Sports

  • September 16, 2013

    Oakley Accused Of Stealing Clothier's 'Sweat It Out' Slogan

    Oakley Inc. was hit Friday with a trademark infringement suit from a rival sports apparel manufacturer accusing the company of ripping off the proprietary phrase "Sweat It Out" and using it in the name of one of its products.

  • September 16, 2013

    Fla. Puts New Spin On Public Stadium Financing

    A new idea in public stadium financing comes from Orlando, Fla., where a county official wants something in exchange for helping to bring a soccer team to town: a share in the upside.

  • September 13, 2013

    Brand Battles: Pinterest, Sprint, NFL, Hasbro

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Pinterest aims to block Sprint and others from registering names involving “pin,” the Indiana Colts protect their quarterback's name, and Hasbro runs into trouble trying to register a trademark for one of its Transformer toys.

  • September 13, 2013

    'Madden' Creator Seeks $11.6M Interest As EA Fights Ruling

    Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to overturn a July jury verdict finding the company illegally copied from the first video game in its multimillion-selling “Madden NFL” franchise, while the game’s programmer moved to tack on $11.6 million in interest to the jury’s $3.6 million royalties award.

  • September 13, 2013

    Minn. Agency Greenlights $975M Vikings Stadium After Probe

    The $975 million new stadium proposed for the Minnesota Vikings on Friday got the approval of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority after the agency and its law firm completed due diligence to ensure that a related New Jersey lawsuit wouldn't derail the project.

  • September 13, 2013

    9th Circ. Affirms Barry Bonds Obstruction Conviction

    Barry Bonds struck out Friday in his appeal of a conviction for obstructing a federal investigation of steroid use in professional baseball, as the Ninth Circuit ruled that a statement he made in grand jury testimony could be obstructive even if it was factually true.

  • September 13, 2013

    Calif. OKs CEQA Suit Reform Bill Tied To $447M Arena

    Both houses of California's Legislature on Thursday approved a bill that proposes to streamline any legal challenges under the California Environmental Quality Act lobbed at the Sacramento Kings' $447 million arena development plans, as well as other major statewide projects.

  • September 11, 2013

    Fla. County Puts In $2M For Orlando Soccer Stadium

    Seminole County, Fla., on Tuesday agreed to put up $2 million toward the Orlando City Soccer Club's proposed downtown stadium and its bid to join Major League Soccer in the hopes that the investment will reap an economic benefit of $31 million.

  • September 11, 2013

    NCAA Players' Antitrust Suit Lacks A Conspiracy, EA Says

    Video game maker Electronic Arts Inc. asked a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed antitrust class action against it and the NCAA over their use of college athletes' names and likenesses, saying the players had failed to prove EA was involved in a plot that harmed competition.

  • September 10, 2013

    Ex-NBA Player Says Fellow Hoopster Snared Him In Scam

    A former NBA player on Tuesday accused C. Tate George, another ex-pro baller, of luring him into investing in a real estate Ponzi scheme that cost him $300,000, as federal prosecutors attempt to prove George masterminded the $2 million fraud.

  • September 10, 2013

    US Loosens Iran Sanctions For Humanitarian Work

    The U.S. on Tuesday eased sanctions on Iran that will enable U.S. nongovernmental organizations to perform humanitarian work in the country and set up athletic exchanges between the two countries.

  • September 10, 2013

    Racket Maker Ducks Claims Over Tennis Star Endorsements

    A California judge on Monday stripped claims from a class action alleging racket maker Babolat VS North America Inc. deceives consumers through endorsements by tennis superstars Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick, saying the plaintiff can sue only over racket types he actually bought.

  • September 10, 2013

    PGA Officials' Union Wants Right To Sue Firm In Texas

    The Professional Association of Golf Officials on Tuesday told a Texas appeals court that it should be allowed to sue its former attorney in Texas court for claims he gave members bad advice about changes to their collective bargaining agreement with the PGA.

  • September 10, 2013

    Charter Cruise Co. Beats Canada Over $52M Lodging Contract

    A D.C. federal court on Monday sided with a charter cruise company in its suit against the Canadian government over a CA$54 million ($52.2 million) contract to provide lodging for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, finding Canada breached its agreement to pay all taxes imposed on the cruise lines.

  • September 10, 2013

    Kelley Drye Taps 2 Dow Lohnes Attys To Lead Sports Group

    Kelley Drye & Warren LLP has launched a new practice group out of its Washington office to represent professional athletes and other sports luminaries, tapping two attorneys from Dow Lohnes PLLC to lead the group, the firm announced Monday.

  • September 9, 2013

    San Jose Hits Back At MLB's Bid To Nix Antitrust Suit

    Major League Baseball is leaning on “outdated” precedent to prove they are exempt from federal and state antitrust laws, the city of San Jose said Friday, urging a federal judge not to dismiss their suit over the Oakland Athletics' stalled move to the city.

  • September 9, 2013

    PE-Backed ClubCorp Seeks Up To $324M From IPO

    Private equity-backed U.S. golf and country club operator ClubCorp Holdings Inc. will seek to raise up to $324 million in its initial public offering, giving the company an implied valuation of up to $1.1 billion, the Texas club operator said in a regulatory filing Monday.

  • September 6, 2013

    Ex-NFL Players Ordered To Drop New Publicity Rights Suits

    A Minnesota federal judge on Friday ordered attorneys for hundreds of former National Football League players who opted out of a recently settled class action over publicity rights to drop two separate suits, finding they had violated “the letter and the spirit” of an injunction.

  • September 6, 2013

    NY Gov. Signs Bill For $500M US Open Stadium Expansion

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation that will allow the U.S. Tennis Association to commence a $500 million expansion plan at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, the site of the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

  • September 5, 2013

    Fla. Cities Can't Own Part Of Sports Team, Orlando Atty Says

    Mayor Buddy Dyer has backed Orlando City Soccer Club's drive to build a downtown stadium and join Major League Soccer, but his legal staff has advised, in a opinion released Tuesday, that the city's support cannot go so far as owning a share of the team.