• April 5, 2018

    Dodgers Fan Injured By Security Guards Has Award Cut

    A California appeals court on Wednesday further reduced a $475,000 jury award to a man beaten and injured while attending a Los Angeles Dodgers game by $91,000, finding a portion of medical treatment at a surgical center was unsubstantiated but the rest, despite no bills to show as evidence, was justified.

  • April 5, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: HCP, Puma, Related

    Real estate investment trust HCP has reportedly sold a Florida senior living property for $75 million, sports retailer Puma is said to be close to a deal to lease space on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, and a Related Group venture has reportedly scored $112.1 million in construction financing for a Miami condo project.

  • April 5, 2018

    MusclePharm Sues Liberty Again Over SEC Case Costs

    Sports nutrition company MusclePharm Corp. slapped Liberty Insurance Underwriters with yet another suit, this time in New York federal court, on Wednesday, now seeking coverage for costs the supplement maker incurred when responding to warnings from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • April 4, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Portland, Country Garden, BAC Florida

    The city of Portland, Tennessee, is reportedly eyeing the purchase of a nine-hole golf course, Chinese developer Country Garden is said to have bought a London site where it's planning a $563 million project, and BAC Florida Bank has reportedly loaned $8.65 million for a recent $13.16 million single-family home portfolio deal in the state.

  • April 4, 2018

    Nike, Fitbit, Others Escape Suit Over Data Uploading Patent

    Nike Inc., Fitbit Inc. and a handful of other companies escaped a bundle of lawsuits alleging they’d infringed a data uploading patent when a California federal judge ruled the technology described in the patents, which involve uploading with a Bluetooth connection, wasn’t patent-eligible under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice ruling.

  • April 4, 2018

    Retired NBA Player Fights Bid To Toss Pension Value Suit

    A former Seattle Supersonics player urged a New York federal judge Wednesday not to dismiss his class action claims that certain pension options delivered drastically inequivalent value to others, saying the NBA is wrong that he wants to impermissibly reopen the book on checks already cashed.

  • April 4, 2018

    MLB Starts Livestreaming Games In China Via Tech-Giant Deal

    Major League Baseball started livestreaming baseball games in China on Wednesday via a deal with Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings.

  • April 4, 2018

    Ex-Bauer Execs Slam Ch. 11 Trustee's Stand On Pay Claims

    Two former executives of Bauer Hockey balked at a bankruptcy trustee's objections to their claims for hundreds of thousands of dollars each in pay, benefits and bonuses, telling a Delaware bankruptcy court Monday that it's the trustee's burden to show the claims aren't valid.

  • April 4, 2018

    James' Talk Show IP Dispute A Stretch, But Good For Publicity

    A recent move by LeBron James’ multimedia platform to pick a fight with the University of Alabama alleging it ripped off his barbershop-set sports talk show may be a losing battle — but that may be just what the business-savvy basketball superstar wants.

  • April 4, 2018

    NFL Players' Firms Back Concussion Suit Settlement Counsel

    Six law firms representing former NFL players in the sprawling concussion litigation joined a request by Locks Law Firm to appoint counsel to help navigate the settlement claims process, telling a Pennsylvania federal judge on Tuesday that the deal is in peril if something is not done.

  • April 3, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: CBS, Pfizer, Mediaset

    CBS is reportedly planning on making an all-stock bid that values Viacom below its current valuation, pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is in talks to sell its consumer business to Procter & Gamble, and Mediaset doesn't want to buy soccer match broadcasting rights from Mediapro.

  • April 3, 2018

    Mo. High Court Denies NFL Bid To Duck Suit Over Rams Move

    The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday denied the NFL's attempt to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds many of the 89 parties named in the city of St. Louis' suit seeking to recoup money spent trying to keep the Rams football team in town.

  • April 3, 2018

    NFL Retirees Asserting Likeness To Pay $25K In Sanctions

    A California magistrate judge imposed monetary and evidentiary sanctions Monday on a proposed class of former NFL players suing video game maker EA for allegedly using their identities in Madden, saying their responses to a slew of discovery requests were evasive.

  • April 3, 2018

    7 Countries Interested In 2026 Winter Olympics, IOC Says

    Seven cities have tossed their hats into the ring to host the 2026 Olympic Winter Games, the International Olympic Committee said Tuesday, indicating that a recent overhaul of the bidding process may be beginning to bear fruit.

  • April 3, 2018

    Knicks Owner Wants Ex-Player's Defamation Suit Dunked

    New York Knicks owner James Dolan asked a Manhattan federal judge to dismiss defamation and other claims by Charles Oakley stemming from a shoving incident last year at Madison Square Garden, saying the former NBA star doesn’t have a case.

  • April 3, 2018

    Big Ten Broadcasts Infringe Swedish Co.'s Patent, Suit Says

    The Big Ten Network's ability to air several live sporting events through one remote control room, as opposed to having to set up shop with a broadcasting van outside of each event, infringes a patent a Swedish media company says it owns over that broadcasting process, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Chicago federal court.

  • April 2, 2018

    LeBron James Hits Crimson Tide With Infringement Letter

    Basketball superstar LeBron James has hit the University of Alabama with an infringement letter, citing concerns that its barbershop-setting “Shop Talk” sports roundtable program could be damaging to James’ “The Shop,” which features the Cleveland Cavaliers forward talking sports, also in a barbershop.

  • April 2, 2018

    Adviser Accused Of Conning Pro Athlete To Mediate With SEC

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s claims a financial adviser defrauded a professional athlete and his wife of $1.2 million are heading into mediation.

  • April 2, 2018

    Del. Court Says Law Firm Off Hook For Softball Injury

    A Delaware state court on Friday found a Morris James LLP paralegal is not entitled to workers' compensation for an injury sustained while playing on the firm’s softball team, saying the evidence was too flimsy to call softball part of the paralegal’s job.

  • April 2, 2018

    Equinox Settles Trademark Fight Over Hotel Expansion

    High-end gym giant Equinox has reached a settlement to end a trademark lawsuit aimed at blocking the company's planned expansion into the hotel business.

Expert Analysis

  • The Art Of The Litigation Funding Deal

    Julia Gewolb

    As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.

  • Smart Contracts Need Smart Corporate Lawyers

    Matthew O’Toole

    Given the operational and security risks involved, and the substantial digital asset values transacted, the rise of distributed ledger technology and smart contracts will create new opportunities and responsibilities for transactional lawyers, say attorneys with Potter Anderson Corroon LLP.

  • Opinion

    Olympic Ban Of Cleared Russian Athletes Is Lawless

    Ronald Katz

    The International Olympic Committee’s decision to continue to ban Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang Olympics rejects the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport — a tribunal created by none other than the International Olympic Committee. But there is absolutely no reason to believe that the CAS decisions were tainted, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • How To Fix Your Broken Client Teams

    Mike O'Horo

    Law firms claim they create client teams to improve service. Clients aren’t fooled, describing these initiatives as “thinly veiled sales campaigns.” Until firms and client teams begin to apply a number of principles consistently, they will continue to fail and further erode clients’ trust, says legal industry coach Mike O’Horo.

  • Olympics Bring Trademark Considerations For Athletes

    Michael Rueda

    The Olympics have the unique ability to catapult a relatively unknown name into global celebrity. Athletes suddenly have a "brand" to sell — and to protect with trademarks, says Michael Rueda of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • How To Serve Your Blind Client Effectively

    Julia Satti Cosentino

    While a client’s visual impairment can create challenges for an attorney, it also can open up an opportunity for both attorney and client to learn from each other. By taking steps to better assist clients who are blind or visually impaired, attorneys can become more perceptive and effective advisers overall, say Julia Satti Cosentino and Nicholas Stabile of Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP.

  • 6 Lessons From The Chaos Surrounding Russian Athletes

    Ronald Katz

    Less than two weeks before the Pyeongchang Olympics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared previously banned Russian athletes to compete, but on Monday the International Olympic Committee stated it will not allow such competition. This chaotic situation could have been avoided by following well-known practices in jurisprudence, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Tackling NFL Trademarks: IP Fights Since Last Super Bowl

    David Kluft

    In case someone at the Super Bowl party you attend wants to talk about legal issues, here are some recent NFL-related intellectual property disputes to discuss, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    Evolving Due Process In The Digital Age

    Stephen Kane

    Because courts have not modernized as quickly as companies like Amazon, Tesla and Apple, Americans are becoming increasingly dissatisfied, but technological innovations may be able to help Americans access their due process, says Stephen Kane of FairClaims.

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.