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  • March 19, 2013

    Bass Pro Can't Shake EEOC's Race Discrimination Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Monday refused to toss a retooled U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lawsuit accusing Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC of systemic racial discrimination in its hiring practices that has kept blacks and Hispanics out of the sporting goods chain's workforce.

  • March 18, 2013

    NFL Puts Up $42M To Settle Ex-Players' Publicity Rights Case

    Kicking off what may be an improved relationship with its former gridiron greats, the NFL on Monday announced a $42 million settlement of a class action alleging it used the likenesses of retired players in violation of their publicity rights.

  • March 18, 2013

    Outdoor Channel Investor Looks To Block $227M Takeover

    A Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc. investor launched a putative class action Monday that seeks to halt the recently announced $227 million takeover bid by sports mogul Stan Kroenke, claiming the board has now endorsed two inadequate offers for the hunting-and-fishing programmer.

  • March 18, 2013

    NJ Lets Casinos Offer Fantasy Sports Tourneys

    While New Jersey's plans to legalize gambling on professional and amateur sporting events may be up in the air, Atlantic City casinos will soon be able to offer fantasy sports tournaments under new regulations the state announced Monday.

  • March 18, 2013

    6th Circ. Nixes Ex-Central Michigan Hoopster's Bias Suit

    The Sixth Circuit upheld on Monday an Ohio district court's dismissal of a suit brought by a Central Michigan University basketball player who claimed she lost her scholarship because she was white and heterosexual, saying that none of her claims on appeal were defensible.

  • March 18, 2013

    Ogletree Deakins Nabs ADA Pro From Drinker Biddle

    Management-side employment firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC has hired disability rights specialist David Raizman, who often represents venue owners and sports franchises, from Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP to join the firm as a shareholder in its Los Angeles office.

  • March 15, 2013

    Wilson Tennis Racket Licensing Suit Revived By Fed. Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Friday revived an inventor's contract suit against Wilson Sporting Goods Co., finding that when ruling in favor of Wilson, the district court wrongly ignored evidence that the company marked many of its tennis rackets with the number of the inventor's patent.

  • March 15, 2013

    3rd Circ. Revives Female Hoops Ref's Sex Bias Claims

    The Third Circuit on Friday revived a lawsuit filed by a female basketball official who alleges she has been excluded, in violation of Title VII, from officiating boys high school games in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, ruling the district court read Title VII too narrowly.

  • March 15, 2013

    Penn State Says Ex-Coach's Defamation Claims Unfounded

    Pennsylvania State University asked a Pennsylvania judge Friday to toss defamation claims levied by a former assistant football coach who was allegedly fired for cooperating with the investigation into convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky, arguing that the coach took statements by the university’s former president out of context.

  • March 15, 2013

    Texas Firm Beats Fraud Suit For Keeping Mum On Noncompete

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday said Texas law firm Blanscet Sutherland Hooper & Hale LLP didn’t commit fraud by failing to disclose a client’s noncompete agreement barring him from running charity golf tournaments to the client’s partners in a similar venture.

  • March 15, 2013

    Insurers, NFL Can Fight Concussion Suit Coverage In NY

    The NFL and its insurers can square off in New York state court over insurance coverage for former players' head injury lawsuits, a judge ruled Friday, as attorneys said the underlying litigation had swelled to 6,000 plaintiffs and could easily cost $2.5 billion.

  • March 15, 2013

    Deals Rumor Mill: IBM, GE, Forstmann Little

    IBM is jostling with competitors for what could be the technology sector's next multibillion-dollar deal, while a pair of privately held sports and media conglomerates debate new ownership.

  • March 14, 2013

    Outdoor Channel Gets $19M Reward For Switching Suitors

    Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc., cable TV's hunting and fishing mecca, this week dumped an early suitor in favor of a self-financed offer from sports mogul Stan Kroenke, and was rewarded with an extra $19 million for its shareholders and a heavily discounted breakup fee.

  • March 14, 2013

    Pa. Sen. Wants To Fight NCAA Suit In $60M Penn State Row

    The state senator behind a bill to ensure that $60 million in fines paid by Penn State University following the Jerry Sandusky scandal are kept within the state asked a federal judge on Wednesday to be joined as a defendant in the NCAA’s suit challenging the law.

  • March 14, 2013

    Rising Star: Kaye Scholer's Angela Vicari

    Kaye Scholer LLP's Angela Vicari has played a key role in developing strategies that helped Endo Pharmaceutical Inc. and Pfizer Inc. escape claims over allegedly defective birth control pills and Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. settle a suit over the effectiveness of professional baseball helmets, earning the newly-elevated counsel a spot among Law360's five product liability rising stars under 40.

  • March 14, 2013

    NY Warns NFL Of Legal Blitz Over Sex Preference Queries

    Recent reports that National Football League team representatives asked prospective players about their sexual preferences drew a warning from New York's attorney general on Thursday and a demand that the league ramp up efforts to prevent such questioning, which is illegal in many jurisdictions.

  • March 13, 2013

    BHP Faces Bribery Probe Into Beijing Olympics Sponsorship

    Federal prosecutors are investigating alleged corruption at mining giant BHP Billiton, the company said Wednesday, responding to Australian media reports about a joint U.S.-Australian bribery investigation into the company's sponsorship of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

  • March 13, 2013

    NJ Officials Appeal Sports Betting Ruling

    New Jersey officials on Wednesday formally gave notice that they will appeal a federal judge's Feb. 28 ruling upholding the constitutionality of a federal ban on state-sponsored sports gambling and thwarting their efforts to authorize such wagering.

  • March 13, 2013

    BP Bets Big On Covington's Mike Brock In Oil Spill Trial

    By tapping Covington & Burling LLP's Robert C. "Mike" Brock to be its primary voice in the Deepwater Horizon civil trial, attorneys say BP PLC chose a seasoned mass tort litigator with a nimble mind and football player's focus to spearhead its high-stakes bid to avoid more than $17 billion in additional environmental penalties.

  • March 13, 2013

    Wachtell Guides Sports Co.'s $226M Outdoor Channel Buy

    Kroenke Sports & Entertainment LLC has inked an estimated $226.9 million merger deal for Outdoor Channel Holdings Inc., having outbid original Outdoor Channel suitor InterMedia Outdoors Holdings LLC, according to a Wednesday statement.