Sports

  • March 10, 2017

    Brand Battles: Trump Campaign Picks New TM Fight

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the president’s former campaign group launches a fight just as questions are swirling about Trump-related trademarks, Adidas shakes off “bully” accusations, and KFC says there’s nothing good about a “finger lickin'” parody.

  • March 10, 2017

    Susman Attys Seek To Drop Jawbone In Fitbit IP Row

    A team of seven Susman Godfrey LLP attorneys seek to step away from representing Jawbone in a patent infringement suit brought by Fitbit Inc. citing “professional considerations,” according to a motion to withdraw in California federal court on Friday.

  • March 10, 2017

    NFL Looks To Trim Claims In Super Bowl Ticket Spat

    The National Football League urged a Texas federal court on Thursday to partially throw out a suit brought by fans who were displaced from their seats or had obstructed views at Super Bowl XLV at AT&T Stadium in 2011, arguing it didn’t misrepresent the seating arrangements or prevent fans from getting to their seats on time.

  • March 10, 2017

    Judge Looks To Clarify NFL Player's Suspension Challenge

    An Ohio federal judge on Friday vacated scheduling orders and struck a host of documents from both sides in Lane Johnson’s suit against the NFL and the NFL Players Association over the 10-game suspension of the Philadelphia Eagles right tackle, finding that the case has become “unclear and unwieldy” procedurally.

  • March 10, 2017

    DraftKings Rakes In $100M From Eldridge-Led Investor Group

    Daily fantasy sports company DraftKings Inc. has collected its latest round of fundraising, with the company confirming on Friday that it has clinched capital from a group of private investors led by Eldridge Industries LLC.

  • March 10, 2017

    $30M Suit Threat Spurs Claim Against Italian Football Club

    A suburban Philadelphia venture capital firm asked a federal judge on Wednesday for a declaration clearing it from any obligation to provide funding to an Italian professional soccer club that allegedly threatened to file a $30 million lawsuit after being turned down for an investment.

  • March 9, 2017

    Ex-MLB Player Gamed $1.3M From CEO Pal’s Tips, Jury Hears

    Federal prosecutors on Thursday opened a California insider trading trial with claims former Baltimore Orioles player Doug DeCinces made $1.3 million from nonpublic merger tips about a friend’s medical device company, but the retired athlete’s attorney countered that the government's case hinged on a “biased and sloppy investigation.”

  • March 9, 2017

    Anapol Weiss Reneged On NFL Concussion Fees, Atty Says

    A Minnesota attorney sought to intervene in the landmark NFL concussion multidistrict litigation, arguing Thursday that his client referrals to Anapol Schwartz Weiss Cohan Feldman & Smalley PC entitles him to a piece of the $112.5 million fee requested from the football players' settlement.

  • March 9, 2017

    Gov't Wants Attys’ Fees Limited In Tax Penalty Fight

    An outdoor gear company's jury win in a tax refund suit does not entitle it to the amount of attorneys' fees it is requesting, the U.S. government told an Idaho federal judge on Thursday, asking that that part of the company's fee request be denied.

  • March 9, 2017

    NJ Golf Course On State Land Exempt From $1.2M Tax

    A golf course operator in New Jersey escaped a property tax assessment of nearly $1.2 million when a judge ruled that its role on state-owned property furthers the government’s mission to provide the public with opportunities for recreational activities.

  • March 9, 2017

    Atty Convicted In NFLer’s Stock Scheme Wins Coverage

    A California appeals court Wednesday found that an attorney found guilty of conspiring with former NFL player Willie Gault to illegally inflate their heart monitor company's stock is entitled to insurance coverage for the cost of challenging the conviction.

  • March 9, 2017

    Ex-NFL Players Fire Back At EA In Madden Likeness Dispute

    A proposed class of retired NFL players asked a California federal judge on Wednesday not to grant Electronic Arts Inc.'s bid for a quick win in their dispute over the company’s use of their likenesses, arguing that the video game maker relies on the players’ likenesses despite its claims otherwise.

  • March 9, 2017

    Ex-PSU Coach Slams Judicial Bias Claim In Abuse Report Row

    An ex-Penn State University football coach on Wednesday rebutted allegations that bias by a trial judge helped him win a $7.3 million whistleblower verdict against the school over its purported mishandling of sex abuse reports against convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky.

  • March 9, 2017

    TSG To Pull In $304M With Planet Fitness Share Sale

    Planet Fitness said Wednesday that its private equity backer TSG Consumer Partners is planning to sell off a further stake in the company with a secondary offering that could bring in about $304 million, with guidance from Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • March 9, 2017

    Immigration Ban Could Keep US From Hosting World Cup

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday said that an immigration ban for people from several Muslim-majority countries could hurt the U.S.’ chances of winning a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

  • March 9, 2017

    NCAA Sues Online Game Co. Over 'April Madness'

    With the yearly “March Madness” tournament less than a week away, the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Wednesday over online fantasy games called “April Madness.”

  • March 8, 2017

    Agent's Partner Saw No Signs Of Smuggled Cuban Players

    A baseball agent told federal jurors Wednesday that he and fellow agent Bartolo Hernandez, who is accused of helping smuggle Cuban ballplayers into the United States, never discussed bringing their shared clients into the country illegally but also said he knew little about key parts of the players' journeys.

  • March 8, 2017

    ADA Deal Slates Oklahoma Softball Stadium For Better Access

    The Amateur Softball Association of America and Oklahoma City have agreed to improve the accessibility of facilities at the softball Hall of Fame and accompanying stadium, resolving an Americans with Disabilities Act suit from a fan who tried attending the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

  • March 8, 2017

    Calif. Minor League Players Granted Cert. In Wage Row

    Major League Baseball will have to face a class of minor league players who say they were cheated on minimum wage and overtime pay after a California federal judge on Tuesday certified a narrower class than one that had been earlier rejected.

  • March 8, 2017

    Ex-AFL Player Says Harm Was ‘Intentional’ In Concussion Suit

    A former Arena Football League player told a Louisiana federal court that there is “direct evidence” that the league intentionally did not pay for medical treatment for his concussion-related injuries suffered while he played in the league, pushing his injury claims outside the realm of workers’ compensation.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 1

    David Kluft

    I always worry about what will happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asks me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits IP lawyers are supposed to know about. This article is my solution — a summary of gridiron IP disputes since the last Super Bowl, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Prosecution Of Corporate Execs: The Latest Developments

    Dawn E. Murphy-Johnson

    During the last quarter of 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced several significant guilty pleas and indictments against corporate executives that may provide some clues about where the prosecution of executives is headed this year, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • How Michael Jordan Won TM Case In China Without TM Rights

    Amy Hsiao

    A ruling last month by China's highest court may be only a partial victory for Michael Jordan and Nike, but it is a great step forward for China’s trademark system. Eight messages from the decision are comforting and reassuring, say Amy Hsiao of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP and Christopher Shen of NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd.

  • Inside High Court Argument On Offensive Trademarks

    Ann Dunn Wessberg

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam to decide whether the Trademark Act’s prohibition on registering “disparaging” marks violates the First Amendment. The court heaped a good deal of skepticism toward both sides, perhaps a little more against the government, says Ann Dunn Wessberg, chairwoman of Fredrikson & Byron PA's trademark group and former chief trademark counsel for Target.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Clarifying EEOC’s Obligation For Presuit Conciliation

    Gerald Maatman Jr.

    In U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Bass Pro Outdoor World, a Texas federal court denied the EEOC’s motion for a ruling that would allow it to include discrimination claims in its lawsuit for individuals who had not yet applied to work for Bass Pro. The decision is a positive signal that at least some courts may be unwilling to allow the EEOC to add claimants with whom it never conciliated, say attorneys at Seyfarth Shaw LLP.