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  • October 7, 2013

    Orlando OKs $94.5M Plan For MLS Stadium, Citrus Bowl

    The Orlando, Fla., City Council on Monday voted to approve $94.5 million in funding to three major development projects, including a new stadium aimed at helping the city land a Major League Soccer franchise as well as upgrades to a performing arts center and the Florida Citrus Bowl.

  • October 7, 2013

    Comcast Says Sports Fans Can't Dodge Antitrust Arbitration

    Comcast Corp. on Friday pushed again to force arbitration in class action litigation over alleged collusion between major sports leagues and pay-TV providers, calling the plaintiffs' claims “sprawling conspiracy theories.”

  • October 7, 2013

    Major League Baseball Bunts A-Rod Lawsuit To Federal Court

    Major League Baseball on Monday said New York federal court should handle a lawsuit from Yankees’ player Alex Rodriguez, removing the case — in which Rodriguez claims the league is persecuting him — from state court.

  • October 7, 2013

    THQ Sues Zuffa, EA Over Rights To UFC Video Game

    Bankrupt video game developer THQ Inc. asked a Delaware federal court Friday for permission to avoid a settlement it reached with Zuffa LLC to give up its rights to the Ultimate Fighting Championship video game franchise just months before filing for Chapter 11 protection, saying the agreement was reached unfairly.

  • October 4, 2013

    RBS Stuck In $605M Suit Over Liverpool Soccer Club

    A New York state judge has refused to dismiss allegations that Royal Bank of Scotland PLC derailed a hedge fund’s £385 million ($605 million) bid for topflight English soccer team Liverpool FC in an opinion filed Friday, saying that their contracts were clear.

  • October 4, 2013

    Brand Battles: Travelers, Starbucks, MLB

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Travelers fights the world's biggest umbrella maker, Starbucks faces trademark opposition from the other side of the world, Dish takes a second shot at a Kangaroo logo, and Major League Baseball starts October playoff season with a bang.

  • October 4, 2013

    A-Rod Seeks To Draw MLB Into Damaging Open-Court Brawl

    Alex Rodriguez's tightly drawn damages suit claiming Major League Baseball resorted to below-the-belt tactics in a quest to prove he used banned drugs is geared toward bloodying baseball's reputation in open court by skirting union agreements requiring closed-door dispute resolution, experts said Friday.

  • October 4, 2013

    Ex-NFLers Seek OK Of Contested $42M Publicity Rights Deal

    A group of retired National Football League players asked a Minnesota federal judge Friday to approve a $42 million class action settlement of their publicity rights suit against the league, saying most class members backed the deal and it should not be derailed by the “tiny fraction” of the class that is fighting it.

  • October 4, 2013

    MLB Player Pujols Sues Radio Host Over Steroid Claims

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim first baseman Albert Pujols hit former St. Louis Cardinals player Jack Clark with a lawsuit in Missouri state court on Thursday, over Clark’s “brazenly false and defamatory” statements asserting Pujols had used steroids and illegal performance enhancing drugs.

  • October 4, 2013

    A-Rod Sues MLB Over Doping Investigation

    Baseball's persecution of Alex Rodriguez "has known no bounds," claimed the Yankees slugger mired under a cloud of suspicion over illegal steroid use, saying in a damages suit filed in New York on Thursday that the league has illegally interfered with his player contract and other business interests.

  • October 3, 2013

    EA Out Of Antitrust Suit But NCAA Won't Budge An Inch

    EA Sports and the Collegiate Licensing Co. both reached settlements last week to escape a high-profile antitrust class action seeking payment for college athletes, but experts say the NCAA likely has too much at stake to reach a similar compromise any time soon.

  • October 3, 2013

    Riddell, NCAA Face New Football Concussion Class Action

    Riddell Inc. and the NCAA were hit with a proposed class action in Indiana on Wednesday claiming they failed to protect football players from the effects of concussions, the first time the helmet manufacturer has been targeted by college players in such a suit.

  • October 3, 2013

    UFC Champ Jackson Sued For Calling Ex-Trainer A 'Crook'

    The ex-trainer for former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson is again duking it out with his former client over alleged defamatory statements, this time in a suit filed Wednesday in California state court that accuses Jackson of falsely calling him a “crook.”

  • October 2, 2013

    Jacksonville To Mine Hotel Taxes For $63M Stadium Upgrade

    Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Alvin Brown announced Wednesday that the city plans to use revenue from its hotel bed tax to pay its share of $63 million in improvements slated for EverBank Field, home of the Jaguars NFL team.

  • October 2, 2013

    Judge Guts Ex-Agent's Suit Over NFL Player's Switch

    A North Carolina federal judge on Monday partly dismissed the remaining claims in a suit brought by a former agent for St. Louis Ram Robert Quinn against the football player and other parties over Quinn's allegedly switching agents just before signing a $14.7 million contract with the Rams.

  • October 2, 2013

    Pa. Appeals Court Rejects Sandusky's Bid For New Trial

    A Pennsylvania state appeals court on Wednesday denied former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's bid for a new trial on charges that he sexually abused 10 boys, ruling that his counsel was not denied adequate time to prepare their defense before trial.

  • September 30, 2013

    MLB Drug Clinic May Face Fla. Criminal Suit

    Florida has launched its own criminal investigation into Biogenesis of America LLC, the clinic at the center of a performance-enhancing drug scandal that resulted in the suspensions of at least 14 Major League Baseball players, including Ryan Braun and Alex Rodriguez.

  • September 30, 2013

    Former NBA Player Convicted Of Fraud In $2M Ponzi Scheme

    A former NBA player was convicted of wire fraud Monday after a New Jersey federal jury decided he operated a Ponzi scheme, bilking his investors, some of whom were fellow players, of $2 million in purported real estate investments that went toward his personal expenses.

  • September 30, 2013

    Comcast Hits Houston Sports Network With Involuntary Ch. 11

    Affiliates of Houston Regional Sports Network LP, which is jointly owned by Comcast, the Houston Astros and the Houston Rockets, filed an involuntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on an emergency basis against the network in Texas federal court Friday, citing a “debilitating deadlock” in its management.

  • September 30, 2013

    Obstacles Await US Casino Operators Eyeing Japan

    Proposals to introduce large casinos in Japan have existed for more than a decade, but the country’s recent successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics has given the idea real legs. U.S. and international casino operators are eager to jump into the lucrative market, but face a number of regulatory, financial and other hurdles, gaming experts say.