Sports

  • July 22, 2011

    Judge Ejects Dodgers' $150M DIP Financing Plan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Friday shot down the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bid for $150 million of debtor-in-possession financing from a hedge fund, leaving a pinch-loan from Major League Baseball as the team's only option to finance its reorganization.

  • July 21, 2011

    NFL Owners Ratify Agreement To End Lockout

    National Football League team owners ratified a settlement and new 10-year collective bargaining agreement late Thursday that, if approved by the players' union, would end an antitrust class action against the league in Minnesota federal court and save the 2011 football season.

  • July 20, 2011

    MLB, Dodgers Trade Hits Over $150M Ch. 11 Funding

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and Major League Baseball feuded in Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday over who would provide a $150 million loan to fund the team’s reorganization, with the team railing against a league-sponsored alternative as a thinly veiled bid for control of the club.

  • July 20, 2011

    NFL Agent Must Arbitrate Certification Fight: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a Florida court's ruling that a sports agent must arbitrate claims that the NFL's union wrongly terminated his certification after he failed for more than three years to sign a player to a contract.

  • July 18, 2011

    Dodgers Creditors Say MLB Loan Deal Beats Fund Offer

    Unsecured creditors of the Los Angeles Dodgers LLC told a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday that a $150 million financing offer from hedge fund firm Highbridge Capital Finance LLC is inferior to a competing pitch by Major League Baseball.

  • July 15, 2011

    MLB Sweetens Terms In Fight For Dodgers DIP Loan

    Major League Baseball on Thursday enhanced its bid to finance the Los Angeles Dodgers during its time in Delaware bankruptcy court by offering a longer repayment that would allow the team time to negotiate a new TV contract with Fox.

  • July 15, 2011

    Random House Scores End To 'Super Bowl Shuffle' Suit

    The owner of the copyrights to the music and video for the 1985 Chicago Bears' "Super Bowl Shuffle" on Thursday settled a suit in Illinois accusing Random House Inc. of false advertising and violating a royalty contract.

  • July 14, 2011

    NFL Sued By Ex-Green Bay Packer Over Players' Images

    A new class of retired National Football League players sued their former employer in Minnesota federal court on Wednesday, accusing the league of using their images in promotional films without the players' permission.

  • July 14, 2011

    Atlantic Yards Needs New Enviro Review: NY Judge

    A New York state judge ruled Wednesday that real estate magnate Bruce Ratner’s planned $4.9 billion real estate project to bring the NBA’s New Jersey Nets to Brooklyn cannot go ahead without a new environmental review.

  • July 12, 2011

    Helmet Maker Not Liable For Biking Injury: 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Tuesday upheld a jury verdict that a helmet made by Easton-Bell Sports Inc. wasn't defective, affirming the lower court's decision to apply a newer interpretation of product liability law than the state Supreme Court recognized.

  • July 12, 2011

    MLB Gets Limited Discovery Of Dodgers' Lender

    A Delaware bankruptcy court on Tuesday granted Major League Baseball limited discovery from the hedge fund that loaned $60 million to the Los Angeles Dodgers as the league attempts to supplant the loan with an MLB-sponsored financing package.

  • July 12, 2011

    Ex-Dick's Atty Fails To Shake Kickback Charges

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday denied a bid by a former attorney for Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. to duck criminal charges in a kickbacks case, but also shot down the company's effort to kill his requests for access to certain documents.

  • July 11, 2011

    Fed. Circ. Denies Hat Inventor New Trial In Nike Row

    The Federal Circuit on Monday refused to order a new trial in an inventor's suit accusing Nike Inc. of infringing a patent for a vented baseball cap due to litigation misconduct, but left intact an award of attorneys' fees to the plaintiff.

  • July 11, 2011

    Q&A With SNR Denton's Natalie Spears

    Judge Frank Easterbrook of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is the Simon Cowell of the law. When you’re under fire from him, it’s part sport and part delivery of the hard truth about aspects of your position or performance, says Natalie Spears, a partner in the Chicago office of SNR Denton and managing partner of the firm's litigation and disputes department.

  • July 8, 2011

    Dick's Seeks To Quash Subpoenas In Kickbacks Case

    Dick's Sporting Goods Inc. took exception Friday to subpoena requests from the retailer's former attorney in New York federal court, arguing that the documents had little to do with kickback allegations against him.

  • July 8, 2011

    MLB Wants Info On McCourt's $5M Highbridge Payment

    Major League Baseball said Friday in Delaware that Highbridge Principal Strategies LLC should be forced to hand over documents related to its proposed $150 million debtor-in-possession financing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, including an alleged $5.25 million payment from the team's owner.

  • July 8, 2011

    No Recusal For Judge In Dickinson Malpractice Suit

    A Michigan federal judge said Thursday that he will continue to preside over sporting goods company Warrior Sports Inc.'s patent malpractice suit against Dickinson Wright PLLC, even though he is friends with an attorney representing Dickinson Wright.

  • July 8, 2011

    8th Circ. Backs NFL Player Lockout

    The Eighth Circuit on Friday greenlighted the National Football League's lockout as part of the league's fight against an antitrust class action brought by its players, saying a Depression-era law designed to protect workers also blocks courts from interfering in management-imposed work stoppages.

  • July 7, 2011

    Dodgers' MLB Discovery Requests Land Foul: Judge

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday shot down the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bid to force broad discovery on Major League Baseball, ruling that the motion was outside the field of play in the financing dispute between the club and the league.

  • July 6, 2011

    Ex-Players Claim NFL Uses Their Images Without Consent

    A putative class of retired professional football players sued the National Football League on Tuesday in Minnesota federal court, alleging the NFL uses their likenesses in promotional videos for the league without permission.