• March 14, 2018

    FIFA Extends Brazil Soccer Prez Suspension Amid Probe

    The FIFA Ethics Committee on Wednesday extended the suspension of Brazilian soccer association President Marco Polo Del Nero, who is named in the sweeping FIFA corruption case, and also said it will open adjudicatory proceedings in the matter.

  • March 14, 2018

    FieldTurf Can Rope In More Defendants Following $30M Win

    A synthetic-turf maker will be allowed to add defendants to its suit over a turf patent following a $30 million trial verdict, a Michigan federal judge ruled Monday, after the losing party's bankruptcy filing revealed financial relationships that could support new alter-ego allegations.

  • March 14, 2018

    Skateboard Ramp Cos. Unveil New, Cashless FCA Settlement

    Two skate park design-build firms told a California federal court Tuesday they'd like to finally put to bed claims that one of them lied to governments to get business, presenting a “walk-away” cashless settlement in the False Claims Act suit they hope will fare better than a $150,000 deal rejected by the court two years ago.

  • March 14, 2018

    Wilson Says It Deserves Fees In Chin Strap Patent Fight

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. urged a Texas federal court Tuesday to reject a magistrate's recommendation to deny the sports equipment maker $61,451 in fees it racked up in a rival's patent suit over football helmet chin straps, saying the magistrate relied on a pre-Octane Fitness standard.

  • March 14, 2018

    Calif. Ski Resort Gets Final OK For $3.75M TCPA Deal

    A settlement that will see Mammoth Mountain Ski Area LLC fork over $3.75 million to resolve Telephone Consumer Protection Act claims secured final approval Tuesday, with a California federal judge saying the deal is a reasonable resolution to a class action over alleged robocalls.

  • March 13, 2018

    Citing NFL's Marshawn Lynch, TTAB Refuses 'Beast Mode' TM

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has refused to register “Beast Mode Soccer” as a trademark for sports equipment and apparel, citing NFL superstar Marshawn Lynch and his “Beast Mode” nickname.

  • March 13, 2018

    NFL Board Must Redo Ex-Cornerback's Benefits Case

    A California federal judge on Monday ordered an NFL retirement plan board to re-evaluate former NFL cornerback Charles Dimry’s permanent disability benefits application after finding a plan board improperly defaulted to its appointed doctors when denying the player’s bid for benefits.

  • March 13, 2018

    Video Patent Claims Against NFL Mostly Allowed To Stand

    The NFL has lost most of its bid to sidestep infringement claims brought by software and systems developers over their patented online video services, though a California federal judge did agree to invalidate one claim that was directed toward an abstract idea under Alice.

  • March 13, 2018

    Ex-NFLer, Atty Fight SEC's Stock Scam Wins At 9th Circ.

    Ex-NFL player Willie Gault and convicted attorney Mitchell Stein told a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission shouldn’t have won cases alleging they fraudulently inflated a heart monitor company’s stock, with Gault saying he was duped by Stein, who argued the civil and criminal cases against him were at odds.

  • March 13, 2018

    NCAA Transfer Rule Ripe For Reform Despite Court Success

    The NCAA continues to succeed in litigation challenging its restrictions on college basketball and football players' ability to transfer schools, but experts say there is still pressure to reform what is increasingly seen as a too-harsh system.

  • March 13, 2018

    T-Mobile Puerto Rico Hit With Copyright, TM Suit Over Song

    T-Mobile's Puerto Rico unit has become the latest corporation to fall in the copyright crosshairs of a songwriter who says the company exploited his famous song that has purportedly become a rallying cry for people from the hurricane-hit island, according to a suit in the territory’s federal court Tuesday.

  • March 13, 2018

    Patriots Defensive End Sues Over Unpaid College Injury Policy

    A defensive end for the New England Patriots is claiming in a Texas state court suit that The Professional Athlete Insurance Group PLLC misled him about the terms of a “loss of value” policy and has wrongfully failed to pay a claim after he was injured during his last year of collegiate play.

  • March 13, 2018

    Ticket Holder Wants Rams Sanctioned Over COO's Deposition

    A former season ticket holder suing the NFL's Los Angeles Rams over the team's move urged a Missouri federal judge on Monday to sanction the team for having its uninformed chief operating officer sit for a deposition about a notice that the team could not process any more personal seat license transfers.

  • March 12, 2018

    Rays' Suit Against Stadium Concessionaire Stays In Play

    A lawsuit by the Tampa Bay Rays against longtime concessionaire Centerplate is possibly “too detailed,” a Florida federal judge said Monday, but he found the pleadings sufficient and denied the company's motions to dismiss the breach of contract case and strike certain allegations.

  • March 12, 2018

    Three Crowns Helps Ethiopian Runner Reunite With His Family

    An elite Ethiopian marathon runner whose heels and feet were severely lashed for peacefully protesting Ethiopian government policy and who fought for two years to bring to the U.S. the pregnant wife and son he left behind when he sought asylum saw his dream come true thanks to the efforts of Three Crowns LLP.

  • March 12, 2018

    Photog Fights Quick Appeal After Embedded Tweet Ruling

    A photographer who won a controversial copyright ruling last month against Time Inc. and other news outlets over embedded tweets is fighting their bid for an immediate appeal, saying “unhappiness” with the ruling is not enough for such “extraordinary relief.”

  • March 12, 2018

    7th Circ. Kicks Out Suit Over Wendy's Hacky Sack Promotion

    The Seventh Circuit said Friday that the holder of a Guinness record related to footbags — commonly known as hacky sacks — had no legitimate claim that he was harmed when Wendy’s International Inc. ran a meal promotion encouraging customers to beat Guinness World Records Ltd. footbag records.

  • March 12, 2018

    Foot Locker Hid Online Sale Info, Pension Fund Says

    Foot Locker Inc. didn’t tell investors crucial information about its vendor's transition to online sales and its financial health, which caused the shoe retailer’s stock price to drop after it later shared the information, a pension fund alleged Friday in New York federal court.

  • March 12, 2018

    Soccer Marketer Wins NY Suit Linked To Corruption Scandal

    A New York state judge has rejected a bid by the soccer federation CONMEBOL to strip a Chilean marketing firm of the rights to commercialize the biggest soccer tournament in South America, saying in a ruling made public Monday that the dispute must be resolved in South America.

  • March 12, 2018

    FIFA Won't Rescind Banned Ex-VP's $1.05M Bribery Fine

    FIFA on Monday refused to lift a 1 million Swiss franc ($1.05 million) fine issued to former Vice President Jeffrey Webb, who was banned from soccer for life for his role in a massive bribery scandal that saw hundreds of millions of dollars exchanged for lucrative media and marketing rights to international soccer tournaments in the Americas. 

Expert Analysis

  • Olympics Cast Spotlight On FCC Indecency Policies

    Stephen Fuzesi

    French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' wardrobe malfunction at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has potential to reignite debate over the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of indecency policies, says Stephen Fuzesi of Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • March Madness: Universities Must Prepare For NCAA Inquiries

    Jodi L. Avergun

    With the NCAA Committee on Enforcement circling and preparing to swoop in as soon as the Southern District of New York concludes the fact-finding stage of its investigation, a proactive approach by universities and their general counsels can help calm a crisis in college basketball, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • Chloe Kim’s Right Of Publicity: The Value Of Gold

    Scott Weingust

    At only 17 years old, Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim probably has not spent much time thinking about trusts and estate planning. But success on the big stage increases the value of the right of publicity, which affects estate-planning strategies, say Scott Weingust and Jordan Salins of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Opinion

    Who Should Decide If Russian Flag Is In Closing Ceremony

    Ronald Katz

    On Saturday the International Olympic Committee is scheduled to make the politically and morally fraught decision of whether Russian athletes can march in the closing ceremony as Russian nationals with their flag. The IOC members would be well advised to punt this no-win decision to the IOC Athletes’ Commission, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Latest CAS Olympics Ruling Contradicts 2011 Case

    Ronald Katz

    On Friday, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport essentially reversed itself by stating that the International Olympic Committee had the right to keep cleared Russian athletes out of the Pyeongchang Olympics, it appeared that intimidation from the IOC had worked. This is especially true because the basis of the new CAS opinion is diametrically opposed to a 2011 opinion of the CAS, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.