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  • September 11, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays Face TCPA Suit Over Texted Ticket Ads

    The Tampa Bay Rays were hit with a Telephone Consumer Protection Act proposed class action in Florida federal court Tuesday by a man alleging the Major League Baseball team repeatedly texted him about upcoming games without obtaining his prior consent.

  • September 11, 2018

    NCAA Faults Alabama A&M For ‘Extensive’ Eligibility Failures

    The NCAA on Tuesday said Alabama A&M University allowed more than 100 ineligible student-athletes to participate in their respective sports, handing down penalties including postseason and recruiting bans for what it called “some of the most extensive and widespread certification failures in recent case history.”

  • September 11, 2018

    Easton Must Go To Bat In False Ad Suit, Customers Say

    Easton Diamond Sports LLC can't strike out a proposed class action alleging it mislabels the weights of its expensive bats, the customer leading the suit has told a California federal court, saying the mere fact that he paid $160 for a "virtually useless" bat gives him standing to sue and should defeat Easton's motion to dismiss.

  • September 11, 2018

    2nd Circ. Reloads NFL Photographer Lawsuit

    The Second Circuit on Tuesday revived a sweeping lawsuit that claims the National Football League and The Associated Press used thousands of copyrighted game images without compensating the photographer who took them.

  • September 11, 2018

    Finnish Sporting Goods Co. Fields Consortium's €4.6B Bid

    Finnish sporting goods company Amer Sports Corp on Tuesday said that it has received a bid from a consortium of China-based Anta Sports Products Ltd. and Asian private equity firm FountainVest Partners to acquire the company for approximately €4.6 billion ($5.4 billion).

  • September 10, 2018

    Can BigLaw Avoid Another Associate Purge?

    The legal industry has shown some caution in rebuilding its pool of associates after the dramatic layoffs of thousands during the last recession. But have firms done enough to survive the next?

  • September 10, 2018

    UK Golf Gear Maker Sees Fine Over Online Sales Ban Cut

    Britain’s market oversight tribunal trimmed a U.K. sports equipment maker’s fine over its ban on retailers reselling its gear online to £1.25 million ($1.62 million), but denied the manufacturer’s appeal of a finding that its policy had illegally hindered competition, according to a ruling.

  • September 10, 2018

    Ex-NFL Player Filed False Claims With Fund, Prosecutors Say

    Prosecutors in Texas have accused a former National Football League player of filing phony benefits claims to a health-reimbursement fund designed to offset certain costs for ex-players, saying he took tens of thousands of dollars in the process.

  • September 10, 2018

    Ex-Worker Hit With 13 Months For Bilking State Dept.

    A Virginia federal judge slapped a former U.S. State Department program manager with a 13-month prison sentence for taking kickbacks and stealing federal funds meant for a cultural exchange program involving athletes from disadvantaged countries, according to prosecutors.

  • September 10, 2018

    Baylor Wants ‘No-Holds-Barred’ Sex-Assault Inquiry Limited

    Baylor University bolstered its bid to limit discovery in a lawsuit brought by 10 alleged sexual assault victims claiming the university failed to adequately investigate their misconduct reports, telling a Texas federal court Friday that the victims want a “no-holds-barred investigation" of the university.

  • September 10, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Refuses 'Detroit Athletic Co.' Trademark

    The Federal Circuit ruled Monday that a sports gear store called Detroit Athletic Co. could not register its name as a trademark, owing to an earlier mark owned by a century-old Detroit social club.

  • September 10, 2018

    Shareholders Seek OK On $1.6M Alliance MMA Settlement

    A group of shareholders on Monday urged a New Jersey federal judge to give final approval to a $1.6 million proposed settlement with Alliance MMA over the company’s initial public offering, which the shareholders claim was made without accounting for all the company’s losses.

  • September 10, 2018

    Adidas Data Security 'Failure' Led To June Hack, Suit Says

    Adidas has been hit with a proposed class action over a June data breach that saw hackers make off with the private information of millions of customers, with the lead plaintiff claiming they now face “severe” ramifications due to the data security “failures” that led to the breach.

  • September 7, 2018

    Measuring The Recession’s Toll On The Legal Industry

    For starting attorneys, the financial crisis casts a long shadow, even though the worst is past. Here’s our breakdown of the data showing its impact and where the industry’s headed.

  • September 7, 2018

    Too Small To Fail?

    It’s been almost 10 years since Lehman Brothers collapsed — kicking off a global recession and putting two Skadden partners on a path to building a firm that would weather the storm. Here's how upstarts and their larger rivals are positioning themselves for the next downturn.

  • September 7, 2018

    NCAA Exploits Students, Athletes Testify At Antitrust Trial

    Three former college athletes testified Friday in a landmark California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA’s pay caps violate antitrust laws, saying the NCAA exploited them by pushing them to prioritize athletics over academics while providing meager scholarships that left them hungry, without year-round housing and asking their families for money. 

  • September 7, 2018

    Atty Denies $3B, Indoor Football-Related Stock Scheme

    A onetime Illinois attorney on Friday denied charges in New York federal court of falsely inflating the value of a shell company he secretly controlled by nearly $3 billion by issuing bogus press releases claiming ownership of a National Indoor Football League team.

  • September 7, 2018

    Nassar Accusers Allowed To Refile Claims Going Back To '96

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Friday that more than 330 women with claims of sexual abuse by former sports doctor and Michigan State University faculty member Larry Nassar will be able to refile their claims to try to take advantage of an extended limitations period that would allow claims going back to 1996.

  • September 7, 2018

    Fla. Justices Approve Greyhound Racing Ban Ballot Language

    The Florida Supreme Court on Friday approved the ballot summary for a proposed constitutional amendment to end greyhound racing in the state that will go to voters in November.

  • September 7, 2018

    NFL Sued For Using Athletes' Images In Pro Bowl Promos

    A sports marketing firm has told a Florida federal court that the NFL and a chapter of the National Football League Alumni Association used the names and pictures of ex-NFL and NBA players and a former boxing champion to promote Pro Bowl events without permission.

Expert Analysis

  • A Look At Ex-Coach's Amicus Brief In On-Field Prayer Case

    Ronald Katz

    Although retired Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden's brief in Kennedy v. Bremerton urges the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit decision banning prayer on the football field after games, the brief inadvertently lays out the problems of mixing religion and sport at a public school, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

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    Clerking For Ginsburg: My RBG Guide To Judging

    Goodwin Liu

    I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the days of RBG bobbleheads and “You Can’t Spell Truth Without Ruth” T-shirts. I had no idea I would become a judge, and I feel lucky every day that I had the chance to learn from her, says California Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 Things I Learned

    Judge John Owens

    A lot has changed since I clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 20 years ago. At that time, I had hair and no wife. I also thought I knew everything — but working for the justice made me realize very quickly that I actually knew very little, says Ninth Circuit Judge John Owens.

  • How Fed. Circ. Nike Ruling May Change Inter Partes Review

    Michael Fleming

    While the U.S. Supreme Court held that any inter partes review final written decision must decide the patentability of all claims challenged in the petition, it left open the question of whether the decision must address all grounds raised in the petition. The Federal Circuit recently provided an answer in Adidas v. Nike, say Michael Fleming and James Milkey of Irell & Manella LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: The Equality Lessons

    Margo Schlanger

    In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and I began my two-year clerkship with her. In her first opinion as a justice, and in dozens since, Justice Ginsburg reminded us how the law needs to operate if equality is to be a reality, says Margo Schlanger, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School.

  • How The Sports Betting Decision May Affect College Athletes

    Elizabeth McCurrach

    With the imminent possibility of widespread legalized gambling following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy, the NCAA’s mission to protect the “amateur” athlete is exponentially harder, say Elizabeth McCurrach and Ronald Gaither of BakerHostetler.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.