Sports

  • April 9, 2018

    Title IX Suit Claims MSU Discouraged Reporting Rape

    An unnamed female student sued Michigan State University for violating Title IX in Michigan federal court Monday, saying she told the school and its counselors that she was raped by three Spartans basketball players in 2015 only to be discouraged from reporting it to the police.

  • April 9, 2018

    NCAA Wants Athlete's Pay Cap Antitrust Trial Pushed To 2019

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association asked a California federal court on Friday to postpone a December trial over whether its restrictions on student-athlete compensation are anti-competitive, saying a key defense attorney has scheduling conflicts.

  • April 9, 2018

    Ex-Commish Wants Records From Ice Cube's Hoops League

    The recently ousted commissioner of Ice Cube's fledgling three-on-three basketball league filed suit Monday in Delaware for access to the company's financial records, saying staggering mismanagement — allegedly helped on by a celebrity lawyer also on the board — has exposed the league to more than $100 million of legal liability.

  • April 9, 2018

    Fees In NFL Concussion Settlement Add To Payout Concerns

    Lead class attorneys led by Seeger Weiss LLP and Anapol Weiss are set to collect at least $107 million in fees from the potentially billion-dollar National Football League concussion litigation after a court ruling last week, raising concerns over the continued administration of the settlement amid complaints that the claims process has become too complicated.

  • April 9, 2018

    Pro Tennis Orgs Hit With Player's $10M Blood Draw Injury Suit

    Professional tennis player Madison Brengle sued the Women's Tennis Association and International Tennis Federation for subjecting her to anti-doping tests requiring blood drawn with a needle that she says exacerbated her rare medical condition, according to a $10 million suit filed Monday in Florida state court.

  • April 9, 2018

    49ers Fans Urge Cert. In Suit Over Disabled Stadium Access

    A group of disabled football fans and concert attendees suing the San Francisco 49ers and the city of Santa Clara over a “disability access nightmare” at Levi’s Stadium asked for class certification on Monday, telling a California federal judge they had checked all the necessary boxes.

  • April 9, 2018

    Cubs Again Seek ADA Suit Delay As Wrigley Is Renovated

    The Chicago Cubs on Friday asked a second time that an Illinois federal judge either toss or stay a man’s lawsuit challenging wheelchair access seating plans in the ball club’s in-progress Wrigley Field renovations, saying the renovations will not cause him a legal injury and he can’t sue until he’s experienced one.

  • April 9, 2018

    Limo Owner Gets 14 Months For Bilking State Dept.

    A federal judge in Virginia on Friday sentenced the owner of a transportation company to 14 months in prison for stealing federal funds meant for a cultural exchange program for athletes from disadvantaged countries, the U.S. Department of Justice said. 

  • April 9, 2018

    MLB's Streaming Unit Hit With Overtime Suit

    A former employee of MLB Advanced Media hit the powerhouse streaming specialist with a proposed class and collective action in New York federal court Friday, saying the company routinely stiffs employees on overtime.

  • April 6, 2018

    VER Technologies Gets Interim OK On $364M DIP Package

    Bankrupt entertainment production logistics company VER Technologies HoldCo LLC received interim court approval Friday in Delaware for access to $48 million of its $364 million debtor-in-possession financing as it pursues a merger deal with a competitor.

  • April 6, 2018

    Ice Cube Slaps Qatari Investors With $1.2B Defamation Suit

    Qatari investors promised for months to pay actor and rapper Ice Cube and his business partner millions as part of an investment in a basketball league, but turned to bribes and lies when plans to usurp control failed, according to a $1.2 billion defamation suit filed in California state court Thursday.

  • April 6, 2018

    MLB Digital Tech Co. Poached Worker, Infringed IP, Suit Says

    MLB Advanced Media allegedly poached a key employee from the tech partner that invented now-ubiquitous strike-zone and pitch-path graphic tracking, flouted a lucrative licensing deal, and trod on the partner's patented IP for the entire 2017 season, according to a dramatic new lawsuit filed in New York federal court on Friday.

  • April 6, 2018

    Adidas Exec, Others Push For Info To Bolster Bribery Defense

    An Adidas executive, a consultant for the shoe company and a former NBA agent charged in a college basketball bribery scheme involving top-tier NCAA schools asked a New York federal judge Thursday to force the government to turn over witness statements that may aid their case, including those of a high school basketball director who was unexpectedly dropped from the case.

  • April 6, 2018

    Brand Battles: PGA Tour, 'Game Of Thrones,' MPAA

    In an acronym-heavy edition of Law360's roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the PGA Tour calls "Fore!" on an application for “Players Only” golf gear, HBO aims to burn two applications that riff on "Game of Thrones," and the Motion Picture Association of America gets upset about a trademark that's "Rated F For Funny."

  • April 6, 2018

    Polsinelli Adds Seasoned Sports Atty From Ropes & Gray

    Polsinelli PC on Thursday said an attorney whose practice centers on guiding his sports industry clients through licensing, sponsorship, broadcasting and other deals has joined the firm as a shareholder in Boston after more than a decade at Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • April 6, 2018

    Wilson, Consumers Settle Youth Baseball Bat False Ad Suit

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has agreed to settle a proposed class action alleging the sports retailer falsely advertised that its youth baseball bats were eligible for use in a number of leagues even though they didn’t meet the leagues’ standards, according to a filing in Illinois federal court Thursday.

  • April 6, 2018

    Sports Camp Operator Hit With TCPA Suit For Unwanted Texts

    A Florida man hit a New Jersey youth sports camp with a putative class action Thursday claiming the camp's Brooklyn, New York-based owner violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by sending unsolicited, harassing text messages via an autodialer.

  • April 5, 2018

    NFL Concussion Class Attys Get $107M Fees Amid Scrutiny

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the National Football League concussion settlement on Thursday granted the lead class counsel’s bid for nearly $107 million in attorneys’ fees and capped fees for individual attorneys at 22 percent, praising the work of class attorneys despite allegations the deal is failing many former players.

  • April 5, 2018

    NCAA Cites High Court Ruling In Student-Athlete Wage Suit

    The NCAA told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that a U.S. Supreme Court decision in an overtime case Monday undermined the arguments of a former University of Southern California linebacker trying to revive his wage and overtime class action.

  • April 5, 2018

    VER Technologies Enters Ch. 11 With Merger Plan

    Production equipment rental company VER Technologies HoldCo LLC announced on Thursday that it has filed for bankruptcy in Delaware to facilitate a merger with competitor Production Resource Group LLC and restructure its funded debt, which currently hovers just above $760 million.

Expert Analysis

  • Why Machine Learning Should Matter To Lawyers

    Dan Puterbaugh

    Legal leaders who want to meet their clients' expanding expectations should start moving their documents to future-ready document management solutions now if they want to stay competitive in the next few years, says Dan Puterbaugh of Adobe Systems Inc.

  • Olympics Cast Spotlight On FCC Indecency Policies

    Stephen Fuzesi

    French ice dancer Gabriella Papadakis' wardrobe malfunction at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics has potential to reignite debate over the Federal Communications Commission's enforcement of indecency policies, says Stephen Fuzesi of Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • March Madness: Universities Must Prepare For NCAA Inquiries

    Jodi L. Avergun

    With the NCAA Committee on Enforcement circling and preparing to swoop in as soon as the Southern District of New York concludes the fact-finding stage of its investigation, a proactive approach by universities and their general counsels can help calm a crisis in college basketball, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.

  • Chloe Kim’s Right Of Publicity: The Value Of Gold

    Scott Weingust

    At only 17 years old, Olympic gold medalist Chloe Kim probably has not spent much time thinking about trusts and estate planning. But success on the big stage increases the value of the right of publicity, which affects estate-planning strategies, say Scott Weingust and Jordan Salins of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Opinion

    Who Should Decide If Russian Flag Is In Closing Ceremony

    Ronald Katz

    On Saturday the International Olympic Committee is scheduled to make the politically and morally fraught decision of whether Russian athletes can march in the closing ceremony as Russian nationals with their flag. The IOC members would be well advised to punt this no-win decision to the IOC Athletes’ Commission, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • How Emerging Sources Of ESI Will Impact Discovery

    Charles McGee

    Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.

  • Put The Brakes On Acceleration Bay Litigation Funder Ruling

    David Gallagher

    Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.

  • Considerations For Attorneys Using Artificial Intelligence

    Ben Allgrove

    Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Duncan Reviews 'Justice And Empathy'

    Judge Allyson Duncan

    In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed​. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems​, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. ​

  • Latest CAS Olympics Ruling Contradicts 2011 Case

    Ronald Katz

    On Friday, when the Court of Arbitration for Sport essentially reversed itself by stating that the International Olympic Committee had the right to keep cleared Russian athletes out of the Pyeongchang Olympics, it appeared that intimidation from the IOC had worked. This is especially true because the basis of the new CAS opinion is diametrically opposed to a 2011 opinion of the CAS, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.