Sports

  • July 17, 2017

    Ex-FIFA Official Loses Bid To Unseal Search Warrants

    A New York federal judge on Friday denied a bid by the former head of the South American soccer confederation for the release of search warrants and their supporting affidavits that prosecutors have kept sealed in the FIFA corruption case, finding the government has shown compelling reasons to keep them sealed until three months before trial.

  • July 17, 2017

    DraftKings, FanDuel Can Focus On DFS Legalization Post-Deal

    Daily fantasy operators DraftKings and FanDuel last week backed out of a planned merger amid a potential antitrust challenge, a move experts called smart as it will allow the companies to focus on one of their main goals: promoting the expansion of legalized daily fantasy contests.

  • July 17, 2017

    Fross Zelnick Avoids $1.6M Ding, But Clients May Be Charged

    A New York federal judge refused Friday to impose a $1.6 million sanction against Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu PC for allegedly pursuing a fraudulent trademark infringement suit, but said federal prosecutors should consider criminal charges against the law firm’s witnesses who allegedly lied under oath.

  • July 17, 2017

    McQueary's $5M Whistleblower Award Attacked As Duplicative

    A judge was accused on Monday of improperly heaping additional damages on Pennsylvania State University in a whistleblower suit brought by ex-football coach Michael McQueary, a key witness in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, after he had already won a $7.3 million verdict over the school’s conduct toward him.

  • July 14, 2017

    Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40

    We're pleased to announce Law360's Rising Stars for 2017, our list of 156 attorneys under 40 whose legal accomplishments transcend their age.

  • July 14, 2017

    Sports Agency Owes Couple $1.2M In Unpaid Loans, Suit Says

    A married couple filed a lawsuit in state district court in Houston on Thursday against sports agency 1Sportmanagement LLC and its CEO, alleging that they are owed $1.21 million for unpaid loans they made to help fund a $22 million soccer complex.

  • July 14, 2017

    Hockey Co. Says Reebok-CCM Wiped Files In Royalties Row

    A startup hockey-helmet design company told a Massachusetts federal judge Friday that equipment maker Reebok-CCM intentionally destroyed evidence in their contract faceoff, a rule violation so egregious that it should cost CCM the case.

  • July 14, 2017

    Ex-Ole Miss Football Coach Accuses School Of Trash Talk

    The University of Mississippi conducted a smear campaign that scapegoated former football coach Houston Nutt for alleged rule violations that actually occurred under his successor's watch, according to a federal lawsuit Nutt has filed against the school. 

  • July 14, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Thompson, Davis

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Halcon sells its oil assets for $1.4 billion, British publishing company Pearson agrees to sell a $1 billion stake in Penguin Random House, and private equity giant Apollo Global Management reaches a deal to buy a golf club operator for about $1.1 billion.

  • July 14, 2017

    Strike One Called In Rose's Suit Against Ex-Akin Gump Atty

    A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed on Friday to throw out a portion of a lawsuit baseball great Pete Rose is pursuing against an ex-Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorney over an allegedly defamatory comment he made about the hit king during a radio show.

  • July 14, 2017

    Ohio State In Bed With Nike, Honda On Player IP, Suit Says

    Ohio State University and sports marketing company IMG College were hit Friday with antitrust class claims of conspiring with Nike and Honda to deny compensation to the school's former football players for use of their likenesses.

  • July 14, 2017

    Bucs Urge 11th Circ. To Keep Intervenors Out Of Junk Fax Suit

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to affirm a lower court’s refusal to let two companies intervene in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act suit over faxed ads for game tickets that has resulted in a $19.5 million class settlement.

  • July 14, 2017

    Ex-Penn State Prez Dodges Prison During Conviction Appeal

    Ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier will not have to begin serving his two-month jail term while he appeals the child endangerment conviction he was hit with in March over his failure to report an incident of suspected child abuse involving now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky.

  • July 14, 2017

    Trump Golf Club Says It’s Worth Less Than $18M In Tax Row

    President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach County golf course is stuck in the rough with the local tax agency over the value of the politically connected property, claiming in a new lawsuit that the club is worth less than the $18.44 million assessed by the county real estate appraiser.

  • July 14, 2017

    Former FIFA Official Gets Soccer Ban Reduced To 2 Years

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday said that it has reduced from three years to two the ban against a former FIFA official who was blocked from soccer activities over allegations of corruption connected to bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

  • July 13, 2017

    NY Court Upholds Arbitration Decision In MLB Broadcast Row

    A split New York state appeals court on Thursday ruled that a lower court properly refused to uphold an arbitration award in favor of the Washington Nationals in a telecast rights dispute with TCR Sports Broadcasting and correctly held that Proskauer Rose LLP's role in the arbitration compromised its fairness.

  • July 13, 2017

    DraftKings, FanDuel Scrap Merger Amid Antitrust Scrutiny

    Daily fantasy sports operators DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. said Thursday they would no longer pursue their plan to join forces, as the companies faced mounting antitrust scrutiny and a legal challenge from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • July 13, 2017

    FanDuel Slams CG Technology For Trying To Force Settlement

    FanDuel on Thursday told a Nevada federal court that the gambling technology companies pursuing patent litigation against the daily fantasy sports operator and others are attempting to force a settlement by driving up legal costs through unnecessary document requests.

  • July 13, 2017

    Ex-FIFA Exec And Corruption Scandal Informant Dies

    Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA executive and informant in the global bribery and corruption investigation that led to the indictment of more than a dozen high-ranking soccer officials, passed away Wednesday at the age of 72, according to a statement from his attorney.

  • July 13, 2017

    Deceased NFLer's Family Wants Concussion Suit In Pa. Court

    The parents of a now-deceased NFL player urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Wednesday to move their lawsuit accusing the league and helmet maker Riddell Inc. of concealing the risks of repeated head trauma in football back to state court, saying the league had misconstrued the nature of their claims to remove the case.

Expert Analysis

  • Tips For Complying With ABA’s New Encryption Guidance

    Nick Holda

    Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.

  • NY's Public Trust Doctrine Is Alive And Well

    Steven Russo

    This month, a New York appeals court ruled that Queens Development Group LLC cannot build a proposed shopping mall near the Mets' Citi Field, revealing a virtually absolutist application of the state's public trust doctrine, and the court's reluctance to expand or grant exceptions to authorized uses of New York state parkland, say Steven Russo and Evan Preminger of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Preliminary Instructions

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • Due Diligence From The Lateral Partner’s Perspective

    Howard Flack

    Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • New Media In Sports: Risk Vs. Reward

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    In this short video, Douglas Masters of Loeb & Loeb LLP talks about the evolving role of new media in sports and the inherent risk of exploring new avenues to drive fan engagement.

  • Lateral Partner Due Diligence: Where Should A Firm Begin?

    Howard Flack

    One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Extent Of Pro Athletes' Right To Privacy

    Ronika Carter

    The most important lesson from New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul's suit against ESPN is that even matters of genuine public interest in a public figure’s life can be deemed off-limits for publication, says Ronika Carter of Watson LLP.

  • Navigating NBA's New CBA During Misconduct Investigations

    Jeffrey Monhait

    Although the investigatory and disciplinary measures in the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the NBA Players Association are largely unchanged from the 2011 CBA, the start of a new agreement presents an opportunity to review the powers of both the teams and the league in order to assist players and their representatives in navigating this process, say Jeffrey Monhait and Stephen Miller of Cozen O'Connor PC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Setting Trial Time Limits

    Stephen Susman

    This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.

  • If It Happens Here: Facing Post-Terror Attack Litigation

    Brian Finch

    Terrorist attacks aimed at civilians are despicable and cowardly. But while these events leave us at a loss, the court system braces for a wave of litigation — not against the attacker, but against venue owners, operators and security providers. Stakeholders must know the law and be prepared before the worst occurs, says Brian Finch of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.