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  • February 5, 2013

    NFL Says Consumer Can't Bring Suit Over Reebok Deal

    The National Football League said Tuesday that a California consumer lacks standing to pursue a proposed class action challenging its exclusive license with Reebok International Ltd., a deal that expired last year, because the plaintiff is not an apparel manufacturer competing for the right to sell league merchandise.

  • February 5, 2013

    Ex-Coach Slams Penn State Objections To Whistleblower Suit

    A former assistant football coach suing Pennsylvania State University after allegedly being fired for cooperating with the investigation into convicted child predator Jerry Sandusky lashed out Friday at the school’s bid to dismiss the complaint, saying the university had offered no facts to support its objections.

  • February 5, 2013

    DOJ Goes To Bat For Sports Leagues In NJ Gambling Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice told a New Jersey federal court Friday that the state had no right to legalize sports betting, arguing the federal government’s ban on sports betting in most states is a valid exercise of the commerce clause.

  • February 5, 2013

    Tax Break For Dolphins Stadium Gains Ground In Fla. Senate

    The Florida Senate's commerce and tourism committee on Tuesday boosted the Miami Dolphins' drive for public funding to help renovate Sun Life Stadium, advancing a bill that could lead to tax measures to partially pay for the $400 million project.

  • February 4, 2013

    MSR Makes Final Push For $1.5B Sale As Critics Take Aim

    MSR Resort Golf Course LLC on Monday urged a New York bankruptcy judge to ignore protests from an alternative investment fund that claims its Chapter 11 plan is unconfirmable, hoping to remove one of the last remaining roadblocks to a $1.5 billion asset sale that will end its bankruptcy.

  • February 1, 2013

    Pa. Gov. Faces AG Probe of Sandusky Investigation: Report

    Pennsylvania’s newly elected attorney general will launch a probe into Gov. Tom Corbett’s investigation of child molestation allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to Friday news reports.

  • February 1, 2013

    JLS Calls Super Bowl Winner With Office Vacancy Model

    Chicago-based real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. on Thursday correctly picked the Baltimore Ravens to beat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, basing its pick on the higher office vacancy rates in Baltimore.

  • January 31, 2013

    BlackRock Buys 8% Of Manchester United Common Stock

    New York-based mutual fund giant BlackRock Inc. has acquired an 8 percent stake in the public shares of British soccer giant Manchester United PLC, BlackRock said in a securities filing Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2013

    Manatt's $3.5M Malpractice Deal With NFL Players Gets OK

    A California federal judge on Thursday greenlighted a $3.5 million settlement between a class of 2,062 retired NFL players and Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP over accusations that the law firm botched a $26 million settlement it negotiated for the players in a licensing dispute.

  • January 31, 2013

    NFL Ticket Holders Only Have A Right To A Seat, Judge Says

    A Louisiana federal judge on Wednesday threw out a New Orleans Saints fan's putative class action against the National Football League alleging it breached a contract and diminished Saints tickets’ value by penalizing players and coaches, finding tickets only give a fan the right to seating at games.

  • January 30, 2013

    EA Targets IP In 'Madden' Royalty Row After Contract Defeat

    A California federal judge on Monday shot down Electronic Arts Inc.'s claims that the company doesn't owe the original “Madden NFL” video game's programmer royalties on later versions of the multibillion-dollar franchise, prompting EA to attack the programmer's copyright claims Tuesday.

  • January 30, 2013

    Media & Entertainment Group Of The Year: Paul Weiss

    Helping Warner Music Group Cprp. navigate intellectual property challenges presented by its $3.3 billion sale to Access Industries Inc. and defending the National Football League as it faces a wave of lawsuits over former players' head injuries are just two of the high-profile representations that earned Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP a spot among Law360's Media and Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.

  • January 30, 2013

    MBIA Sues Texas Sports Authority To Cover $1B In Bonds

    MBIA Insurance Corp. on Wednesday launched a suit in Texas court, alleging the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority has refused to collect revenue meant to secure $1 billion in bonds issued to finance construction of Houston’s sports venues and instead is making insurance claims to cover debt payments.

  • January 30, 2013

    Pa. Bill Would Keep Penn State's $60M Sandusky Fine In State

    The Pennsylvania Senate unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to keep within the state the $60 million fine the NCAA leveled at Pennsylvania State University last July over the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

  • January 30, 2013

    Pa. Judge Rebuffs Sandusky's Bid For New Trial

    A Pennsylvania judge Wednesday denied former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s efforts to toss his conviction for childhood sexual abuse, determining that even if Sandusky’s attorney had more time to review documents, it would not have affected his defense.

  • January 29, 2013

    NFLPA, Harvard Team Up On $100M Player Health Program

    The NFL Players Association is giving $100 million to Harvard Medical School to treat players' injuries and study the health risks posed by football, the university said Tuesday, as the litigation against the league over concussions moves toward a courtroom showdown.

  • January 29, 2013

    DuPont Sues Easton-Bell Over Use Of Kevlar Trademark

    DuPont Co. on Monday launched a trademark suit against Easton-Bell Sports Inc. in Delaware federal court, arguing the sports equipment manufacturer is unlawfully using DuPont’s Kevlar mark on packaging for its bicycle tires and locks.

  • January 28, 2013

    Dodgers, Time Warner To Launch SoCal Sports Network

    Time Warner Cable Inc. and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday announced the creation of a regional sports network that will carry the team's games beginning with the start of the 2014 MLB season in a deal reportedly worth $7 billion.

  • January 28, 2013

    Miami Developer Pleads Guilty To Swindling NFL Star

    Miami Beach developer Michael A. Stern faces up to 10 years in prison after he pled guilty Monday in California federal court to a fraud-related count for swindling Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney out of up to $3 million.

  • January 25, 2013

    'Madden NFL' Programmer Not Owed More Royalties, Says EA

    Electronic Arts Inc. urged a California federal judge Friday to find that a programmer for the the original 1988 “Madden NFL” videogame isn't entitled to royalties from later versions of the multibillion-dollar franchise, saying his contract only covered versions designed for Apple II computers.