• January 13, 2017

    Feds Tell Justices To Deny Ex-Dick's Atty's Forfeiture Appeal

    The federal government on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to deny a bid by a former Dick's Sporting Goods attorney for review of the Second Circuit’s affirmation of a $1.3 million forfeiture order arising from his conviction for sending kickbacks to another lawyer.

  • January 13, 2017

    Photogs Ask To Appeal NFL, AP Contract Claims Dismissal

    Photographers alleging that the National Football League forced them into a raw deal with the Associated Press asked a New York federal judge to amend his judgment and allow an appeal of some of their claims, arguing that they are distinct from the claims that are scheduled for arbitration.

  • January 13, 2017

    EA Gets Part Of Video Game Patent Axed At PTAB

    Electronic Acts Inc. scored a victory at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Thursday, when the board invalidated much of a sports video game patent that EA’s college football and golf video games are accused of infringing.

  • January 13, 2017

    NY Says Daily Fantasy Law Was Passed Constitutionally

    The New York attorney general's office has moved to toss a lawsuit that challenges legislation regulating daily fantasy sports in the state as an unconstitutional gambling expansion, saying the Legislature rationally exercised its authority in passing the law.

  • January 12, 2017

    Fla. Gaming Bill Eyes Seminole Deal, Slots, Fantasy Sports

    A comprehensive gaming bill filed Thursday in the Florida state Senate specifies a path to ending litigation and approving a new compact with the Seminole Tribe, regulating fantasy sports, and finding a balance between expanding opportunities for slot machines statewide while reducing overall gaming permits.

  • January 12, 2017

    As Justices Weigh Cert For NJ, Sports Betting Push Surges

    With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider Friday whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, pressure to change the law will only continue to build — regardless of how the court rules.

  • January 12, 2017

    NFL Teams Make Another Attempt To Sack Painkiller Suit

    The National Football League’s teams made another move Wednesday to dismiss a long-running proposed class suit filed by ex-players who accuse the NFL and its doctors of encouraging them to abuse painkillers, arguing that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims against the teams are barred by time limitations.

  • January 12, 2017

    Kudelski Group Hits NFL With Digital Content IP Suit

    A California subsidiary of the Swiss digital security company Kudelski Group hit NFL Enterprises LLC with a lawsuit in Texas federal court Thursday, accusing the sports media giant of infringing seven of its patents related to video streaming and security software, including one patent for a PIN function on the NFL website.

  • January 12, 2017

    Judge To Hear Arguments Over NCAA Sit-Out Transfer Rule

    An Indiana federal judge on Tuesday granted the NCAA's request for oral arguments on its bid to dismiss antitrust claims by a former Northern Illinois University football player challenging a rule that restricts student-athletes from transferring schools by requiring them to sit out a year.

  • January 12, 2017

    Chargers Owner Confirms Team Will Move To LA

    The San Diego Chargers are moving to Los Angeles, team owner Dean Spanos confirmed on Thursday, after the team failed to reach a deal for public financing for a new stadium, ending a yearlong saga after NFL owners gave the team the option to join the recently relocated Los Angeles Rams at a new multibillion-dollar stadium.

  • January 12, 2017

    Penn State Fights Ex-Coach’s Bid For $1.7M In Costs

    Pennsylvania State University urged a judge Wednesday to reject former football coach Mike McQueary’s request for nearly $1.7 million in costs incurred waging a lawsuit that has already earned him more than $12 million over his firing in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, calling his petition deficient.

  • January 12, 2017

    Helmet Seller Dodges Punitives In Lacrosse Injury Suit

    A Pennsylvania state judge has ruled that a sports equipment distributor who was sued over head injuries an All-American high school lacrosse player allegedly suffered from a defectively designed helmet didn't act recklessly and isn't on the hook for penalty damages.

  • January 12, 2017

    Pa. Atty Gets 4 Years For Failure To Pay Employment Taxes

    A Pittsburgh tax attorney was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison by a Pennsylvania federal judge for his failure to pay more than $790,000 in federal employment taxes stemming from his partial ownership of a local ice and soccer sports facility.

  • January 12, 2017

    Callaway Golf Acquires Equipment, Apparel Brand For $75.5M

    Golf equipment and apparel maker Callaway Golf Co. bought a golf, lifestyle and outdoors brand that makes bags, accessories and other apparel in a $75.5 million deal on Wednesday, as the golf brand looks to expand into the lifestyle category.

  • January 11, 2017

    Target Nears Exit In Snowboarder Shaun White License Row

    A California judge Wednesday tentatively granted Target Corp.’s request to escape a sports-supply company’s claims the retailer undercut the terms of a multimillion-dollar licensing deal the supplier made with Shaun White and Creative Artists Agency, saying the complaint didn't show Target had an obligation to the plaintiff.

  • January 11, 2017

    Ex-Athlete Slaps Microsoft With IP Suit Over 'Gears Of War'

    Microsoft Studios Inc. and Epic Games Inc. have been unlawfully using a former pro wrestler's voice and likeness for a popular avatar in the “Gears of War” video game franchise, according to a trademark suit filed Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 11, 2017

    Coach Tells 9th Circ. NCAA's No-Felon Rule Is Illegal Bias

    A youth basketball coach with a drug conviction urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to revive his suit alleging the NCAA's rule barring felons from coaching in NCAA-sanctioned tournaments violates the Civil Rights Act, arguing the rule's disproportionate impact on African-Americans is illegal, regardless of the NCAA's intent.

  • January 11, 2017

    Sports Agent Wants Taxes Kept Out Of Smuggling Trial

    A sports agent who allegedly participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players asked a Florida federal court Wednesday to exclude evidence he filed his income taxes late for several years, claiming it is irrelevant to the charges against him.

  • January 11, 2017

    NY, SC Lawmakers Lob Measures To Legalize Sports Betting

    Lawmakers this week in New York and South Carolina have proposed amending their state constitutions to allow sports gambling.

  • January 11, 2017

    Man Who Forged Mets Exec Signature Gets 4 Years For Fraud

    A New Jersey man who forged the signature of New York Mets Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wilpon in a business financing fraud was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday to 48 months in prison along with more than $4.7 million in restitution.

Expert Analysis

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

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    Tommy Shepherd

    Tommy Shepherd of Jones Walker LLP discusses recent developments in the Mississippi gaming industry, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.

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    Adrienne Publicover

    Due to the high stakes involved, litigation often follows when high limit disability policy claims are denied. However, with proper planning and preparation, mediation can help parties successfully resolve their disputes, says Adrienne Publicover of JAMS.

  • Reigniting The Debate Over Student-Athletes As Employees

    Shar Bahmani

    The 2017 College Football Bowl season has begun. However, the battle on the gridiron is not the only struggle college student-athletes currently face, as a recent memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board appears to have resparked the debate over whether student-athletes are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act, says Shar Bahmani of Squire Patton Boggs.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How Bad Data Analyses Can Sabotage Discrimination Cases

    Mike Nguyen

    Used properly, statistics can be highly effective in supporting legal arguments, but misinterpreted statistics can quickly sink cases. It is especially critical to understand the benefits and limitations of using data in discrimination cases, says Mike Nguyen of Analysis Group Inc.

  • OPINION: 1,166 Pieces Of Evidence And No Due Process

    Ron Katz

    Think of how the press would report a trial in a dictatorial country where 1,166 pieces of evidence were submitted for the prosecution and none for the defense. There is a phrase for that: "show trial." That phrase is particularly apt regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency's McLaren Report, says Ronald S. Katz, senior counsel at Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP and chair emeritus of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Universit... (continued)