• November 4, 2011

    Cash-Strapped Governments Embrace Private Developers

    Facing bare coffers and crumbling infrastructure, city and state governments are scrambling to make themselves more attractive to the private developers who can build them courthouses, schools and sports arenas.

  • November 4, 2011

    NCAA Tries To Bounce NBA Star Russell's Antitrust Claims

    The NCAA asked a California federal court on Thursday to ax basketball great Bill Russell's putative class action accusing the organization of improperly profiting off his likeness, arguing that the former Boston Celtics center's antitrust claims expired decades ago.

  • November 3, 2011

    11th Circ. Upholds Coca-Cola Win In World Cup Song IP Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed a district court's dismissal of a suit accusing The Coca-Cola Co. of infringing a copyright on a composer's translation of a song used in promotions for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

  • November 3, 2011

    Oklahoma City Thunder's IP Win Is A Slam Dunk: 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit on Thursday upheld the Oklahoma City Thunder's win in a copyright suit brought by a fan who claimed the basketball team's cheerleaders used phrases taken from a song he wrote, ruling the phrases were too common for copyright protection.

  • November 3, 2011

    Judge Bounces Suit Alleging Cuban Mismanaged Mavs

    A Texas state judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit alleging Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban broke a partnership agreement by bungling the team’s finances, ending a case that lost its swagger after the Mavericks won the NBA championship in June.

  • November 2, 2011

    Soccer Groups Try To Kick RICO Claims In Antitrust Suit

    The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer LLC sought to dismiss ex-promoter ChampionsWorld LLC’s racketeering and state law claims in its Illinois antitrust suit, disputing claims that USSF did not have the authority over matches it imposed fees on, according to documents made public Tuesday.

  • November 2, 2011

    NBA's Antitrust Suit Against Players Thin, Judge Says

    The allegations underpinning the National Basketball Association's preemptive antitrust case against its locked-out players' union are “frankly very thin,” the New York federal judge overseeing the case said Wednesday.

  • November 2, 2011

    Holiday Inn Stiffed Guests Over Cancellations: Suit

    The Intercontinental Hotels Group Operating Corp. and its Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites branch in Dallas breached contracts and duped customers by refusing to refund canceled reservations over Super Bowl weekend, a class action made public Tuesday in Illinois alleges.

  • November 2, 2011

    3rd Circ. Again Nixes CBS 'Wardrobe Malfunction' Fine

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday rejected for the second time a Federal Communications Commission fine imposed on CBS Corp. for Janet Jackson's notorious "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show, saying a 2009 Supreme Court ruling made no difference in the case.

  • November 2, 2011

    Muhammad Ali Charity Seeks KO Of B-List Celeb Fight Night

    The foundation behind Muhammad Ali's annual “Celebrity Fight Night” charity event on Tuesday sued the organizers of an upcoming pay-per-view fight featuring former baseball player Jose Canseco and a slew of B-list personalities, accusing them of stealing its trademarked name.

  • November 2, 2011

    Terrell Owens Sues Greenberg Over Gaming Investment

    Football superstar Terrell Owens last week sued Greenberg Traurig LLP and shareholder Pamela S. Linden in Florida for professional negligence and malpractice, claiming they hid crucial information while representing him in a $2 million investment in a scandal-plagued Alabama gambling resort.

  • November 2, 2011

    MLB, Dodgers Agree To Blackstone-Led Sale

    Major League Baseball and the bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a court-supervised process whereby the storied franchise, and its valuable media rights, will be sold off by private equity giant Blackstone Group LP, the league and team announced Wednesday.

  • October 31, 2011

    Nike Accused Of Swiping Golf Club Patent

    Nike Inc. was sued Thursday in New Jersey federal court by the estate of an inventor that claims the sports apparel and equipment giant stole a design patent used in its line of SQ Dymo golf clubs.

  • October 28, 2011

    Thousands Of Sports Cars Recalled Over Oil Leak Concerns

    Sports and race car manufacturer Lotus Cars USA Inc. has recalled more than 5,000 Elise and Exige models over fears a faulty oil line could spray oil and cause car crashes or spark fires, federal transportation regulators said Friday.

  • October 27, 2011

    Fox Sports, NeuLion Hit With IP Suits Over Web Simulations

    DDB Technologies LLC launched suits against News Corp. unit Fox Sports Interactive Media LLC and NeuLion Inc. in Texas federal court Thursday, alleging the companies infringed its patented method for producing online simulations of live sport broadcasts.

  • October 27, 2011

    Gamers Want Protected EA-NFL Memo In Antitrust Action

    A class of video game purchasers asked a California federal court Wednesday to force Electronic Arts Inc. to produce a key document in their suit claiming EA stifles competition in the industry by maintaining exclusive licensing deals with the National Football League and other football organizations.

  • October 26, 2011

    Mazda Stuck With RX-8 Stalling Defect Action

    A judge refused Monday to end a proposed class action in California claiming Mazda Motor of America Inc. hid and refused to repair a defect that could cause its RX-8 sports car to stall, ruling that the claims were properly constructed.

  • October 25, 2011

    Arent Fox Scores Sports Expert From Herrick Feinstein

    Arent Fox LLP has picked up a sports lawyer from Herrick Feinstein LLP with expertise in team acquisitions and sales, joint venture activities, and sports media issues for its New York office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • October 25, 2011

    MLB Told To Give Docs To Dodgers Before Key Hearing

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday ordered Major League Baseball to turn over a trove of documents to the Los Angeles Dodgers LLC before a decisive hearing on the team’s bankruptcy exit strategy, where control of the franchise will hang in the balance.

  • October 24, 2011

    Dykstra, Feds Want Fraud Trial Pushed To March

    Federal prosecutors and public defenders representing former baseball star Lenny Dykstra on Monday asked that his bankruptcy fraud trial be postponed until March because the massive numbers of documents attorneys will have to wade through makes a scheduled December trial virtually impossible.