Sports

  • March 27, 2017

    Photographers Seek Sanctions For Fee Requests By NFL, AP

    Photographers suing the National Football League and the Associated Press over royalties from their pictures asked a New York federal court on Friday to sanction the league and the news agency, arguing that they knew their requests for $1.3 million in fees were “doomed to fail.”

  • March 24, 2017

    Yamaha Beats Bid To Revive Motor Defect Action At 9th Circ.

    Owners of Yamaha outboard motors who claim a defect caused dangerous corrosion had their putative class action sunk by the Ninth Circuit on Friday when a panel found they couldn’t show how the alleged defect led to an unreasonable safety hazard.

  • March 24, 2017

    Judge Body-Slams WWE, Wrestlers Over Lengthy Briefs

    A Connecticut federal judge on Friday skewered World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. and a pair of former wrestlers that claim the dangers of repeated head traumas were hidden from them, telling both sides their briefs for a summary judgment bid were far too long.

  • March 24, 2017

    Pa. School District Sues Turf Provider Over Defective Fibers

    A Pennsylvania school district on Thursday filed the latest in a number of would-be class action lawsuits accusing Fieldturf USA in Pennsylvania federal court of providing fields that it knew had defective artificial turf fibers.

  • March 24, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Time, Canyon Bridge Capital, Portsmouth

    A sale of Time valuing the magazine publisher at about $2 billion is inching closer, Canyon Bridge Capital will ask the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States to review its $1.3 billion acquisition of Lattice Semiconductor for a second time, and Michael Eisner's investment firm is in exclusive talks to buy a professional soccer team.

  • March 24, 2017

    Baseball CEO Calls Privileged Docs In Expansion Suit 'Unfair'

    The CEO of the Rockford Aviators baseball team in the independent Frontier League said that a team owner in the league cannot raise attorney-client privilege over certain discovery documents in the case, telling an Indiana federal judge on Thursday that the owner’s designation is too broad.

  • March 24, 2017

    NCAA Says O'Bannon 'Win' Not Enough For $42M Attys' Fee

    The NCAA asked the Ninth Circuit to deny a $42 million attorneys' fee request in the long-running litigation over rules barring student-athletes from being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses, arguing Thursday that the win was only partial and doesn’t warrant such a large award.

  • March 24, 2017

    Ex-PSU Prez Found Guilty Of Child Endangerment

    Ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier was found guilty of one count of child endangerment on Friday after a jury in Harrisburg agreed that his failure to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago had left children at risk from the recently convicted sex offender.

  • March 24, 2017

    FTC Sues Online Marketers For Shady 'No Risk' Deals

    The Federal Trade Commission filed suit in California federal court on Thursday against a group of online marketers for allegedly deceptively luring consumers into signing up for cooking gadgets and golf equipment, saying the companies failed to disclose the terms of their "free" and "no risk" offers.

  • March 24, 2017

    MLB Accused Of Using Confidential Info For Training Website

    The developer of a Major League Baseball-branded website providing instructional content for youth baseball players, coaches and parents accused the league in New York state court on Wednesday of using confidential information to create a competing website with another partner.

  • March 23, 2017

    Jurors Start Mulling Ex-PSU Boss's Child Endangerment Case

    A jury began deliberations Thursday over whether ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier conspired to endanger children by agreeing not to tell child welfare authorities about a school employee’s claim that he saw now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy in a campus locker room.

  • March 23, 2017

    Dean Foods Chairman Feared His Wife Was Wired By Feds

    The defense in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters in a New York federal court hammered the government’s star witness on his lies and swindle, little and large, and reveled in revealing former Dean Foods chairman Tom Davis took his wife to a cemetery and asked her whether she was wearing a wire.

  • March 23, 2017

    Ark. Lawmakers Wavering On Firearms At College Sports

    Arkansas lawmakers on Thursday pushed forward with a new bill that would exempt college sports games from a law passed earlier this week that allows licensed individuals to carry concealed firearms on college campuses across the state.

  • March 23, 2017

    Bank Seeks $2.2M Fee For $575M Performance Sports Sale

    Investment bank Centerview Partners LLC on Wednesday asked a Delaware bankruptcy court to sign off on a $2.2 million final fee for its work on Performance Sports Group Ltd.'s $575 million Chapter 11 sale last month.

  • March 23, 2017

    DirecTV Settles DOJ's Dodgers Channel Info-Sharing Suit

    DirecTV and AT&T reached a deal Thursday to settle the U.S. Department of Justice's claims that the companies illegally shared sensitive information about negotiations to carry the Dodgers’ official local broadcast partner, agreeing to crack down on their executives' conversations with rivals.

  • March 23, 2017

    Baylor Football Player Gets New Trial In Sex Assault Case

    A Texas appellate court on Wednesday ordered a new trial for a former Baylor University football player whose sexual assault conviction prompted an investigation of allegations that the university improperly responded to sexual assaults of its students.

  • March 23, 2017

    Fired NY Post Sports Columnist Drops Suit Over Trump Tweet

    A former sports columnist for the New York Post who said he was wrongfully fired for a personal tweet he sent comparing President Donald Trump's inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11 has dropped his suit in New York State Supreme Court, after the paper moved to toss the allegations.

  • March 23, 2017

    Jury Awards TRX $6.8M In Fitness Equipment Patent, TM Row

    A California federal jury on Wednesday awarded the company behind popular TRX exercise equipment roughly $6.8 million after finding that rival fitness equipment maker and seller WOSS Enterprises LLC willfully infringed its patent for a resistance-based exercise device, as well as a trademark.

  • March 23, 2017

    Anapol Weiss Opposes Attys Bid For NFL Concussion Fees

    Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley PC, one of the co-lead class counsel firms in the NFL concussion settlement, on Wednesday fought back against a Minnesota lawyer's contention that he was owed some of the $112.5 million fee requested from the football players' settlement for referring them clients, saying they never agreed to share these fees and that the lawyer did not do any work to benefit the entire class.

  • March 23, 2017

    Photographers Fight Fees After Contract Loss To AP, NFL

    Photographers whose claims against The Associated Press, the NFL and Replay Photos over royalties from their pictures were dismissed by a New York federal judge asked the court not to grant the attorneys' fee requests put forth by the defendants, arguing Wednesday that their case wasn’t objectively unreasonable.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    A Call To Arms: The Trademark Battle For 'Triggerpoint'

    E. Russell Tarleton

    A U.S. trademark application to register the term "Triggerpoint" has piqued the interest of many​ in the fitness and massage industries​. By the time the opposition window closed on March 2, there were 45 entities and individuals requesting extensions to oppose Implus Footcare’s filing. Why all the fuss? The term may be merely descriptive, say Russell Tarleton and Jennifer Ashton of Seed IP Law Group LLP.

  • A March Madness Bracket Based On Team Trademarks

    Michael N. Spink

    I decided to see what an NCAA tournament bracket would look like if based on the number of trademark registrations for each school competing. During my search of federal trademark records, I noted that universities are increasingly protecting hand and body gestures, says Michael Spink of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • 'March Madness' Trademark Tips And Traps

    Roberta Jacobs-Meadway

    As the nation’s major college basketball tournament kicks off on Tuesday, the debate continues as to whether and to what extent the NCAA has the right to engage in rigorous trademark policing efforts when the use of "March Madness" is informational rather than suggesting some official connection or sponsorship, say Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Alexander Fleisher of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • New Calif. Law Will Change Youth Sports Concussion Cases

    Anne Marie Ellis

    California's recently enacted youth sports concussion law significantly expands the scope of the pre-existing “return to play” law, which only applied in the scholastic setting — as is the case in most other jurisdictions throughout the country. Expect to see similar expansions in other states, say Anne Marie Ellis and Paul Alarcon of Buchalter.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.

  • When Grumpy Cat Becomes Grumpy Plaintiff: Memes In Court

    Alexander Ziccardi

    While memes’ influence on politics and pop culture is widely acknowledged, little attention has been paid to the legal risks facing the people who create and post memes. That soon may change. Memes have begun popping up in a handful of lawsuits that mirror the kinds of claims that have long been brought against more traditional media, says Alexander Ziccardi of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Data Analytics Now Cost-Effective For Smaller Firms

    Chris Paskach

    A recent survey found that nearly two-thirds of Am Law 200 firms are now using data analytics, compared to only about a tenth of regional and boutique firms. Yet the exploding market for data analytics technology in business is making these productivity tools available for any size matter or firm, say Christopher Paskach of The Claro Group and Douglas Johnston Jr. of Five Management LLC.