• March 13, 2013

    NJ Officials Appeal Sports Betting Ruling

    New Jersey officials on Wednesday formally gave notice that they will appeal a federal judge's Feb. 28 ruling upholding the constitutionality of a federal ban on state-sponsored sports gambling and thwarting their efforts to authorize such wagering.

  • March 13, 2013

    BP Bets Big On Covington's Mike Brock In Oil Spill Trial

    By tapping Covington & Burling LLP's Robert C. "Mike" Brock to be its primary voice in the Deepwater Horizon civil trial, attorneys say BP PLC chose a seasoned mass tort litigator with a nimble mind and football player's focus to spearhead its high-stakes bid to avoid more than $17 billion in additional environmental penalties.

  • March 13, 2013

    Wachtell Guides Sports Co.'s $226M Outdoor Channel Buy

    Kroenke Sports & Entertainment LLC has inked an estimated $226.9 million merger deal for Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc., having outbid original Outdoor Channel suitor InterMedia Outdoors Holdings LLC, according to a Wednesday statement.

  • March 12, 2013

    MSR Lender Can't Fight Wealth Fund's $1.5B Asset Bid

    A creditor that has been a vocal opponent throughout MSR Resort Golf Course LLC's bankruptcy can't immediately appeal claims that a $1.5 billion stalking horse bid for the resort operator's assets was collusive and made in bad faith, a New York federal judge ruled Friday.

  • March 11, 2013

    Fla. Bank Sues Gated-Community Developers Over $19M Loan

    Florida Community Bank NA filed suit Monday in Florida state court seeking $16.9 million outstanding on a $19.3 million loan it made to the developers of the Rive Isle Golf & Nautical Estates gated community near Sarasota.

  • March 11, 2013

    NFL Moves For Sanctions In Super Bowl Ticket Dispute

    The National Football League told a Texas federal judge Friday that an attorney representing Super Bowl XLV ticket holders in a breach-of-contract class action over denied seats should be sanctioned for allegedly preventing the NFL from cross-examining a witness.

  • March 11, 2013

    Q&A With Loeb & Loeb's Walter Curchack

    There has been a noticeable shift in recent years in the way Chapter 11 cases play out. Both debtors and creditors too often seem to view the process more as a winner-take-all blood sport, rather than a collective attempt to restructure a business, says Walter Curchack, chairman of Loeb & Loeb LLP's bankruptcy, restructuring and creditors' rights department.

  • March 8, 2013

    Comcast Unit To Face Arena Consulting Fees Suit In Philly

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday kicked back to state court a suit accusing a unit of Comcast-Spectacor of failing to pay consulting fees for work in obtaining management contracts for sports arenas in China.

  • March 8, 2013

    WWE Uses 1st Amendment To Powerslam Publicity Rights Suit

    A Georgia federal judge ruled Thursday that World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. was protected by the First Amendment when it used the name and likeness of former wrestler “Pretty Boy” Doug Somers, knocking out a suit claiming the company violated Somers' publicity rights.

  • March 7, 2013

    Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

    This week's roundup of legal lions includes a U.S. Department of Justice lawyer fighting for polar bear protections and a team of attorneys who convinced a circuit court that an Arizona law against picking up day laborers wasn't really about traffic safety. Our legal lambs include two attorneys with serious tax troubles, and an NBA owner who will have to go one-on-one with the SEC.

  • March 7, 2013

    Syracuse Wins Coverage For Bernie Fine Sex Abuse Inquiries

    A New York state judge ruled Thursday that National Union Fire Insurance Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa., has to pay Syracuse University’s losses, including defense costs, from subpoenas in state and federal investigations of allegations that former assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine sexually abused ball boys.

  • March 7, 2013

    NFL's Redskins Defend Name Against Trademark Challenge

    The NFL's Washington Redskins on Thursday blasted an attempt by a group of Native Americans to cancel six of the team's trademarks at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, claiming there's no relevant evidence that proves a substantial portion of Native Americans have been offended by the team's name.

  • March 7, 2013

    NFL's Bid To Sack Antitrust Suit Falls Short, Consumer Says

    A California federal judge should reject the National Football League's bid to sack a putative class action challenging an exclusive licensing deal with Reebok International Inc., the plaintiff said Wednesday, calling the defendants' claim that he hadn't alleged a viable antitrust market a “strawman.”

  • March 7, 2013

    Time Warner To Spin Off Iconic Magazine Unit By Year End

    Time Warner Inc. said Wednesday that it will spin off Time Inc., owner of the People and Sports Illustrated magazine brands, as an independent publicly traded company by the end of year, a day after talks to sell the venerable publishing division to Meredith Corp. fell apart.

  • March 6, 2013

    NY Senate Supports Legalizing Mixed Martial Arts

    Mixed martial arts moved toward legalization in New York on Wednesday as the state Senate passed legislation permitting it and, perhaps more importantly, a powerful foe of the multibillion-dollar sport in the state Assembly suggesting that its arrival is inevitable.

  • March 6, 2013

    No Timeout In NHL, MLB Antitrust Class Actions

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday refused to delay putative antitrust class actions against the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC over their control of sports broadcasts, despite arguments that an upcoming Supreme Court ruling might impact the case.

  • March 6, 2013

    Sandusky Coverage Feud Continues With New Penn State Suit

    Pennsylvania State University on Tuesday launched another attack on Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Co. over the insurer's alleged refusal to cover the school in the aftermath of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's child sex scandal.

  • March 6, 2013

    $490M Arena Design Gets Early Nod From Seattle Panel

    A Seattle architectural panel gave an early nod Tuesday to the design of a proposed $490 million waterfront arena aimed to bring back the SuperSonics basketball team, allowing the developer to proceed to a permit application for the contentious project.

  • March 6, 2013

    Dolphins' Stadium Bill Sweeps Through Fla. Senate Panel

    The Miami Dolphins' drive for public money to help fund a $400 million renovation of Sun Life Stadium has taken another step forward in the Florida Senate, gaining unanimous approval Wednesday from the Appropriations Subcommittee on Finance and Tax.

  • March 5, 2013

    NJ Faces Uphill Battle In Appeal Of Sports Wagering Ban

    Arguing that a federal ban on state-sponsored sports gambling amounts to unconstitutional commandeering could be New Jersey's best bet at overturning a recent decision blocking such wagering in the state, but convincing the Third Circuit to strike down an act of Congress will be no easy task, attorneys say.