Sports

  • May 18, 2017

    Ticketmaster Says 49ers Fans Agreed To Arbitrate ADA Row

    Ticketmaster and Live Nation on Wednesday urged a California federal court to bump a suit over disability access to seats it sold at the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium into arbitration, saying the customers had agreed to forego class claims and the courtroom.

  • May 18, 2017

    MLB, Facebook Reach Latest Sports Streaming Deal

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday said that the league has reached a deal with Facebook Inc. to stream games, as the league and others continue to experiment with new ways to show games and other sports content.

  • May 18, 2017

    Texas A&M Says It's Immune From '12th Man' Copyright Suit

    Texas A&M University on Wednesday urged a Texas federal court to toss copyright claims over a story published on a school website on the origin of the “12th Man” football fan tradition, arguing that the plaintiffs cannot avoid the university’s protection from suit as a state entity by going after the athletics department and its employees.

  • May 18, 2017

    Painkiller Battles Loom Over NFL Despite Early Success

    A California federal judge this week decimated a lawsuit claiming 32 NFL teams and team doctors pushed players to abuse prescription painkillers, though the threat of an appeal and other individual claims over what some former players argue is a pervasive problem will continue to hang over the league.

  • May 18, 2017

    Fla. High Court Says County Voters Can't OK Slot Machines

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed denial of a slot machine permit for a Native American-operated racetrack in northern Florida, issuing a key finding that counties across the state lack authority to approve such gambling expansion through local referendums.

  • May 17, 2017

    'NBA 2K' Maker Asks 2nd Circ. To Not Revive Face-Scan Row

    The maker of the NBA 2K video game series urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of a proposed class action accusing it of collecting and retaining gamers’ facial scans in violation of an Illinois privacy law, saying no concrete injury was suffered.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sterling's Ex-Mistress Says Wife Can’t Recover $2.6M In Gifts

    Former NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s ex-mistress argued to a California appellate court Wednesday that she was wrongly sued by his wife and ordered to return $2.6 million in gifts under claims they were marital assets transferred without consent, saying Shelly Sterling should have sued her husband for damages instead.

  • May 17, 2017

    Horse Racing Fantasy Sports Biz Takes Bets, Judge Says

    California federal judge gave a group of horse racing associations a partial win on Monday in their suit against fantasy racing business Derby Wars, finding that the fantasy horseracing company’s entry fees are in fact wagers and that the company is operating an off-track betting system under federal law.

  • May 17, 2017

    Ex-Baylor Volleyball Player Alleges Rape By Football Players

    A former Baylor University volleyball player is the latest woman to bring a lawsuit alleging the university mishandled her reports of sexual assault by Baylor football players, in violation of Title IX, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas on Tuesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Privacy Group Challenges Secret Tennis Scoring System

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to look into a proprietary algorithm used to assign scores to tennis players, including athletes under the age of 13, saying the use of a secret system to rate kids constitutes an unfair and deceptive trade practice.

  • May 17, 2017

    NFL Aims For Quick Win In Charity Gambling Row

    The National Football League told a federal judge in Texas on Tuesday that it was entitled to an early win in a lawsuit brought against it by organizers of a charity event in Las Vegas that was relocated after concerns regarding league gambling rules were raised, because there's no evidence of fraud.

  • May 17, 2017

    Fired Trump Golf Club Worker Settles Retaliation Suit

    A Donald Trump-owned golf club has settled out of court a former employee's wrongful termination suit alleging she was fired for reporting a manager had sexually harassed her, according to court documents filed in Florida federal court Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    EU Gives National Gov'ts Bigger Role In State Aid Reviews

    The European Commission moved Wednesday to let national governments provide public support for seaports and airports without seeking prior European Union approval and said it would only look into relatively large government aid to the arts and sports arenas.

  • May 17, 2017

    NHL Network Scores Rights To Annual World Championships

    The National Hockey League’s channel scored exclusive broadcast rights in the U.S. for the next three IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, it said on Wednesday, marking its latest move to bolster its broadcast and viewing options.

  • May 17, 2017

    Consumers Defend Louisville Slugger Warranty Suit

    A proposed class of consumers accusing Wilson Sporting Goods Co. of failing to honor warranties for defective Louisville Slugger baseball bats asked an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday not to trim their suit, arguing that it was properly pled and it’s too early to deal with issues of class certification.

  • May 16, 2017

    NJ Rep. Urges Solicitor General To Back Sports Betting Bid

    New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone urged the acting U.S. solicitor general on Tuesday to throw his weight behind the state’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and major sports leagues challenging a federal law that blocks most states from authorizing sports betting.

  • May 16, 2017

    NCAA Given 'Carte Blanche' On Transfer Rule, 7th Circ. Told

    A former college football player who was told by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that he would have to forgo a year of play if he wanted to transfer schools wants his lawsuit challenging the so-called year-in-residence rule revived, telling the Seventh Circuit on Monday that a lower court gave the NCAA "carte blanche" to violate antitrust laws.

  • May 16, 2017

    PGA Tour Can't Ax Bad Faith Claim In Singh Antler Spray Case

    A New York judge has refused to toss a claim by former No. 1-ranked professional golfer Vijay Singh that PGA Tour Inc. acted unreasonably when, without further consulting the World Anti-Doping Agency, the tour suspended him for using a purportedly illicit deer antler spray.

  • May 16, 2017

    Harvard Study Looks At Ways NFL Can Bolster Player Health

    Harvard Law School published a report Monday exploring the National Football League’s health policies and practices, noting that the professional football league has done a good job with player safety and suggesting areas of improvement using examples from other professional sports leagues.

  • May 16, 2017

    RBS Fight Over Liverpool Soccer Club Sale Headed To Trial

    A New York judge on Tuesday set a fall trial date for an investment fund’s suit against the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC over its role in the £235 million sale of soccer team Liverpool FC to the owners of the Boston Red Sox, after the case was revived on appeal in April.

Expert Analysis

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • Big Data In Sports: Changing The Game

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    In this short video, Brian Socolow of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses the evolution of data use in professional sports, including the unprecedented legal challenges surrounding ownership of, access to and acceptable use of that data.

  • Web Servers: An Overlooked Cybersecurity Risk At Law Firms

    Jeff Schilling

    Many law firms use public-facing websites for business development and to streamline operational processes. While these sites are great for maximizing information-sharing, they could unknowingly be an unlocked gateway into a firm’s most confidential data, says Jeff Schilling of Armor Defense Inc.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Increasing Focus On Info Exchanges Among Competitors

    Phillip Johnson

    Sharing sensitive nonpublic information can have adverse effects on competition. Indeed, recent activity in private and public antitrust enforcement shows growing concern with competitors’ coordinated actions and information sharing, say Phillip Johnson and Niyati Ahuja of Econ One Research Inc.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.