• September 8, 2017

    Global Firms Snap Up India Work With Liberalization In Limbo

    International law firms play a crucial role in India despite being barred from practicing there, and some say opening up the country’s legal industry wouldn’t drastically change how they do business.

  • September 8, 2017

    Cowboy Star's Discipline 'Fundamentally Unfair,' Judge Says

    A Texas federal judge halted Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension Friday pending the outcome of a players union challenge to an arbitrator's decision upholding the punishment, saying “a cloud of fundamental unfairness followed Elliott” throughout the NFL’s disciplinary process.

  • September 8, 2017

    CEO Accused Of Tipping Ex-MLB Player Faces Perjury Charge

    Federal prosecutors unveiled Wednesday a new slate of charges against the former chief executive of Advanced Medical Optics Inc. after a jury couldn’t agree on his guilt after an insider trading trial earlier this year, dropping several fraud counts but adding a charge for perjury.

  • September 8, 2017

    MLS Wants Player's Teammate Violence Suit Kicked

    Major League Soccer and D.C. United on Thursday asked a federal judge in Washington, D.C., to toss a suit attempting to hold the league and the team responsible for an ex-player's career-ending injury allegedly caused by a teammate who was known to have violent tendencies.

  • September 8, 2017

    Rift Widens Over States' Role In Sports Betting

    The gambling industry’s arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court that sports betting is a state’s rights issue could widen a gap between the industry and major professional sports leagues, which have said they prefer a federal law if they are going to support legalizing the practice at all.

  • September 8, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Want Madden Suit’s Calif. Publicity Claim Revived

    A proposed class of former NFL players urged a California federal judge Thursday to reconsider his tossing of the state right to publicity claim in their suit against Electronic Arts over use of their likenesses in Madden video games, saying the information shown on the screen during the games identifies them.

  • September 8, 2017

    Ex-Nike Retail Employee Fights Bid To Nix PAGA Claim

    A former Nike store assistant manager on Thursday fought a bid to nix her representative Private Attorney General Act claim in a lawsuit alleging the retailer misclassified her as overtime-exempt, telling a California federal judge there is no evidence the number of employees included under the claim is unmanageable.

  • September 8, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Wachtell, DLA, Simpson

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, United Technologies scoops up Rockwell Collins in a $23 billion aerospace tie-up, billionaire Tilman Fertitta acquires the Houston Rockets for $2.2 billion, and Teleflex enters into a $1.1 billion deal for medical device company NeoTract.

  • September 8, 2017

    MLS' Portland Timbers Want Ticket Broker's Suit Axed

    Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers urged a Washington federal judge on Thursday to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a ticket broker who lost season ticket rights, saying the franchise had no obligation to renew his access to the tickets.

  • September 7, 2017

    Promoter Balks At Pitcher's Victoria's Secret Tix Suit

    A London-based event promoter pushed a Pennsylvania state court judge Wednesday to end a suit by former Philadelphia Phillies ace Cole Hamels, now with the Texas Rangers, that alleges he and his wife were stiffed out of tickets to a Victoria’s Secret fashion show after forking over thousands for a VIP package.

  • September 7, 2017

    FIFA Orders South Africa, Senegal Replay After Ref Banned

    South Africa and Senegal will replay a World Cup 2018 qualifier game after the referee who awarded a penalty for an imaginary handball was banned for life for trying to rig the game, FIFA said Wednesday.

  • September 7, 2017

    NJ Country Club Owner Gets Prison For Tax Evasion

    The co-owner of a private New Jersey country club was sentenced Thursday to a year and a day in federal prison for dodging taxes on $3.8 million in income, despite his pleas for probation due to ailing health, no prior criminal record and exemplary citizenship.

  • September 7, 2017

    DraftKings, FanDuel Pay $2.6M To Settle Mass. AG Probe

    DraftKings and FanDuel have agreed to pay $2.6 million to resolve a Massachusetts investigation into “unfair and deceptive practices” by the daily fantasy sports platforms, the state Attorney General's Office said Thursday.

  • September 7, 2017

    NCAA Athletes Seek $45M In Fees, Costs For Grant-In-Aid Deal

    Student-athletes in a lawsuit against the NCAA and 11 athletic conferences over allegedly anti-competitive caps on scholarships asked a California federal judge Wednesday to approve nearly $45 million in attorneys' fees, expenses and costs for class counsel stemming from a $209 million settlement reached in March.

  • September 7, 2017

    Detroit Residents' Arena Fund Suit A Delay Tactic, Orgs. Say

    A pair of Detroit development organizations urged a Michigan federal judge on Wednesday to sanction residents suing to block the use of $56.5 million in taxpayer funds for a new Detroit Pistons arena, saying the lawsuit is a clear attempt to waste time.

  • September 6, 2017

    National Events DIP Loan Will Finance Dueling Investigations

    The structure for one of two parallel bankruptcy cases for defunct ticket reseller National Events finally fell into place Wednesday, as a New York bankruptcy court agreed to leave in place a state court-appointed receiver who will investigate the suspected Ponzi scheme vehicle alongside an independent examiner.

  • September 6, 2017

    NFL Files Suit In NY To Confirm Cowboys Star's 6-Game Ban

    The NFL went to New York federal court Tuesday to uphold Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension after the NFL Players Association filed suit in Texas challenging the arbitration process before the decision had even been released.

  • September 6, 2017

    NY Can't Avoid Claim Daily Fantasy Law Unconstitutional

    An upstate New York judge refused Friday to put a quick end to a suit challenging the state law that legalized daily fantasy sports contests, finding the state cannot rely on the legislature’s conclusion that the measure did not run afoul of a state constitutional prohibition on gambling expansion.

  • September 6, 2017

    Adviser Who Ripped Off Pro Athletes Sentenced To 33 Months

    The former president of an investment firm who pled guilty in D.C. federal court to stealing more than $1 million from clients, including boxer Mike Tyson and former NBA All-Star Glen Rice, was sentenced on Wednesday to 33 months in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • September 6, 2017

    Fanatics Raises $1B From SoftBank, Pro Sports Leagues

    Online sports retailer Fanatics Inc. confirmed Wednesday that it raised around $1 billion in its latest funding round, which was led by Japanese telecommunications and internet conglomerate SoftBank’s private equity fund and included investments from the NFL and MLB.

Expert Analysis

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Clients Are Not Really 'Emotional'

    Gray Matters

    When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.

  • Having A Chief Privacy Officer Reassures Your Firm's Clients

    Rita Heimes

    When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Discussions Before Deliberations

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    To be sure, allowing jurors to discuss evidence before final deliberations proved to be among the least popular of our recommended innovations. But empirical evidence belies these fears, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions Firms Should Ask When Evaluating Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Law firm management should understand the client’s reasons for requesting an alternative fee arrangement, and whether approving the fee will help grow the relationship with the client, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • For Law Firm Offices, Business Savvy Is The New Cool

    Craig Braham

    Having embraced the notion that the right space can reinforce the right firm culture, law firm leaders have been evaluating real estate primarily for its physical properties. However, it's hard to be collegial, even in the coolest of in-house coffee bars, if your cost structure is untenable, says Craig Braham of Advocate Commercial Real Estate Advisors LLC.

  • The Best Documents In Your Case May Be From 3rd Parties

    Wyatt Dowling

    Cases are built on evidence and evidence comes from discovery. But discovery is largely a voluntary process. Serving a document subpoena on a third party can be an efficient and creative way to fill in the gaps that may exist in the productions of opposing parties, says Wyatt Dowling of Yetter Coleman LLP.

  • A Possible Pathway Out Of The Stern V. Marshall Maze

    Benjamin Feder

    PEM Entities v. Levin, which the U.S. Supreme Court will hear next term, potentially could provide the court with a coherent rationale to start resolving the uncertainty it created six years ago in Stern v. Marshall regarding the constitutional authority of bankruptcy courts, says Benjamin Feder of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Planning A Legal Career With A Future Relocation In Mind

    Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre

    Lawyers move to New York City to work on some of the most sophisticated work the legal market has to offer. This exposure and experience is an amazing asset and many of the skills developed will make associates very marketable in the event they consider relocating to another market. However, this isn’t always the case, says Jacqueline Bokser LeFebvre of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • 4 Female Perspectives On BigLaw Leadership

    Regina Pisa

    Only a handful of the largest U.S. law firms are led by women. Here, in their own words, are perspectives from Shook Hardy & Bacon Chair Madeleine McDonough, Crowell & Moring Chair Angela Styles, Morgan Lewis & Bockius Chair Jami Wintz McKeon and Goodwin Procter Chair Emeritus Regina Pisa.

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.