• July 19, 2017

    NY Judge Greenlights Racketeering Suit Over Event Co. Sale

    A New York federal judge ruled Tuesday that the founder of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic can proceed with her racketeering suit against a husband-and-wife duo she has accused of scamming her into selling the drinks festival’s production company and then paying less than a tenth of the nearly $1 million agreed-upon price.

  • July 19, 2017

    NFLers Possibly Misled By Claim Assistance Offers: Judge

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion litigation said Wednesday the court is concerned players who may be eligible for the uncapped settlement are being improperly solicited by claim assistance providers who may be providing misleading offers, ordering a hearing on the issue.

  • July 19, 2017

    Pepperdine Coach Decried Lesbianism, Bias Trial Jury Told

    Pepperdine University discriminated against two female basketball players who claim they were told lesbianism wouldn’t be tolerated on the team and feared losing their scholarships because they were dating, a California jury heard during opening statements Wednesday in the women’s federal trial against the private Christian university.

  • July 19, 2017

    Rams Fans Urge Court Not To Call Timeout In Relocation Suit

    More fans suing the Rams NFL team over its move to Los Angeles on Tuesday urged a Missouri federal court not to pause two of the consolidated suits pending arbitration in the team’s dispute with a local convention center.

  • July 19, 2017

    Fox Factory Patent Suit Stays In Calif., Despite TC Heartland

    A California federal judge on Tuesday became the latest to find that TC Heartland wasn’t a change in law, saying that SRAM LLC missed its chance to object to the venue for a pair of infringement suits filed by Fox Factory Inc. over patents for bicycle shock absorbers and suspension forks.

  • July 18, 2017

    Titleist Sues Website Over 'Titties' Golf Gear

    The stylized Titleist logo script is one of the most classic marks in the refined game of golf, but the brand says a website is ruining the quality reputation it has built with its logo over the past 80-plus years with apparel depicting the word “Titties” in a script meant to look just like the iconic logo.

  • July 18, 2017

    Performance Sports Recoups $8M From $575M Ch. 11 Sale

    A bankruptcy successor to Performance Sports Group resolved a $12 million dispute late Monday over the company’s $575 million Chapter 11 sale to a private equity venture, with $8 million released from an escrow to the debtor’s wind-down business.

  • July 18, 2017

    Fitbit Asks To Tweak Infringement Theory In Jawbone Row

    Fitbit Inc. urged a California magistrate judge Tuesday to change her mind and allow the wearable fitness device company to amend its patent infringement contentions against rival Jawbone, saying it needs to modify its infringement theory as a direct result of the court’s claim construction.

  • July 18, 2017

    Russian Track Athlete's Ban Upheld By Sports Court

    An international sports court has refused to overturn its ban on a Russian track and field athlete for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, officially stripping her of a 2011 world title and a 2012 Olympics bronze medal.

  • July 18, 2017

    Scouts Say 9th Circ. Minor Leaguer Ruling Doesn't Apply

    Major League Baseball scouts on Monday disputed the relevance of a recent Ninth Circuit holding dismissing minor league ballplayers’ wage claims under a long-held baseball antitrust exemption, telling the Second Circuit that despite similarities in their claims, that ruling has nothing to do with baseball scouts since scouts are not involved in the business of baseball.

  • July 18, 2017

    Houston Billionaire Eyes Rockets As Team Goes Up For Sale

    Billionaire restaurateur and Houston native Tilman Fertitta emerged Tuesday as a reported suitor for the NBA's Houston Rockets, a day after team owner Leslie Alexander said he intended to sell the franchise after 24 years.

  • July 18, 2017

    The 24 Firms GCs Love The Most

    Two dozen law firms outpaced the pack in a recent survey of general counsel, winning more votes of confidence from important clients than any other competitor in the industry, according to a report out Tuesday.

  • July 17, 2017

    Resorts AC Launches Casino-Tied Daily Fantasy Contests

    Resorts Casino Hotel Atlantic City is launching an online daily fantasy sports product in which contestants will compete head to head with the house for money by picking which sports players will perform better, a new form of daily fantasy that comes amid continued scrutiny of the industry.

  • July 17, 2017

    UFC Blasts Emergency Doc Bid In Fighters’ Antitrust Suit

    The UFC urged a Nevada federal court Friday to reject a bid by mixed martial arts fighters to force the production of purportedly privileged documents in an antitrust suit against the organization, arguing it has already reviewed thousands of documents at the fighters’ request.

  • July 17, 2017

    CONMEBOL Says GolTV Waging 'Turf War' In Bribery Suit

    South America’s soccer confederation, CONMEBOL, says the Uruguayan businessman accusing it of conspiring in a bribery scheme to grant exclusive game-day television rights to units of 21st Century Fox Inc. is using the courts to fight a proxy battle in his ongoing business war to secure the rights to the continent’s soccer matches.

  • July 17, 2017

    Racetrack Not Covered For $21M Blago-Tied Fraud Suit

    RSUI Indemnity Co. need not defend a bankrupt racetrack operator in a $21 million underlying suit alleging fraudulent money transfers, an Illinois federal judge ruled Monday, because it is connected to separate litigation over former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's bribery and is thus excluded under RSUI's policy.

  • July 17, 2017

    Ex-FIFA Official Loses Bid To Unseal Search Warrants

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied a bid by the former head of the South American soccer confederation for the release of search warrants and their supporting affidavits that prosecutors have kept sealed in the FIFA corruption case, finding the government has shown compelling reasons to keep them sealed until three months before trial.

  • July 17, 2017

    DraftKings, FanDuel Can Focus On DFS Legalization Post-Deal

    Daily fantasy operators DraftKings and FanDuel last week backed out of a planned merger amid a potential antitrust challenge, a move experts called smart as it will allow the companies to focus on one of their main goals: promoting the expansion of legalized daily fantasy contests.

  • July 17, 2017

    Fross Zelnick Avoids $1.6M Ding, But Clients May Be Charged

    A New York federal judge refused Friday to impose a $1.6 million sanction against Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC for allegedly pursuing a fraudulent trademark infringement suit, but said federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against the law firm’s witnesses who allegedly lied under oath.

  • July 17, 2017

    McQueary's $5M Whistleblower Award Attacked As Duplicative

    A judge was accused on Monday of improperly heaping additional damages on Pennsylvania State University in a whistleblower suit brought by ex-football coach Michael McQueary, a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, after he had already won a $7.3 million verdict over the school’s conduct toward him.

Expert Analysis

  • The Potential Reach Of High Court's New Slant On Trademarks

    Roberta Jacobs-Meadway

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Matal v. Tam decision resolves the question of whether disparaging marks may be registered, and sparks a secondary question: What is the impact on state trademark statutes and corporate filing requirements with provisions that curb registration of disparaging or scandalous or tarnishing terms? say Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Tyler Harttraft of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Tread Carefully After High Court Offensive-Trademark Ruling

    Daniel Alvarez Sox

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Matal v. Tam makes it possible to trademark a racial slur but doesn't eliminate the consequences. The court of public opinion will assume the jurisdiction that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lost, says Daniel Alvarez Sox of Rivero Mestre LLP.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Why High Court Is Right About Offensive Trademarks

    Jennifer Ko Craft

    As an Asian-American, I have had a lot of hateful and derogatory names thrown at me throughout my life, and yet I found the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam, rejecting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s ban on registering disparaging terms as unconstitutional, gratifying in many ways, says Jennifer Ko Craft of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.