• March 21, 2017

    Ill. Justices Mull FOIA Liability Of HS Sports Association

    The Illinois Supreme Court on Tuesday considered whether to force the governing entity of competitive high school sports and activities in Illinois to open its books and financial records in a case that alleges the Illinois High School Association is subject to Freedom of Information laws.

  • March 21, 2017

    NCAA's $209M Antitrust Deal Gets OK After Fixes

    The NCAA and 11 athletic conferences sued by student-athletes in antitrust suits over caps on scholarships on Tuesday won preliminary approval for a nearly $209 million deal on monetary claims after tacking on revisions that excluded claims in certain other athletes’ suits and modified class definitions.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-PSU Boss's Reporting Failure Enabled Sandusky, Jury Told

    Ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier went to trial in Harrisburg on Tuesday facing arguments that his failure to report a suspected child abuse incident involving Jerry Sandusky more than 15 years ago had allowed the former coach and now-convicted child molester to continue victimizing young boys.

  • March 21, 2017

    Feds Seek To Block Agent, Trainer From Ballplayer Funds

    The federal government on Monday asked a Florida federal judge to block a baseball agent and an athletic trainer recently found guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States from receiving money from a group of foreign players or their family members.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dean Foods Chair Lists Years Of Insider Tips To Gambler

    New York federal prosecutors in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters led their star witness, a former Dean Foods chairman and current government cooperator, through his litany of shame as he told the jury he had tipped inside information to Walters so many times that he couldn’t count.

  • March 21, 2017

    Eastern Outfitters Creditors Slam DIP, Bidding Procedures

    Unsecured creditors of bankrupt Eastern Outfitters LLC on Monday objected to company sale plans, arrangements for bankruptcy borrowing and agreements with a bid-to-beat “stalking horse” buyer, terming all three unfair and risky.

  • March 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Nixes Claims NFL Stole TV Show Idea

    The Ninth Circuit refused Monday to revive claims that the NFL stole a man's idea for a television show about undrafted football players, saying the accuser never alleged his offer to present the new show was conditioned on his being paid if it was used.

  • March 21, 2017

    $1M Settlement For NY Golf Club Employees Gets Initial OK

    A New York federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to a $1 million deal that would settle a class action brought by workers at a City of Rye-owned golf club to recover allegedly unpaid overtime wages owed to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.

  • March 21, 2017

    Avaya Gets Approval To Back Out Of 49ers Suite Contract

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved a request by telecommunications provider Avaya Holdings Inc. to back out of a 10-year commitment to license a San Francisco 49ers stadium suite after the debtor drew attention to the team's recent losing seasons in a court filing.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Honduran Soccer Head Granted $650K Bond Reduction

    A federal judge in Brooklyn on Tuesday granted a request by the former president of Honduras Rafael Callejas, who pled guilty to charges in the U.S. FIFA corruption case last year, to withdraw $650,000 in assets from from his bond package to pay legal and other expenses, a day after he made the request arguing that he has complied with all conditions of release.

  • March 20, 2017

    Costco Takes Swing At Titleist Maker In Golf Ball IP Suit

    Costco Wholesale Corp.’s Kirkland Signature golf balls do not infringe patents held by golf brand Titleist’s parent Acushnet Co., the bulk retailer asserted to a Washington federal court on Friday, teeing up a case spurred by the popularity of its discount golf balls.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ex-NFL Stars Who Fought Concussion Deal Rejoin Class

    Former NFL stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, who had opted out of the NFL's uncapped concussion litigation settlement to continue to push their claims, have rejoined the sprawling class, according to a stipulation and order filed Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Sport Supplement Co. Sued Over Doses, 'Unproven' Claims

    Dietary supplement manufacturer PhD Fitness LLC was slapped Friday with a putative class action in South Carolina federal court alleging it sold deceptively labeled sport supplements at and vitamin chain GNC that didn’t mention the products’ use of sodium or accurately provide ingredient dosages.

  • March 20, 2017

    Insurer Wants Off The Hook In Firing Range Noise Suit

    Insurer Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd. asked a West Virginia federal court Friday to let it off the hook in a noise complaint suit against a firing range it insures, saying the range’s policy doesn’t cover that type of suit.

  • March 20, 2017

    NFL Player Clarifies Reasons For Vacating PED Arbitration

    Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson on Friday again asked an Ohio federal court to overturn an arbitration decision that upheld a 10-game performance-enhancing drug suspension last season, arguing the arbitrator was biased against him enforcing his punishment as part of collusion between the NFL and the players union.

  • March 20, 2017

    NASCAR Fan Settles Suit Over Daytona Crash Debris Injury

    A lawsuit by a NASCAR fan injured by flying debris from a 12-car crash at Daytona International Speedway came to an end Monday as a Florida federal judge issued a final dismissal of the case following a settlement reached last month.

  • March 20, 2017

    NBC Blasts Baiul Royalty Appeal In 2nd Circ.

    NBCUniversal has blasted an appeal in the Second Circuit in which famed figure skater Oksana Baiul is attempting to salvage a suit over royalty payments from the 1994 NBC television special “Nutcracker on Ice,” saying her claims have been dramatically inconsistent.

  • March 17, 2017

    Treadmill Users Get Partial Cert. In Heart Monitor Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday granted certification to a class of consumers alleging treadmill maker Precor Inc. sold them products with defective heart rate monitors on the issue of liability, but found that certification should be withheld on the issue of damages.

  • March 17, 2017

    NCAA Enjoys Home-Court Edge In Challenges To Its Rules

    College basketball prognosticators may often argue over the weight of a school’s home-court advantage, but the NCAA has its home jurisdiction locked down when it comes to defending challenges to the legality of the association's rules and restrictions.

  • March 17, 2017

    Adidas Says Asics Violated Digital Fitness Patents

    Adidas AG hit Asics with a copyright infringement suit Friday in Delaware federal court, saying the Japanese sportswear company infringed a number of patents related to fitness tracking apps and devices.

Expert Analysis

  • Don’t Underestimate The Value Of An Internal Audit

    Justin Gwin

    Most legal and business leaders know that internal culture — including tone, operating style, standard of behavior and shared values that guide employee decisions — can make or break a firm. An internal audit can assess a firm's culture and identify potential issues within the organization, says Justin Gwin of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • Limiting Remedies On Celebrity Right-Of-Publicity Claims

    Arsen Kourinian

    When a licensee uses a celebrity’s image or likeness past the term of a license agreement, but in the same manner previously consented to, the claim falls squarely into a right-of-publicity tort and is like an intellectual property claim for economic damages. Emotional distress damages should not be available, says Arsen Kourinian of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • The Loss Of Confidentiality In NY Arbitral Enforcement Cases

    Jonathan J. Tompkins

    A sobering series of decisions from New York federal courts has made clear that the valued benefits of confidentiality attendant to arbitration will almost assuredly be rendered ineffectual if and when recognition and enforcement is sought in New York, says Jonathan Tompkins of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Celeb Endorsement Contracts May Change In The Trump Era

    Matthew Y. Kane

    When Under Armour’s CEO recently called President Donald Trump “a real asset for the country,” several Under Armour celebrity spokespersons voiced their disapproval. In the age of Trump, advertisers should re-evaluate what kind of behavior they're willing to tolerate from their celebrity endorsers, say Matthew Kane and Keri Bruce of Reed Smith LLP.