proposed $208.7 million deal to settle monetary claims in the antitrust suits contesting the NCAA’s caps on athlete scholarships, arguing in California federal court that the settlement releases state labor law claims that weren’t even covered in the litigation.

  • February 14, 2017

    Ex-Soccer Officials Say FIFA Corruption Charges Lacking

    Attorneys for two South American soccer officials charged in U.S prosecutors’ wide-ranging FIFA corruption case attacked the government’s case on Tuesday during oral arguments on two separate bids to toss charges, telling a federal judge in Brooklyn that the government’s case does not hold water.

  • February 14, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Seek Distance From Ballplayer Smugglers' Acts

    Attorneys for a baseball agent and an athletic trainer accused of helping Cuban ballplayers gain fraudulent entry into the United States attempted to distance their clients from the alleged illegal acts during trial proceedings Tuesday in Miami.

  • February 14, 2017

    Ex-ESPN Commentator Fired For Venus Williams Remark Sues

    A longtime ESPN tennis commentator fired by the network for an on-air comment about Venus Williams' style of play during the 2017 Australian Open filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in California court Monday, protesting that he was dropped for something he never said.

  • February 14, 2017

    9th Circ. To Weigh TCPA's Scope In Lakers Coverage Fight

    The Ninth Circuit will hear arguments Wednesday in the Los Angeles Lakers' challenge of a ruling that freed its directors-and-officers insurer from covering a settlement with a fan who accused the team of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with unsolicited texts, a case that could change how insurers treat the law in D&O policies.

  • February 14, 2017

    Insurer Seeks To Bar Photo Of Boy’s Injured Leg From Trial

    A unit of AIG asked a Missouri federal court Monday to exclude a number of pieces of evidence from trial in a case over excess coverage for a boy's personal injury action against a YMCA branch, including a photograph of the boy’s leg before it was amputated.

  • February 14, 2017

    Warriors Win Partial Toss Of Fan's App-Spying Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday partially dismissed a suit brought by a Golden State Warriors fan who alleges the team’s smartphone app secretly recorded and captured her private communications, while granting her leave to amend the suit after finding she has standing.

  • February 14, 2017

    Racetrack Exec's Lies Aren't Securities Fraud, Jury Told

    A former horse racetrack chairman accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm did fudge the truth in his statements to the firm, but his actions did not rise to the level of securities fraud, his attorney told jurors Tuesday in Miami.

  • February 14, 2017

    NHL Continues Bid For Concussion Research Docs

    The National Hockey League continued its push for the release of documents from the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center on Monday, arguing that the documents in question are extremely relevant and should be subject to vetting by the league’s own experts.

  • February 14, 2017

    UFC Can’t Shield Docs In MMA Fighters' Monopoly Suit

    UFC for the most part cannot assert attorney-client privilege over two sets of documents involving contract and merchandising negotiations in a proposed class action filed by mixed martial arts fighters alleging the organization is illegally dominating the sport, a Nevada federal magistrate judge ruled Monday.

  • February 14, 2017

    NFL Concussion Attys Seek $112.5M In Fees, Costs

    The two law firms leading the landmark NFL concussion litigation laid out their case for legal fees in Pennsylvania federal court on Monday, seeking $112.5 million in fees and costs for their work on the sprawling litigation over the league’s responsibility for former players' brain injuries.

  • February 14, 2017

    NBA D-League To Be Renamed After Gatorade In New Deal

    The NBA Development League will now be known as the NBA Gatorade League under a new naming sponsorship agreement announced Tuesday, making it the first U.S. professional sports league to reach such a corporate naming sponsorship.

  • February 13, 2017

    NFL, DirecTV Ask Judge To Sack Sunday Ticket Antitrust Suit

    The NFL and DirecTV separately urged a California federal judge on Monday to kick subscribers' antitrust suit challenging the legality of their exclusive Sunday Ticket package out of court, with DirecTV seeking arbitration and the NFL arguing the suit is based on a “fundamentally cockeyed notion.”

  • February 13, 2017

    Racetrack Exec’s Own Statements Show Fraud, SEC Tells Jury

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a federal jury Monday that it will show during a trial in Miami that a former chairman of a horse racetrack fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm by presenting witness testimony, documents — and the defendant's own admissions.

  • February 13, 2017

    Ballplayer Wooed From Cuba Paid Smugglers 40% Of Contract

    A former baseball player testified Monday at the federal trial of a sports agent and trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States that he paid out roughly 40 percent of his first contract to them and various smugglers who facilitated his journey.

  • February 13, 2017

    Lance Armstrong Can’t Outrace USPS FCA Suit

    Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong will have to face a False Claims Act lawsuit over the millions he received from the U.S. Postal Service while lying about doping, a D.C. federal judge said Monday, but prosecutors will have to prove the government lost more than it gained from its sponsorship. 

Expert Analysis

  • Demystifying International Extradition

    Amy Jeffress

    There were many high-profile news stories in 2016 about individuals fighting extradition to or from the United States. Given the complexity and sensitivity of the issues involved, extradition is time-consuming, often taking years. The process by which the U.S. evaluates hundreds of extradition requests each year may be unfamiliar to many practitioners, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 2

    David Kluft

    Although NFL ratings may be down a bit this year, intellectual property lawsuits related to the NFL most certainly are not, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 1

    David Kluft

    I always worry about what will happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asks me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits IP lawyers are supposed to know about. This article is my solution — a summary of gridiron IP disputes since the last Super Bowl, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Prosecution Of Corporate Execs: The Latest Developments

    Dawn E. Murphy-Johnson

    During the last quarter of 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced several significant guilty pleas and indictments against corporate executives that may provide some clues about where the prosecution of executives is headed this year, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.