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  • September 15, 2017

    Brand Battles: Amazon, Walt Disney, Chicago Cubs

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Amazon continues to spar with a smaller company over its new Amazon Chime teleconferencing service, Walt Disney takes action to defend "Dumbo," and the Chicago Cubs add to their league-leading number of new trademark cases.

  • September 14, 2017

    ITC Can Redo $6M Fine After GPS Patent Nix, Fed. Circ. Told

    A GPS technology company told the Federal Circuit on Wednesday that the U.S. International Trade Commission wrongly said it could not reconsider a $6.2 million fine against the company for violating an agreement to not import its allegedly infringing products despite a later, separate ruling invalidating the at-issue patent.

  • September 14, 2017

    Chris Farley IP Owner Says Bike Co. Stole 'SNL' Star's Name

    The successor company that holds the rights for deceased "Saturday Night Live" comedian Chris Farley hit Trek Bicycles with a $10 million suit in California court Monday, claiming that its “Farley” bike, which has fat tires and a fat frame, trades on the comedian’s reputation as a funny fat guy.

  • September 14, 2017

    Tattoo Copyright Holder Says 'NBA 2K' Images Not Fair Use

    The company that holds copyrights to tattoos sported by basketball stars like LeBron James urged a New York federal judge to keep alive its suit against the maker of “NBA 2K,” arguing the video games' depiction of players’ tattoos is significant and not fair use.

  • September 14, 2017

    NASCAR Driver Wants Penske Docs In $1.4M Royalties Suit

    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch asked a Michigan federal judge to force Team Penske to hand over documents related to his former employment with the racing team in a suit in which his former sports agency alleges he owes $1.4 million in back royalty payments, saying the racing team has refused to respond to any of his requests.

  • September 14, 2017

    NCAA Deal Objector Says $15M Class Counsel Fees Too High

    A former college football player whose objections to a settlement in the multidistrict litigation over the National Collegiate Athletic Association's handling of concussions led the parties to rework the deal is now criticizing class counsel’s $15 million fee request, saying they shouldn't get credit for the final agreement.

  • September 14, 2017

    Feds Can Use Co-Conspirator Racketeering Info In FIFA Trial

    A New York federal judge on Thursday said prosecutors accusing three former South American soccer officials of taking part in a wide-ranging FIFA corruption conspiracy will be allowed to admit evidence pertaining to racketeering by their alleged co-conspirators at trial, saying it is relevant and not prejudicial to the case.

  • September 14, 2017

    $2B Payday Loan Scam Jury Hears 2nd Borrower Horror Story

    A New York man who borrowed $350 from racer Scott Tucker and lawyer Timothy Muir's alleged criminal payday lending empire so he could visit his sick grandmother told jurors Thursday he was bombarded with calls and forced to settle with a collector after he halted a series of debits draining his bank account.

  • September 14, 2017

    NFL Demands Quick Ruling To Restore Elliott Suspension

    The NFL told a Texas federal judge Wednesday that if he doesn’t rule right away on its emergency bid to pause his order halting Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, the league will go to the Fifth Circuit for a stay, increasing tensions in the latest labor dispute between the league and the players union.

  • September 14, 2017

    Reebok-CCM Fights Fees Bid In Helmet Royalties Row

    Sports equipment maker Reebok-CCM Hockey on Wednesday hit back at a startup hockey-helmet design company’s $54,000 fee request related to a sanctions order over destroyed evidence in their contract suit, telling a Massachusetts federal judge that the helmet company shouldn’t even get half of that.

  • September 13, 2017

    NFL Players Counsel Seek Answers From Atty In Trauma Suit

    Class counsel for former NFL players in the concussion settlement in Pennsylvania federal court said on Tuesday that an attorney has made communications about the untapped settlement program to class members that may have resulted in them taking actions against their self-interest.

  • September 13, 2017

    Small Talk Of Weather Looms Large At $2B Payday Loan Trial

    Call center workers at racer Scott Tucker's payday loan nerve center in Kansas were fed neighboring-state weather reports so they could make small talk without giving away that they were far from tribal lands, a witness testified Wednesday in the criminal fraud trial of Tucker and his lawyer Timothy Muir.

  • September 13, 2017

    NFL Could Face Another Prolonged Fight In Latest Labor Tiff

    The NFL's disciplinary process is once again under the microscope as the league looks to overturn a ruling that put Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension on hold, but while the league has previously been successful in federal circuit courts, experts say it might not be an easy fight this time around.

  • September 13, 2017

    It's Official: Paris, LA To Host 2024, 2028 Summer Olympics

    The Summer Olympics will return to the United States for the first time in what will be 32 years, with the International Olympic Committee approving a "historic," simultaneous award Wednesday of the 2024 and 2028 summer games to Paris and Los Angeles.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ex-Chuhak Atty Gets 18 Months For Defrauding NFL Players

    A former Chuhak & Tecson PC partner who admitted to selling several professional athletes and other investors millions in alternative energy tax credits he knew were illegal was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ex-Steelers Star Tackling Race For Pa. High Court Seat

    In its almost 300-year history, justices on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court have sported a shifting range of accessories: powdered wigs are gone, and iPads now join them on the bench. But if elected in November, Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff, a Democrat, would bring something never seen before: a Super Bowl ring.

  • September 13, 2017

    Judge Urged To Nix Sanctions Bid In Video Game Patent Row

    White Knuckle IP LLC asked a Utah judge on Monday to shoot down a sanctions motion by Electronic Arts Inc., arguing it brought its patent suit against the video game giant with a good-faith belief it had a valid claim.

  • September 12, 2017

    $2B Payday-Loan Hustle Hid Behind Tribes, Gov't Says

    Federal prosecutors went to trial Tuesday in Manhattan federal court against a racecar driver and a lawyer who allegedly stole $2 billion from consumers in a loan-sharking operation that the two cloaked — for a time — behind Native American tribes’ legal sovereignty.

  • September 12, 2017

    Ex-Knicks Player Sues Owner For Madison Square Ouster

    Charles Oakley, a popular power forward for the New York Knicks in the 1980s and 1990s, sued team owner James Dolan in New York federal court Tuesday for allegedly humiliating the ex-basketball player by getting him kicked out of Madison Square Garden then calling him an alcoholic.

  • September 12, 2017

    Sports Consulting Co. Sued Over $20M Loan Deal Breach

    A handful of subsidiaries and four executives of a sports consulting and management company have been misappropriating money owed to a U.K. special finance company under a $20 million loan agreement the consulting company intentionally defaulted on, the finance company alleged in New York federal court Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Pepperdine Gay Bias Case — A Loss And A Win For Plaintiffs

    Ronald Katz

    On Friday, two lesbian basketball players lost their discrimination case against Pepperdine University. However, the fact that the case was permitted to go to trial represented a major blow against sexual stereotyping in sport, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • How The IPad Can Be A Litigator's Best Friend

    Paul Kiesel

    New mobile computing tools — both hardware and applications — are changing the technology paradigm for legal practitioners. In particular, the combination of the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, the Apple Pencil and the LiquidText annotation app can revolutionize both trial preparation and courtroom litigating, says attorney Paul Kiesel, in his latest review of tech trends.