Sports

  • May 12, 2017

    NJ Retailer Asks Judge To Revisit Stolen Fitbit Ruling

    A New Jersey seller of reconditioned and refurbished items asked a federal judge to amend her order dismissing its case against Fitbit Inc. on Thursday, arguing that the dismissal decision should be without prejudice since it was based on jurisdiction and not the merits.

  • May 12, 2017

    Freeh Highlights Spanier Conviction In Response To Libel Suit

    Former FBI director Louis Freeh has responded to libel allegations by former Penn State president Graham Spanier by repeatedly citing Spanier’s recent conviction for child endangerment, in the long-running Pennsylvania lawsuit over Freeh’s report on the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

  • May 11, 2017

    Columbia Shoppers Partially Prevail On Cert. Bid In Price Spat

    A California federal judge on Thursday conditionally certified a class of Columbia Sportswear outlet shoppers seeking to end the company’s use of allegedly misleading price tags, but declined to certify a damages class after concluding that their proposed methods of calculating monetary relief were lacking.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-USC Football Player Appeals Dismissal Of Wage Suit

    Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson on Thursday moved to revive his putative minimum wage and overtime pay class action against the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference, filing an appeal with the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-AFL Player's Concussion Claims Against League Tossed

    A Louisiana federal judge Wednesday dismissed a former Arena Football League player's concussion claims against his former employer, saying football's brain injury risks are not high enough to bypass the state workers' compensation law.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-Football Team Owner Gets 3-Plus Years In Fraud Plot

    The former owner of the now-defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football League team was sentenced to 41 months in prison Thursday after admitting he lied to the league about his assets in order to purchase the team.

  • May 11, 2017

    Yogi Sanctioned For Stonewalling On $6.7M Judgment

    A California judge sanctioned Bikram Choudhury on Thursday for stonewalling his ex-attorney in her efforts to satisfy a $6.7 million judgment she won in a sex harassment case against the disgraced yogi, but said he couldn't force the handover of 20 luxury vehicles without proof they're controlled by Choudhury.

  • May 11, 2017

    FIFA Votes To Fast-Track 2026 World Cup Host Selection

    FIFA on Thursday approved a plan to fast-track the 2026 World Cup bidding process to select a host by June 2018, giving a boost to the already announced joint bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

  • May 11, 2017

    Fitbit Can't Run Away Before Discovery Over, Investors Say

    The investors behind a class action accusing Fitbit Inc. of artificially inflating its stock price by hiding problems with its fitness tracking technology told a California federal court on Wednesday that it would be jumping the gun to let Fitbit escape from the suit before they had a chance to conduct discovery.

  • May 11, 2017

    NFL Denies Reinstatement Of Browns Receiver Josh Gordon

    The NFL has denied troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s application for reinstatement, according to a league source who confirmed reports to Law360 on Thursday.

  • May 11, 2017

    NFLPA Grievance Doesn't Hurt Painkiller Suit, Ex-Players Say

    A National Football League Players Association grievance alleging the NFL improperly prescribes painkillers to players doesn't belong in related Ninth Circuit litigation, even though the NFL has tried to introduce it, the former players said in a letter Wednesday.

  • May 10, 2017

    'Cord-Cutting' Hasn't Hit Sports Broadcasting Deals, Yet

    The cable "cord-cutting" trend in the U.S. is already disrupting the traditional economic model for sports by leading to massive dropoffs in cable subscribers and has begun to hurt networks like ESPN, but whether it will stem the growing values of sports broadcasting rights deals is not yet clear.

  • May 10, 2017

    IRS Drops $56M Pa. Suit In Venue Dispute

    The Internal Revenue Service agreed Wednesday to drop a $56.5 million suit in Pennsylvania federal court against the former owner of a defunct gambling company after a federal judge ordered the parties last month to seek an agreement on an acceptable venue for the dispute.

  • May 10, 2017

    Stolen Fitbit Allegations Can’t Proceed In NJ, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday freed Fitbit Inc. from a suit accusing it of falsely claiming that a retailer of refurbished electronics was selling stolen items, ruling that Fitbit’s lack of intent to cause harm in the Garden State means that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • May 10, 2017

    Adidas Sells Golf Equipment Biz To PE Firm In $425M Deal

    Adidas AG ended a yearlong bid to sell its golf equipment units on Wednesday, inking a $425 million deal with private equity shop KPS Capital Partners to offload its TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth Golf units.

  • May 10, 2017

    Lewis Brisbois Adds Sports, Entertainment Pro In Denver

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP's entertainment, media and sports practice received a boost Tuesday as the firm added a former sports and media executive and contract negotiation specialist as a partner in its Denver office.

  • May 10, 2017

    Boston University Seeks Fees For NHL Concussion Doc Fight

    Boston University asked a Minnesota federal court on Wednesday to force the National Hockey League to pay the costs the university incurred while deflecting a bid by the league to obtain documents from its brain injury research center in a suit over the long-term risk of concussions to players.

  • May 10, 2017

    FIFA Moves To Replace Ethics Committee Heads

    FIFA’s Council proposed a list of individuals to take on key committee positions ahead of its congress on Tuesday, and the list did not include its current ethics prosecutor and judge, who are in the midst of a corruption investigation that has led to the ouster of several top officials.

  • May 9, 2017

    Cuban Ballplayer Smuggling Verdict Must Stand, Feds Argue

    Prosecutors urged a Florida federal judge Tuesday not to disturb a verdict convicting a baseball agent and athletic trainer of smuggling Cuban ballplayers, including current Major League Baseball stars, arguing the government's evidence supported jurors finding the pair guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

  • May 9, 2017

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Penn State Coaches' Firing Suit

    The Third Circuit refused to revive a suit by college football coaching legend Joe Paterno’s son and another former Penn State University coach, ruling Tuesday the coaches couldn’t claim the school harmed their reputations in firing them after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Expert Analysis

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    FBI Leaks And The Sanctity Of Grand Jury Secrecy

    Daniel Wenner

    FBI special agent David Chaves is being investigated for leaking information about a grand jury investigation to the press. And this public episode might engender more attacks on the grand jury process, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.