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  • October 12, 2018

    Supreme Court Women: A Vet & 1st-Timer Talk Gender Disparity

    In exclusive on-camera interviews with Law360, the most prolific female U.S. Supreme Court advocate of the past decade and a first-timer reflect on the status of women in a field still dominated by men.

  • October 12, 2018

    Flag Football League Says Upstart Is Stealing Its Brand

    A New York-based flag football league called foul on a rival league in a Florida federal court Thursday, seeking unspecified damages on allegations that the rival has been claiming the New York league’s events and demographics as its own to win sponsors for an Orlando tournament.

  • October 12, 2018

    Sports Bets In NJ Soared To $184M As NFL Season Kicked Off

    Sports wagering through New Jersey casinos and racetracks soared to nearly $184 million in September as NFL and college football teams kicked off their new seasons, almost doubling the number of bets placed in August, according to figures released Friday by state gaming authorities.

  • October 12, 2018

    Edge Fitness Strikes $566K Deal With Workers In OT Suit

    A former Edge Fitness employee on Thursday asked a Connecticut federal judge to approve a more than $566,000 settlement of her putative class action claiming the company underpaid her and others for overtime.

  • October 12, 2018

    Cabela's Tries To Stop Ex-Employees' E-Commerce Startup

    Sporting goods retailer Cabela’s told a Delaware Chancery Court judge in a brief made public late Thursday that a group of former employees should be stopped from launching a new online retail enterprise because it violates their employment agreements.

  • October 12, 2018

    Brand Battles: HBO Aims To Depose 'Game Of Thorns'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, HBO jousts with a botanical garden over a thorny issue, four different Major League Baseball clubs get into the October action, and Volkswagen takes on a "beer and wine safari" over a logo featuring a "hippie bus."

  • October 12, 2018

    Baylor Must Answer Inquiries Into Pepper Hamilton Report

    Plaintiffs alleging Baylor University mishandled or ignored sexual assault allegations, including many against its football players, may ask the university more questions about a controversial 2015 internal investigation by Pepper Hamilton LLP and its fallout, a Texas federal judge has ruled.

  • October 11, 2018

    Calif. Climbing Gym Dodges Woman’s Spinal Injury Suit

    A woman who fell off a bouldering wall and fractured her spine can’t sue the climbing gym for her injuries, a California state appeals court ruled Tuesday, affirming a lower court’s decision that found a release she had signed defeated her case.

  • October 11, 2018

    Waiter Claiming He Set Up Fight KOs Pacquiao's Appeal

    A California waiter who purportedly facilitated the lucrative boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao can proceed with his case against the latter over a finder's fee, after a California appeals court ruled Thursday that his claims did not arise from activity protected by a California free speech statute.

  • October 11, 2018

    Pass-Through Rules A Buzzkill For Entertainment Biz Owners

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury may have to revisit its proposed limitations on who qualifies for an attractive tax break in the sports and performing arts fields amid accusations that its rules are more restrictive than Congress intended.

  • October 11, 2018

    Stars Group Gets Greenlight For $4.7B Sky Betting Buy

    United Kingdom antitrust authorities on Thursday announced they had cleared Canadian gaming company Stars Group Inc.’s $4.7 billion purchase of Sky Betting & Gaming from CVC Capital Partners, creating what has been billed as the world’s largest publicly listed online gaming company.

  • October 11, 2018

    Atty DQ'd For Being Client's Golf Buddy During Incident

    An Indiana federal court judge has disqualified an attorney suing a golf club for a man’s slip-and-fall injury, saying the plaintiff’s attorney was one of two people who witnessed the incident.

  • October 11, 2018

    Hoops Trial Judge Blocks Effort To Blow Whistle On NCAA

    The Manhattan federal judge handling the trial of three men accused of defrauding college basketball by paying amateurs to lure them to schools tied to Adidas cut off a defense effort to suggest the NCAA and its schools have long known about the secret flow of cash on Thursday, calling the line of attack "inappropriate."

  • October 11, 2018

    Twistars Gym, Owner Want Nassar Abuse Claims Dismissed

    The owner of two Twistars USA Inc. gyms where former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Lawrence Nassar volunteered asked a Michigan federal court on Thursday to dismiss claims against the gyms related to the abuse, saying the gymnasts' claims are time-barred and that several of the plaintiffs had no connection to Twistars.

  • October 10, 2018

    Abuse Scandals May Put Olympic Antitrust Immunity In Doubt

    A senator's threat last week to look into stripping the U.S. Olympic Committee of its antitrust protection if it fails to reform amid a series of sexual abuse scandals could upend the way U.S. Olympics sports have been organized and funded for decades.

  • October 10, 2018

    Puma Must Face Nike's Flyknit Patent Infringement Claims

    Puma must face claims that the German sportswear company is knowingly ripping off Nike’s patented knitted shoe designs, a Massachusetts federal judge ruled Wednesday, queuing a legal battle over the trendy, sock-like features of Nike’s Flyknit series and Puma’s Netfit series.

  • October 10, 2018

    Fixer Throws Former Adidas Boss Under Bus At Hoops Trial

    Former Adidas consultant Thomas "T.J." Gassnola told a Manhattan federal jury Wednesday that he worked as a fixer for his former boss, who is accused of defrauding National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball powers by secretly paying athletes so they would play at schools tied to the German apparel giant.

  • October 10, 2018

    NCAA Sanction Of Former Coach Declared Invalid In Calif.

    A California state judge has declared that the show-cause provision of NCAA bylaws is not legal in the state, finding the association's sanction against former University of Southern California assistant football coach Todd McNair runs afoul of state law prohibiting contract provisions that restrict lawful employment.

  • October 10, 2018

    Fla. Court OKs No-Bid Sale For Beckham's Miami Stadium

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday against a Miami activist seeking to reverse the approval of a $9 million, no-bid sale of county-owned land to ex-soccer star David Beckham for a stadium to host an expansion Major League Soccer team.

  • October 10, 2018

    Easton Can't Dodge Bulk Of Bat Labeling Class Action

    Easton Diamond Sports LLC has whiffed on its bid to exit a proposed class action alleging it mislabels the weights of its expensive youth baseball bats, after a California federal court tossed a few of the suit’s claims but allowed the meat of it to go forward.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Why The World Anti-Doping Agency Must Be Replaced

    Ronald Katz

    On Thursday, the World Anti-Doping Agency ended Russia's suspension for doping​, causing an uproar among athletes and drug prevention administrators because of what they believe is insufficient punishment​. But there is a much deeper problem — WADA enabled the Russian doping, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • When Athlete’s Name Is 'Advertising Idea' Without Trademark

    Gregory May

    The Massachusetts high court recently found that a shoe manufacturer’s use of a runner’s name potentially triggered advertising injury insurance coverage, even though the name had not acquired secondary meaning or trademark status. The Holyoke v. Vibram decision is notable because of the court's focus on the intent of the athlete's family business, says Gregory May of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.