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  • June 15, 2018

    Fitbit Abuses Arbitration To Skip All Claims, Consumers Say

    Fitbit Inc. abused its own arbitration clause to avoid ever facing claims from consumers about problems with its heart-monitoring watches, the consumers’ attorneys told a California federal judge Friday, saying the company refused to participate in the arbitration it had requested for two years.

  • June 15, 2018

    Sport Court Denies Albanian Soccer Club Stay Of 10-Year Ban

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday dismissed Albanian soccer club Klubi Sportiv Skenderbeu's request for a stay of the Union of European Football Association's decision barring the team from club competitions for 10 years and imposing a fine of €1 million ($1.2 million) for various match-fixing activities.

  • June 15, 2018

    MGM Teams With Gambling Co. For NJ Sports Betting

    International Game Technology PLC is gambling on the new sports-betting market in New Jersey through a venture with an MGM Resorts International casino, marking the latest deal sparked by the legalization of sports gambling in the Garden State.

  • June 15, 2018

    Volleyball Players Blast Coach's Bid To Dodge Sex Abuse Suit

    Volleyball players and their parents who accuse elite coach Rick Butler of hiding past sexual abuse allegations from them blasted what they called his “run-of-the-mill” attempt to escape their proposed class action, saying Thursday he had presented nothing to show their claims are false.

  • June 15, 2018

    NCAA Expert May Get To Rebut Athletes In Pay Cap Case

    A California federal judge Thursday said she may allow the NCAA to put on an expert, after all, to rebut a challenge to an association rule capping compensation for college athletes.

  • June 15, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Wins Fight With League Over Disability Benefits

    A Florida federal judge on Friday gave a former National Football League player a win in his suit against the league’s benefits program, ruling the decision to deny him disability benefits for failing to show up to medical examinations was unreasonable.

  • June 15, 2018

    NCAA Settles Suit Over Football Player's CTE Death Mid-Trial

    The NCAA and the widow of a former University of Texas defensive lineman alleging the organization could and should have prevented her late husband’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy reached a settlement Friday, days into the first-ever trial about the NCAA’s responsibility for a football player’s CTE.

  • June 15, 2018

    Current, Ex-FitBit Employees Indicted For Trade Secret Theft

    A grand jury indicted one current and five former employees of Fitbit in a California federal court Thursday for stealing trade secrets from their previous employer, a now-defunct technology company specializing in wearable devices.

  • June 14, 2018

    CrossFit Says Reebok Owes At Least $4.8M In Gear Royalties

    CrossFit Inc. has accused Reebok of robbing it of at least $4.8 million in royalties by secretly changing the way it calculated its sales of the fitness style’s branded apparel, according to a suit filed in California federal court Thursday.

  • June 14, 2018

    NRA Asks To Depose NY Regulator In Discrimination Suit

    The National Rifle Association said Thursday that it wants to depose New York’s top financial services regulator to help it prepare its bid for a preliminary injunction in its suit accusing her of working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo to squash the gun rights advocacy organization by cutting it off from financial services.

  • June 14, 2018

    Pepsi, Gatorade Slogan Deemed Fair Use In Trademark Row

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday handed PepsiCo Inc. a quick win in a trademark suit brought by sports nutrition consulting firm SportFuel Inc., saying that Gatorade Co.'s slogan "Gatorade The Sports Fuel Company" is clearly fair use.

  • June 14, 2018

    NCAA Put Profits Over Player Safety, Jury Told In CTE Trial

    An expert on college sports and former college athletic director told a Dallas jury Thursday that the NCAA has, since its founding, put its own profits ahead of the safety of the athletes it promised to protect, during the first-ever trial concerning the NCAA’s alleged responsibility for a football player’s chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

  • June 14, 2018

    SEC Wants Atty-Turned-Fraudster Banned From Penny Stocks

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday asked a federal judge in Massachusetts to ban a California attorney from dabbling in penny stocks or leading a public company after a jury convicted him of securities fraud in 2016 and he lost the parallel civil case last month.

  • June 14, 2018

    Ex-NFLers' Tax Credit Scheme Suit Against Chuhak Trimmed

    Scandal-plagued Chuhak & Tecson PC may be off the hook in one proposed class action by a group of former NFL players and others over a tax credit scheme that sent a partner to prison, after a Florida federal court tossed some claims because they conflicted with a federal statute and said it may dismiss the rest as unripe.

  • June 14, 2018

    Wilson Loses Fee Bid In Helmet Chin-Strap Patent Fight

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday adopted a magistrate's recommendation to deny Wilson Sporting Goods Co. the fees and costs of defending itself against part of SportStar Athletics Inc.'s patent infringement suit over football helmet chin straps, saying the recommendation was well-founded.

  • June 14, 2018

    Ex-Pitcher Strikes Out On 3rd Swing At MLB Defamation Suit

    A New York state judge has thrown out a former Cincinnati Reds draft pick's lawsuit accusing MLB of defamation and interfering with his baseball clinic, rejecting his third attempt to go after the league.

  • June 14, 2018

    Topgolf Wins PTAB Challenge To Patent On Golf Game

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated several claims of a patent for a golfing game on Wednesday, scrapping both of the patent claims in an infringement suit brought by a Florida-based investor against Topgolf International Inc.

  • June 14, 2018

    NCAA, Villanova Say Student-Athlete's Wage Suit Still Flawed

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association and Villanova University moved to nix the remaining claims in a former student-athlete's proposed class action alleging that student-athletes should receive wages, arguing that the updated complaint didn't fix the problems with the suit.

  • June 13, 2018

    NCAA Kept Brain Injury Risk Quiet For Decades, Jury Told

    The NCAA has known since the 1930s that football could lead to brain damage, counsel for the widow of a former University of Texas defensive lineman who had chronic traumatic encephalopathy told a Dallas jury during Wednesday opening statements in the first-ever trial concerning the NCAA’s alleged responsibility for a football player’s CTE.

  • June 13, 2018

    Jury Sides With Red Sox In $9.5M Foul Ball Injury Suit

    A Massachusetts jury Wednesday found that the Boston Red Sox were not negligent in a $9.5 million suit brought by a woman who suffered serious injuries when she was hit by a foul ball at Fenway Park.

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Ambush Marketing — Will It Kick Off At 2018 World Cup?

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    With the World Cup about to hit our screens, the temptation for some businesses that lack the badge of "official sponsor" to promote their global brand will be great. But, however tempting, the stakes for those so-called ambush marketers are high, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Opinion

    Defining Female Athletes: IAAF Gets It Wrong Again

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Association of Athletics Federations recently released new rules for "athletes with differences of sex development," and there is ample basis to attack them as unjustified measures that discriminate against women based on natural characteristics, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • 2 Gambling Issues That May Change After Sports Bet Ruling

    David Jacoby

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy is just the latest flip in America’s roller-coaster treatment of gambling. This particular twist is likely to impact directly the fortunes of two groups somewhat improbably linked by their relationship to gambling — Native American tribes and the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, says David Jacoby of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Exploring The Gambling Industry's Economic Peculiarities

    Roland Eisenhuth

    The anticipated legalization of sports betting in over 20 states is expected to add billions of dollars to U.S. gambling revenue. At the same time, mergers and acquisitions in the industry have attracted the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and questions regarding the economics of gambling must be addressed, says Roland Eisenhuth of Epsilon Economics LLC.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.