Sports

  • January 4, 2018

    NCAA Can Keep Survey Results Under Wraps In Antitrust Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to reopen discovery in sprawling antitrust litigation over caps on student-athlete scholarships to compel the NCAA to turn over the results of a public opinion survey, a move the judge said would be “a slippery bobsled slope.”

  • January 4, 2018

    Sport Court Won't Rule On Russian Bobsled, Skeleton Ban

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday said that it does not have the authority to address the decision by an International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation panel overturning provisional suspensions for several Russian athletes, allowing them to compete in IBSF events until a full investigation is complete.

  • January 4, 2018

    FIFA Convictions A Shot Across Bow Of Sports Corruption

    After U.S. prosecutors last month secured convictions of two former South American soccer officials in the first trial from the U.S. FIFA corruption probe, others in soccer and other international sports organizations should be wary of potential further U.S.-led probes into an industry rife with corruption allegations.

  • January 3, 2018

    FIFA Verdict Rewards EDNY's Bold Aim At Far-Flung Schemes

    Last month’s guilty verdicts in the FIFA trial vindicated an ambitious pursuit by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of New York of powerful figures from soccer’s amorphous international governing body, a feat prosecutors accomplished by pairing conspirators' testimony with meticulous documentation.

  • January 3, 2018

    Life Time Fitness Hit With ADA Suit Over Website Access

    A blind man who successfully sued supermarket chain Winn-Dixie over the accessibility of its website is now targeting Miami Marathon organizer Life Time Fitness Inc. over alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act involving its website.

  • January 3, 2018

    'Rogue FBI Agent' Didn't Taint Gambler's Trial, 2nd Circ. Told

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have urged the Second Circuit to disregard prominent gambler Billy Walters' claims that a rogue FBI agent’s leaking of grand jury information to the press tainted the insider trading case against him, saying a lower court rightly found the leaks caused no harm to Walters.

  • January 3, 2018

    Rams Stadium Partner Looks To Dodge Doc Bid In Seat Fight

    Legends Hospitality, which is selling suites and sponsorships for the new Los Angeles Rams stadium, has fired back at an allegedly duplicative request for additional documents in the suit brought by a class of Rams fans whose season tickets were canceled when the NFL team relocated from St. Louis.

  • January 3, 2018

    Alissa Starzak Talks Net Neutrality, US Army, Leap To Startup

    Cloudflare Inc.'s Alissa Starzak discusses her former role as general counsel for the U.S. Army and the lengthy confirmation process leading up to it, as well as her present work in the private sector and views of net neutrality.

  • January 3, 2018

    Honus Wagner Co. Seeks Redo In Licensing Dispute

    Honus Wagner Co. asked a Florida federal court on Wednesday to reconsider a December dismissal order, arguing that the court incorrectly applied trademark law when tossing the suit over marketing rights for the likeness of baseball legend Honus Wagner.

  • January 3, 2018

    NFLers' Attys Seek Changes To Concussion Deal Fee Payouts

    A law firm representing individual class members in the NFL concussion litigation urged a Pennsylvania federal judge and a fee expert to adjust findings related to an uncapped settlement between the football league and players, saying Wednesday that some cases deserve greater compensation.

  • January 2, 2018

    Swim Coach Can't Seek Damages For Improper Ban: 10th Circ.

    A Virginia swimming coach who was found to have been improperly banned from USA Swimming membership can’t pursue a lawsuit seeking damages resulting from his blacklisting, the Tenth Circuit said Tuesday, finding most of his claims are preempted by federal law.

  • January 2, 2018

    PGA Tour Won't Drop Effort To Avoid Deer Antler Spray Case

    The PGA Tour is appealing a New York judge’s ruling to sustain a lawsuit by former No.1 ranked professional golfer Vijay Singh alleging the tour harmed his reputation by trying to punish him for purportedly using illicit performance-enhancing substance deer antler spray, despite Singh’s claims that the tour is dragging out his now nearly five-year-old case with “frivolous” arguments.

  • January 2, 2018

    Sports Psychologist, Football Coach End Retweet IP Fight

    Sports psychologist Dr. Keith Bell told a Pennsylvania federal judge Tuesday that he will no longer pursue a lawsuit against King's College and the school’s head football coach over a retweeted post that contained excerpts from Bell's book, as the sides reached a settlement.

  • January 2, 2018

    Deaf Fans Seek OK For Settlement With Pepsi Center

    A class of hearing-impaired patrons of the Pepsi Center in Denver asked a federal judge to approve a settlement in a suit claiming the stadium violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing captioning on its scoreboard.

  • January 2, 2018

    Goldberg Segalla Opens LA Office Led By Ex-Sedgwick Atty

    Goldberg Segalla kicked off 2018 by announcing it opened a Los Angeles office with strong capabilities in areas including online data security, sports, entertainment and complex product liability litigation that will be led by the former co-chair of Sedgwick LLP’s cybersecurity and privacy practice group.

  • January 2, 2018

    US Wants 20 Years For Payday Loan Boss Scott Tucker

    Scott Tucker, the auto racer and businessman convicted of using sham tribal contracts to operate a $2 billion criminal payday loan empire, should spend at least 20 years in prison, while accomplice and former lawyer Tim Muir should be locked up for at least 10 years, federal prosecutors have said.

  • January 1, 2018

    Sports Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2018

    A looming decision on the legality of sports gambling in the U.S. and a lack of regulation in the growing esports industry could result in major changes for the sports world that would see attorneys venture into uncharted territory in 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    Key New Jersey Cases To Watch In 2018

    High-profile New Jersey cases are poised for key developments in 2018, when the U.S. Supreme Court may decide on the state’s bid to legalize sports betting and the Third Circuit ponders appeals by former public officials facing prison for their roles in the infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures.

  • January 1, 2018

    Sports Cases To Watch In 2018

    Though several high-profile cases including the sprawling FIFA corruption probe and Ezekiel Elliott’s suits over his suspension wrapped up in 2017, the new year isn’t without its sports cases to watch. Here, Law360 takes a look at five cases sports fans and litigators alike are going to want to tune in to next year.

  • December 26, 2017

    Former Peru Soccer Boss Acquitted In FIFA Corruption Trial

    The former president of the Peruvian soccer federation was acquitted by a Brooklyn federal jury of racketeering conspiracy Tuesday, clearing him of the sole charge he faced in the U.S. government’s wide-ranging FIFA corruption case just days after two other defendants were convicted in the investigation's first trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Insights On Article III Standing Under Ill. Biometrics Law

    Molly DiRago

    Last week the Second Circuit, in Santana v. Take-Two Interactive Software, affirmed the lower court’s decision that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to assert a claim under Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act, creating an apparent divide between plaintiffs who have voluntarily provided their biometric data and those who have not, say Molly DiRago and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Does Your D&O Policy Really Cover Gov't Investigations?

    Lilit Asadourian

    Many directors and officers insurance policies purport to insure the fees and costs companies incur in responding to government investigations. However, a recent Tenth Circuit decision in MusclePharm v. Liberty Insurance Underwriters calls into question the scope of such coverage, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks For Himself

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • 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.