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  • February 25, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Lewis Brisbois' Craig Holden

    As a life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I have to encourage the use of the so-called “Rooney Rule.” This certainly worked in the NFL, which has seen a significant increase in the number of minority coaches. Now if I could just get Mr. Rooney to consider me in the slate when he decides to hire a new head coach, says Craig Holden, chairman of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP's national commercial litigation practice.

  • February 24, 2015

    What GCs Need To Know About The Startup Workplace

    The utopian tech startup might feature table tennis brainstorming sessions and tete-a-tetes around the office keg, but a fun, flexible workplace staffed with like-minded young people can risk spiraling into the type of “frat boy” culture plaintiffs have alleged in a series of employee lawsuits against Zillow Inc. Here, legal advisers to startups discuss why young, tech-savvy workplaces can face a special set of employment concerns.

  • February 23, 2015

    PGA Tour Wants Antitrust Class Action Transferred To Fla.

    PGA Tour Inc. set in motion Monday a possible move from California to Florida of an antitrust putative class action filed by professional golf caddies who claim they were turned into “glorified billboards” by the PGA Tour, which reaps $50 million a year from logos on the caddies' clothing.

  • February 23, 2015

    Ex-Oriole Says Feds Hiding Evidence In Insider Trading Case

    Former Baltimore Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces has accused federal prosecutors of withholding evidence that would clear him of insider trading allegations and urged a California federal judge to drop his indictment due to what he describes as an unfair delay in trial, according to recently filed court documents.

  • February 23, 2015

    Time Warner Ducks $11B Suit Over Lakers, Dodgers Bundling

    A California appeals court on Monday kicked a proposed class action accusing Time Warner Cable Inc. of netting $11 billion from subscribers by unfairly bundling some sports channels, ruling that federal law does not ban the bundling of channels and preempts the suit.

  • February 23, 2015

    Trump Golf Club To Enter Talks With Miami Suburb Over Noise

    Donald Trump's Trump National Doral golf resort has decided to drop a lawsuit it filed recently challenging a noise ordinance in the South Florida city of Doral, opting instead to enter negotiations on a resolution to the dispute over its groundskeeping practices.

  • February 23, 2015

    REIT DiamondRock's GC Sees Shift To Franchise Deals

    Hotel owners are gaining more leverage in management negotiations and are turning away from management agreements and toward franchise deals, which have third parties — as opposed to household names like Marriott and Hilton — manage their properties, DiamondRock Hospitality Co. general counsel William J. Tennis told Law360 in a recent interview.

  • February 20, 2015

    Brand Battles: Seattle Seahawks, USPS, March Madness

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Seattle Seahawks and Texas A&M University both assert their rights to "12," the U.S. Postal Service cites an 18th century first-use date, and NCAA continues an annual collegiate tradition: enforcing its "March Madness" trademarks.

  • February 20, 2015

    NCAA Sex Bias Class Wants To Add RICO Claim

    An attorney for a putative class of athletes suing the National Collegiate Athletic Association for discrimination on Thursday asked a New Jersey federal court for leave to file an amended complaint, adding new defendants and new causes of action including a claim of Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act violation.

  • February 20, 2015

    Taxation With Representation: Thompson Hine, Latham, Skadden

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, WME-IMG lands a major golf talent agency while German auto parts maker Mahle GmbH lands a key heat thermal business for electric motors and internal combustion engines, and Skadden helps packaging giant Ball Corp. land a British rival in a $8.4 billion deal.

  • February 20, 2015

    Sidley Austin Atty Accused Of Stealing Client's Idea

    Sidley Austin LLP partner Stephen Blevit has been slapped with a suit in Los Angeles court by a former client, claiming the attorney was hired to help him develop an online sports sweepstakes business, only to have Blevit steal the idea for himself and cut the client out of the company.

  • February 20, 2015

    Minority Powerbrokers Q&A: Goldberg Segalla's Joseph Hanna

    Investing time in mentoring and creating opportunities for associates is critical. They cannot be treated solely as research workhorses, says Joseph Hanna, chairman of Goldberg Segalla LLP's sports and entertainment practice group and founder of nonprofit Bunkers in Baghdad.

  • February 19, 2015

    Nike Kicks Soccer Monopoly Accusations, Wins Atty Sanctions

    Nike Inc. beat allegations it was illegally squashing competitors in the soccer equipment market and won a bid for sanctions against the attorney who brought the suit, in a pair of rulings in California federal court Wednesday that found the lawyer had submitted a false affidavit.

  • February 19, 2015

    10th Circ. Revives Jack Nicklaus Golf Course Investor Row

    The Tenth Circuit on Thursday revived part of an investor suit accusing legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus of misrepresenting his membership status in the failed Mount Holly golf course project in Utah, whose developer went bankrupt, but ultimately held that most of the suit was appropriately dismissed.

  • February 19, 2015

    SEC Wins Partial Judgment Against Atty In NFLer Stock Scam

    A California federal judge on Wednesday ruled largely in favor of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a civil suit against an attorney convicted of securities fraud in a pump-and-dump penny stock scheme allegedly involving former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault.

  • February 19, 2015

    PGA Host Must Allow Appraisal In $18M Storm Damage Row

    A $17.5 million dispute over storm damage between a West Virginia PGA tournament host resort and its insurers was put on hold Wednesday pending appraisals after a federal judge ruled that the insurance companies didn’t waive their right to appraise the damage.

  • February 19, 2015

    Calif. Court Tosses Challenge To $477M Basketball Arena

    A California appeals court on Wednesday dismissed a challenge over a new $477 million arena for the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings, rejecting arguments that the city of Sacramento failed to properly evaluate the environmental effects of the project and violated state law.

  • February 19, 2015

    Rooftop Clubs Lose Bid To Stall Wrigley Field Revamp

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday refused to halt construction of a video board and other large signs at Wrigley Field, dealing an early-inning blow to a pair of rooftop businesses across from the historic ballpark who accuse the Chicago Cubs of blocking their views in violation of a long-term contract and antitrust laws.

  • February 19, 2015

    Kookbox Wants To Wipe Out Milberg As Surfer's Atty In IP Suit

    A California federal judge was urged Thursday to disqualify Milberg & DePhillips PC from representing a famous surfer and co-owner of Kookbox Surfboards Inc. in a suit claiming he’s using the company's trademark in order to sell products in a separate venture, with Kookbox saying it used to be represented by the firm.

  • February 18, 2015

    Sports Leagues Urge 3rd Circ. To Uphold Bar On NJ Gambling

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the United States' four largest professional sports leagues have asked the Third Circuit to uphold an injunction barring New Jersey from repealing its prohibition on some types of sports gambling, saying the state is rehashing arguments the court already rejected.