Sports

  • April 11, 2017

    US, Canada, Mexico Announce Joint Bid For 2026 World Cup

    The leaders of the soccer federations for the United States, Canada and Mexico announced Monday they are submitting a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup as the U.S. teams up with its neighbors to put forth an expected bid amid concerns that U.S. immigration policies under the Trump administration would harm the country’s chances of hosting the event.

  • April 10, 2017

    Baylor Kept On Hook In Suit Over Handling Of Sex Assaults

    A federal judge in Texas on Friday allowed a former student's claims that Baylor University and its former head football coach Art Briles disregarded and mishandled allegations of sexual assault on campus to move forward, calling her contention that the university insulated football players from such allegations “disturbing.”

  • April 10, 2017

    Pepperdine Wants Players To Take Mental Exam In Bias Suit

    Pepperdine University on Friday asked a California federal court to force two of its former women’s basketball players, who allege the school discriminated against them because they were engaged in a dating relationship, to undergo mental examinations to determine the extent of the emotional distress they allege to have suffered.

  • April 10, 2017

    NJ Employers Hit With Class Action Over Racetrack Wages

    A security firm and other employers of workers at Monmouth Park Racetrack have been slapped with a putative class action in New Jersey state court alleging they have failed to pay the wages required under a state statute dealing with building services at state-owned and state-leased facilities.

  • April 10, 2017

    MLB Must Face 9th Circ. Args Over Antitrust Exemption

    Major League Baseball and its clubs must face another oral argument in the Ninth Circuit over baseball's long-held antitrust exemption after the appellate court on Friday denied a bid to rule just on the briefs in an appeal by a group of former minor league ballplayers who say the league and its clubs have unlawfully conspired to suppress their pay.

  • April 10, 2017

    Ski Resort Operator Intrawest Taken Private In $1.5B Deal

    Aspen Skiing Co. LLC and KSL Capital Partners LLC have agreed to buy North American mountain resort and adventure company Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc. in a deal worth roughly $1.5 billion, including debt, the companies said on Monday.

  • April 10, 2017

    NJ High Court Won't Hear Racetrack Guard's Wage Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has refused to consider whether a lower court erred in tossing a Meadowlands Racetrack security guard's putative class action against the racetrack operator, effectively rejecting arguments that state labor statutes require the operator to pay certain wages to workers at the state-owned and state-leased facility.

  • April 10, 2017

    Plaintiffs Bar Perspective: Stephen Rosenthal

    In one case, my cross-examination of the CEO in open court was the closest I have come to a true “Perry Mason moment.” I caught him in blatant lies, prompting the judge at the end of the hearing to declare that he had committed perjury, says Stephen Rosenthal, a partner at Podhurst Orseck PA.

  • April 7, 2017

    EA Seeks To Trim Calif. Publicity Claim From Madden Suit

    Electronic Arts asked a California federal judge Friday to trim a state law right-of-publicity claim from a suit by former National Football League players over the use of their likenesses in Madden video games, saying the law’s narrow language excludes the game’s avatars, which all use the same generic faces.

  • April 7, 2017

    Ex-Jay Peak Attys Try Again To Intervene In $350M EB-5 Case

    Jay Peak resort owner Ariel Quiros' former attorneys on Friday urged a Florida federal judge to reconsider barring them from intervening in a $350 million EB-5 visa suit against Quiros, saying they only are asking for a simple clarification on an asset freeze order.

  • April 7, 2017

    Ex-MLS Player Says Attys Bungled DC United Med Mal Suit

    Former D.C. United defender Bryan Namoff sued his former attorneys for allegedly botching a $12 million suit he filed in connection with medical treatment he received for a career-ending concussion suffered during a game, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in D.C. federal court.

  • April 7, 2017

    Boston U Doc Slams NHL For Comparison To Vaccine Skeptic

    Boston University CTE Center's Dr. Ann McKee, a leading researcher of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, told a Minnesota federal court Friday she was utterly astonished the National Hockey League compared her work to that of the discredited doctor who claimed vaccines cause autism.

  • April 7, 2017

    Sport Court Bans Russian Athletes, Coaches For Doping

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday found two Russian athletes and two coaches guilty of doping violations related to the use, administration or trafficking of banned substances, stripping some of medals and handing down multiyear or lifetime bans for their actions.

  • April 7, 2017

    Electra PE Sheds Remaining Stake In Hollywood Bowl

    Electra Private Equity PLC exited its investment in U.K. bowling alley operator Hollywood Bowl PLC on Friday after about two-and-a-half years, selling off its remaining 18 percent stake for around £40.9 million ($50.7 million).

  • April 7, 2017

    FIFA Appeal Body Overturns One-Year Ban Of Qatari Official

    A FIFA appellate body has overturned a one-year ban of a Qatari soccer official who had sought to serve on the FIFA Council, lifting the sanctions imposed by the FIFA Ethics Committee after it found he had failed to cooperate with a separate investigation into another individual.

  • April 7, 2017

    Gov’t Fights Over Facts In Ex-MLB Insider Trading Trial

    Prosecutors told a California federal judge Thursday that former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces and his associates can’t be acquitted because there’s more than enough evidence to tie them to trading on nonpublic tips about a medical device company, but the ex-CEO in the case said the feds were twisting facts.

  • April 7, 2017

    Jury Convicts Gambler Billy Walters Of Insider Trading

    Read 'em and weep, a New York federal jury told professional gambler Billy Walters on Friday after the six-woman, six-man panel convicted him of securities fraud, wire fraud and related conspiracies.

  • April 7, 2017

    Dick’s Burst Ball Coverage Suit Belongs In China, Insurer Says

    A Chinese insurance firm asked a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday to drop Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc.'s suit seeking coverage for personal injury claims involving a burst exercise ball, saying the insurance dispute should be tried in a Chinese court.

  • April 6, 2017

    MLBers' Al Jazeera Suit Could Chill Future Doping Coverage

    A D.C. federal judge last week raised eyebrows by allowing defamation claims by two Major League Baseball stars to move forward against Al Jazeera over a 2015 investigative documentary that included claims they had used banned performance-enhancing drugs, sending a warning to reporters covering the underworld of doping to more thoroughly scrutinize sources.

  • April 6, 2017

    Ex-Soccer Brass Rip RICO Overreach In FIFA Bribery Case

    The five remaining former soccer officials headed for a fall trial over the U.S. Department of Justice's FIFA corruption charges on Thursday asked a Brooklyn federal judge to sever their cases from one another, citing a spillover risk and criticizing the government's use of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

Expert Analysis

  • Here Come The Drones — And The Legal Headaches

    Nathan Bohlander

    Unmanned aerial vehicles are being adapted for a myriad of commercial purposes, by a range of industries including entertainment, energy, farming, real estate, telecommunications, shipping and construction. But as drone usage proliferates, manufacturers and distributors must be cognizant of product liability risks, safety standards, technological developments, and changing insurance coverage requirements, says Nathan Bohlander of M... (continued)

  • Opinion

    Calif. Court Gets Automatic Funding Disclosure Right

    Matthew D. Harrison

    Detractors of litigation funding have strained to characterize a recent decision from a California federal court as significant headway in their crusade against the litigation funding industry. However, in truth, this is a victory for both the industry and those in need of capital to bring meritorious claims against wrongdoers in an often prohibitively expensive legal system, say Matthew Harrison and Priya G. Pai of Bentham IMF.

  • Celeb Endorsement Contracts May Change In The Trump Era

    Matthew Y. Kane

    When Under Armour’s CEO recently called President Donald Trump “a real asset for the country,” several Under Armour celebrity spokespersons voiced their disapproval. In the age of Trump, advertisers should re-evaluate what kind of behavior they're willing to tolerate from their celebrity endorsers, say Matthew Kane and Keri Bruce of Reed Smith LLP.

  • Van Patten V. Vertical Fitness Is No TCPA Killer

    David Martinez

    As Telephone Consumer Protection Act litigation continues to grow at a staggering rate, the Spokeo defense remains an intriguing, if unsettled, means of attacking TCPA claims in federal court. Van Patten v. Vertical Fitness might not be the TCPA killer defendants have hoped for, but it is at the very least a welcome refuge for companies under siege, say Michael Reif and David Martinez of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • Series

    10 Years Of MedImmune: What Trademark Owners Learned

    James E. Griffith

    Despite initial worries from practitioners, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision 10 years ago in MedImmune has provided greater predictability as to the circumstances that will warrant declaratory judgment jurisdiction, allowing trademark owners to make informed decisions about their enforcement strategies, say James Griffith and Michelle Bolos of Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • A Regulatory Play-By-Play Of The Super Bowl Drone Show

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    Super Bowl viewers may have wondered what type of legal approvals were needed to enable the massive display of 300 choreographed drones that kicked off Lady Gaga’s halftime show. In fact, a tape delay and a special waiver of the Federal Aviation Administration's Part 107 regulations were required to make the performance work, say Anna Gomez, Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.