Sports

  • January 9, 2017

    Ex-Wrigley Rooftop Club Owner Gets 1.5 Years For Cubs Fraud

    An Illinois federal judge sentenced the former owner of a rooftop club overlooking Wrigley Field to 18 months in prison Monday for defrauding the Chicago Cubs, the city and the county out of fees and taxes related to his business.

  • January 9, 2017

    Fitbit Says NJ Co. Illegally Sold Defective Wearables

    Fitbit Inc. on Friday accused a New Jersey company of selling millions of dollars worth of its discarded defective fitness trackers without authorization.

  • January 9, 2017

    Helmet Co. Seeks Reebok-CCM Sanctions In Royalties Row

    Hefter Impact Technologies LLC on Friday accused Reebok-CCM Hockey in Massachusetts federal court of spoiling critical evidence in Hefter’s royalties suit against the hockey equipment maker, and urged the court to impose sanctions on Reebok-CCM for destroying documents and information.

  • January 9, 2017

    Man Who Forged Mets Exec Signature Sued In $3.5M Scheme

    A New Jersey man who copped to forging New York Mets executive Jeffrey Wilpon’s signature as part of a $3.5 million fraud scheme now faces a civil suit alleging fraud, after his business partner claimed that he falsified loan documents to secure $3.54 million in financing.

  • January 6, 2017

    Judge Won't Block Witnesses In Sports Agent Smuggling Trial

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by a sports agent alleged to have participated in a $16 million scheme to smuggle Cuban baseball players to exclude testimony from five government witnesses, despite the agent’s request to withhold the testimony as a sanction for the government’s withholding of potentially damaging evidence until the last minute.

  • January 6, 2017

    Charity Not Covered For PGA Prize Payouts, Judge Rules

    A golf tournament operator is not entitled to insurance coverage for money it paid out for a hole-in-one-contest at a PGA Tour event, a West Virginia federal judge ruled Friday, holding that the organization failed to comply with a policy condition requiring the hole to be a minimum number of yards away from the tee.

  • January 6, 2017

    Another Big Blow To Student-Athletes Eyeing Employee Status

    Hammering home federal courts' reluctance to find that college athletes are employees, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday refused to rethink a decision involving UPenn athletes despite the students' argument that the ruling effectively put them in the same category as prison laborers.

  • January 6, 2017

    Davidoff Hutcher Sued For $1M By Sports Authority Creditor

    Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP was smacked Friday with a $1.4 million malpractice suit in New York state court by Castlewood Apparel Corp., which claims the firm improperly advised it as a creditor in the bankruptcy of Sports Authority, leading it to lose ownership of certain consigned inventory.

  • January 6, 2017

    Late Junior Seau's Doctor Accepts Probation In Calif.

    A doctor who treated former San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau agreed not to fight accusations that he did not properly treat Seau in the months leading up to his 2012 suicide, reaching a settlement with the California attorney general’s office to be placed on four years' probation.

  • January 6, 2017

    NJ Racetrack Zoning Suit Belongs In State Court, Panel Says

    The New Jersey Appellate Division on Friday revived a racetrack’s zoning lawsuit that was mired in jurisdictional issues, reasoning that a federal court had already ruled that the state-law issues had to be litigated in Superior Court.

  • January 6, 2017

    Appeals Court Denies GSP 2nd Shot At KPMG In $525M Fraud

    A New York state appeals court on Thursday denied GSP Finance LLC another shot at proving KPMG LLP helped private equity investor and sports financier Tom Hicks cheat lenders out of $525 million in debt, saying that lower court rulings were within the discretion of the trial judge.

  • January 6, 2017

    DOE Condoned Racial Slurs, 'Redskins' Imagery, Worker Says

    A U.S. Department of Energy employee and tribe member charged with raising sensitivity to Native American issues hit the agency’s secretary, Ernest Moniz, with a complaint Thursday in D.C. federal court, alleging DOE leaders retaliated against her for complaining about the use of racial slurs and imagery in the workplace, including on Washington Redskins merchandise.

  • January 6, 2017

    Bankrupt Performance Sports Gets OK On $5M Bonus Plan

    Sports equipment maker Performance Sports Group Ltd. received bankruptcy court approval Thursday in Delaware for a key employee incentive plan that could pay up to $5 million to company workers based on the sale price of its assets at auction.

  • January 6, 2017

    Charity Says NFL Is Trying To Avoid Commissioner Deposition

    Nonprofit Strikes For Kids said the NFL’s attempt to move a case over a relocated kids charity event involving NFL players is nothing but an improper scheme to avoid a deposition of Commissioner Roger Goodell, filing an emergency motion to have the case sent back to a Texas state court where the case is set for a trial next month.

  • January 6, 2017

    Ole Miss Inks Deal To Halve IRS Bill Over Nike, Coke Programs

    A U.S. Tax Court judge has slashed in half a tax bill for the University of Mississippi related to money it made sending its coaches to functions sponsored by Nike and Coca-Cola following a settlement between the school and the IRS, court records show.

  • January 6, 2017

    5 Insights From General Electric's Alex Dimitrief

    “Data sovereignty” is a recent trend with important consequences for GE’s future as a digital industrial company. The technical challenges alone are immense. But compounding those challenges are the growing number of countries considering laws that would impede the flow of data across national borders, says Alex Dimitrief, general counsel of General Electric Co.

  • January 5, 2017

    Gambling Tech Cos. Face 2nd Setback In FanDuel IP Suit

    Two gambling technology companies faced a substantial loss on Thursday as a Nevada federal judge for a second time tossed most of the claims in their suit alleging online fantasy sports company FanDuel Inc. infringes six of their automated gambling patents.

  • January 5, 2017

    No Bail Mods For Ex-FIFA Exec Charged In Corruption Case

    A New York federal judge on Thursday refused to ease up on bail terms for former FIFA Vice President Juan Angel Napout — one of numerous soccer officials charged with taking bribes in the massive corruption case pending in Brooklyn — noting that the government has already been “extremely accommodating.”

  • January 5, 2017

    Fitbit, Jawbone Spar Over Validity Of 3 Fitness Patents

    Fitbit Inc. and Jawbone Inc. sparred over three wearable fitness tracker patents in California federal court Thursday, with Jawbone arguing that Fitbit’s patents use conventional technology to implement abstract ideas making them invalid for protection under the high court’s Alice Corp. ruling.

  • January 5, 2017

    Ex-NFL Players Hit Back At League Over Painkillers

    A class of ex-players accusing the National Football League and its doctors of doling out painkillers like candy on Wednesday hit back at the league's bid to toss their case, telling a California federal judge that the teams’ straw man arguments can’t touch the legitimacy of the suit’s Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims.

Expert Analysis

  • Judge Cries Foul On MLB Protective Netting Class Action

    Steve Cernak

    Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, because they failed to show that there was a credible or immediate threat that they would be struck by a foul ball while attending a future MLB game, the court dismissed their allegations on Article III standing grounds, and therefore avoided the thornier issues regarding the continuing applicability of the Baseball Rule to the modern sport of baseball, say Steve Cernak and Matthew Kennison of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What Is 'Public Interest' Under California Anti-SLAPP Law?

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    Under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, a court may strike causes of action arising from defendants’ exercise of free speech rights concerning matters of "public interest." But because the statute does not define "public interest," California courts have construed it in varying ways. The California Supreme Court may soon provide guidance, say Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen of Horvitz & Levy LLP.

  • The Ethical Risks Of A Multijurisdictional Practice

    Melinda Gentile

    As law firms and clients conduct more business on a regional or national scale, multijurisdictional practice is becoming more prevalent for practicing attorneys. Attorneys engaged in both private practice and as in-house counsel need to be aware of the ethical risks of practicing across jurisdictions — including the implications of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, say Melinda Gentile and Monique Cardenas of Peckar & Abramson PC.

  • Emerging Sports — A Decathlon Of Legal, Business Issues

    Brian R. Socolow

    While you may never have heard of rugby sevens or drone racing, these and many other emerging sports generate tens of billions of dollars annually. These new games regularly face challenges around leadership and organizational structures, intellectual property protection, and television and broadcast rights, among others, says Brian Socolow of Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • How Law Firms Are Using Analytics To Reduce Write-Offs

    Haley Altman

    It is increasingly necessary for law firms to implement strategies to improve efficiency, staffing and value to meet client needs. Haley Altman, CEO and co-founder of Doxly Inc., discusses how to successfully leverage analytical tools and emerging technology to increase profitability.

  • A Review Of Key Cases Against Executives In Q3

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    Attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the third quarter’s most significant cases and government investigations impacting corporate executives.

  • REVIEW: The Missing American Jury

    Judge William Young

    Face it, the American jury system is dying. The arguments Professor Suja Thomas makes in her new book deserve consideration by everyone interested in how our government actually works and how it might recapture the unifying communitarian experience of direct democracy and actual trial by one’s peers, says U.S. District Court Judge William Young of the District of Massachusetts.

  • Right-Of-Publicity Lessons From 'Grand Theft Auto' Suits

    Nicholas A. Plassaras

    The recent lawsuits brought by actress Lindsay Lohan and ex-“Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano over the "Grand Theft Auto V" video game offer a cautionary tale on the importance of jurisdiction and highlight the complex nature of right-of-publicity jurisprudence in the U.S., say Nicholas Plassaras and Jennifer Stanley of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Avoiding Law Firm BYOD Risks: Tips For Securing Devices

    Everett Monroe

    Many believe that the solutions to the security problems created by using smartphones for work are primarily technological, but a much larger piece of the puzzle involves the human factor. To achieve reasonable security around mobile devices, law firms must go back to basics — clear policies, effective training and thoughtful oversight, says Everett Monroe of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Copyright Gets Star Turn At High Court

    Joseph R. Sozzani

    U.S. Supreme Court oral argument in Star Athletica ventured into the surreal, with discussion about the slimming effects of a Stella McCartney dress, the optical illusions created by gorilla-themed T-shirts, and whether zig-zags on a cheerleading uniform make the wearer look taller or curvier. The questions addressed, however, may resolve one of the most important legal tests in copyright, says Joseph Sozzani of Brinks Gilson & Lione.