• November 15, 2017

    Adidas Exec Says No Colleges Defrauded In NCAA Bribe Case

    An attorney for an Adidas executive charged in a wide-ranging bribery scheme to pay college basketball athletes to play for Adidas-sponsored schools and hire certain agents after they went pro on Wednesday told a Manhattan federal judge that no colleges were defrauded.

  • November 15, 2017

    NFL's Ezekiel Elliott Drops Suspension Appeal At 2nd Circ.

    Dallas Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott has dropped his appeal of a domestic violence suspension at the Second Circuit and will sit out the next five games, his agent and attorney announced Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2017

    6th Circ. Reverses Contempt Ruling In Gym Users' Fee Suit

    A Sixth Circuit panel on Wednesday reversed contempt findings against a gym and its managers for failing to pay $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees, ruling the settlement of a suit brought by gym members over allegedly unfair gym fees did not go into effect until the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal earlier this year.

  • November 15, 2017

    Wi-Fi Exec Must Pay $5.7M Over Breached Equipment Pact

    NFS Leasing Inc. has won $5.7 million in damages from an executive whose Wi-Fi supply company defaulted on a lease agreement for supplying Wi-Fi to sports arenas, according to filings in Massachusetts federal court Wednesday that show the company owes nearly $8.1 million as well.

  • November 15, 2017

    NCAA, ACC Sued Over Ex-UNC Lineman's Brain Injuries​

    The estate of a former University of North Carolina football player launched a proposed class action lawsuit Wednesday against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Coast Conference, alleging that the organizations failed to protect the athlete from brain trauma that contributed to his homelessness and eventual death.

  • November 15, 2017

    SG Wins Bid To Defend Sports-Betting Ban At High Court

    The solicitor general can represent the government in oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court over New Jersey's challenge to a federal sports betting ban, the high court ruled Monday, denying a similar request for a seat at the table by a Florida State University professor.

  • November 15, 2017

    Sodexo Buys Centerplate From Olympus In $675M Deal

    Food services and facilities management company Sodexo Inc. said Wednesday it will take a major leap forward in the stadium and entertainment venue concessions business with the acquisition of Centerplate Inc. from private equity firm Olympus Partners in a deal worth $675 million.

  • November 14, 2017

    NFL Removes CTE Suit, Citing Labor-Management Law

    The NFL on Tuesday removed a lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez’s daughter to Massachusetts federal court, saying that her complaint, which seeks to hold the league and others accountable for her deceased father’s development of severe chronic traumatic encephalopathy, is based on a claim that arises under federal law.

  • November 14, 2017

    Columbia Deal Ending False Outlet Pricing Row Gets OK

    A California federal judge said Tuesday she’ll approve Columbia Sportswear Co.’s nonmonetary settlement with a certified class of outlet store shoppers who allege the clothing company advertised markdowns from original prices that never existed, but warned the parties if they plan to fight about fees, she’ll want to review the attorneys’ records.

  • November 14, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Trepp, Invesco, Magic Johnson

    Trepp has reportedly leased 25,000 square feet in New York, Invesco is said to have sold an Illinois apartment complex for $110.5 million, and a fund co-founded by former NBA star Magic Johnson has reportedly picked up a Florida building from SunTrust Bank for roughly $18 million.

  • November 14, 2017

    In The Market For A WNBA Team? MSG Co. To Sell NY Liberty

    Madison Square Garden Co. said Tuesday that it is seeking buyers for the Women's National Basketball Association’s New York Liberty franchise, ending a 21-year ownership run of one of the league’s founding members.

  • November 14, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Fight Changes To Brain-Injury Claims Process

    Former NFL players urged a Pennsylvania federal court on Monday to overturn, in light of new evidence, a claims administrator's changes to how claims are processed under a settlement agreement for brain injuries in multidistrict litigation.

  • November 14, 2017

    Exec Says Fox Sports, Televisa Paid Bribes At FIFA Trial

    An Argentine sports marketing executive testified that Fox Sports and Mexico’s Grupo Televisa both paid bribes for soccer television rights, his attorney said, as the U.S. government’s FIFA corruption trial in New York federal court heated up further Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2017

    MSG Calls Foul On Ex-Knicks Player's Libel Suit

    Madison Square Garden’s owner finally responded Monday to a libel and slander suit brought in September by former New York Knicks basketball player Charles Oakley, telling a New York federal judge in a letter that Oakley has a history of violent behavior and his ouster from MSG after a fight was justified.

  • November 14, 2017

    Wilson Fights For Fees Over Helmet-Strap Patent Suit

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. asked a Texas federal court on Monday to award it an estimated $61,451 in attorneys' fees as well as costs after it said SportStar Athletics Inc. knowingly continued a baseless patent infringement suit against it over football helmet chin straps.

  • November 13, 2017

    Fla. Senate Bill Aims For Narrower Gaming Reform

    A gaming reform bill filed in the Florida Senate on Monday takes a more narrow approach than the ambitious but unsuccessful efforts of recent years, but an anti-gaming group said provisions paving the way for fantasy contests and so-called designated player games raise major concerns.

  • November 13, 2017

    How Ezekiel Elliott's 2nd Circ. Case Could Upend Arbitration

    A Second Circuit decision in favor of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in his fight to vacate a six-game domestic violence suspension could fundamentally alter the state of labor law and bulldoze over deference to federal arbitrators’ decisions, experts told Law360 on Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Ex-Clifford Chance Partner Tapped For DOJ NatSec Deputy

    A former Clifford Chance LLP partner who represented a Dutch aerospace firm and a former FIFA official, among others, is being hired as the top deputy in the national security division at the U.S. Department of Justice, the firm confirmed on Monday.

  • November 13, 2017

    Execs 'Abused The System,' Jury Told As FIFA Trial Kicks Off

    Three former South American soccer officials “abused the system” of international soccer to “line their own pockets with money that should have been spent to benefit the game,” a prosecutor told jurors in New York federal court Monday as the first trial in the U.S. government’s FIFA corruption probe kicked off in earnest.

  • November 13, 2017

    NCAA Asks Default, Injunction In Basketball Tourney TM Suit

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association on Friday asked an Indiana federal judge to bar a game developer and his company from infringing trademarks including "March Madness" and ultimately wrap up the case in the organization's favor, saying it must be protected from damage to its brand.

Expert Analysis

  • Roundup

    Making Pro Bono Work

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    In this series, attorneys explore the challenges and rewards of pro bono volunteering in the legal profession.

  • Being There: Preparing Witnesses For Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Preparing witnesses to be deposed is a critical element of discovery. It is important to remember that each witness is an individual with unique personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses. Getting to know the witness helps establish rapport and trust, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: The Sidley-Exelon Partnership

    Kelly Huggins

    Exelon Corp. and Sidley Austin LLP have been working together on both short- and long-term pro bono matters for the past 10 years. We offer a glimpse of how we got started and what we have done in the hope that other corporate legal departments and law firms might find ways to work together to meet the legal needs of the poor, say Kelly Huggins, pro bono counsel at Sidley Austin, and Margaret Balsley-Cross, assistant general counsel at Exelon.

  • Recipe For Legal Project Management: Look To BBQ Champs

    Anthony Rospert

    As a master certified barbecue judge with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, I have noticed that the top pitmasters follow a consistent process in approaching each and every competition. Their "secret sauce" — employing project management principles — can also help lawyers achieve success, says Anthony Rospert of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Does NFL's 'Reasonable Person' Standard Go Long?

    Drew Sherman

    After instituting concussion protocols, the NFL determined it will most likely be found to have acted reasonably and not be found negligent by the courts. But given the recent lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez’s fiancee, the NFL and its teams should expect a new version of the concussion class action, says Drew Sherman, co-head of entertainment and media at ADLI Law Group.

  • Series

    Making Pro Bono Work: Can You Practice In Your State?

    Eve Runyon

    The justice gap is a well-documented problem and over the past two decades, law firms have mobilized attorneys to provide millions of hours of pro bono every year. But for many in-house counsel, there remains a big hurdle — restrictive multijurisdictional practice rules, says Eve Runyon, president and CEO of Pro Bono Institute.

  • Opinion

    Representing Women At The Intersection Of Law And Finance

    Andrea Mitchell

    To the extent that companies have tolerated predominantly male leadership in the past because it was deemed necessary for growth and prosperity, or viewed diversity and the underrepresentation of women strictly as human resources issues, a growing body of research suggests otherwise, say Andrea Mitchell and Valerie Hletko of Buckley Sandler LLP.

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    Making Pro Bono Work: Building Sponsorship Relationships

    Michael Scudder

    Within their first year, associates should make it a priority to take on a pro bono matter and approach a partner about supervising the project. By collaborating with a partner on a pro bono case, young associates can cultivate sponsorship relationships while simultaneously contributing to the public good, say Michael Scudder and Jay Mitchell of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • House Bill Would Raise Stakes Of Congressional Inquiries

    Steven Ross

    On Monday, the House passed a bill that, if enacted, would shift the current landscape regarding judicial review of congressional subpoenas and place significant burdens on all recipients of such subpoenas, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Be A Sponge

    Patrick Mendes

    As a new attorney, it was astonishing to realize how little I knew. I soon began to appreciate that everyone I met had a unique take or way of doing something. Many things I learned during that first year from my colleagues are still incorporated into my practice today, says Patrick Mendes of Tyson & Mendes LLP.