Sports

  • March 21, 2017

    Feds Seek To Block Agent, Trainer From Ballplayer Funds

    The federal government on Monday asked a Florida federal judge to block a baseball agent and an athletic trainer recently found guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States from receiving money from a group of foreign players or their family members.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Dean Foods Chair Lists Years Of Insider Tips To Gambler

    New York federal prosecutors in the insider trading trial of prominent gambler Billy Walters led their star witness, a former Dean Foods chairman and current government cooperator, through his litany of shame as he told the jury he had tipped inside information to Walters so many times that he couldn’t count.

  • March 21, 2017

    Eastern Outfitters Creditors Slam DIP, Bidding Procedures

    Unsecured creditors of bankrupt Eastern Outfitters LLC on Monday objected to company sale plans, arrangements for bankruptcy borrowing and agreements with a bid-to-beat “stalking horse” buyer, terming all three unfair and risky.

  • March 21, 2017

    9th Circ. Nixes Claims NFL Stole TV Show Idea

    The Ninth Circuit refused Monday to revive claims that the NFL stole a man's idea for a television show about undrafted football players, saying the accuser never alleged his offer to present the new show was conditioned on his being paid if it was used.

  • March 21, 2017

    $1M Settlement For NY Golf Club Employees Gets Initial OK

    A New York federal judge on Monday gave preliminary approval to a $1 million deal that would settle a class action brought by workers at a City of Rye-owned golf club to recover allegedly unpaid overtime wages owed to them under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the New York Labor Law.

  • March 21, 2017

    Avaya Gets Approval To Back Out Of 49ers Suite Contract

    A New York bankruptcy judge on Tuesday approved a request by telecommunications provider Avaya Holdings Inc. to back out of a 10-year commitment to license a San Francisco 49ers stadium suite after the debtor drew attention to the team's recent losing seasons in a court filing.

  • March 21, 2017

    Ex-Honduran Soccer Head Granted $650K Bond Reduction

    A federal judge in Brooklyn on Tuesday granted a request by the former president of Honduras Rafael Callejas, who pled guilty to charges in the U.S. FIFA corruption case last year, to withdraw $650,000 in assets from from his bond package to pay legal and other expenses, a day after he made the request arguing that he has complied with all conditions of release.

  • March 20, 2017

    Costco Takes Swing At Titleist Maker In Golf Ball IP Suit

    Costco Wholesale Corp.’s Kirkland Signature golf balls do not infringe patents held by golf brand Titleist’s parent Acushnet Co., the bulk retailer asserted to a Washington federal court on Friday, teeing up a case spurred by the popularity of its discount golf balls.

  • March 20, 2017

    Ex-NFL Stars Who Fought Concussion Deal Rejoin Class

    Former NFL stars Joe Horn and Chris McAlister, who had opted out of the NFL's uncapped concussion litigation settlement to continue to push their claims, have rejoined the sprawling class, according to a stipulation and order filed Monday.

  • March 20, 2017

    Sport Supplement Co. Sued Over Doses, 'Unproven' Claims

    Dietary supplement manufacturer PhD Fitness LLC was slapped Friday with a putative class action in South Carolina federal court alleging it sold deceptively labeled sport supplements at Bodybuilding.com and vitamin chain GNC that didn’t mention the products’ use of sodium or accurately provide ingredient dosages.

  • March 20, 2017

    Insurer Wants Off The Hook In Firing Range Noise Suit

    Insurer Liberty Corporate Capital Ltd. asked a West Virginia federal court Friday to let it off the hook in a noise complaint suit against a firing range it insures, saying the range’s policy doesn’t cover that type of suit.

  • March 20, 2017

    NFL Player Clarifies Reasons For Vacating PED Arbitration

    Philadelphia Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson on Friday again asked an Ohio federal court to overturn an arbitration decision that upheld a 10-game performance-enhancing drug suspension last season, arguing the arbitrator was biased against him enforcing his punishment as part of collusion between the NFL and the players union.

  • March 20, 2017

    NASCAR Fan Settles Suit Over Daytona Crash Debris Injury

    A lawsuit by a NASCAR fan injured by flying debris from a 12-car crash at Daytona International Speedway came to an end Monday as a Florida federal judge issued a final dismissal of the case following a settlement reached last month.

  • March 20, 2017

    NBC Blasts Baiul Royalty Appeal In 2nd Circ.

    NBCUniversal has blasted an appeal in the Second Circuit in which famed figure skater Oksana Baiul is attempting to salvage a suit over royalty payments from the 1994 NBC television special “Nutcracker on Ice,” saying her claims have been dramatically inconsistent.

  • March 17, 2017

    Treadmill Users Get Partial Cert. In Heart Monitor Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday granted certification to a class of consumers alleging treadmill maker Precor Inc. sold them products with defective heart rate monitors on the issue of liability, but found that certification should be withheld on the issue of damages.

  • March 17, 2017

    NCAA Enjoys Home-Court Edge In Challenges To Its Rules

    College basketball prognosticators may often argue over the weight of a school’s home-court advantage, but the NCAA has its home jurisdiction locked down when it comes to defending challenges to the legality of the association's rules and restrictions.

  • March 17, 2017

    Adidas Says Asics Violated Digital Fitness Patents

    Adidas AG hit Asics with a copyright infringement suit Friday in Delaware federal court, saying the Japanese sportswear company infringed a number of patents related to fitness tracking apps and devices.

  • March 17, 2017

    Pleas May Haunt Ex-PSU Prez At Child Endangerment Trial

    As he prepares to go to trial this week on charges stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, ex-Penn State University president Graham Spanier faces a new challenge from freshly inked plea deals that could send two of his erstwhile co-defendants to the stand against him.

  • March 17, 2017

    Photographers Urge Court To Hold Off On AP, NFL Fee Bids

    Photographers whose claims against The Associated Press, the NFL and Replay Photos over royalties from their pictures were dismissed by a New York federal judge told the court Thursday that it should not immediately address attorney fees, arguing that to do so would defeat the purpose of their request to halt the issue pending their appeal.

  • March 17, 2017

    Landlords Say Eastern Outfitters DIP Budget Ignores Rent

    Landlords holding leases for Eastern Outfitters LLC retail locations slated for liquidation objected Friday in Delaware bankruptcy court to the company’s proposed final post-petition financing order, saying they haven’t been given confirmation that the stub rent for those stores will be covered by the debtor-in-possession budget.

Expert Analysis

  • Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

    David Martinez

    As Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation continues to grow at a staggering rate, the Spokeo defense remains an intriguing, if unsettled, means of attacking TCPA claims in federal court. Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness might not be the TCPA killer defendants have hoped for, but it is at the very least a welcome refuge for companies under siege, say Michael Reif and David Martinez of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • A Regulatory Play-By-Play Of The Super Bowl Drone Show

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    Super Bowl viewers may have wondered what type of legal approvals were needed to enable the massive display of 300 choreographed drones that kicked off Lady Gaga’s halftime show. In fact, a tape delay and a special waiver of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 regulations were required to make the performance work, say Anna Gomez, Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.

  • Developing Trends In Cyberinsurance Litigation: Part 1

    Thomas Rohback

    So far, most insurance coverage litigation following cyberattacks have called upon traditional policies, but the next couple of years will see the birth of massive cyberinsurance litigation that will dwarf the litigation spike seen several decades ago regarding "pollution" clauses, say Thomas Rohback and Patricia Carreiro of Axinn Veltrop and Harkrider LLP.