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  • November 21, 2018

    Cincinnati Reds Win Bobblehead Tax Break In Ohio High Court

    The Cincinnati Reds do not owe use tax on purchases of bobbleheads and other promotional items that incentivize fans to attend games, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, holding that consideration for the objects is factored into ticket prices.

  • November 21, 2018

    FIFA Judge Balks At $116M Restitution Bids In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to allow FIFA and two related organizations to recoup more than $116 million in restitution from two former soccer officials convicted of corruption offenses, finding in part that FIFA’s bid to collect for internal investigative costs is precluded by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Lagos v. U.S.

  • November 21, 2018

    Brand Battles: American Whiskey, Barbie, Russell Westbrook

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Sazerac fights an effort to “monopolize” a simple whiskey name, Mattel cites a little-known Sotomayor opinion to protect Barbie, and NBA superstar Russell Westbrook shoots for a registration for his charitable foundation.

  • November 21, 2018

    NFL Pro Slams Union In Suit Over 10-Game Suspension

    Philadelphia Eagles lineman Lane Johnson is fighting to keep alive his lawsuit against the NFL Players Association over his 10-game suspension for banned substances use, saying the union’s attempt to shut down his suit by providing him a copy of the bargaining agreement he’s sought for more than a year is too little, too late.

  • November 21, 2018

    Robbins Geller Tapped To Lead Skechers Stock-Drop Suit

    A New York federal judge Tuesday named Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP as lead counsel in consolidated stock-drop class actions that accuse Skechers of exaggerating its sales growth projections.

  • November 21, 2018

    Exercise Device Co. Owes $11.9M For Infringed Patent

    A California federal judge has doubled to $11.88 million the patent-infringement verdict against Woss Enterprises in connection with an exercise device, saying Tuesday the company’s “copying was deliberate" and also warranted a permanent injunction.

  • November 21, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays Can't Hang Up On TCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge has denied a motion by Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays to dismiss a putative class action claiming the team sent unwanted text messages to a Florida man, saying it is too early to decide whether or not the man consented to the texts.

  • November 20, 2018

    Vijay Singh, PGA Settle 5-Year Deer-Antler Doping Saga

    Golfer Vijay Singh has settled his lawsuit alleging the PGA Tour acted in bad faith by suspending him for using a deer-antler supplement that wasn't actually banned, according to documents filed Tuesday in New York state court.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ex-MSU Prez Faces Criminal Charges In Nassar Probe

    Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to investigators during a criminal investigation into former faculty and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, who has been convicted of sexual abuse.

  • November 20, 2018

    Wynn Resorts Seeks To End $1B RICO Suit Over Mass. Casino

    Wynn Resorts Ltd. urged a Massachusetts federal judge to dismiss corruption claims brought by an East Boston racetrack that said it lost out on $1 billion when Wynn beat it to a casino license, arguing the suit was filed too late and that the company is protected by the state’s anti-SLAPP law.

  • November 20, 2018

    Vikings Owners Can't Get NJ High Court To Review RICO Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a ruling against the owners of the Minnesota Vikings on racketeering and other claims by former partners in a real estate project.

  • November 20, 2018

    NCAA Falls 'Far Short' In Antitrust Trial Closings, Athletes Say

    NCAA athletes on Tuesday fired back at the association’s closing arguments in a landmark antitrust federal bench trial in California over NCAA rules that limit athlete compensation, arguing that the NCAA’s evidence falls “far short” of proving that its rules improve demand for college sports or help athletes integrate on campuses.

  • November 20, 2018

    2nd Class Action Says Energy Drink Hyped Up Nutrient Claims

    Energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. is facing a new proposed class action — this time, in Florida federal court — claiming the company's Bang energy drinks contain none or only small amounts of the nutritional supplement ingredients claimed on the label.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ex-Bronco Sues NFL Retirement Plan Over Disability Benefits

    A former Denver Broncos player sued the NFL’s retirement and disability benefit plans in federal court Tuesday, alleging they abused their discretion by denying him permanent disability benefits for injuries he suffered while playing, which he said prevent him from working.

  • November 20, 2018

    Ex-NFL Security Personnel Shorted On OT, Benefits, Suit Says

    A group of former National Football League security personnel filed suit in a New York federal court Tuesday claiming the league misclassified them as independent contractors as a way to deny them overtime and benefits.

  • November 19, 2018

    Gymnast Says National Orgs Should Face Her Abuse Suit

    Two organizations that oversee competitive gymnastics in the United States had a responsibility to protect a star gymnast from her allegedly abusive coach, the former world champion athlete argued in Boston federal court Friday, saying the groups should not escape liability in her civil suit against the coach.

  • November 19, 2018

    NJ Racetrack Denied $3.4M Bond After Sports Betting Fight

    A New Jersey federal judge has denied a racetrack's attempt to force four professional sports leagues and the NCAA to pay $3.4 million plus interest for launching litigation that stopped the track from taking sports bets until a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, saying the track wasn’t wrongfully blocked.

  • November 19, 2018

    NFL Age Bias Claims Must Be Arbitrated, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge has told a group of ex-National Football League security personnel that they must take their claims that they were fired for being too old to arbitration, saying they had no valid objections to the arbitration clauses in their contracts.

  • November 19, 2018

    Cleveland Indians Ditch 'Chief Wahoo' Logo On New Uniforms

    The Cleveland Indians have unveiled new uniforms for the 2019 season that no longer feature the team's "Chief Wahoo" logo, after pressure from Major League Baseball helped convince the team to drop the controversial image that critics called offensive to Native Americans.

  • November 19, 2018

    Pa. Jeweler Sues Ex-Steeler Martavis Bryant Over Unpaid Bill

    A Pittsburgh-area jeweler is suing Oakland Raiders wide receiver Martavis Bryant in Pennsylvania state court over the unpaid balance on a gold-and-diamond necklace the player ordered while he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Expert Analysis

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Why The World Anti-Doping Agency Must Be Replaced

    Ronald Katz

    On Thursday, the World Anti-Doping Agency ended Russia's suspension for doping​, causing an uproar among athletes and drug prevention administrators because of what they believe is insufficient punishment​. But there is a much deeper problem — WADA enabled the Russian doping, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • When Athlete’s Name Is 'Advertising Idea' Without Trademark

    Gregory May

    The Massachusetts high court recently found that a shoe manufacturer’s use of a runner’s name potentially triggered advertising injury insurance coverage, even though the name had not acquired secondary meaning or trademark status. The Holyoke v. Vibram decision is notable because of the court's focus on the intent of the athlete's family business, says Gregory May of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.