Sports

  • February 17, 2017

    Trainer Rips Leading Questions At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    A trainer who, along with a baseball agent, is accused of helping Cuban ballplayers gain fraudulent entry into the United States objected Thursday to the government’s alleged use of leading questions during direct examinations of its witnesses during trial.

  • February 17, 2017

    Brand Battles: NCAA Swats Big Ten Over 'March Madness'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the NCAA targets one of its own top conferences over its "March Madness" mark, Monster Energy takes on Cornell University over the name of a newly developed apple, and Google faces a fight to register a so-called motion mark.

  • February 17, 2017

    Fitness Celeb Claims Gym Infringed Exercise Machine, IP

    Fitness guru and celebrity trainer Sebastien Lagree and his Lagree Fitness sued the BodyRok franchise in California federal court on Friday alleging infringement of his patents, copyright and trademarks with a fitness machine nearly identical to his “Megaformer.”

  • February 17, 2017

    LA Fitness Tax Row Won't Get Texas High Court Review

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to hear argument from LA Fitness owner Fitness International Inc. that it was unjustly denied a sales tax refund for stationary gym equipment like treadmills that the company had argued it effectively rented to its customers.

  • February 17, 2017

    Prosecutors Slam Appeal Bids By Ex-Penn State Officials

    State prosecutors on Friday slammed a bid by a group of ex-Penn State University administrators to allow an appeals court to review child endangerment charges they’re facing from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal before their scheduled trial date next month.

  • February 17, 2017

    Under Armour Hid Sports Authority Ch. 11's Impact, Suit Says

    Athletic gear maker Under Armour Inc. was slapped with a shareholder suit in Maryland federal court Thursday accusing the Baltimore-based company of concealing the impact of Sports Authority's bankruptcy from investors in order to artificially inflate its stock price.

  • February 17, 2017

    Pa. Lawmaker Lobs Bill To Allow Sports Betting

    A Pennsylvania lawmaker wants the state to legalize sports betting should federal law be changed to allow it, introducing a bill in the state House of Representatives to allow sports betting at casinos and other licensed facilities.

  • February 17, 2017

    NHL’s CTE Stubbornness Isn't A Good Look Or Legal Defense

    Faced with a proposed class action alleging it hid the dangers of head injuries in professional hockey and encouraged violence in the game, the NHL has chosen to attack the idea of a link between repeated head trauma and the much-publicized brain disease CTE, bucking a majority of scientists and medical experts, in a move that has many legal experts baffled.

  • February 16, 2017

    Witness Accused Of Misconduct At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    Signals are exchanged silently throughout baseball games, between catchers and pitchers and coaches and players around the diamond, but the suggestion that a ballplayer was receiving signals while testifying in the player smuggling trial of an agent and trainer raised tensions in a Miami courtroom Thursday.

  • February 16, 2017

    EA Wants Quick Win On Claim In Madden Publicity Duel

    Video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. asked a California federal court Wednesday for a partial judgment in a putative class action from a group of retired NFL players alleging the “Madden NFL” games use their likeness without permission, arguing that the visual depictions of former players are generic.

  • February 16, 2017

    NHL Says Players Can't Strike Articles Questioning CTE Link

    The National Hockey League and a proposed class of former players continued to wrangle over documents in their concussion battle Wednesday, with the league claiming the players have no right to strike its inclusion of scientific exhibits that dispute the relationship between head injuries and the degenerative brain condition CTE.

  • February 16, 2017

    NFL Blasts Ex-Players' Try For More Time In Painkiller Suit

    The NFL and some of its teams asked a California federal judge to deny a group of former players’ request for more time to file an amended complaint in their suit accusing the league of encouraging them to abuse painkillers, arguing Wednesday that they have given no reason for an extension.

  • February 16, 2017

    Resolution Nixing Alaska Hunting Rule Clears House

    Alaskan hunters could soon have more tools at their disposal again, after the House passed a measure on Thursday aimed at a federal rule limiting hunting practices on federal lands in the state.

  • February 16, 2017

    Trump Golf Club Members' Class Counsel Seeks $1.8M In Fees

    Counsel for a class of members of a President Donald Trump-owned golf club asked a Florida federal court to award $1.8 million in attorneys' fees for its win of a $5.7 million refund triggered by the club's change in ownership when Trump took over Jupiter Golf Club LLC.

  • February 15, 2017

    Yoga Studio $1.65M Wage Class Settlement Gets Initial OK

    A California federal judge on Tuesday preliminarily approved a $1.65 million class-action settlement to end allegations that yoga studio chain CorePower Yoga did not pay minimum wage to some employees who were required to buy discounted studio memberships.

  • February 15, 2017

    Texans Say Ex-NFLer's Turf Injury Suit First Of Its Kind

    The Houston Texas on Tuesday again tried to differentiate a personal injury lawsuit by former Texans and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Demeco Ryans, who was injured on the field at Houston’s NRG stadium, from an injury case brought by running back Reggie Bush, arguing that Bush’s injury occurred outside the field of play and after the play was dead.

  • February 15, 2017

    NFL Player Says WilmerHale Atty Failed To Disclose Conflict

    Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson told an Ohio federal court in an amended complaint Tuesday that the WilmerHale attorney who arbitrated his appeal of a 10-game performance-enhancing drug suspension failed to disclose that his firm was representing the NFL in another player disciplinary matter.

  • February 15, 2017

    Ex-PSU Admins Seek Appeal Before Child Endangerment Trial

    With a trial looming on allegations that they failed to act on reports of child sex abuse against former assistant Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky, a trio of ex-school administrators are pushing to appeal a recent decision denying their bids to ax charges.

  • February 15, 2017

    9th Circ. Dubious Of Lakers' Bid To Ax TCPA Coverage Denial

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday appeared skeptical of the Los Angeles Lakers' argument that a fan's putative Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action alleged more than invasion of privacy claims excluded under the team's directors-and-officers policy but indicated that parts of the suit could potentially trigger coverage.

  • February 15, 2017

    Production Co. Fights Sanctions Bid Over EB-5 Suit

    A film and TV production company urged a Georgia federal judge on Tuesday not to impose sanctions in a now-dismissed $45 million lawsuit alleging former NBA player Theo Ratliff and others conspired to shut it out of a prospective deal involving the EB-5 program, saying its attorneys did not act in bad faith.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 1

    David Kluft

    I always worry about what will happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asks me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits IP lawyers are supposed to know about. This article is my solution — a summary of gridiron IP disputes since the last Super Bowl, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Prosecution Of Corporate Execs: The Latest Developments

    Dawn E. Murphy-Johnson

    During the last quarter of 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced several significant guilty pleas and indictments against corporate executives that may provide some clues about where the prosecution of executives is headed this year, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • How Michael Jordan Won TM Case In China Without TM Rights

    Amy Hsiao

    A ruling last month by China's highest court may be only a partial victory for Michael Jordan and Nike, but it is a great step forward for China’s trademark system. Eight messages from the decision are comforting and reassuring, say Amy Hsiao of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP and Christopher Shen of NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd.

  • Inside High Court Argument On Offensive Trademarks

    Ann Dunn Wessberg

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam to decide whether the Trademark Act’s prohibition on registering “disparaging” marks violates the First Amendment. The court heaped a good deal of skepticism toward both sides, perhaps a little more against the government, says Ann Dunn Wessberg, chairwoman of Fredrikson & Byron PA's trademark group and former chief trademark counsel for Target.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Clarifying EEOC’s Obligation For Presuit Conciliation

    Gerald Maatman Jr.

    In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, a Texas federal court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would allow it to include discrimination claims in its lawsuit for individuals who had not yet applied to work for Bass Pro. The decision is a positive signal that at least some courts may be unwilling to allow the EEOC to add claimants with whom it never conciliated, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.