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