Sports

  • June 23, 2017

    Texas Justices Won't Hear Bid To End Coach's Bias Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday denied a request from the University of Texas at Austin to review a lower appellate court's May 2016 ruling allowing a former track coach, who alleges she was forced out over a years-past relationship with a student, to bring her discrimination lawsuit.

  • June 22, 2017

    US PE Co. Hits Ex-Formula 1 Boss With UK Bribe Claim

    A U.S. private equity firm has claimed in British court that former Formula One racing boss Bernie Ecclestone bribed a German bank official so that the financial institution would sell its stake in F1 to a competing private equity company, according to U.K. court documents seen by Law360 on Thursday.

  • June 22, 2017

    PGA Tour Asks Judge To Rethink Sustaining Antler Spray Suit

    The PGA Tour on Wednesday urged a New York state judge to rehear its arguments that a lawsuit by professional golfer Vijay Singh over a suspension for using a purportedly illicit, deer-antler-derived spray should not go to trial, arguing that Singh has not actually raised any admissible evidence to show the suspension caused him a specific harm.

  • June 22, 2017

    Forever 21 Says Adidas 3-Stripe TM Has 'No Boundaries'

    Forever 21 Inc. told a federal judge Tuesday that it cannot defend against claims that it infringed Adidas AG’s oft-asserted “three-stripe mark” because the shoemaker’s “expansive view” of its rights means the trademark “literally has no defined boundaries.”

  • June 22, 2017

    Post-Slants, Is USPTO Going To Be Flooded With Bad Words?

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's Slants ruling striking down the government’s ban on offensive trademark registrations, some have worried about a flood of ugly language at the trademark office, but experts say those concerns could be overblown.

  • June 22, 2017

    FanDuel, DraftKings Slammed For Patent Row Transfer Bid

    Gambling technology companies accusing FanDuel Inc. and DraftKings Inc. of infringing their patents told a Nevada federal court Wednesday that the case has progressed too far for the daily fantasy sports giants to now attempt a Delaware transfer.

  • June 22, 2017

    Pa. Appeals Court Won't Revive Suit Over Bum Super Bowl Tix

    A Pennsylvania appeals court agreed Wednesday that a group of Super Bowl XLV ticket holders who were left without seats to the big game should not have been allowed to amend their complaint against the National Football League to include contract, rather than tort-based, claims.

  • June 22, 2017

    Retired Hoops Players Group Can't Stop Visa Change Denial

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday ended the National Basketball Retired Players Association’s challenge to a new hire's failed attempt to obtain an H-1B visa, saying the nonprofit organization has no grounds to contest the denial of the petition by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

  • June 21, 2017

    FTC Obtains TRO To Halt DraftKings, FanDuel Merger

    The Federal Trade Commission secured a temporary restraining order against the proposed merger between DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. on Tuesday after raising concerns about the deal’s potential to create a “near-monopoly.”

  • June 21, 2017

    Justice Sotomayor On The Power Of Dissent

    Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her views on writing dissents and the change she hopes they inspire in the law, in the second of two articles based on an exclusive interview with the 111th justice.

  • June 21, 2017

    Ticket Execs Could Escape SEC’s $33M Athlete Fraud Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday said she’s leaning toward dismissal of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s allegations two top executives for a ticket reservation business are liable for a scheme that defrauded professional athletes of $33 million.

  • June 21, 2017

    Ex-Baseball Analyst Wins $1.5M Verdict Against MLB Network

    A onetime MLB Network Inc. broadcaster won a roughly $1.5 million verdict against the channel in New Jersey state court Tuesday over allegations he was wrongfully terminated in the wake of false media reports that he unleashed a profanity-laced tirade while coaching his son’s Little League team, his attorneys said.

  • June 21, 2017

    Twitch Inks Esports Streaming Deal With Developer Blizzard

    Amazon.com Inc. esports streaming site Twitch reached a deal with game developer Blizzard Entertainment Inc. for the third-party global streaming rights to several major events based on the developer's games, the companies said on Tuesday.

  • June 21, 2017

    Yahoo Can’t Dodge Autopay Suit, Subscriber Says

    A paying subscriber to a Yahoo sports page urged a California federal judge to keep his proposed class action alive, saying he is out almost a hundred dollars after being charged for an extra year of access without consent.

  • June 20, 2017

    7th Circ. Affirms Conviction For NBA Investment Adviser

    A Seventh Circuit panel issued a published decision Tuesday that affirmed the conviction of an ex-Chicago-area investment advisor who was accused of misrepresenting his assets and using financial information from clients, including NBA player Scottie Pippin, to secure more than $3 million in loans.

  • June 20, 2017

    Miami Doubts County Police Rule For Beckham Stadium Legit

    Miami's city attorney says Miami-Dade County commissioners stepped out of bounds by requiring former soccer star David Beckham to hire only county police and fire personnel for events at a stadium he plans to build within the city as a condition of selling him land for the $150 million project.

  • June 20, 2017

    Logo Suit Against Cleveland Indians Moves Forward In Ontario

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario said Monday it won't delay a Canadian human rights activist's discrimination claims against Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians over the team's controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo, saying the case can go forward despite the existence of a parallel proceeding in another forum.

  • June 20, 2017

    Even Before Slants, Offensive TM Ban Always An Awkward Fit

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the federal government's ban on offensive trademark registrations in a case involving rock band The Slants highlights just how little the provision fit into the overall confusion-preventing goals of the Lanham Act — and probably doomed similar rules, experts say.

  • June 20, 2017

    Mich. Judge Won’t Halt $34.5M For Detroit Arena Funding

    A Michigan federal judge on Monday said downtown development organizations in Detroit can move forward with plans to use $34.5 million in taxpayer funds for the relocation of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons to a new arena in the area, rejecting arguments that the use of this money violated residents’ constitutional right to vote.

  • June 20, 2017

    Fantasy Sports Now $7B Industry, Trade Group Says

    Fantasy sports have grown to a $7.22 billion industry with over 59 million participants, despite some legal issues facing short-term, daily fantasy sports contests, according to new figures released Tuesday by the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.

Expert Analysis

  • The Extent Of Pro Athletes' Right To Privacy

    Ronika Carter

    The most important lesson from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's suit against ESPN is that even matters of genuine public interest in a public figure’s life can be deemed off-limits for publication, says Ronika Carter of Watson LLP.

  • Navigating NBA's New CBA During Misconduct Investigations

    Jeffrey Monhait

    Although the investigatory and disciplinary measures in the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBA Players Association are largely unchanged from the 2011 CBA, the start of a new agreement presents an opportunity to review the powers of both the teams and the league in order to assist players and their representatives in navigating this process, say Jeffrey Monhait and Stephen Miller of Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • If It Happens Here: Facing Post-Terror Attack Litigation

    Brian Finch

    Terrorist attacks aimed at civilians are despicable and cowardly. But while these events leave us at a loss, the court system braces for a wave of litigation — not against the attacker, but against venue owners, operators and security providers. Stakeholders must know the law and be prepared before the worst occurs, says Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Big Business Lobby Tries To Hobble Litigation Finance, Again

    Allison Chock

    In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.

  • A Review Of Recent Cases Against Execs: Part 2

    Lauren Briggerman

    In the second half of their summary of major government investigations affecting corporate executives this spring, attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight key developments that affect executives beyond the investigation phase, including noteworthy sentencings, judicial rulings, and government policies and guidance.

  • Video Game Streaming Brings New Level Of Copyright Issues

    Marco Martemucci

    Atlus’ recent experience illustrates the delicate balance game developers must strike between protecting their product via copyright strikes against streamers and video creators, and alienating their customers, say Marco Martemucci and Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Series

    The Return Of Attorney-Conducted Voir Dire

    Stephen Susman

    If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Identities Are Us

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    Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Media Rights' Changing Role In Sports Franchise Valuations

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    In this short video, Arash Khalili and Scott Zolke of Loeb & Loeb LLP discuss the role of media rights and other value driver considerations in appraising sports franchises for acquisitions or sales transactions.