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Sports

  • June 7, 2018

    NFL Teams, Banks To Be Subpoenaed In National Events Ch. 7

    The court-appointed trustee of a bankrupt ticket reseller and alleged Ponzi scheme vehicle has been given the green light to subpoena a slew of NFL teams, Playboy Enterprises and other businesses as part of his ongoing investigation into the $70 million fraud that brought down National Events Holdings LLC.

  • June 7, 2018

    9th Circ. Upholds Sanctions In Nike Soccer Antitrust Win

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday denied an appeal of a soccer gear company accusing Nike Inc. of squashing competitors in the soccer equipment market, dismissing the complaint against the sports giant because the appeal was filed too late and affirming sanctions against the plaintiff, whose principal also served as counsel.

  • June 7, 2018

    MLB Pitcher Sues Training Camp For Using Image

    Major League Baseball pitcher Trevor Bauer has sued a Louisiana baseball training program in federal court, saying it used his name and likeness without permission.

  • June 6, 2018

    Texas Court Nixes New Trial In Baylor Sex Assault Case

    Texas’ highest criminal court on Wednesday held an appellate panel wrongly ordered a new trial for a former Baylor University football star convicted of sexual assault, overturning the court’s finding text messages between the victim and her friend were wrongly kept from jurors.

  • June 6, 2018

    Jury Clears Wrestlers In WWE Doctor's $8M Defamation Suit

    An Illinois state jury cleared wrestlers CM Punk and Colt Cabana Tuesday of defamation charges brought by World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. ringside doctor Christopher Amann after they blamed him for Punk’s staph infection during a podcast.

  • June 6, 2018

    FIFA Targets Ticket Reseller's 'Deceptive' World Cup Sales

    FIFA has filed a criminal complaint against a popular ticket sales website owned by StubHub to stop it from selling tickets for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, saying it will cancel all tickets bought through "unauthorized distribution channels." 

  • June 6, 2018

    Jailed Racer's Ferrari Allowed To Be Sold In $1.3B FTC Case

    A court-appointed monitor has gotten the go-ahead to sell imprisoned ex-race car driver Scott Tucker's special edition Ferrari to help satisfy the Federal Trade Commission's $1.3 billion judgment against him for running tribe-affiliated predatory lending companies.

  • June 6, 2018

    ITC To Investigate Imports Of Chinese Arrow Part Knockoffs

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday said it will investigate the import of an arrow accessory, after a domestic archery equipment company accused several Chinese manufacturers of infringing its patent by selling knockoff arrow parts.

  • June 5, 2018

    Ex-MLB Pitcher Says AP, ESPN Defamed Him And His Lab Co.

    A former Major League Baseball pitcher is suing the Associated Press, ESPN and USA Today for defamation after they falsely reported that his sports medicine company sold banned substances to clients, saying the articles have caused him so much grief he’s considering changing his name.

  • June 5, 2018

    Sens. Blast Olympic Orgs For Nassar Abuse Failures

    A Senate Commerce subcommittee grilled witnesses Tuesday about how to fix the "culture of complicity and chaos" that let the now-infamous Dr. Larry Nassar sexually abuse hundreds of Olympic gymnasts, with senators calling for sweeping changes to prevent a repeat of his "nightmarish" actions.

  • June 5, 2018

    Insurer Says It's Not Liable For Suit Over Boat Propeller Injury

    United States Fire Insurance Co. sued policyholders including the Hawaiian Canoe Racing Association and others Monday in Hawaii federal court, saying it doesn't have to cover underlying personal injury claims they face after a racer was severely and life-alteringly hurt by an escort boat's propeller just before an annual canoe race.

  • June 5, 2018

    Net Neutrality Sunset Could Boost Online Sports Betting

    As the Federal Communications Commission moves forward with its net neutrality rule deregulation, states are ramping up their sports betting offerings in the wake of a favorable Supreme Court decision. The timing of this convergence is coincidental, but some experts speculate it could contribute to a boom in online sports betting if gamblers are allowed pay for fast-tracked internet service.

  • June 5, 2018

    Travelers Wants Defense Costs Back From Colo. Contractor

    Travelers Indemnity slapped a general contractor with a suit in federal court on Tuesday, seeking a refund for the money the insurer spent defending Colorado Structures Inc. in a construction defect suit before learning it had no duty to.

  • June 5, 2018

    Pepsi Can’t Stop Conn. Ad Agency’s Super Bowl Suit

    Pepsi lost its bid to dismiss a Connecticut advertising agency’s claim that it stole a pitch for a Super Bowl ad when a New York federal judge on Monday ruled the latter sufficiently showed the soda giant should have at least negotiated its use of the idea.

  • June 5, 2018

    Miami Marlins Buyers Ask To Duck ERISA Rules After Sale

    The Miami Marlins' new owners on Tuesday asked the federal agency in charge of pension plans for an exemption to Employee Retirement Income Security Act rules that are designed to protect pensions after companies are sold, saying it shouldn't be required to post a $4.8 million bond for five years.

  • June 5, 2018

    Fee Objectors In NFL Concussion Deal Denied Do-Over Bid

    A group of former NFL players and lawyers who fought a $112.5 million fee award in a brain injury suit settlement failed Tuesday to delay or derail the plaintiffs firm payment plan in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • June 5, 2018

    Fitbit Must Face Bulk Of Heart Rate Tracking Suit

    A California federal judge on Tuesday kept alive the bulk of a proposed class action accusing Fitbit Inc. of falsely advertising that its devices can accurately track heart rate, saying that an amended complaint will include additional details needed to survive dismissal.

  • June 5, 2018

    Brownstein Hyatt Nabs Caesars Exec For Sports Betting Team

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP on Tuesday said it has hired a top Caesars Entertainment Corp. executive to focus on the emerging sports gambling industry following a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that opens the door to legalizing sports betting in states outside of Nevada.

  • June 5, 2018

    Pitt Wrongly Fired Black Wrestling Coach, Bias Suit Contends

    An African-American wrestling coach hit the University of Pittsburgh with a discrimination lawsuit in Pennsylvania federal court Monday alleging he was fired without being given the chance to respond to allegations against him and unfairly replaced by a white coach.

  • June 5, 2018

    Seidler Equity Nabs Rawlings In $395M Deal With Newell

    Newell Brands Inc. on Tuesday said it has agreed to sell Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. to a fund managed by California-based private equity firm Seidler Equity Partners in a deal that will hand the consumer product giant gross proceeds of around $395 million before taxes.

Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From 4 Recent Athlete Insurance Lawsuits

    Richard Giller

    This month, former University of Arkansas star running back Rawleigh Williams III sued Lloyd's of London, seeking to recover $1 million under a permanent total disability insurance policy. This is one of several recent cases shining a spotlight on the murky world of specialized athlete policies and the brokers who procure such policies, says Richard Giller of Reed Smith LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Opinion

    Track Org Should Rescind New Rules For Intersex Athletes

    Ronald Katz

    The International Association of Athletics Federations is requiring intersex athletes to take drugs that lower their testosterone if they want to compete against females. The new regulations are discriminatory, invasive, unscientific and unethical, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP. 

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Supporting Nontraditional Data Types In E-Discovery

    Jason Paroff

    The advancement in connected technologies and software has created an explosion of nontraditional data sources that present challenges to e-discovery practitioners. Many tools and techniques used to process traditional data may not be practical for these new data types, say Jason Paroff and Sagi Sam of Epiq.

  • The Fastest Federal Civil Court For A Decade

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts nationwide, the Eastern District of Virginia has the fastest civil trial docket in the country, now for at least the 10th straight year. The modern EDVA bench clearly takes pride in efficiently dispensing justice, and this dedication to efficiency has continued even in the face of increased filings, says Bob Tata of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • New Dimension In Olympic Doping Saga: Admissible Evidence

    Ronald Katz

    The Russian doping scandal that plagued the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics had the feeling of a roller-coaster ride because it was based, in certain critical respects, on inadmissible evidence. That unsteadiness has now been remedied by the publication of two Court of Arbitration for Sport opinions, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Opinion

    Suing Gun Makers Is Not The Way To Curb Gun Violence

    Victor Schwartz

    Those seeking to stop gun violence should focus on convincing their elected representatives to enact thoughtful gun regulation, not creating new lawsuits. Repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, as some have called for, would trample the rights of product manufacturers and siphon the blame away from criminals, says Victor Schwartz, co-chair of the public policy group at Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.