Sports

  • May 19, 2017

    Riddell Helmet Concussion Claims Poised To Move Forward

    After more than five years of the NFL concussion litigation, claims against football helmet maker Riddell may finally be moving forward after an order Thursday by the Pennsylvania federal court judge who has been overseeing the litigation.

  • May 19, 2017

    Brand Battles: Virgin Burns Cooking Channel's 'Extra Virgin'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Virgin Group gets heated over Cooking Channel's "Extra Virgin" television show, Adidas starts more fights over the three-stripe mark and Twentieth Century Fox hounds a "Foxmark" mark.

  • May 19, 2017

    Riddell Facing Patent Suit Over Football Helmet Design

    The maker of Schutt Sports football helmets filed suit against Riddell Inc. on Thursday in Texas federal court, accusing its rival of infringing three patents for helmet designs, marking the latest entry in the companies’ intellectual property dispute.

  • May 18, 2017

    Ill. Justices Find High School Org Not Subject To FOIA

    The Illinois Supreme Court sided Thursday with an organization that oversees high school athletics and competitive activities in the state in its fight to shake a Freedom of Information Act request from the Better Government Association, which sought contracts and documents on how the Illinois High School Association spent its money.

  • May 18, 2017

    Olympiacos Owner Acquires English Soccer Club Nottingham

    English soccer club Nottingham Forest FC announced Thursday it has been acquired by a group led by Greek businessman Evangelos Marinakis, the owner of Greek soccer champions Olympiacos FC.

  • May 18, 2017

    Ticketmaster Says 49ers Fans Agreed To Arbitrate ADA Row

    Ticketmaster and Live Nation on Wednesday urged a California federal court to bump a suit over disability access to seats it sold at the San Francisco 49ers Levi’s Stadium into arbitration, saying the customers had agreed to forego class claims and the courtroom.

  • May 18, 2017

    MLB, Facebook Reach Latest Sports Streaming Deal

    Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday said that the league has reached a deal with Facebook Inc. to stream games, as the league and others continue to experiment with new ways to show games and other sports content.

  • May 18, 2017

    Texas A&M Says It's Immune From '12th Man' Copyright Suit

    Texas A&M University on Wednesday urged a Texas federal court to toss copyright claims over a story published on a school website on the origin of the “12th Man” football fan tradition, arguing that the plaintiffs cannot avoid the university’s protection from suit as a state entity by going after the athletics department and its employees.

  • May 18, 2017

    Painkiller Battles Loom Over NFL Despite Early Success

    A California federal judge this week decimated a lawsuit claiming 32 NFL teams and team doctors pushed players to abuse prescription painkillers, though the threat of an appeal and other individual claims over what some former players argue is a pervasive problem will continue to hang over the league.

  • May 18, 2017

    Fla. High Court Says County Voters Can't OK Slot Machines

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday affirmed denial of a slot machine permit for a Native American-operated racetrack in northern Florida, issuing a key finding that counties across the state lack authority to approve such gambling expansion through local referendums.

  • May 17, 2017

    'NBA 2K' Maker Asks 2nd Circ. To Not Revive Face-Scan Row

    The maker of the NBA 2K video game series urged the Second Circuit on Tuesday to uphold a lower court’s dismissal of a proposed class action accusing it of collecting and retaining gamers’ facial scans in violation of an Illinois privacy law, saying no concrete injury was suffered.

  • May 17, 2017

    Sterling's Ex-Mistress Says Wife Can’t Recover $2.6M In Gifts

    Former NBA team owner Donald Sterling’s ex-mistress argued to a California appellate court Wednesday that she was wrongly sued by his wife and ordered to return $2.6 million in gifts under claims they were marital assets transferred without consent, saying Shelly Sterling should have sued her husband for damages instead.

  • May 17, 2017

    Horse Racing Fantasy Sports Biz Takes Bets, Judge Says

    California federal judge gave a group of horse racing associations a partial win on Monday in their suit against fantasy racing business Derby Wars, finding that the fantasy horseracing company’s entry fees are in fact wagers and that the company is operating an off-track betting system under federal law.

  • May 17, 2017

    Ex-Baylor Volleyball Player Alleges Rape By Football Players

    A former Baylor University volleyball player is the latest woman to bring a lawsuit alleging the university mishandled her reports of sexual assault by Baylor football players, in violation of Title IX, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Texas on Tuesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    Privacy Group Challenges Secret Tennis Scoring System

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center urged the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday to look into a proprietary algorithm used to assign scores to tennis players, including athletes under the age of 13, saying the use of a secret system to rate kids constitutes an unfair and deceptive trade practice.

  • May 17, 2017

    NFL Aims For Quick Win In Charity Gambling Row

    The National Football League told a federal judge in Texas on Tuesday that it was entitled to an early win in a lawsuit brought against it by organizers of a charity event in Las Vegas that was relocated after concerns regarding league gambling rules were raised, because there's no evidence of fraud.

  • May 17, 2017

    Fired Trump Golf Club Worker Settles Retaliation Suit

    A Donald Trump-owned golf club has settled out of court a former employee's wrongful termination suit alleging she was fired for reporting a manager had sexually harassed her, according to court documents filed in Florida federal court Wednesday.

  • May 17, 2017

    EU Gives National Gov'ts Bigger Role In State Aid Reviews

    The European Commission moved Wednesday to let national governments provide public support for seaports and airports without seeking prior European Union approval and said it would only look into relatively large government aid to the arts and sports arenas.

  • May 17, 2017

    NHL Network Scores Rights To Annual World Championships

    The National Hockey League’s channel scored exclusive broadcast rights in the U.S. for the next three IIHF Ice Hockey World Championships, it said on Wednesday, marking its latest move to bolster its broadcast and viewing options.

  • May 17, 2017

    Consumers Defend Louisville Slugger Warranty Suit

    A proposed class of consumers accusing Wilson Sporting Goods Co. of failing to honor warranties for defective Louisville Slugger baseball bats asked an Illinois federal judge on Tuesday not to trim their suit, arguing that it was properly pled and it’s too early to deal with issues of class certification.

Expert Analysis

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • The Potential Lawsuits After Aaron Hernandez Suicide

    Jill Stanley Cohen

    At this point, most seem surprised by the recent suicide of ​Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end​ who was sentenced to life in prison for murder. It is likely that when the investigations are complete, Hernandez’s family will file a lawsuit. Let’s take a look at what cases arising from inmate suicide entail, says Jill Stanley Cohen of Cohen & Cohen PC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Generates Copyright Preemption Confusion

    Simon Frankel

    The Ninth Circuit recently held that former college athletes could not assert a right of publicity to prevent the NCAA and its licensee, T3Media, from distributing images of the players. While the outcome of the case may be justifiable on the facts, the decision raises more questions than it answers, further muddying the already difficult terrain of copyright preemption under Section 301, say Simon Frankel and Neema Sahni of Coving... (continued)

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.