• March 9, 2018

    NHL Used Expert Reports To Skirt Word Limits, Players Say

    Hockey players accusing the National Hockey League in multidistrict litigation of hiding the effects of concussions on Thursday urged a Minnesota federal judge to strike 11 expert reports filed by the league Wednesday in a larger expert testimony dispute, calling the move an attempt to dodge word limitations.

  • March 9, 2018

    EA Slams Players' Cert. Bid In Madden Likeness Suit

    Electronic Arts Inc. has fired back at a putative class of retired players seeking certification in their suit alleging the company used their likenesses to make Madden video games without their permission, arguing the nationwide class cannot seek damages under California’s right-of-publicity law.

  • March 9, 2018

    9th Circ. Urged To Revive Water Polo Concussion Suit

    The mother of a teenage athlete who suffered a concussion at a water polo match urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive her negligence claims against USA Water Polo Inc., arguing the lower court wrongfully tossed the proposed class action without addressing the duty of care the organization should've exhibited toward injured players.

  • March 9, 2018

    Mass. Gov's $610M Bill Extends Fantasy Sports Gaming

    Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released a new economic development framework and legislation Friday that commits $610 million to various infrastructure projects and will allow fantasy sports gaming to continue in the state through the July deadline.

  • March 9, 2018

    Calif. Fitness Chain To Pay More Than $8.3M For Wage Theft

    The California Labor Commissioner's Office on Thursday announced that it had cited a weight loss and fitness chain more than $8.3 million for labor law violations that it called "wage theft," including paying trainers separate paychecks for work at different locations, which avoided having to pay overtime.

  • March 8, 2018

    Ex-NY Sports Radio Host Headed For Fall Trial In Ponzi Case

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday set an October trial date for a former New York sports radio host accused of running a Ponzi scheme by taking millions of dollars from investors who believed they were buying into a ticket resale venture for concerts by artists including Adele and Katy Perry.

  • March 8, 2018

    Judge Denies SEC's Request To Reopen $4.7M Fraud Case

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's request to reopen a case to add defendants as it pursues collection of a $4.7 million judgment against a former Texas racetrack executive, citing “undue delay.”

  • March 8, 2018

    NJ Bettor Claims Winning Harness Horse Was Drugged

    A disappointed bettor slapped a New Jersey racing horse enterprise with a federal lawsuit Wednesday alleging that it gives animals performance-enhancing drugs and that the practice cost him nearly $32,000 in potential winnings on a race at New Meadowlands Racetrack.

  • March 8, 2018

    Ohio Suit Against Soccer Team Tests Anti-Relocation Law

    The state of Ohio and city of Columbus are going to court to keep the Columbus Crew Major League Soccer club from leaving the city, a suit that could test the bounds of an Ohio state law and have broader implications for the states and cities in danger of losing a professional sports team to relocation.

  • March 8, 2018

    Under Armour Sues Ex-Football Player Over 'I Will' Mark

    Under Armour Inc. hit former football player Ike Williams with a lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday, alleging his use of the line “I Will” in his personal training camp and workout clothes infringes the apparel company’s trademarks.

  • March 8, 2018

    NY Senator Pitches 8.5% Tax On Casinos' Sports Revenue

    New York state Sen. John Bonacic introduced a bill Wednesday that would regulate sports betting and mobile sports wagering in the state, calling for regulation of pro and college sports and proposing an 8.5 percent tax on casinos' sports wagering gross revenue.

  • March 8, 2018

    Sears Sells Boots That Step On 'Aspen' TM, Suit Says

    A firm that licenses the use of the “Aspen” trademark on apparel sued retailer Sears and a shoe manufacturer Thursday in Florida federal court, claiming the two companies are infringing the name by selling an “Aspen” boot at Sears’ department stores and via the internet.

  • March 8, 2018

    Comcast Prevails In Sports Network Dispute At FCC

    Comcast prevailed Wednesday in a dispute with Wave Broadband over the carriage of regional sports networks when the Federal Communications Commission found that Wave had lobbed its challenge too late and through the wrong avenue.

  • March 8, 2018

    Cubs Escape Foul Ball Blindness Suit, But MLB Does Not

    The Chicago Cubs have been released from a suit brought by a baseball fan who claims he was blinded in one eye after getting hit by a foul ball during a game at Wrigley Field last summer, but Major League Baseball will continue as a defendant, a Cook County judge ruled on Wednesday.

  • March 8, 2018

    NCAA Concussion Deal Delayed 5th Time Over Notice Issues

    An Illinois federal judge pushed back the final approval hearing for a settlement in the multidistrict litigation over concussions against the NCAA for a fifth time Thursday after the class administrator said it had inadvertently failed to notify almost 75,000 players.

  • March 8, 2018

    YouTube, MLB Extend Video Streaming And Sponsorship Deal

    YouTube and Major League Baseball announced Thursday that they have agreed to extend their cable-free broadcast partnership through the 2019 World Series while also adding new sponsorship elements and the league's streaming service to the social platform.

  • March 7, 2018

    7th Circ. Asks Ind. Justices For Help In Fantasy NCAA Suit

    The Seventh Circuit on Tuesday asked Indiana’s high court to weigh in on whether the state's right-of-publicity law gives NCAA athletes standing to challenge fantasy sports websites DraftKings and FanDuel for using their likenesses and statistics in their contests, saying case law interpreting the statute doesn’t answer that question.

  • March 7, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: McLaren, Walmart, Pillsbury

    McLaren shareholders reportedly aren't interested in a stock market offering anymore, Walmart's Brazilian operations may owe up to $3 billion in back taxes, and J.M. Smucker is considering selling off its baking brands, including Pillsbury.

  • March 7, 2018

    Justices Urged To OK New Rulings Making Alice Wins Harder

    The owner of streaming media patents found invalid for claiming abstract ideas in a case against pro sports leagues has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the decision and endorse new Federal Circuit rulings that make it more difficult to invalidate patents as abstract early in cases.

  • March 7, 2018

    VC-Backed Mobile App For Sport Fishing Reels In $13.5M

    A Sweden-based mobile app for sport fishing, Fishbrain AB, has closed a Series B funding round totaling $13.5 million that was led by California-based venture capital firm B Capital Group and SoftBank Ventures Korea, the company said Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northe... (continued)

  • Kaepernick's Suit Against NFL: An Academic Exercise?

    Drew Sherman

    Because it is difficult to prove collusion, Colin Kaepernick's recent grievance against the NFL and its teams is being discussed, in some legal circles, as an academic exercise intended to cause change on a greater scale above and beyond the remedies personally available to him, says Drew Sherman of ADLI Law Group.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • Opinion

    Politicization Of Olympics Threatens Fair Competition

    Ronald Katz

    The unchecked power of the International Olympic Committee was on full display last week when the IOC cleared close to 400 Russian athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Sports fans who want to see world-class athletes competing fairly are the big losers in this highly politicized atmosphere, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.