• December 21, 2016

    Broker Takes Colts Season Ticket Fight To 7th Circ.

    A ticket broker who had alleged the Indianapolis Colts could not take away his 2016 season tickets to give to another broker since he had paid to renew them took his claims to the Seventh Circuit Tuesday after an Indiana federal judge ruled he does not have any ownership interest in the tickets.

  • December 21, 2016

    Bankrupt Performance Sports Unveils $5M Bonus Plan

    Performance Sports Group Ltd. asked the Delaware bankruptcy court late Tuesday to approve a plan to pay roughly $5 million in bonuses, including additional compensation to executives that could exceed $3.5 million depending on the price the athletic equipment maker fetches at auction.

  • December 21, 2016

    NFL Agent Wants Arbitration Over Lost Client Tossed

    A former agent for Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett asked a Maryland federal court to throw out an arbitration award in favor of prominent NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus and his firm after she had alleged Rosenhaus improperly induced Barrett to fire her and sign with him, arguing the arbitrator did not giver her a fair hearing.

  • December 21, 2016

    Quiros Appeals Injunction In SEC's $350M EB-5 Fraud Case

    Jay Peak resort owner Ariel Quiros indicated Tuesday that he is asking the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a Florida judge’s issuance of a preliminary injunction barring Quiros from the securities market as part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $350 million EB-5 visa investment fraud suit.

  • December 21, 2016

    Sports MVP: Covington & Burling's Derek Ludwin

    After a year that saw Covington & Burling LLP partner Derek Ludwin defend such marquee names in sports as the U.S. Olympic Committee, the San Francisco 49ers and the National Football League in individual antitrust challenges, it's no wonder that he landed among Law360’s 2016 Sports MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    Ex-Penn State Prez Faces Counterclaims In Termination Row

    Ex-Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier’s claims that he was disparaged by the school for his handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal was met with counterclaims on Monday alleging that he breached his contract by failing to disclose complaints against Sandusky made years before the ex-coach’s 2011 indictment.

  • December 20, 2016

    Privacy Ombudsman Ordered In Performance Sports Ch. 11

    A bankruptcy watchdog will appoint an ombudsman to safeguard Performance Sports Group Ltd. customers' personal information, which will likely be transferred in a planned sale of the bankrupt athletic equipment maker’s assets, according to an order Monday from a Delaware bankruptcy judge.

  • December 20, 2016

    NJ Racetrack Guard Urges Court To Revive Wage Class Action

    Counsel for a Meadowlands Racetrack security guard urged a New Jersey state appellate panel on Tuesday to revive her putative class action against the racetrack operator based on a liberal reading of a state statute requiring employers to pay certain wages to workers providing building services at state-owned and state-leased facilities.

  • December 20, 2016

    Trump Golf Club Defeats Employee's Age Discrimination Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge last week threw out an age discrimination suit brought by a fired employee of a golf club owned by President-elect Donald Trump, finding the club appeared to have had just cause to fire the man.

  • December 20, 2016

    NFL Retirement Plan Argues For Benefits Denial At 4th Circ.

    The NFL retirement plan urged the Fourth Circuit on Monday to overturn a ruling granting total and permanent disability benefits for former linebacker Jesse Solomon for cognitive impairments, saying the plan’s administrator board properly denied benefits.

  • December 20, 2016

    Sport Court Cuts Real Madrid's Soccer Player Transfer Ban

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport has reduced sanctions imposed by FIFA on Spanish soccer powerhouse Real Madrid CF for recruiting underage foreign minors after finding that the club’s alleged infractions were minor, the CAS said on Tuesday.

  • December 20, 2016

    Sports MVP: Orrick Herrington's Jeremy Kudon

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP’s Jeremy Kudon guided DraftKings Inc. and FanDuel Inc. in successfully lobbying the New York Legislature to expressly legalize the top daily fantasy sports companies' online contests and to end perilous litigation with the state attorney general, earning a place among Law360’s Sports MVPs.

  • December 19, 2016

    Judge Criticized For Stanford Sex Assault Sentence Is Cleared

    A California judge who faced widespread criticism and allegations of bias for sentencing Stanford University student Brock Turner to just six months in jail after he was found guilty of sexual assault was cleared of misconduct by state investigators on Monday.

  • December 19, 2016

    Gambling Tech Cos. Fight To Keep FanDuel IP Suit Alive

    Two gambling technology companies urged the District of Nevada on Monday not to toss its claims that FanDuel Inc. infringes several of its gambling-related patents, as the fantasy sports giant has failed to establish valid rationales for doing so.

  • December 19, 2016

    Packers Player Drops NFL Drug Suspension Dispute

    Green Bay Packers nose tackle Mike Pennel agreed to drop his lawsuit against the NFL and NFL Players Association over the handling of his substance abuse policy suspension appeal, according to an order Friday issued days after the football league revealed Pennel accepted a four-game suspension.

  • December 19, 2016

    Camera Co. Atty Fights Sanctions, Saying Flub Saved Money

    The attorney for a camera distributor who was faulted by a California federal judge for doing "everything wrong" in a fight with sports tech company GoPro Inc. told the court on Sunday that he shouldn't have to pay sanctions because his failure to oppose an arbitration award actually saved money.

  • December 19, 2016

    FIFA Hits Ex-Honduran Soccer Head With Lifetime Ban

    The FIFA Ethics Committee on Monday handed down lifetime bans to Rafael Callejas, the former president of Honduras and former head of the country’s soccer federation, along with Alfredo Hawit Banegas, who served as a FIFA vice president and the acting president of North and Central America’s football federation.

  • December 19, 2016

    Trump Picks NHL Team Owner For Army Secretary

    President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Vincent Viola, the owner of a National Hockey League team and founder of the electronic trading firm Virtu Financial Inc., as secretary of the Army, according to an announcement on Monday from Trump’s transition team. 

  • December 19, 2016

    $20M Offering Sees MasterCraft PE Backer Near Exit Door

    Wayzata Investment Partners LLC continued its exit from the parent company of MasterCraft Boat Co., which manufactures sports boats for water skiing, wakeboarding and more, pricing a secondary offering Friday and raising $20.2 million in its second such sale this month.

  • December 19, 2016

    Justices Told ‘Offensive’ Trademark Is Commercial Speech

    An association of trademark holders on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to find a rock band’s “offensive” trademark is commercial speech that should be subjected to lower scrutiny in a case that could set precedent for controversial trademarks including that of the Washington Redskins.

Expert Analysis

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.

  • Employment Law Possibilities Under President Trump

    Michael H. LeRoy

    President-Elect Donald Trump offered little specifics about employment law policies on the campaign trail, but he painted enough broad brush strokes to offer some possibilities. He also energized whites, a demographic group not emphasized since George Wallace’s failed candidacy. That reality points all of us in a starkly new direction for employment law, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)

  • The Role Of Litigation Analytics In Your Case

    Thomas C. Gricks III

    Lawyers often use analytics in the course of an e-discovery review for production, where these tools help them assign documents into buckets such as “relevant” or “privileged.” Increasingly, lawyers are using analytics to see if there is anything unusual within the collection and if there are stories the documents can tell, say Thomas Gricks, Bayu Hardi and Mark Noel of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.