• February 15, 2017

    CUNY Athletics Official Charged With Embezzling $600K

    A former City University of New York basketball coach and athletics official was charged on Tuesday in New York federal court with pocketing $600,000 in gym rental fees intended for Baruch College, a school still shaken by an NCAA violations scandal.

  • February 15, 2017

    Judge Botched Trial Of NBA Investment Adviser, 7th Circ. Told

    An attorney for former Chicago-area investment adviser Robert Lunn told the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday that the judge who oversaw Lunn's 2014 trial obstructed his client's efforts to testify about a deal with NBA legend Scottie Pippen at the heart of his bank fraud case.

  • February 15, 2017

    Ex-USC Athlete Objects To $209M Deal In Grant-In-Aid MDL

    A former University of Southern California linebacker objected Tuesday to a proposed $208.7 million deal to settle monetary claims in the antitrust suits contesting the NCAA’s caps on athlete scholarships, arguing in California federal court that the settlement releases state labor law claims that weren’t even covered in the litigation.

  • February 14, 2017

    Ex-Soccer Officials Say FIFA Corruption Charges Lacking

    Attorneys for two South American soccer officials charged in U.S prosecutors’ wide-ranging FIFA corruption case attacked the government’s case on Tuesday during oral arguments on two separate bids to toss charges, telling a federal judge in Brooklyn that the government’s case does not hold water.

  • February 14, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Seek Distance From Ballplayer Smugglers' Acts

    Attorneys for a baseball agent and an athletic trainer accused of helping Cuban ballplayers gain fraudulent entry into the United States attempted to distance their clients from the alleged illegal acts during trial proceedings Tuesday in Miami.

  • February 14, 2017

    Ex-ESPN Commentator Fired For Venus Williams Remark Sues

    A longtime ESPN tennis commentator fired by the network for an on-air comment about Venus Williams' style of play during the 2017 Australian Open filed a wrongful termination lawsuit in California court Monday, protesting that he was dropped for something he never said.

  • February 14, 2017

    9th Circ. To Weigh TCPA's Scope In Lakers Coverage Fight

    The Ninth Circuit will hear arguments Wednesday in the Los Angeles Lakers' challenge of a ruling that freed its directors-and-officers insurer from covering a settlement with a fan who accused the team of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act with unsolicited texts, a case that could change how insurers treat the law in D&O policies.

  • February 14, 2017

    Insurer Seeks To Bar Photo Of Boy’s Injured Leg From Trial

    A unit of AIG asked a Missouri federal court Monday to exclude a number of pieces of evidence from trial in a case over excess coverage for a boy's personal injury action against a YMCA branch, including a photograph of the boy’s leg before it was amputated.

  • February 14, 2017

    Warriors Win Partial Toss Of Fan's App-Spying Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday partially dismissed a suit brought by a Golden State Warriors fan who alleges the team’s smartphone app secretly recorded and captured her private communications, while granting her leave to amend the suit after finding she has standing.

  • February 14, 2017

    Racetrack Exec's Lies Aren't Securities Fraud, Jury Told

    A former horse racetrack chairman accused of fraudulently obtaining millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm did fudge the truth in his statements to the firm, but his actions did not rise to the level of securities fraud, his attorney told jurors Tuesday in Miami.

  • February 14, 2017

    NHL Continues Bid For Concussion Research Docs

    The National Hockey League continued its push for the release of documents from the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center on Monday, arguing that the documents in question are extremely relevant and should be subject to vetting by the league’s own experts.

  • February 14, 2017

    UFC Can’t Shield Docs In MMA Fighters' Monopoly Suit

    UFC for the most part cannot assert attorney-client privilege over two sets of documents involving contract and merchandising negotiations in a proposed class action filed by mixed martial arts fighters alleging the organization is illegally dominating the sport, a Nevada federal magistrate judge ruled Monday.

  • February 14, 2017

    NFL Concussion Attys Seek $112.5M In Fees, Costs

    The two law firms leading the landmark NFL concussion litigation laid out their case for legal fees in Pennsylvania federal court on Monday, seeking $112.5 million in fees and costs for their work on the sprawling litigation over the league’s responsibility for former players' brain injuries.

  • February 14, 2017

    NBA D-League To Be Renamed After Gatorade In New Deal

    The NBA Development League will now be known as the NBA Gatorade League under a new naming sponsorship agreement announced Tuesday, making it the first U.S. professional sports league to reach such a corporate naming sponsorship.

  • February 13, 2017

    NFL, DirecTV Ask Judge To Sack Sunday Ticket Antitrust Suit

    The NFL and DirecTV separately urged a California federal judge on Monday to kick subscribers' antitrust suit challenging the legality of their exclusive Sunday Ticket package out of court, with DirecTV seeking arbitration and the NFL arguing the suit is based on a “fundamentally cockeyed notion.”

  • February 13, 2017

    Racetrack Exec’s Own Statements Show Fraud, SEC Tells Jury

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission told a federal jury Monday that it will show during a trial in Miami that a former chairman of a horse racetrack fraudulently obtained millions of dollars in loans from a brokerage firm by presenting witness testimony, documents — and the defendant's own admissions.

  • February 13, 2017

    Ballplayer Wooed From Cuba Paid Smugglers 40% Of Contract

    A former baseball player testified Monday at the federal trial of a sports agent and trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States that he paid out roughly 40 percent of his first contract to them and various smugglers who facilitated his journey.

  • February 13, 2017

    Lance Armstrong Can’t Outrace USPS FCA Suit

    Disgraced cycling star Lance Armstrong will have to face a False Claims Act lawsuit over the millions he received from the U.S. Postal Service while lying about doping, a D.C. federal judge said Monday, but prosecutors will have to prove the government lost more than it gained from its sponsorship. 

  • February 13, 2017

    Jury Rules In Favor Of US Boxer In Fight Cancellation Row

    A New York federal jury ruled in favor of American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder on Monday in his dispute with Russian rival Alexander Povetkin over their canceled May 21 bout, which was called off after Povetkin tested positive for a banned substance.

  • February 13, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Nix Of Horse Race Betting Patents

    A Federal Circuit panel affirmed a Kentucky federal court ruling Monday in a patent dispute brought by gambling machine maker RaceTech against horse racing venue Kentucky Downs and rival gambling technology company Exacta, agreeing that three historical-racing patents are invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice decision.

Expert Analysis

  • Not What I Signed Up For: California’s New Autograph Law

    Daniel Fong

    A new California law requires a certificate of authenticity for all autographed items sold by dealers for over $5. Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang addressed concerns over potential overreach by clarifying that the law was not meant to affect the autographed book and art market. However, courts are not bound to give any credence to those statements, say Daniel Fong and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 1

    David Fink

    Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.