Sports

  • November 6, 2017

    FIFA Trial Defendants: Who's Who

    Two years after U.S. authorities unveiled a wide-ranging FIFA corruption probe, the first trial is set to kick off Monday in Brooklyn federal court against three former South American officials at the highest levels of soccer administration. Here, Law360 takes a closer look at the three officials facing trial and the allegations against them.

  • November 3, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Can't Circumvent Claims Settlement Administrator

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Friday scolded former National Football League players for accusing the claims administrator, BrownGreer PLC, of missteps in its implementation of a 2015 settlement agreement from multidistrict litigation over football-related brain injuries, telling them to appeal the decisions and not to bring their grievances before the court.

  • November 3, 2017

    Ex-Dean Foods Chair Avoids Early Trip To Jail Over Emails

    Former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis avoided an early trip to prison Friday for his insider trading conviction after he was hauled back to Manhattan federal court from his Dallas home over emails suggesting violations of his bail, including one from an estranged wife suggesting he had handled guns.

  • November 3, 2017

    Brand Battles: Monster Energy, WeWork, Arsenal FC

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Monster Energy files an appeal after being refused an "Energy Hybrid" mark, WeWork aims to block a real estate developer from registering "WeedWork," and soccer club Arsenal trains its sights on a Tennessee gym equipment company named "Arsenal Strength."

  • November 3, 2017

    PE Firm Leonard Green Scoops Up UK-Based Gym Operator

    U.S. private equity firm Leonard Green & Partners is acquiring a controlling stake in U.K.-based Pure Gym from CCMP Capital Advisors, the firm said Friday.

  • November 3, 2017

    Rams Say Classes Too Hard To Pin Down In Season Tix Suit

    The St. Louis Rams asked a Missouri federal judge to block a trio of class certification bids by fans whose season tickets were canceled following the team’s move to Los Angeles, saying there is no concrete way to determine class member identities and the type of personal seat licenses they purchased.

  • November 3, 2017

    FIFA Trial To Show Reach Of US Gov't In Corruption Probes

    Three former South American soccer officials are set to go on trial Monday in Brooklyn in the U.S. government’s sprawling FIFA corruption probe, a trial that the sports world should watch closely for hints about how far the U.S. is willing to go to root out corruption in sports leagues.

  • November 3, 2017

    Ex-PSU Coach Ends Whistleblower Claim Over Sandusky Case

    The former Penn State University football assistant coach who served as a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has ended a whistleblower suit against the university that netted him more than $13 million from a jury verdict, an additional judgment and a fee award, according to a filing posted online Friday.

  • November 3, 2017

    Cowboys' Elliott To Play Sun. As 2nd Circ. Expedites Appeal

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has granted Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's bid to temporarily block his six-game suspension for domestic violence, allowing him to play in Sunday’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

  • November 2, 2017

    Another Jawbone Atty OK'd To Withdraw From Fitbit IP Suit

    A California federal judge on Thursday said she would allow another attorney to withdraw as counsel for Jawbone Inc. in a patent infringement suit over wearable fitness trackers brought by rival Fitbit Inc., which told the court it intends to file a motion for default judgment in the case.

  • November 2, 2017

    2nd Circ. Approves Gutting Of $4.4M Licensing Award

    A Second Circuit panel ruled Thursday it was appropriate when a judge slashed a fitness-wear company’s $4.35 million jury award for a soured licensing deal to $1, saying the brand’s profit comparisons between itself and market giant Under Armour were more wish than reality.

  • November 2, 2017

    24 Hour Fitness To Settle Membership Fees Suit For $1.5M

    24 Hour Fitness will pay $1.5 million to end a putative class action brought by members who claim their annual gym membership fees increased despite oral promises that they would stay fixed for life, according to a proposed settlement filed in California federal court Wednesday.

  • November 2, 2017

    NFL Tells 2nd Circ. Elliott Injunction Would Undermine CBA

    The NFL urged the Second Circuit on Thursday to reject a bid by Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott to block his domestic violence suspension pending appeal, arguing that such a ruling could cripple the enforceability of a collective bargaining agreement.

  • November 2, 2017

    Emails Could Put Former Dean Foods Chair Behind Bars Early

    A federal judge has ordered former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis to return to New York federal court from his Dallas home Friday for a hearing on whether he should be taken into custody immediately for insider trading, citing apparently troubling emails received by the court.

  • November 2, 2017

    Liberty Win Widens Split On SEC Probe Costs, 10th Circ. Told

    MusclePharm Corp. has asked the Tenth Circuit for a rehearing after the court found that a formal announcement of a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation didn't trigger coverage under a Liberty Insurance Underwriters Inc. policy, saying the ruling will widen a circuit split over the “exceptionally important” issue.

  • November 2, 2017

    Under Armour Says Steph Curry's 'I Can' Doesn't Infringe

    Under Armour filed a preemptive lawsuit Wednesday after it was accused of trademark infringement over a line of apparel featuring a phrase from NBA superstar Steph Curry’s favorite Bible verse.

  • November 2, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Get Prison For Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday sentenced a sports trainer to more than five years in prison and a baseball agent to nearly four years for their roles in a smuggling ring that brought more than a dozen Cuban ballplayers into the U.S. illegally and made the pair millions of dollars.

  • November 2, 2017

    Ex-Baylor Employee's Testimony Limited Over Student Info

    A Texas federal judge said Wednesday that a former Baylor University employee slated to be deposed in a lawsuit by 10 former students over the university’s response to sexual assault reports cannot reveal identifying information about students who are not involved in the case until the court reviews it first.

  • November 1, 2017

    Key Sports Betting Scheme Player Gets 2.5 Years

    A top player in a $3-million-per-year sports gambling ring has been sentenced to two and a half years behind bars, with the majority of that suspended, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's office said Wednesday.

  • November 1, 2017

    NFL Players Union Asks 2nd Circ. To Keep Elliott Playing

    The NFL players union is refusing to back down in its quest to keep Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott on the field this season amid a legal challenge to his domestic violence suspension, arguing to the Second Circuit that Elliott would face irreparable harm if forced to sit, particularly given the short careers of NFL running backs.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    September Madness: Problems With NCAA Corruption Case

    Randall Eliason

    I'm not saying the charges filed last month against 10 individuals in a college basketball corruption scheme are legally flawed — not all of them, anyway. But I do question whether bringing multiple felony charges on these facts is sound exercise of prosecutorial discretion, says Randall Eliason, a former federal prosecutor.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • Did Trump Ask The NFL To Break The Law?

    David Gottlieb

    President Donald Trump has publicly advocated for NFL owners to fire players who refuse to stand for the national anthem at football games. This raises the question: Would it be unlawful to fire an employee for refusing to do so, if the basis were to protest perceived societal racial injustice? asks David Gottlieb of Wigdor LLP.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    Will WADA Learn From Due Process Mistake?

    Ronald Katz

    Last December, the World Anti-Doping Agency issued its final report on Russian doping. No athletes were proven guilty, yet hundreds were punished. The results in individual cases so far — 95 out of 96 athletes have been cleared of wrongdoing — clearly show that due process makes a huge difference, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.