• 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.

  • March 8, 2017

    Nike Says It Is Complying With Doc Production In OT Suit

    Saying that a former Nike store assistant manager created an unnecessary discovery dispute where none existed, Nike Retail Services asked a California federal court on Tuesday to throw out a motion to compel and sanctions request in a case involving allegations the company misclassified the employee as overtime-exempt, saying the company was already producing the documents.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Not What I Signed Up For: California’s New Autograph Law

    Daniel Fong

    A new California law requires a certificate of authenticity for all autographed items sold by dealers for over $5. Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang addressed concerns over potential overreach by clarifying that the law was not meant to affect the autographed book and art market. However, courts are not bound to give any credence to those statements, say Daniel Fong and Robert Darwell of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • Attracting And Retaining The Millennial Lawyer

    Christopher Imperiale

    Instead of trying to change the new workforce to follow a law firm's existing processes and procedures, perhaps it's time for firms to start changing their processes and procedures to better accommodate the mentality of this next generation of lawyers, says Christopher Imperiale, a law firm adviser with Berdon LLP.

  • It’s Time To Change The Law Firm Business Model

    Lucia Chiocchio

    Every year, statistics reveal very little change in the number of women and minorities in the ranks of partnership. So how do law firms change this painfully slow rate of progress? It takes more than adding a diversity policy or a women’s leadership program to the current law firm business model, says Lucia Chiocchio, co-chair of Cuddy & Feder LLP's telecommunications and land use, zoning & development groups.

  • Amended Rule 37(e): 1 Year Later

    Samantha Southall

    After a full year in effect, the amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) has been tested in a variety of district courts. A sampling of these decisions reveals that courts seem to be adhering closely to the amended rule and ordering adverse inference instructions only where there was intent to deprive another party of access to relevant information, say Carrie Amezcua and Samantha Southall of Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC.

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.