• February 9, 2018

    Bucs Look To Dodge Player's Negligence Claim In Injury Suit

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a former National Football League player alleging the team concealed the extent of his injuries to induce a settlement, telling a Florida federal court that the claims are barred by the collective bargaining agreement.

  • February 9, 2018

    Athletes' Rights In View After IOC, CAS Differ On Olympians

    Nearly 50 Russian athletes lost last-ditch appeals to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to participate in the Winter Olympics despite a ban on their country’s team for state-sponsored doping, raising questions about the due process afforded to athletes and placing new focus on the international sports court.

  • February 9, 2018

    Polaris ATV Patent Partly Revived By Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit gave new life on Friday to part of a Polaris Industries Inc. all-terrain vehicle patent that the Patent Trial and Appeal Board invalidated following a challenge from rival ATV maker Arctic Cat Inc.

  • February 9, 2018

    NHL Players Fight Bid To Dump Experts From Concussion Suit

    National Hockey League players in multidistrict litigation over the league’s alleged concealment of the dangerous effects of concussions urged a Minnesota federal judge Friday not to bar the testimony of four experts in the case, saying the NHL’s argument that the opinions are unsupported or irrelevant misses the mark.

  • February 9, 2018

    Pa. Justices Urged To Ax Duty Of Care For Student-Athletes

    A Pennsylvania college facing negligence claims from a pair of football players urged the state’s Supreme Court on Thursday to overthrow a decision that it said wrongly saddled it with the duty to provide qualified medical personnel for student-athletes at athletic events.

  • February 9, 2018

    Mich. State Seeks Removal Of Med School Dean Over Nassar

    Michigan State University interim President John Engler on Friday asked the university to revoke the tenure of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine after he failed to notify the MSU HealthTeam about guidelines that had been established to monitor former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar as a result of a 2014 sexual harassment investigation.

  • February 9, 2018

    Calif. Homeowner Association Hit With $2M Slander Verdict

    A California federal jury on Thursday found a homeowners association liable for $2 million to its former golf director, who said his supervisor spread distressing lies about him, including that he kept child pornography on his work computer.

  • February 9, 2018

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Over Bum Super Bowl Tickets

    Pennsylvania’s highest court on Thursday declined an appeal of a decision saying that a group of Super Bowl XLV ticket holders who were left without seats to the game should not have been allowed to amend their lawsuit against the National Football League to level contract, rather than tort-based, claims.

  • February 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, Weil, Latham

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, NuStar Holdings merged with a subsidiary to create a $7.9 billion partnership, Kroger made a $2.15 billion convenience store sale to EG Group, Enduring Resources bought WPX Energy’s San Juan Basin oil holdings for $700 million, and Tronc sold the Los Angeles Times and other newspapers to Nant Capital for $500 million.

  • February 9, 2018

    Auctioneer Must Face Augusta National Memorabilia Suit

    A Georgia federal judge said a golf memorabilia auctioneer must face Augusta National Golf Club’s lawsuit over an online auction selling green jackets and other allegedly trademarked items related to the club and the Masters Golf Tournament, denying the auctioneer's arguments that the suit is in the wrong venue.

  • February 8, 2018

    CAS Upholds Russian Athletes' Exclusion From Olympics

    Sport's top court upheld a ban on 47 Russian athletes and coaches hoping to compete at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday, just hours before opening ceremonies were set to begin.

  • February 8, 2018

    Lobbying Doc Says NBA, MLB Want Slice Of The Betting Pie

    With a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court over a federal sports betting ban forthcoming, the NBA and Major League Baseball are lobbying state lawmakers considering proposed legalization bills to allow sports leagues to opt out of certain types of betting and to compensate them from wagers made on their sports, a measure largely criticized by the gambling industry.

  • February 8, 2018

    Trial Set For 2 Charged In NCAA Hoops Corruption Probe

    A New York federal judge has set a trial date for a former Auburn University basketball coach and a clothing company owner in litigation alleging they were part of a scheme to pay National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I athletes to attend and play for particular schools, according to a court filing Thursday.

  • February 8, 2018

    NCAA Conference Chief Opposes Miss. Campus-Carry Bill

    The commissioner of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference said Wednesday he opposes a bill in the Mississippi Legislature that would allow some firearms in public places, saying the legislation could harm intercollegiate athletic events in the state.

  • February 8, 2018

    NASL Sues US Soccer Execs Over Relegated Status

    The North American Soccer League on Tuesday continued its legal fight over its now-revoked Division II status, suing U.S. Soccer Federation executives in New York state court over “overt favoritism” toward two rival leagues and an alleged scheme to collapse the NASL.

  • February 8, 2018

    Sports Group Of The Year: Winston & Strawn

    A year spent representing Ezekiel Elliott in his fight to dodge a six-game suspension from the NFL and the North American Soccer League in its antitrust fight against the U.S. Soccer Federation helped earned Winston & Strawn LLP a place among Law360’s Sports Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 7, 2018

    Senators Call For Investigation Of USOC Over Nassar Scandal

    A bipartisan group of U.S. senators said Wednesday they have opened a congressional investigation into the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics over the groups' response to allegations of sexual abuse by former gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who has pled guilty to several criminal charges tied to sexual abuse of young women and children.

  • February 7, 2018

    47 Russian Athletes Appeal Bans On Eve Of Winter Olympics

    Forty-seven Russian athletes barred from competing in the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, lodged last-ditch appeals with sports' top court on Wednesday, setting up a showdown with Olympic officials even as the proceedings cause mistrust on the eve of sports' most prestigious competition.

  • February 7, 2018

    Co. Drops Suit Over Tribe's Canceled Super Bowl Venue

    A company contracted to create a temporary venue for artists to perform dropped its suit against a Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community-owned limited liability company for allegedly illegally canceling the facility, which was supposed to be used leading up to and on the night of Super Bowl LII, according to a Tuesday filing in Minnesota federal court.

  • February 7, 2018

    PTAB Finds Widely Asserted Fitness Tracker Patent Obvious

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday held that a SportBrain Holdings LLC patent for fitness tracker technology was obvious, invalidating a patent that dozens of companies, including Apple Inc., Nike Inc. and Fossil Inc., have been accused of infringing.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • Opinion

    Politicization Of Olympics Threatens Fair Competition

    Ronald Katz

    The unchecked power of the International Olympic Committee was on full display last week when the IOC cleared close to 400 Russian athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Sports fans who want to see world-class athletes competing fairly are the big losers in this highly politicized atmosphere, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • 5 Ways To Improve The Anti-Doping Legal Process

    Ronald Katz

    Procedures for dealing with doping are not well established and are not at all uniform from sport to sport. The current situation is chaotic — it is not known until the last minute who will be competing and it is not known for years who actually medaled in the competitions. A new system is needed, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.