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Sports

  • December 12, 2018

    'SuperStarch' Maker Settles Suit Over Performance Claims

    The maker of sports drinks and bars advertised to contain the performance-enhancing “SuperStarch” has settled a proposed class action brought by an Illinois man who claimed the products actually impaired athletes by causing them gastrointestinal distress, according to an attorney who worked on the case.

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and esports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    USOC Says Time, Safe Sport Act Bar Ex-Gymnast's Abuse Suit

    The United States Olympic Committee told a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday that it can't be held accountable for a former coach's alleged abuse of a onetime world champion gymnast, arguing she has misinterpreted the Safe Sport Act and that her remaining claims are time-barred.

  • December 12, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Fights 'Frivolous' Sanctions Bid In Home Build Suit

    A former New England Patriots linebacker urged a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to ditch a bid for sanctions against him and his wife by a company accused of failing to build his dream house, saying the motion is a "frivolous" attempt to block testimony from key players in the breach-of-contract and copyright case.

  • December 12, 2018

    FanDuel's Hidden Arbitration Pact Preserves MDL, Users Say

    A user agreement was not conspicuous enough to compel FanDuel Inc. users to arbitration to settle multidistrict fraud claims, a Massachusetts federal judge was told Wednesday during a hearing over a suit saying FanDuel and DraftKings Inc. falsely told consumers their games could be won by average players.

  • December 12, 2018

    Packers Fan Seeks To Sport Team Jersey On Bears' Sidelines

    A Green Bay Packers fan who holds Chicago Bears season tickets told an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday that he shouldn't be barred from sporting Packers gear at a sideline warmup program at Soldier Field ahead of the teams' matchup this week.

  • December 12, 2018

    Sports Magnate Facing US Soccer Subpoena In Antitrust Row

    The U.S. Soccer Federation says it plans to subpoena a former North American Soccer League board member who owns the league's Miami team to testify in an antitrust dispute in New York federal court, continuing its crusade to depose the sports magnate in the face of staunch pushback from the league.

  • December 12, 2018

    MVP: Gibson Dunn's Matthew McGill

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s Matthew McGill doesn't describe himself as a sports lawyer, but his part on the team that persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to make its historic decision to lift the bar for nationwide legalized sports gambling has nevertheless won him a spot as one of Law360’s 2018 Sports MVPs.

  • December 11, 2018

    FanDuel, DraftKings Get Gaming Patent Claims Nixed At PTAB

    Daily fantasy sports giants FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. scored a win with the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board after a panel ruled Monday that all of the challenged claims of an Interactive Games LLC patent for a gaming system were invalid as obvious.

  • December 11, 2018

    NFL Illegally Relocated Raiders To Vegas, Oakland Says

    The city of Oakland, California, on Friday sued the NFL over its 2017 decision to relocate the Raiders to Las Vegas, saying the league violated its own policies and antitrust laws by boycotting Oakland from the decision process.

  • December 11, 2018

    Justices Asked To Review Due Process In Faulty Helmet Suit

    A former bicyclist alleging he is now quadriplegic because of a defective Bell Sports USA bike helmet has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his case, saying the trial court violated his due process rights by scheduling the trial without consulting his attorney.

  • December 11, 2018

    MVP: Paul Weiss' Brad Karp

    Brad Karp of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP is the NFL’s go-to attorney who helped the league avoid a lawsuit from Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and also conducted an internal investigation into a Twitter scandal for the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, earning a spot as one of Law360’s 2018 Sports MVPs.

  • December 10, 2018

    New Nassar Abuse Probe Spotlights Institutional Failures

    The two organizations responsible for protecting young gymnasts from harm ignored and covered up credible allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar, acting as part of an "ecosystem" that gave him unimpeded license to abuse hundreds of children, a new Ropes & Gray LLP investigative report revealed Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Ret. Judge Tapped To Probe NFL Settlement Fraud Allegations

    The Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the landmark NFL concussion settlement appointed a retired judge Monday to serve as a special fraud investigator to dig into allegations that doctors and players were gaming the system, handing the league a quiet win on a request that had been embroiled in a firestorm of controversy just a few months ago.

  • December 10, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Sex Assault Suit Against NBA Star

    The Ninth Circuit declined Monday to sanction a woman who unsuccessfully sued NBA star Derrick Rose and his friends for $21.5 million for allegedly sexually assaulting her, but declined to revive the suit, defending a district court's decisions regarding what evidence to allow.

  • December 10, 2018

    Medical Device Exec Beats Charges Of Tipping Orioles Player

    Federal prosecutors have abandoned insider trading and perjury charges against medical device executive James Mazzo after two juries deadlocked on whether he intended to tip longtime Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces to merger plans.

  • December 10, 2018

    FINA Has Stranglehold On Swimming Competitions, Suit Says

    Three international champion swimmers and the nascent International Swimming League have accused the Fédération Internationale de Natation, or FINA, of leveraging its power over access to the Olympics to crush the league's attempts to organize competitions.

  • December 10, 2018

    Wilson, Buyers Go To Bat For Louisville Slugger Settlement

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has reached a deal to provide replacement baseball bats to settle a contentious proposed class action in Illinois federal court by buyers who alleged that Louisville Slugger Prime BBCOR bats were defective and that the company denied and discouraged warranty claims.

  • December 10, 2018

    Greece Fights Enforcement Of €47.9M Contract Award

    Greece urged a New York federal court Monday to reject Leidos’ efforts to start pinning down the country's U.S. assets to enforce an award now worth €47.9 million stemming from the 2004 Olympics, saying the American security contractor’s arbitral award is tainted by a bribery and public corruption scandal and could be nixed.

  • December 10, 2018

    Stradling Nabs Ex-Sheppard Mullin M&A Partner

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC has hired a Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner with years of experience representing private equity firms, medical device makers and technology clients in mergers and acquisitions.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Opinion

    USA Gymnastics Should Dissolve Itself In Bankruptcy

    Ronald Katz

    USA Gymnastics, facing over 100 lawsuits as a result of the Larry Nassar sex molestation crimes, recently filed for bankruptcy to ensure its survival. However, rather than being preserved, the organization should be replaced by a government agency that can assume financial and moral responsibility, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.

  • The Virtual Law Team: Advantages For Litigants And Lawyers

    Jessica Cox

    The virtual law team was created as a necessary response to mass tort litigation — however, with advances in technology and ever-increasing specialization of the legal practice, the model should be considered in multiplaintiff litigation of any size, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.