• April 7, 2017

    Boston U Doc Slams NHL For Comparison To Vaccine Skeptic

    Boston University CTE Center's Dr. Ann McKee, a leading researcher of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, told a Minnesota federal court Friday she was utterly astonished the National Hockey League compared her work to that of the discredited doctor who claimed vaccines cause autism.

  • April 7, 2017

    Sport Court Bans Russian Athletes, Coaches For Doping

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday found two Russian athletes and two coaches guilty of doping violations related to the use, administration or trafficking of banned substances, stripping some of medals and handing down multiyear or lifetime bans for their actions.

  • April 7, 2017

    Electra PE Sheds Remaining Stake In Hollywood Bowl

    Electra Private Equity PLC exited its investment in U.K. bowling alley operator Hollywood Bowl PLC on Friday after about two-and-a-half years, selling off its remaining 18 percent stake for around £40.9 million ($50.7 million).

  • April 7, 2017

    FIFA Appeal Body Overturns One-Year Ban Of Qatari Official

    A FIFA appellate body has overturned a one-year ban of a Qatari soccer official who had sought to serve on the FIFA Council, lifting the sanctions imposed by the FIFA Ethics Committee after it found he had failed to cooperate with a separate investigation into another individual.

  • April 7, 2017

    Gov’t Fights Over Facts In Ex-MLB Insider Trading Trial

    Prosecutors told a California federal judge Thursday that former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces and his associates can’t be acquitted because there’s more than enough evidence to tie them to trading on nonpublic tips about a medical device company, but the ex-CEO in the case said the feds were twisting facts.

  • April 7, 2017

    Jury Convicts Gambler Billy Walters Of Insider Trading

    Read 'em and weep, a New York federal jury told professional gambler Billy Walters on Friday after the six-woman, six-man panel convicted him of securities fraud, wire fraud and related conspiracies.

  • April 7, 2017

    Dick’s Burst Ball Coverage Suit Belongs In China, Insurer Says

    A Chinese insurance firm asked a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday to drop Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.'s suit seeking coverage for personal injury claims involving a burst exercise ball, saying the insurance dispute should be tried in a Chinese court.

  • April 6, 2017

    MLBers' Al Jazeera Suit Could Chill Future Doping Coverage

    A D.C. federal judge last week raised eyebrows by allowing defamation claims by two Major League Baseball stars to move forward against Al Jazeera over a 2015 investigative documentary that included claims they had used banned performance-enhancing drugs, sending a warning to reporters covering the underworld of doping to more thoroughly scrutinize sources.

  • April 6, 2017

    Ex-Soccer Brass Rip RICO Overreach In FIFA Bribery Case

    The five remaining former soccer officials headed for a fall trial over the U.S. Department of Justice's FIFA corruption charges on Thursday asked a Brooklyn federal judge to sever their cases from one another, citing a spillover risk and criticizing the government's use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • April 6, 2017

    Ex-Dean Food Chair Back-Tracked Trades, Defense Says

    The prosecution’s case in the insider trading trial of prominent sports gambler Billy Walters rises and falls on its star witness, former Dean Foods chair Tom Davis, who lied at least 50 times on the stand, Walters’ attorney told a New York federal jury during closing arguments Thursday.

  • April 6, 2017

    CAS Won't Hear Brazilian Soccer Club's Standings Appeal

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday that it has determined the body has no jurisdiction to hear an appeal lodged by Brazilian soccer team Sport Club Internacional over claims a rival club should be docked standings points from last season for problems with a player's registration.

  • April 6, 2017

    Ex-Jay Peak Attys Can't Step Into $350M EB-5 Case

    A Florida federal judge denied a request by Jay Peak resort owner Ariel Quiros’ former attorneys to intervene in a $350 million EB-5 visa suit against Quiros, finding Thursday it would not be proper for the nonparties to voice their concerns in the case.

  • April 6, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Alice Win For EA On NBA Video Game

    The Federal Circuit ruled Thursday that a sports video game patent that Electronic Arts Inc.’s popular NBA video games were accused of infringing was invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice standard, upholding a decision from a federal judge in Utah.

  • April 6, 2017

    US Boxer Wants Win To Stand After Fight-Cancellation Trial

    American heavyweight boxer Deontay Wilder urged a New York federal court on Wednesday not to undo his February trial win against Russian boxer Alexander Povetkin over the cancellation of a Moscow fight due to results of doping tests, saying the court should ignore the other side's “histrionics.”

  • April 5, 2017

    Bankrupt Eastern Outfitters Seeks OK For Liquidation Sales

    Outdoor sporting goods retailer Eastern Outfitters LLC asked the Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday to approve a plan to liquidate at least some of its 90 branded locations nationwide, with a joint venture of Gordon Brothers Retail Partners LLC and Hilco Merchant Resources LLC running the going-out-of-business sales.

  • April 5, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Ex-NBA Player's Ponzi Scheme Sentence

    A former NBA player’s appeal of his nine-year sentence for running a $3.5 million Ponzi scheme was denied Wednesday, with the Third Circuit saying the “new” evidence they’d been asked to consider did more to incriminate the player than exonerate him.

  • April 5, 2017

    Fund Asks To Revive RBS Liverpool Soccer Club Sale Suit

    An investment fund on Wednesday asked a New York appeals court to reinstate its suit against the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC over its role in the £235 million ($327.5 million) sale of top-flight English soccer team Liverpool FC to the owners of the Boston Red Sox, saying the bank’s side deals with Liverpool’s former owners damaged the fund.

  • April 5, 2017

    Gov't Loses Bond Request In Baseball Smuggling Case

    A Florida federal judge agreed Wednesday with a baseball agent and athletic trainer recently found guilty of smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States that federal prosecutors failed to justify a request to block them from receiving money from certain players while on bond.

  • April 5, 2017

    Ex-NCAA Athlete Takes Transfer Rule Challenge To 7th Circ.

    A former Northern Illinois University football player filed a notice of appeal Wednesday challenging an Indiana federal court ruling that tossed his antitrust claim against the NCAA over its rule that forces student-athletes who transfer to sit out for a year before becoming eligible to play for the new school.

  • April 5, 2017

    Ex-MLB Player Seeks Acquittal On Insider Trading Charges

    Former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces asked a California federal court Wednesday to acquit him of insider trading charges, saying the government has provided no proof, before trial or during, that he profited from nonpublic merger tips about a friend’s medical device company.

Expert Analysis

  • New Business Opportunities In Shared Workspaces

    Philippe Houdard

    For decades, law firms have taken on considerable expense to acquire or rent opulent office space, often with the intention of signaling seriousness and reliability to their clients. But more recently, solo practitioners and established firms alike have started breaking tradition, says Philippe Houdard, co-founder of Pipeline Workspaces.

  • Limiting Remedies On Celebrity Right-Of-Publicity Claims

    Arsen Kourinian

    When a licensee uses a celebrity’s image or likeness past the term of a license agreement, but in the same manner previously consented to, the claim falls squarely into a right-of-publicity tort and is like an intellectual property claim for economic damages. Emotional distress damages should not be available, says Arsen Kourinian of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How 401(k) Benefits Can Attract Millennial Legal Talent

    Nathan Fisher

    If today’s law firms are willing to rethink their perceptions of millennials, they may see greater success in attracting and retaining new talent by giving the younger generation the kind of retirement planning benefits they want and need, says Nathan Fisher of Fisher Investments.

  • The Loss Of Confidentiality In NY Arbitral Enforcement Cases

    Jonathan J. Tompkins

    A sobering series of decisions from New York federal courts has made clear that the valued benefits of confidentiality attendant to arbitration will almost assuredly be rendered ineffectual if and when recognition and enforcement is sought in New York, says Jonathan Tompkins of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • What Lawyers Can Learn From Kellyanne Conway

    Michelle Samuels

    Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway's TV appearances provide some examples of what lawyers should and shouldn't do when speaking to the media, says Michelle Samuels, a vice president of public relations at Jaffe.

  • The Mistakes Lawyers Make When Copying And Pasting

    Robert D. Lang

    We all recognize that cutting or copying text from earlier works and pasting it into new documents saves attorneys time. However, with this increase in speed comes an increased risk of making, or not catching, errors, says Robert Lang of D’Amato & Lynch LLP.

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Celeb Endorsement Contracts May Change In The Trump Era

    Matthew Y. Kane

    When Under Armour’s CEO recently called President Donald Trump “a real asset for the country,” several Under Armour celebrity spokespersons voiced their disapproval. In the age of Trump, advertisers should re-evaluate what kind of behavior they're willing to tolerate from their celebrity endorsers, say Matthew Kane and Keri Bruce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

    David Martinez

    As Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation continues to grow at a staggering rate, the Spokeo defense remains an intriguing, if unsettled, means of attacking TCPA claims in federal court. Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness might not be the TCPA killer defendants have hoped for, but it is at the very least a welcome refuge for companies under siege, say Michael Reif and David Martinez of Robins Kaplan LLP.