An Illinois federal judge gave the final signoff Monday to a $700,000 deal that ends a California class of Life Time Inc. trainers’ claims that the company had been paying them improperly under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
In its first complete term back at full strength since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the top U.S. court took on several cases that revealed deep divisions among its members. Here are the most stinging dissents.
Amy Coney Barrett has been sitting on the Seventh Circuit bench for only eight months, but she is rumored to be on President Donald Trump’s shortlist for potential picks to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
With the Supreme Court largely punting on deciding the issues at the center of some of its biggest cases this term, the justices turned to concurrences to fight for the future of the law.
While the justices tend to join most often with colleagues whose philosophy they share, even politically charged cases can create groupings that defy easy categorization. Here are a few from the latest term.
From a raucous house party to the often-disappointing taste of wedding cake, the justices found plenty to laugh about in the latest term. Here are the top moments of legal levity.
A blind Paralympic cyclist sued the U.S. Olympic Committee in California federal court Monday, claiming that she suffered a concussion because she was prohibited by the organization from using her seeing eye dog at a training camp.
A Massachusetts federal judge Monday ended a six-week-old stay of multidistrict litigation by daily fantasy sports players accusing DraftKings and FanDuel of operating an illegal online gambling enterprise after the parties said settlement talks last month failed.
President Donald Trump is ramping up the process of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, interviewing four candidates Monday and revealing the White House staffers who are leading the selection effort.
An Illinois federal judge Friday sent a former New York Yankees outfielder’s suit alleging he was injured at a June 2017 game at the Chicago White Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field back to state court, saying the White Sox can’t claim the case is a federal labor dispute.
Under the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent SAS Institute decision, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board must consider all grounds for challenged claims in an inter partes review, the Federal Circuit said Monday in reviving Adidas’ challenge of two Nike shoe patents after the PTAB only considered one of Adidas’ arguments for invalidity.
The NCAA is already pointing to a decision by the Seventh Circuit upholding its transfer restriction rule to argue that the Ninth Circuit should not revive a separate proposed wage-and-hour class action, saying the Seventh Circuit's decision proves its athletes are amateurs and not employees.
The licensing arms of the National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League filed a lawsuit against a group of online stores in Illinois federal court Monday, claiming they are selling counterfeit merchandise and conning customers into thinking it’s the real thing.
Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.
A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.
Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.
Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.
A New York federal judge declined Friday to force prosecutors to provide evidence to former Adidas employees and a former NBA agent charged with participating in a corrupt scheme to co-opt promising high school athletes.
A California state appeals court Thursday found a former National Football League player can’t stake a claim in California for workers’ compensation benefits, saying he was hired out-of-state and only played two games in the state out of a 110-game career.
Legal sports betting is beginning to spread in the U.S. in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a federal law that had stood in the way, raising particular integrity concerns for college sports that schools and colleges are going to have to address.
The anticipated legalization of sports betting in over 20 states is expected to add billions of dollars to U.S. gambling revenue. At the same time, mergers and acquisitions in the industry have attracted the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and questions regarding the economics of gambling must be addressed, says Roland Eisenhuth of Epsilon Economics LLC.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.
Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.
Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.
Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.
In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP.
The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.
Companies take part in National Advertising Division proceedings as a form of industry self-regulation — and as an alternative to potentially costly litigation. Analysis of which plaintiffs firms are filing lawsuits after NAD rulings, and whether NAD decisions have any impact on federal courts, supports the conclusion that NAD participation has little correlation with consumer class actions, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.
Are plaintiffs lawyers scouring National Advertising Division rulings for litigation targets? An analysis of the timing of class actions in relation to NAD decisions suggests that the risk of being subject to a follow-on consumer class action after participation in an NAD proceeding that results in an adverse decision is low, say attorneys with Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.