Sports

  • October 3, 2017

    NFL Meets With Players Union To Discuss Pregame Protests

    NFL players union leaders met with Commissioner Roger Goodell and a few influential team owners on Tuesday to open an "ongoing dialogue" over the pervasive pregame national anthem protests that have become a polarizing issue across the country and garnered criticism from President Donald Trump.

  • October 3, 2017

    9th Circ. Judge ‘Creeped Out’ By ESPN, Adobe Data Swap

    A Ninth Circuit judge appeared open Tuesday to reviving a putative class action alleging ESPN wrongfully disclosed app users' personal information to Adobe, saying during a hearing she’s “creeped out” by companies that share viewer data to target internet advertising and suggesting it may be a privacy invasion Congress intended to prevent.

  • October 3, 2017

    Sports Marketer Wants Ex-OSU Player's Antitrust Suit Tossed

    A collegiate sports marketing company on Monday urged an Ohio federal judge to dismiss a former Ohio State University football player’s antitrust suit against it and OSU over banners hung in the school’s football stadium with former football players’ images, saying the player's claims against the company aren't specific enough.

  • October 3, 2017

    Chief Recounts 'Awkward' Lunch With Racer At $2B Loan Trial

    Miami Nation Chief Doug Lankford told a Manhattan jury Tuesday that he once angered racer Scott Tucker over lunch by artlessly suggesting that his tribe controlled assets at the heart of the federal case charging Tucker with running a $2 billion criminal payday loan empire along with his lawyer Timothy Muir. 

  • October 3, 2017

    Rams Fight Fan's Counterclaim Dismiss Bid In Ticket Suit

    The Rams National Football League team on Monday fought a fan’s bids for a quick win and to dodge the team’s counterclaim in consolidated putative class actions in Missouri federal court involving rights to personal seat licenses related to the team’s move to Los Angeles.

  • October 3, 2017

    Laurene Powell Jobs To Join Wizards, Capitals Ownership

    Billionaire philanthropist and former entrepreneur Laurene Powell Jobs has reached a deal to acquire a stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns the Washington Wizards basketball and Washington Capitals ice hockey teams and Capital One Arena in D.C., the company confirmed Tuesday.

  • October 3, 2017

    ESPN Slams Privacy Watchdog’s Brief In App User’s Suit

    ESPN Inc. argued Monday that the Electronic Privacy Information Center ignored crucial parts of the U.S. Supreme Court and Ninth Circuit’s Spokeo rulings in its amicus brief backing an app user’s suit accusing the sports network of running afoul of the Video Privacy Protection Act.

  • October 2, 2017

    House Passes Bills To Tweak Public Land Rules

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a series of bills Monday that target rules for mining and recreational use on federal lands in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

  • October 2, 2017

    Northwestern Can't Strike Deal Talks Info From Transfer Suit

    An Illinois federal judge refused Friday to strike portions of a former basketball player's complaint that mention settlement talks with Northwestern University, in a suit over the loss of a scholarship and NCAA rules requiring athletes to sit out a year after transferring.

  • October 2, 2017

    Student-Athletes, NCAA Seek Final Approval Of $75M Deal

    Former student-athletes on Friday asked an Illinois federal court for final approval of a $75 million settlement in multidistrict litigation against the NCAA over head injuries, saying that given reports of young NFL players diagnosed with brain damage after death, the medical monitoring program that is part of the deal can’t come soon enough.

  • October 2, 2017

    Arent Fox Snags Former US Attorney Who Prosecuted Shkreli

    Arent Fox LLP said Monday it has beefed up its New York office with the addition of a former Brooklyn U.S. attorney whose work has included prosecuting Martin Shkreli, overseeing the extradition of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, and obtaining indictments of nearly 30 FIFA officials. 

  • October 2, 2017

    Sports Complex Loses $2M Permit Delay Fight Against City

    A Connecticut federal judge on Monday dismissed a suit brought by the owner of a sports facility alleging that city officials in Danbury delayed issuing building permits and then attached special conditions on the complex, finding that the owner did not allege a constitutionally protected interest.

  • October 2, 2017

    NCAA Says O’Bannon Thwarts Quick Win Bid In Antitrust Row

    The Ninth Circuit’s September 2015 O’Bannon decision precludes players’ claims in multidistrict litigation against the NCAA and nearly a dozen athletic conferences over allegedly anti-competitive caps on scholarships, the association argued in California federal court Friday, urging the court to grant its summary judgment motion over the players’.

  • October 2, 2017

    Insurer Won’t Have To Cover Golf Gadget IP Suit, Judge Says

    A golf gadget maker will have to bear the costs of a patent infringement suit itself, a California federal court ruled Friday, saying that a general liability policy issued by a subsidiary of The Hartford clearly doesn’t provide coverage for the suit.

  • October 2, 2017

    Judge Leaning Toward WWE In Wrestling Brain Injury Suits

    A Connecticut federal judge said Friday she is inclined to side with World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. in a pair of consolidated actions with former wrestlers over the long-term effects of traumatic brain injuries, but she gave the wrestlers an opportunity to file more succinct pleadings first.

  • September 29, 2017

    Life Time Fitness VP, 8 Others Charged With Insider Trading

    A former Life Time Fitness Inc. executive and eight others on Friday were hit with insider trading charges in Chicago federal court for trades made ahead of the gym chain’s $2.8 billion private equity buyout in 2015.

  • September 29, 2017

    High Court Stance On Sports Betting Could Reshape Industry

    All eyes in the sports world should be on the U.S. Supreme Court this term, which commences Monday, as the court reviews a federal law that prohibits states from allowing sports betting in a case that could dramatically change the North American sports industry.

  • September 29, 2017

    Lakers Can't Undo TCPA Coverage Loss, Insurer Tells 9th Circ.

    Federal Insurance Co. urged the full Ninth Circuit on Friday not to review a panel decision that the Los Angeles Lakers aren't covered for underlying claims that the team sent nuisance texts to Lakers fans.

  • September 29, 2017

    Law Prof Wraps Up FOIA Win On ICE Seizure Of Legal Goods

    A Georgetown law professor says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement could have dodged her just-wrapped Freedom of Information Act litigation by correcting an agency spokesman’s misstatement and producing requested documents regarding seizures of fair-use sports merchandise.

  • September 29, 2017

    DraftKings, FanDuel Duck College Athlete Likeness Suit

    An Indiana federal judge on Friday threw out a proposed class action by college athletes accusing DraftKings and FanDuel of profiting off the use of their names, images and likenesses, saying their claims are barred by exemptions to the state’s right-of-publicity law.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 2

    Max Kennerly

    Proportionality is often a question of whether discovery production has reached a point of diminishing returns, and about the marginal utility of additional discovery once the core discovery in the case has been completed. In other words, proportionality is a method to avoid going in circles or getting sidetracked, not an excuse for cutting corners, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

  • A Plaintiff’s Guide To Discovery Proportionality: Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    In December 2015, the parts of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure concerning proportionality in discovery were amended. The amendments changed the language defining the scope of relevance, but substantively, this remains the same as it has been for nearly 40 years, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Pepperdine Gay Bias Case — A Loss And A Win For Plaintiffs

    Ronald Katz

    On Friday, two lesbian basketball players lost their discrimination case against Pepperdine University. However, the fact that the case was permitted to go to trial represented a major blow against sexual stereotyping in sport, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Series

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.