• December 22, 2017

    Obama Admin Flubbed Elephant Trophy Ban, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit ruled Friday that the Obama administration bypassed the required rulemaking process when it banned imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, complicating an ongoing dispute over President Donald Trump’s policy on the threatened animals.

  • December 22, 2017

    Two Soccer Bosses Convicted In FIFA Bribery Trial

    A federal jury in Brooklyn on Friday found the former heads of the Paraguayan and Brazilian soccer associations guilty of racketeering conspiracy and other charges, handing the government a partial win in the trial over the men's alleged roles in schemes where sports marketing companies funneled hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes to more than two dozen soccer officials.

  • December 22, 2017

    GVC Bets On Fellow UK Gambling Biz Ladbrokes In £4B Deal

    British online sports betting and gambling group GVC Holdings PLC has inked an agreement to acquire rival Ladbrokes Coral Group PLC that could be worth as much as £4 billion ($5.35 billion), the companies said on Friday.

  • December 21, 2017

    Texas Panel Trims Ex-Dallas Cowboy's TMZ Libel Suit

    A Texas appellate court on Thursday trimmed some of a former Dallas Cowboy's claims stemming from a article that alleged he tried to hire a hit man to kill his agent, but the panel let libel and civil conspiracy claims survive against the celebrity news site's corporate affiliates.

  • December 21, 2017

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen McDonald's sue Visa, Ukraine's Privatbank take on two of the country's richest men, and Co-Op Insurance lodge a contract dispute against IBM. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 21, 2017

    Fla. Judge Tosses Baseball Legend Licensing Fight

    An Indiana licensing management company scored a win Thursday when a Florida federal judge tossed allegations that it infringed the marketing rights for the likeness of baseball legend Honus Wagner for lack of jurisdiction.

  • December 21, 2017

    USA Gymnastics Paid To Quiet Medalist About Abuse: Suit

    USA Gymnastics "forced" Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney into a confidentiality agreement as part of a monetary settlement with the organization over sexual abuse allegations against former team doctor Larry Nassar, who has pled guilty to separate criminal sexual abuse charges, the gymnast alleged in a wider lawsuit filed Wednesday.

  • December 21, 2017

    German Watchdog Eyes IOC Plan To Loosen Athlete Ad Rules

    Germany's antitrust watchdog warned Thursday that the way the International Olympic Committee blocked athletes from licensing their names and likenesses for advertising during the competition violated the law, but said it would consider whether the IOC's offer to loosen the rules would fix the problem.

  • December 21, 2017

    Ex-PSU Prez Not Saved By Limitations Statute, Pa. AG Says

    A Pennsylvania appeals court is being urged to reject ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier’s efforts to dodge a child endangerment conviction on grounds that the statute of limitations for the charge, which implicated his response to a report of child molestation against onetime football coach Jerry Sandusky, had expired.

  • December 21, 2017

    Race Car Driver Convicted In Loan Scheme Faces Tax Charges

    Scott Tucker, a professional race car driver who was convicted earlier this year on charges related to his $2 billion payday loan empire, was hit with tax fraud charges in Kansas federal court on Wednesday.

  • December 21, 2017

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2017

    With the NFL's suspension battle with Ezekiel Elliott, a lively FIFA corruption trial and a showdown over the fate of sports gambling at the U.S. Supreme Court, this past year in sports law provided plenty of drama and intrigue off the field. Here, Law360 looks back at some of the major cases that grabbed the headlines in 2017.

  • December 21, 2017

    MVP: Gibson Dunn's James Fogelman

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's James Fogelman has successfully litigated cases involving gaming, sports and fantasy sports, including prevailing in battles over jurisdiction and arbitration in a high-profile dispute between an NBA agent and his former agency, landing him among Law360's 2017 Sports MVPs.

  • December 21, 2017

    Army Vet Alleges Under Armour Swiped Curry Brand Slogan

    A U.S. Army veteran alleged in North Carolina federal court on Wednesday that Under Armour's line of clothing for NBA star Steph Curry infringes on a brand name and logo he has had registered since 2003.

  • December 20, 2017

    Sports Memorabilia Faker Gets 12 Years For $23M Fraud

    A notorious sports memorabilia fraudster who prosecutors said cost investors and collectors more than $23 million was sentenced on Wednesday to 12 years in prison, with an Illinois federal judge saying he is a talented con man from whom society needs protection.

  • December 20, 2017

    Del. Court OKs $1M Ch. 11 Deal For Key Maurice Employees

    A few tweaks earned Maurice Sporting Goods Inc. approval in Delaware bankruptcy court on Wednesday for about $1 million in key employee retention and incentive payouts, days ahead of the company’s Chapter 11 sale hearing.

  • December 20, 2017

    Performance Sports Wins OK For Ch. 11 Plan After $575M Sale

    Athletic equipment maker Performance Sports Group won confirmation Wednesday of its Chapter 11 plan to divvy up $575 million in sale proceeds after cutting several settlements that resolved a shareholder class action, ensured a full recovery for unsecured creditors and left money to go to equity holders.

  • December 20, 2017

    JV Wins Bid To Build New $1B Islanders Arena Complex

    A joint venture affiliated with a private equity and venture capital firm founded by New York Mets owner Fred Wilpon scored the winning bid for a $1 billion project to build the new home of the New York Islanders and a retail, hotel and entertainment complex, Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said on Wednesday.

  • December 20, 2017

    Cable Co. Files Complaint Over Comcast Sports Networks

    Wave Broadband, a company that provides regional cable TV service, has filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission alleging that three Comcast-owned NBC units are trying to strong-arm it into carrying regional sports networks to its basic-tier subscribers.

  • December 20, 2017

    MVP: Arnold & Porter's Lisa Blatt

    Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP’s Lisa S. Blatt led the Washington Redskins’ successful fight to restore its canceled trademark registrations, including writing a colorful amicus brief cited by the Supreme Court as it found a bar on offensive marks unconstitutional, securing her a place among Law360’s 2017 Sports MVPs.

  • December 20, 2017

    International Paralympic Bloc Upholds Russian Suspension

    The International Paralympic Committee said Wednesday it will keep its suspension against the Russian paralympic team in place and will decide in January whether the delegation can compete in the 2018 Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Expert Analysis

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Olympic Committee Should Allow Russians To Compete

    Ronald Katz

    Now that the World Anti-Doping Agency has decided that Russia is not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Based on the Olympic Charter, the Russian athletes should be allowed to participate, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Gov't Use Of Travel Act To Charge Corruption Might Backfire

    Elizabeth Capel

    Federal prosecutors may be hoping that Travel Act charges against the NCAA basketball coaches and others avoid the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrowing of federal corruption statutes. But by using state corruption laws in these cases, federal prosecutors risk having McDonnell v. U.S. extend to state crimes and crippling local corruption prosecutions everywhere, say Elizabeth Capel and Brandon Fox of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.