Sports

  • August 4, 2017

    More Than 18K NFLers Register For Concussion Settlement

    More than 18,400 former National Football League players or their relatives have registered to receive settlement benefits in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries sustained by now-retired players during their NFL careers, the players’ attorney said Friday.

  • August 4, 2017

    NBA's James Harden Wants Out Of Nightclub Assault Suit

    Houston Rockets star James Harden filed a response on Thursday in a lawsuit brought by the son of late all-star and Rockets great Moses Malone, telling the court while someone may very well have assaulted Moses Malone Jr. outside a nightclub in June 2016, it wasn't him and he's not liable for the incident.

  • August 4, 2017

    Ghana Businessman Sues Gov't Over Bid To Recoup $11.6M

    A Ghanaian businessman who was denied a bid to arbitrate his dispute with the West African nation over 51 million Ghanaian cedis ($11.6 million) he allegedly fraudulently obtained to help the government construct stadiums for a soccer tournament said Thursday he had taken his case to an African human rights court.

  • August 3, 2017

    Skechers Can't Dodge Adidas' Trademark Infringement Claims

    An Oregon federal judge on Thursday rejected Skechers’ bid to dodge trademark infringement allegations from Adidas over its famous three-stripe logo and Stan Smith shoe designs.

  • August 3, 2017

    US Minor League Soccer Teams File Challenge Over MLS

    Two U.S.-based minor league soccer teams have filed a claim with the Court of Arbitration for Sport against the U.S. Soccer Federation and FIFA for allowing Major League Soccer, the top league in the U.S. and Canada, to be closed to promotion and relegation of teams, the teams said Thursday.

  • August 3, 2017

    Outdoor Gear Co. Gets Partial Atty Fees After IRS Fight

    An outdoor gear company's jury win in a tax refund suit entitles it to some but not all of the attorneys' fees it requested, an Idaho federal judge ruled on Thursday, saying that there was some reasonable cause for the IRS to bring the case and that the attorney’s requested rate was too high.

  • August 3, 2017

    Atty Settles Extortion Claims In Celebrity Sex Tape Case

    An entertainment attorney sued by an unnamed celebrity for allegedly trying to extort $2.5 million to prevent the release of a sex tape recorded by a female client has agreed to a settlement to escape the blackmail claims, a California judge was told Thursday.

  • August 3, 2017

    Maine Becomes 15th State To Pass Daily Fantasy Law

    Maine enacted a new law on Wednesday to regulate daily fantasy sports after the governor failed to act on the bill passed by the state Legislature, becoming the 15th state to legalize the contests amid lingering questions over whether it is gambling.

  • August 3, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Blue Vista, Powerhouse Gym, Codina

    A venture that includes Blue Vista Capital Management has reportedly paid a record $201 million for a Chicago student housing building, Powerhouse Gym is said to be leasing more than 10,000 square feet in New York's Long Island City, and Codina Partners has reportedly scored a $41.4 million construction loan for a Florida multifamily project.

  • August 3, 2017

    Gambling Co. Denies 'Cybersquatter' Label In Domain Dispute

    The owner of an online gambling company asked an Arizona federal court Wednesday not to dismiss his suit accusing an Italian sportswear maker of hijacking his registered internet domains, saying the Italian company fraudulently triggered an international arbitration proceeding to wrest control of domains to which it has no U.S. trademark rights.

  • August 3, 2017

    Kirkland Guides PE Firm’s $1.2B Sports Division Sale

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP steered private equity firm Vista Equity Partners on a $1.2 billion deal, announced Thursday, to sell off the communities and sports divisions of software-as-a-service company Active Network LLC to financial technology solutions company Global Payments Inc. 

  • August 3, 2017

    Under Armour Wins TM Ruling In China Over 'Uncle Martian'

    Under Armour has won an order in Chinese court permanently barring a local sportswear brand called Uncle Martian from using a logo that “blatantly” infringes the apparel maker’s trademarks, the American company's law firm announced Thursday.

  • August 2, 2017

    Lesbian Pair Had ‘Attitude,’ Pepperdine Bias-Trial Jury Hears

    A former Pepperdine University women’s basketball team captain defended the school Wednesday against claims it discriminated against two former players for dating, testifying the couple weren't treated differently because of their sexual orientation, and coaches and teammates were constantly responding to the pair's entitled attitude.

  • August 2, 2017

    7th Circ. Upholds Con's Suit To Recoup Ex-MLB Player's $2M

    An admitted fraudster who borrowed $2 million from a former Major League Baseball player and lost it in a Ponzi scheme, but won some of it back by suing the man who recruited him as an investor, had his victory upheld by the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday — even though he didn’t fight the appeal.

  • August 2, 2017

    MLS Deal Extension Makes Adidas League Supplier Partner

    Adidas AG and Major League Soccer have extended their long-term partnership through 2024, the pair announced Wednesday, solidifying the apparel company’s role as the league’s official supplier partner amid a slew of deals the growing league has inked in the last few months.

  • August 2, 2017

    49ers, Santa Clara Must Face ADA Claims In Seating Suit

    U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh on Tuesday said a disabled man’s wife can pursue Americans with Disabilities Act claims in a proposed class action against the San Francisco 49ers and the city of Santa Clara, California, over lack of access to the team’s stadium but trimmed other claims under California civil rights law.

  • August 2, 2017

    Ruling In FanDuel Case Deepens Split Over TC Heartland

    A Nevada federal judge has agreed to transfer infringement litigation against FanDuel Inc., DraftKings Inc. and others in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s TC Heartland decision, contributing to a growing split over whether TC Heartland created new law surrounding proper venue in patent cases.

  • August 2, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: NFL, Beyoncé, Hasbro

    The NFL is in talks to create a massive hospitality company that would provide travel and ticketing services for sporting events, Beyoncé is interested in buying into the NBA's Houston Rockets, and toy maker Hasbro has abandoned discussions concerning an acquisition of Lionsgate Entertainment.

  • August 2, 2017

    Houston Golf Assoc. Wants OK To Nix Ticketing Contract

    The Houston Golf Association filed a lawsuit in Harris County District Court on Tuesday against ticketing company ExtremeTix, asking the court to declare that a contract between the parties allows it to cancel its ticketing contract with the company ahead of the 2018 Houston Open.

  • August 2, 2017

    Ex-FIFA Exec Says Gov't Is Trying To Limit His Defense

    The federal government is trying impose unheard of limitations on the former head of the South American soccer confederation’s defense at trial in the FIFA corruption case, the onetime executive told a New York federal judge Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Why High Court Is Right About Offensive Trademarks

    Jennifer Ko Craft

    As an Asian-American, I have had a lot of hateful and derogatory names thrown at me throughout my life, and yet I found the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam, rejecting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s ban on registering disparaging terms as unconstitutional, gratifying in many ways, says Jennifer Ko Craft of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • The Changing Economics Of Sports Stadiums And Arenas

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    In this short video, Scott Zolke of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses sports stadium and arena economics, explaining why it’s more important than ever that professional sports teams have the opportunity to build and own their own stadiums and arenas, and the group dynamic among team owners, leagues and local municipalities.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.