• December 6, 2017

    Soccer Boss' Computer Hidden After Arrest, Worker Testifies

    An assistant who worked for former CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout testified Wednesday that he had followed instructions from a lawyer at the powerful South American soccer confederation to help remove Napout’s computer from his office on the morning after his arrest in December 2015.

  • December 6, 2017

    Bjarke Ingels Bringing First Pro Sports Stadium To Austin

    Architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group is bringing the first ever professional sports stadium to Austin, Texas, which will be part of a massive 1.3 million-square-foot sports, music, entertainment and retail complex, according to an announcement from BIG on Tuesday.

  • December 6, 2017

    NLRB Memo On Athlete Employment A 'Nullity,' NCAA Says

    A lawyer for the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday told a Ninth Circuit panel that it should disregard an assertion by the National Labor Relations Board's general counsel that scholarship football players are employees, after a recent memo reversed that stance.

  • December 6, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Can't Stop Changes To Concussion Claims Process

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday refused to reconsider his previous decision to approve a claims administrator's changes in the way a National Football League players’ brain injury settlement was implemented.

  • December 6, 2017

    PTAB Kills 2 Arctic Cat Power Patents In AIA Review

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Tuesday invalidated claims on two patents asserted by ATV maker Arctic Cat Inc., finding the claims to be anticipated and obvious over prior art in an America Invents Act inter partes review.

  • December 6, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Xiaomi, Disney, Rogers Communications

    Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi could be valued at up to $100 billion in a 2018 IPO, Disney is nearing a deal to buy assets from 21st Century Fox that in total could be worth more than $60 billion, and Rogers Communications may sell multiple assets, including the MLB’s Toronto Blue Jays.

  • December 6, 2017

    22 Russian Athletes Appeal Sochi Doping Bans

    Nearly two dozen Russian winter athletes given a lifetime ban for doping violations at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics asked sport’s top court on Wednesday to reinstate them, just a day after the International Olympic Committee banned Russia from next year’s games.

  • December 5, 2017

    Terry Crews Sues Agent For Sexual Harassment

    Actor and former NFL linebacker Terry Crews on Tuesday accused Hollywood agent Adam Venit of sexual assault, saying in a California state court suit that the power broker acted like a “rabid dog” at a party and that his agency fosters an environment that keeps predators safe.

  • December 5, 2017

    Plan To Move Miami Tennis Tournament Hits Possible Snag

    IMG Worldwide Inc. on Tuesday appeared poised to score a win for a long-term deal to move its Miami Open tennis tournament to the Miami Dolphins' stadium, but a last-minute change by the county before approving two needed agreements had the company questioning if the plan will clear the net.

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Dolphins Coach Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Paul Weiss Suit

    An attorney for former Miami Dolphins offensive line coach Jim Turner told an Eleventh Circuit panel Tuesday that attorney Ted Wells and his firm Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP distorted facts in an investigative report that blamed him for fostering a culture of bullying and taunting a player who ended up leaving the team.

  • December 5, 2017

    Ex-Brazil Soccer Boss Asked About Bribe Money, Jury Hears

    The former president of the Brazilian soccer federation asked the founder of sports marketing company Traffic Group to check on when he would receive apparent bribe payments related to the sale of marketing rights for certain years of the Copa do Brasil tournament, the Traffic founder testified Tuesday in the ongoing FIFA corruption case in Brooklyn.

  • December 5, 2017

    Sagan Drops Dispute Over Tour De France DQ

    Cyclist Peter Sagan on Tuesday dropped a dispute with the sport’s world governing body over his disqualification from the 2017 Tour de France following a collision with a fellow racer, announcing a settlement that officially deems the controversial crash an accident.

  • December 5, 2017

    Russian Olympic Team Barred From 2018 Winter Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday suspended the Russian Olympic Committee, a move that comes after the IOC has levied a number of lifetime bans against the nation’s past Olympic athletes for violating global doping rules, but opened the door for individual Russian athletes to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, under the Olympic flag.

  • December 5, 2017

    Russian, Uzbek Lose Appeal Over Stripped Olympic Medals

    An international sports court on Monday upheld two decisions officially stripping an Uzbek wrestler and a Russian track and field athlete of Olympic medals from the 2008 Beijing Games after each tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

  • December 4, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Feil, Denihan Hospitality, Omnicom

    Feil Organization has reportedly bought a New York property leased to multiple fitness studios from Acadia Realty Trust for $27 million, Denihan Hospitality is said to be seeking $80 million for a Chicago hotel, and advertising firm Omnicom has reportedly extended its lease for 200,000 square feet in New York for another 10 years.

  • December 4, 2017

    Bribes For Soccer Bosses 'Part Of Business,' Exec Says

    The founder of sports marketing company Traffic Group SA testified Monday that his counterparts from competitors-turned-collaborators Full Play Group and Torneos y Competencias SA were so resigned to what they viewed as the reality of bribing South American soccer federation presidents that they described it as “part of our business” in conversations he recorded while wearing a wire.

  • December 4, 2017

    Hernandez's Team Slams NFL's Time-Out Bid In CTE Suit

    Lawyers for Aaron Hernandez’s daughter continued on Friday to blast the National Football League’s efforts to pause her Massachusetts federal court lawsuit over her late father's development of chronic traumatic encephalopathy while it attempts to include the dispute in ongoing multidistrict litigation.

  • December 4, 2017

    4 Changes To The Senate Tax Bill You May Have Missed

    In a rush to pass its $1.4 trillion tax cut bill early Saturday, the Senate made several last-minute changes to major provisions to win over holdouts, but it also included less-publicized changes affecting the tax treatment of Ninth Circuit lawyers, sports leagues and universities. Here are details on four under-the-radar changes that were made to the Senate tax bill.

  • December 4, 2017

    Ex-NBAer Pleads Guilty To Charges Tied To Charity Fraud

    Former NBA player Kermit Alan Washington pled guilty in Missouri federal court Thursday to three charges stemming from allegations that he used donations from professional athletes intended to aid a medical clinic in Africa to pay rent and take vacations.

  • December 4, 2017

    Justices Cast Doubts On Federal Sports Betting Ban

    Several U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday seemed open to overturning a federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, potentially signaling a big win for New Jersey in its yearslong fight to allow the activity.

Expert Analysis

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Defining 'Sport' In The Age Of Competitive Video Gaming

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Olympic Committee's recent consideration of esports as a “sporting activity” with a potential path to inclusion in the Olympic Games raises the ire of many traditional athletes. But is physicality required to qualify as a sport? Historically, yes, though not with the consistency one might expect, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Olympic Committee Should Allow Russians To Compete

    Ronald Katz

    Now that the World Anti-Doping Agency has decided that Russia is not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Based on the Olympic Charter, the Russian athletes should be allowed to participate, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Gov't Use Of Travel Act To Charge Corruption Might Backfire

    Elizabeth Capel

    Federal prosecutors may be hoping that Travel Act charges against the NCAA basketball coaches and others avoid the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrowing of federal corruption statutes. But by using state corruption laws in these cases, federal prosecutors risk having McDonnell v. U.S. extend to state crimes and crippling local corruption prosecutions everywhere, say Elizabeth Capel and Brandon Fox of Jenner & Block LLP.