Sports

  • February 13, 2017

    PTAB Agrees To Review Riddell Football Helmet Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Friday to review one of the Riddell Inc. football helmet patents the company is suing rival Schutt Sports for infringing, finding that some of the claims may have been obvious when prior patents are considered together.

  • February 13, 2017

    NFL Player Adviser Settles With SEC Over Unregistered Sales

    A former investment adviser for Morgan Stanley and Wells Fargo on Friday settled with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over allegations he sold more than $5 million in unregistered, illiquid stock to NFL players while misrepresenting their investment returns and failing to disclose his financial stake in the deal.

  • February 10, 2017

    NBA ESports Deal Could Be Toe In Water For Leagues

    The NBA announced a deal Thursday with Take-Two Interactive, the maker of the popular NBA 2K video games, to launch an eSports league with teams operated by NBA franchises, making it the first mainstream sports league to dive head-first into the burgeoning industry that experts say is in a "Wild West" of legal issues.

  • February 10, 2017

    Russian Runner Stripped Of London Gold For Doping

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday that Russian middle-distance runner Mariya Savinova-Farnosova will be banned four years and stripped of her gold medal from the 2012 London Olympics after it said she violated anti-doping rules.

  • February 10, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bain, United Engineers, Miami Marlins

    Bain Capital hopes to raise $1 billion for its first Asia-focused credit fund; Singaporean property company United Engineers, worth around $1.3 billion, is on the chopping block; and the family of Jared Kushner is in talks to buy the Miami Marlins.

  • February 10, 2017

    Jawbone Can't Invalidate Three Fitbit Patents, Judge Rules

    A California federal judge rejected on Thursday a bid by wearable technology maker Jawbone to invalidate three of Fitbit's wearable fitness tracker patents at the heart of Fitbit’s infringement lawsuit against the rival device maker, ruling that the patents are sufficiently inventive to be patented and not invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • February 10, 2017

    Penn State Says Bias Caused $7.3M Sandusky Witness Verdict

    Pennsylvania State University asked a judge to toss a $7.3 million jury verdict or order a new trial in a former football coach’s case over the school’s alleged mishandling of sex abuse reports against Jerry Sandusky, saying the trial judge in the case "acted as an advocate" on behalf of the coach.

  • February 9, 2017

    Witness Ties Agent To Smugglers In Cuban Ballplayers Trial

    Federal prosecutors rounded first as they build their case at a trial in Miami against a sports agent and trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States, calling the first alleged co-conspirator on their witness list to the stand Thursday.

  • February 9, 2017

    Sports Group Of The Year: Skadden

    Guiding all of the major sports leagues and the NCAA in some of the most significant sports cases of 2016, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP again showed why it is one of the top firms in the sports industry, earning it a spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 9, 2017

    Big 5 Manager Had To Quit After Gun Sale, Suit Says

    Big 5 Corp. violated California labor laws by admonishing a store manager for refusing to sell a shotgun to an erratic, aggressive customer, then giving her no choice but to quit after upper management let the sale go through, according to a recent state court suit.

  • February 9, 2017

    NFL Fan Urges 3rd Circ. To Revive Super Bowl Ticket Suit

    An angry NFL fan told the Third Circuit this week a federal judge again wrongly dismissed his proposed class action alleging the NFL inflated secondary market prices for tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl by not offering enough tickets for sale to the general public, arguing that the new allegations include expert opinion necessary for a plausible claim.

  • February 9, 2017

    NFL Players' Opioid Suit's RICO Claims Are Sacked

    A California federal judge sacked a lawsuit by former NFL players alleging teams distributed painkillers to players to keep them on the field without regard to long-term health risks, tossing many of their claims, including claims against 24 of the 32 NFL teams.

  • February 9, 2017

    Insurance Agency Settles $7M Trade Secrets Row Before Trial

    Texas sports medicine insurance agency Orchestrate HR Inc. has settled, just before trial, its $6.6 million defamation and trade secrets suit against a New Jersey rival that hired a former Orchestrate employee.

  • February 9, 2017

    LBI Sued By Sports Anchor Alleging Age Discrimination

    Spanish-language sports anchor Renan Cardona accused Liberman Broadcasting Inc. of age discrimination in a complaint filed in California state court on Tuesday, alleging he was fired and replaced with a younger, less qualified employee.

  • February 9, 2017

    Maryland Lawmakers Lob Sports Betting Legislation

    Maryland could be the next state to join the push to legalize sports betting as state lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow those with state gaming licenses to take wagers on sports contests should it pass a voter referendum and a federal ban be removed.

  • February 9, 2017

    Feds Fight DirecTV Dismissal Bid Over Dodgers Info-Sharing

    The U.S. Department of Justice pushed back in California federal court Wednesday against a bid by DirecTV and AT&T to dodge an antitrust suit over carriage of the Los Angeles Dodgers' official broadcast partner, saying prosecutors had adequately alleged that they exchanged sensitive information on negotiations with rivals.

  • February 8, 2017

    49ers Look To Dodge Levi's Stadium Disabled-Access Suit

    The San Francisco 49ers and the city of Santa Clara, California, on Tuesday urged a California federal court to toss a proposed class action alleging the 49ers' home venue, Levi’s Stadium, does not provide proper access for disabled individuals and people assisting them.

  • February 8, 2017

    Olympic Committee Settles Suit Over City-Year Domains

    The International Olympic Committee has settled cybersquatting claims against a man who registered hundreds of domain names with a city-year convention similar to that used by Olympics host cities, according to documents filed in Texas federal court Wednesday, the deal coming after a federal judge had gutted most of the trademark-related claims last year.

  • February 8, 2017

    Eastern Outfitters Gets Access To $65M DIP Loan In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt outdoor sporting equipment retailer Eastern Outfitters LLC on Wednesday received court approval for interim access to $65 million in debtor-in-possession financing after a first-day hearing in Delaware.

  • February 8, 2017

    NY Post Sports Columnist Sues For Firing Over Trump Tweet

    A former sports columnist for the New York Post says he was wrongfully fired for a personal tweet he sent comparing President Donald Trump's inauguration to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, according to a lawsuit filed in New York State Supreme Court on Wednesday accusing the Post of violating the state’s labor laws.

Expert Analysis

  • Why NY Employers Should Carefully Consider Freelancers

    Loren Lee Forrest Jr.

    Employers that engage independent contractors should be aware of certain tensions between the new Freelance Isn't Free Act and the Court of Appeals of the State of New York's recent Yoga Vida decision. Both serve as reminders to scrupulously examine formalization of policies concerning independent contractors, say Loren Lee Forrest Jr. and Katherine Marques of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Legal Loopholes For Dietary Supplements Must Be Sealed

    Robert Tauler

    A lack of sustained and serious enforcement of federal laws and regulations allows shady dealers to openly sell illegal supplements in the U.S. Someday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have enough resources to bring these bad actors down, but until then laws that govern competition in the marketplace will remain the strongest weapon to protect consumers, says Robert Tauler of Tauler Smith LLP.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Almost Famous: Trademark Dilution Claims Just Out Of Reach

    Eric Ball

    Recent dismissals of trademark dilution claims at the motion-to-dismiss stage highlight that plaintiffs must be prepared to show early on that their mark is a “household name” before they can pursue their claims. These decisions also show that defendants are more often turning to this early path to attack an exaggerated claim to fame, say Eric Ball and Carly Bittman of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • 6 Key Commercial Litigation Finance Trends For 2017

    Ralph J. Sutton

    With commercial litigation funding gaining acceptance throughout the U.S., law firms and corporations are investigating how they can benefit from the capital that funders provide, and which criteria they should use in selecting a funder. Ralph Sutton, chief investment officer of Bentham IMF, discusses several major trends to watch in 2017.

  • 5 Trends Dominated Ad Law In 2016

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    Reed Smith LLP attorneys Michael Strauss and Jason Gordon examine the five that dominated the advertising industry over the past year and that will continue in 2017.

  • 5 Ways To Fight Costlier Legal Malpractice Claims In 2017

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    There are a number of concrete, practical steps that law firms can take to address the high cost of defending legal malpractice claims, both before and after a claim is made, says Richard Simpson, a partner with Wiley Rein LLP who serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability.

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Top 12 Mississippi Gaming Stories Of 2016

    Tommy Shepherd

    Tommy Shepherd of Jones Walker LLP discusses recent developments in the Mississippi gaming industry, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.