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  • September 5, 2018

    Stanford Economist Rips NCAA's Pay Rules At Antitrust Trial

    A Stanford University sports economist criticized the NCAA’s rules restricting student-athlete pay on Wednesday in a California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA’s grant-in-aid caps violate antitrust laws, saying college basketball and football is not a “fragile enterprise dependent on how much players get paid.”

  • September 5, 2018

    Ice Miller Welcomes Ex-Robinson Brog Partner In New York

    Ice Miller LLP announced Thursday it has added a former Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC partner to its litigation group in New York City.

  • September 5, 2018

    FIFA Scores UEFA Lawyers To Fill Top Spots

    FIFA this week netted two new high-ranking lawyers from the Union of European Football Associations, a spokesperson for the world soccer organization has confirmed.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ex-NFLers Can't Revive 'Madden' Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to overturn a ruling that barred retired NFL players from collectively suing Electronic Arts Inc. over "Madden" video games, at one point citing the fact that a giant defensive lineman would be much easier to identify than players of average height.

  • September 5, 2018

    Sports Betting No Golden Ticket For NY, Research Group Says

    A New York state nonprofit research group warned policymakers Wednesday about the pitfalls of thinking legalized sports betting will be a “golden ticket,” arguing that revenue estimates should be conservative, tax rates should be competitive, funds to help problem gamblers should be increased and the potential negative consequences should be closely analyzed.

  • September 5, 2018

    ESPN Slams Ex-Analyst's Sanctions Bid In Harassment Suit

    ESPN blasted a former analyst’s sanctions bid over its motion to sanction her for claiming in her sexual harassment and retaliation suit that the network also harassed her through fake Twitter accounts, telling a Connecticut federal judge that her motion was “substantively baseless and procedurally defective.” 

  • September 5, 2018

    Resort Avoids Suit Over Woman’s Ski Patrol Injury

    A California appellate court tossed out a skier’s suit alleging a ski patrolman was responsible for injuries she sustained while being transported down a mountain on a rescue toboggan, ruling the woman had assumed the risks inherent to the sport when she decided to ski at the resort.

  • September 5, 2018

    Late Patriot's Ex Meets Skeptical 1st Circ. In Benefits Suit

    The ex-wife of late New England Patriots Pro Bowler Mosi Tatupu faced a blitz of skepticism from the First Circuit on Wednesday in her bid to flip the National Football League’s denial of her claim of survivor benefits.

  • September 4, 2018

    NJ Subclasses Trimmed From Artificial Field Turf MDL

    A federal New Jersey judge cut proposed state subclasses — except for New York, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania — from multidistrict litigation over allegedly inferior sports field turf, saying that the named plaintiffs can’t represent subclasses they don’t belong to.

  • September 4, 2018

    NCAA Antitrust Bench Trial Over Athlete Pay Kicks Off

    A California federal bench trial over allegations that the National Collegiate Athletic Association prevents student-athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships kicked off Tuesday, with a sports economist testifying that the case isn’t complicated and that athletes’ pay is being illegally capped by a “monopolistic cartel” of 353 schools.

  • September 4, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TD Bank, Publix, Puma

    TD Bank reportedly loaned $18 million for a mixed-use project in Phoenix, Publix is said to have bought a former Safeway store in Florida for $11 million and sportswear retailer Puma is reportedly leasing nearly 29,000 square feet in Manhattan.

  • September 4, 2018

    NFLPA, Others Seek To Escape ERISA Class Action

    The National Football League Players Association and others have urged a New York federal judge to toss a former player's proposed class action that said the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was flouted because players were not properly informed about the terms of their retirement benefits plans.

  • September 4, 2018

    Ex-NFLers Cite Bette Midler In Pursuing 'Madden' Class

    A group of retired NFL players is urging a federal judge to undo a decision that barred them from collectively suing Electronic Arts Inc. for featuring them in Madden video games, saying it would run afoul of a famous ruling won by singer Bette Midler.

  • September 4, 2018

    MSU Seeks Good Faith Determination In $500M Nassar Deal

    As more than 100 new victims of Larry Nassar come forward, Michigan State University has urged a California federal judge to give a good faith determination to a $500 million settlement with gymnasts who were abused by the former sports doctor and who had sued the school alleging it was liable for Nassar's sexual abuse.

  • August 31, 2018

    MLB Media Wants IP Axed, Poaching Claims Arbitrated

    MLB Advanced Media on Friday sought arbitration for claims that it poached a key employee from its graphics partner and asked a New York federal court to invalidate as abstract a patent that covers video graphics that show the strike zone and a ball’s path.

  • August 31, 2018

    Ex-Chicago Bears Player Sues NFL Over Head Trauma Risks

    A former Chicago Bears player has sued the National Football League in Louisiana state court, claiming the league concealed the dangers of head trauma despite its duty to safeguard its players' health.

  • August 31, 2018

    Brand Battles: Ohio State, Oklahoma Spar Over 'O' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Ohio State and the University of Oklahoma fight over "O" logos days before the start of college football, spirits giants duel over "Official Bloody Mary Vodka," and Toys "R" Us continues to pursue trademark cases from beyond the grave.

  • August 31, 2018

    EA Donates $1M To Fla. Shooting Victims In Face Of Lawsuit

    Electronic Arts Inc. donated $1 million on Friday to a GoFundMe campaign it set up to benefit victims of the recent deadly shooting at a video game event in Jacksonville, Florida, just hours after the first lawsuit was filed in Florida state court in connection with the incident.

  • August 31, 2018

    PTAB Agrees To Review Golf Club Patent Challenges

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has agreed to take up two patent challenges levied by a California-based golf equipment manufacturer against rival Parsons Xtreme Golf LLC, finding that TaylorMade Golf Co. Inc. had shown it would likely win its bid to nix the two patents over obviousness.

  • August 31, 2018

    Crossfit, Reebok Settle $4.8M Gear Royalties Suit

    CrossFit and Reebok have come to a settlement in a suit in which CrossFit claimed Reebok owed it at least $4.8 million in royalties that Reebok took by changing how it calculated payments for CrossFit’s branded gear.

Expert Analysis

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The Sports Bet Case

    Matthew McGill

    Three members of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP team that represented the state of New Jersey in Murphy v. NCAA explain how they kept the faith — over six years of litigation — that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually strike down the federal prohibition on state legalization of sports wagering.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • How Sports Bet Ruling Affects Players' Collective Bargaining

    Vincent Cohen Jr.

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, player associations must not only monitor how state legislatures and Congress react to the ruling, but also proactively engage with both federal and state legislatures. Failure to do so will likely leave players in an unfavorable position vis-a-vis their respective leagues, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.