• May 12, 2017

    Ex-MLB Player DeCinces Convicted In Insider Trading Case

    A California federal jury on Friday convicted former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces of insider trading on charges for using nonpublic information to purchase stocks in a friend’s medical device company in transactions that netted him $1.3 million in profits.

  • May 12, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Debevoise, Sullivan, Fried

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Verizon won a bidding war against AT&T over wireless spectrum company Straight Path, Sinclair Broadcast Group agreed to buy Tribune Media for nearly $4 billion, and Kate Spade gets bought out for $2.4 billion.

  • May 12, 2017

    NJ Retailer Asks Judge To Revisit Stolen Fitbit Ruling

    A New Jersey seller of reconditioned and refurbished items asked a federal judge to amend her order dismissing its case against Fitbit Inc. on Thursday, arguing that the dismissal decision should be without prejudice since it was based on jurisdiction and not the merits.

  • May 12, 2017

    Freeh Highlights Spanier Conviction In Response To Libel Suit

    Former FBI director Louis Freeh has responded to libel allegations by former Penn State president Graham Spanier by repeatedly citing Spanier’s recent conviction for child endangerment, in the long-running Pennsylvania lawsuit over Freeh’s report on the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal.

  • May 11, 2017

    Columbia Shoppers Partially Prevail On Cert. Bid In Price Spat

    A California federal judge on Thursday conditionally certified a class of Columbia Sportswear outlet shoppers seeking to end the company’s use of allegedly misleading price tags, but declined to certify a damages class after concluding that their proposed methods of calculating monetary relief were lacking.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-USC Football Player Appeals Dismissal Of Wage Suit

    Former University of Southern California football player Lamar Dawson on Thursday moved to revive his putative minimum wage and overtime pay class action against the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference, filing an appeal with the Ninth Circuit.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-AFL Player's Concussion Claims Against League Tossed

    A Louisiana federal judge Wednesday dismissed a former Arena Football League player's concussion claims against his former employer, saying football's brain injury risks are not high enough to bypass the state workers' compensation law.

  • May 11, 2017

    Ex-Football Team Owner Gets 3-Plus Years In Fraud Plot

    The former owner of the now-defunct Chicago Rush Arena Football League team was sentenced to 41 months in prison Thursday after admitting he lied to the league about his assets in order to purchase the team.

  • May 11, 2017

    Yogi Sanctioned For Stonewalling On $6.7M Judgment

    A California judge sanctioned Bikram Choudhury on Thursday for stonewalling his ex-attorney in her efforts to satisfy a $6.7 million judgment she won in a sex harassment case against the disgraced yogi, but said he couldn't force the handover of 20 luxury vehicles without proof they're controlled by Choudhury.

  • May 11, 2017

    FIFA Votes To Fast-Track 2026 World Cup Host Selection

    FIFA on Thursday approved a plan to fast-track the 2026 World Cup bidding process to select a host by June 2018, giving a boost to the already announced joint bid from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

  • May 11, 2017

    Fitbit Can't Run Away Before Discovery Over, Investors Say

    The investors behind a class action accusing Fitbit Inc. of artificially inflating its stock price by hiding problems with its fitness tracking technology told a California federal court on Wednesday that it would be jumping the gun to let Fitbit escape from the suit before they had a chance to conduct discovery.

  • May 11, 2017

    NFL Denies Reinstatement Of Browns Receiver Josh Gordon

    The NFL has denied troubled Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon’s application for reinstatement, according to a league source who confirmed reports to Law360 on Thursday.

  • May 11, 2017

    NFLPA Grievance Doesn't Hurt Painkiller Suit, Ex-Players Say

    A National Football League Players Association grievance alleging the NFL improperly prescribes painkillers to players doesn't belong in related Ninth Circuit litigation, even though the NFL has tried to introduce it, the former players said in a letter Wednesday.

  • May 10, 2017

    'Cord-Cutting' Hasn't Hit Sports Broadcasting Deals, Yet

    The cable "cord-cutting" trend in the U.S. is already disrupting the traditional economic model for sports by leading to massive dropoffs in cable subscribers and has begun to hurt networks like ESPN, but whether it will stem the growing values of sports broadcasting rights deals is not yet clear.

  • May 10, 2017

    IRS Drops $56M Pa. Suit In Venue Dispute

    The Internal Revenue Service agreed Wednesday to drop a $56.5 million suit in Pennsylvania federal court against the former owner of a defunct gambling company after a federal judge ordered the parties last month to seek an agreement on an acceptable venue for the dispute.

  • May 10, 2017

    Stolen Fitbit Allegations Can’t Proceed In NJ, Judge Says

    A New Jersey federal judge on Tuesday freed Fitbit Inc. from a suit accusing it of falsely claiming that a retailer of refurbished electronics was selling stolen items, ruling that Fitbit’s lack of intent to cause harm in the Garden State means that the court lacks jurisdiction.

  • May 10, 2017

    Adidas Sells Golf Equipment Biz To PE Firm In $425M Deal

    Adidas AG ended a yearlong bid to sell its golf equipment units on Wednesday, inking a $425 million deal with private equity shop KPS Capital Partners to offload its TaylorMade, Adams Golf and Ashworth Golf units.

  • May 10, 2017

    Lewis Brisbois Adds Sports, Entertainment Pro In Denver

    Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP's entertainment, media and sports practice received a boost Tuesday as the firm added a former sports and media executive and contract negotiation specialist as a partner in its Denver office.

  • May 10, 2017

    Boston University Seeks Fees For NHL Concussion Doc Fight

    Boston University asked a Minnesota federal court on Wednesday to force the National Hockey League to pay the costs the university incurred while deflecting a bid by the league to obtain documents from its brain injury research center in a suit over the long-term risk of concussions to players.

  • May 10, 2017

    FIFA Moves To Replace Ethics Committee Heads

    FIFA’s Council proposed a list of individuals to take on key committee positions ahead of its congress on Tuesday, and the list did not include its current ethics prosecutor and judge, who are in the midst of a corruption investigation that has led to the ouster of several top officials.

Expert Analysis

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    FBI Leaks And The Sanctity Of Grand Jury Secrecy

    Daniel Wenner

    FBI special agent David Chaves is being investigated for leaking information about a grand jury investigation to the press. And this public episode might engender more attacks on the grand jury process, says Daniel Wenner, a partner at Day Pitney LLP and former federal prosecutor.

  • A Law Firm’s Guide To Social Media

    Julie Bagdikian

    Bear in mind that the internet seldom forgets and never forgives, and you are just one screen grab from a meme. A law firm's core messages and unique selling points must be clearly determined before embarking on a social media strategy, says Julie Bagdikian of The Pollack PR Marketing Group.

  • Are Your In-House Lawyers Happy?

    Aric Press

    What is the mood of the nation’s in-house lawyers? Aric Press — a partner at Bernero & Press LLC and former editor-in-chief of The American Lawyer — shares the findings of a recent survey of more than 800 in-house counsel.

  • Opinion

    Copyright Clause Shows Fallacy Of Originalism

    Andrew W. Stroud

    The Copyright Clause demonstrates that the Constitution is a living document. Both Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court have understood that its application extends well beyond anything the framers could have conceived in 1787. Imagine if you had asked a framer whether the fanciful design on a cheerleader uniform was a “writing,” says Andrew Stroud of Hanson Bridgett LLP.

  • Star Athletica V. Varsity: Ceci N’est Pas Une … Useful Article

    Jacqueline C. Charlesworth

    It is refreshing to encounter a copyright decision that does not contain the terms “fair use” or “Digital Millennium Copyright Act,” and to think about the actual intellectual property that copyright is supposed to protect. Does copyright extend to an artistically crafted pipe, or only a picture of the pipe? Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court gave us just such an opportunity, says Jacqueline Charlesworth, of counsel at Covington & B... (continued)

  • Google, NASA, Planes And A Stronger Legal Team

    Nicholas Cheolas

    Why did minor mechanical issues bring down two airplanes, while a catastrophic engine explosion did not bring down a third? The answers lie, in part, in research conducted by NASA in the wake of those crashes and, more recently, by Google. And those answers can help organizations build better teams to meet today’s legal industry challenges, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Better Legal Negotiations

    Marc J. Siegel

    Like everything else, the art of negotiation starts by having a conversation. It’s about being respectful, finding common ground, knowing what you want and, most importantly, listening. A conversation between two lawyers can be complicated at best, but by employing a few techniques and tactics, it doesn’t have to be that way, says Marc Siegel of Siegel & Dolan Ltd.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: Decision Error

    Gray Matters

    Lawyers make hundreds of decisions during the course of advising a client, consummating a transaction or litigating a case. In this new column, dispute resolution experts Bob Creo and Selina Shultz explore the theory, science and practical aspects of how decisions are made in the legal community.