• August 7, 2017

    Vegas Golden Knights Score Hockey TMs

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has approved two trademark registrations for the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, just two months before hockey season, though issues remain over the team’s attempt to register a mark for use on apparel and other merchandise.

  • August 7, 2017

    Adviser Pays $1.9M To End Charges He Defrauded Athletes

    A New York federal judge on Friday said a financial adviser will pay more than $1.9 million to resolve allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he defrauded clients, including professional athletes, by using $2.35 million of their money without permission, and lied to agency investigators about it.

  • August 7, 2017

    LA 2028 Olympics Deal Reflects New Bidding Dynamic For IOC

    A deal with the International Olympic Committee to give Los Angeles a $1.8 billion contribution and other incentives likely means the city will play host to the 2028 Summer Olympics, a deal that reflects a changing dynamic for host negotiations after a slew of cities dropped out of bidding this time around.

  • August 7, 2017

    NY Arena Sued For Nixing Job Offer Over Criminal Record

    The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, was hit on Friday with a proposed class action lawsuit alleging that it uses a discriminatory criminal history screening policy that denies jobs to potential workers who are otherwise qualified applicants.

  • August 7, 2017

    Judge Cuts Calif. Publicity Claim From Madden Suit

    A California federal judge on Friday trimmed a state law claim from a suit filed by former NFL players against Electronic Arts over the use of their likenesses in Madden video games, finding that the avatars were not readily identifiable as the players.

  • August 7, 2017

    Life Time Fitness Escapes Investor Suit Over $2.8B Buyout

    A Minnesota federal judge on Sunday threw out the remaining claim in a proposed class action by investors over Life Time Fitness Inc.’s $2.8 billion private equity buyout in 2015, saying the shareholders can’t prove the company’s CEO and directors acted in their own self-interest by approving the deal.

  • August 4, 2017

    NFL Makes Play To Toss Game Video IP Infringement Claims

    The NFL urged a California federal judge Friday to sack six of eight claims alleging the sports entity infringed patents for online video services brought by subsidiaries of a digital security company, arguing the claims were for well-known ideas without implementation details for the purported inventions.

  • August 4, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a pair of former Lloyds Bank executives sue their erstwhile employer, a trio of insurers lodge a professional negligence claim against a McLarens loss adjusting service unit, and a former owner of Arsenal sue Linklaters and Deloitte. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 4, 2017

    Coder Wants High Court To Review $3.6M EA Royalty Row

    The computer programmer behind EA's "John Madden Football" video game has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Ninth Circuit decision that cost him $3.6 million in royalties when it ruled that expert testimony could not be used to satisfy a burden of proof in his case.

  • August 4, 2017

    Privilege Still Shields Docs In Sandusky Case, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania state judge said Friday that attorney-client privilege continued to shield certain documents and other materials being sought by a group of media entities in the criminal cases against three ex-Penn State University administrators caught up in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

  • August 4, 2017

    Baylor Faces Long Road To Resolving Sex Assault Cases

    The recent settlement of one of numerous lawsuits against Baylor University over alleged sexual assaults could signal the school’s eagerness to resolve such claims, but attorneys say there’s no guarantee the remaining plaintiffs — armed with tales of allegedly egregious conduct on behalf of administrators — will make a deal.

  • August 4, 2017

    ESPN Says No Copyright Breach From Football Documentary

    ESPN and a documentary producer urged a Mississippi federal judge Thursday to throw out a copyright suit by the creator of a 2004 documentary about a paralyzed college football player, saying there is no evidence to support his claim that the companies unlawfully used footage from his film.

  • August 4, 2017

    More Than 18K NFLers Register For Concussion Settlement

    More than 18,400 former National Football League players or their relatives have registered to receive settlement benefits in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries sustained by now-retired players during their NFL careers, the players’ attorney said Friday.

  • August 4, 2017

    NBA's James Harden Wants Out Of Nightclub Assault Suit

    Houston Rockets star James Harden filed a response on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the son of late all-star and Rockets great Moses Malone, telling the court while someone may very well have assaulted Moses Malone Jr. outside a nightclub in June 2016, it wasn't him and he's not liable for the incident.

  • August 4, 2017

    Ghana Businessman Sues Gov't Over Bid To Recoup $11.6M

    A Ghanaian businessman who was denied a bid to arbitrate his dispute with the West African nation over 51 million Ghanaian cedis ($11.6 million) he allegedly fraudulently obtained to help the government construct stadiums for a soccer tournament said Thursday he had taken his case to an African human rights court.

  • August 3, 2017

    Skechers Can't Dodge Adidas' Trademark Infringement Claims

    An Oregon federal judge on Thursday rejected Skechers’ bid to dodge trademark infringement allegations from Adidas over its famous three-stripe logo and Stan Smith shoe designs.

  • August 3, 2017

    US Minor League Soccer Teams File Challenge Over MLS

    Two U.S.-based minor league soccer teams have filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the U.S. Soccer Federation and FIFA for allowing Major League Soccer, the top league in the U.S. and Canada, to be closed to promotion and relegation of teams, the teams said Thursday.

  • August 3, 2017

    Outdoor Gear Co. Gets Partial Atty Fees After IRS Fight

    An outdoor gear company's jury win in a tax refund suit entitles it to some but not all of the attorneys' fees it requested, an Idaho federal judge ruled on Thursday, saying that there was some reasonable cause for the IRS to bring the case and that the attorney’s requested rate was too high.

  • August 3, 2017

    Atty Settles Extortion Claims In Celebrity Sex Tape Case

    An entertainment attorney sued by an unnamed celebrity for allegedly trying to extort $2.5 million to prevent the release of a sex tape recorded by a female client has agreed to a settlement to escape the blackmail claims, a California judge was told Thursday.

  • August 3, 2017

    Maine Becomes 15th State To Pass Daily Fantasy Law

    Maine enacted a new law on Wednesday to regulate daily fantasy sports after the governor failed to act on the bill passed by the state Legislature, becoming the 15th state to legalize the contests amid lingering questions over whether it is gambling.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Case Against Intersex Runner Is Sprinting To Another Loss

    Ronald Katz

    There is no conclusive science isolating the stand-alone effect of testosterone, if any, on athletic performance. Therefore, the Court of Arbitration for Sport should finalize its 2015 decision in favor of Indian sprinter Dutee Chand, say Ronald Katz and Robert Luckinbill of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Interim Arguments

    Roy Futterman

    By allowing attorneys to summarize what has just occurred in testimony and how it fits into the wider case narrative, courts can substantially improve juror comprehension through every step of a trial. Yet interim arguments are not practiced regularly, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.