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  • September 6, 2018

    No Gov't Docs For Accused In Basketball Bribery Suit: Judge

    Three defendants at the heart of the NCAA corruption case can't force the government to turn over additional documents, a New York federal court ruled Wednesday, saying they hadn't proven the material could help their case because most of the criminal charges are based on recorded conversations with the defendants.

  • September 6, 2018

    NCAA’s Experts Defend Athlete Pay Restrictions At Trial

    Two economists paid by the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Thursday defended rules restricting student-athlete pay in a California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA’s grant-in-aid caps violate antitrust laws, with one testifying that removing the rules would degrade amateur sports as a product.

  • September 6, 2018

    Golf Club Ready To Pay $1.4M To Settle Workers' Wage Suit

    A Texas federal judge was set Thursday to approve a $1.43 million settlement for two similar wage-and-hour class actions brought by banquet servers from New York against a Dallas-based golf club management company, granting the parties’ bid for a hearing to settle despite the objections of two class members.

  • September 6, 2018

    SEC Charges Ex-Raymond James Manager Over EB-5 Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged a former Raymond James & Associates branch manager in Florida federal court with helping the onetime owner of Vermont ski resort Jay Peak bilk EB-5 immigrant investors out of $21 million and then trying to hide their tracks.

  • September 6, 2018

    Ex-Raiders, Buccaneers Atty Named XFL General Counsel

    The relaunching XFL football league announced Thursday it has signed a former counsel for a pair of NFL teams as its general counsel.

  • September 5, 2018

    Stanford Economist Rips NCAA's Pay Rules At Antitrust Trial

    A Stanford University sports economist criticized the NCAA’s rules restricting student-athlete pay on Wednesday in a California federal bench trial over allegations the NCAA’s grant-in-aid caps violate antitrust laws, saying college basketball and football is not a “fragile enterprise dependent on how much players get paid.”

  • September 5, 2018

    Ice Miller Welcomes Ex-Robinson Brog Partner In New York

    Ice Miller LLP announced Thursday it has added a former Robinson Brog Leinwand Greene Genovese & Gluck PC partner to its litigation group in New York City.

  • September 5, 2018

    FIFA Scores UEFA Lawyers To Fill Top Spots

    FIFA this week netted two new high-ranking lawyers from the Union of European Football Associations, a spokesperson for the world soccer organization has confirmed.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ex-NFLers Can't Revive 'Madden' Class Action

    A California federal judge on Wednesday refused to overturn a ruling that barred retired NFL players from collectively suing Electronic Arts Inc. over "Madden" video games, at one point citing the fact that a giant defensive lineman would be much easier to identify than players of average height.

  • September 5, 2018

    Sports Betting No Golden Ticket For NY, Research Group Says

    A New York state nonprofit research group warned policymakers Wednesday about the pitfalls of thinking legalized sports betting will be a “golden ticket,” arguing that revenue estimates should be conservative, tax rates should be competitive, funds to help problem gamblers should be increased and the potential negative consequences should be closely analyzed.

  • September 5, 2018

    ESPN Slams Ex-Analyst's Sanctions Bid In Harassment Suit

    ESPN blasted a former analyst’s sanctions bid over its motion to sanction her for claiming in her sexual harassment and retaliation suit that the network also harassed her through fake Twitter accounts, telling a Connecticut federal judge that her motion was “substantively baseless and procedurally defective.” 

  • September 5, 2018

    Resort Avoids Suit Over Woman’s Ski Patrol Injury

    A California appellate court tossed out a skier’s suit alleging a ski patrolman was responsible for injuries she sustained while being transported down a mountain on a rescue toboggan, ruling the woman had assumed the risks inherent to the sport when she decided to ski at the resort.

  • September 5, 2018

    Late Patriot's Ex Meets Skeptical 1st Circ. In Benefits Suit

    The ex-wife of late New England Patriots Pro Bowler Mosi Tatupu faced a blitz of skepticism from the First Circuit on Wednesday in her bid to flip the National Football League’s denial of her claim of survivor benefits.

  • September 4, 2018

    NJ Subclasses Trimmed From Artificial Field Turf MDL

    A federal New Jersey judge cut proposed state subclasses — except for New York, New Jersey, California and Pennsylvania — from multidistrict litigation over allegedly inferior sports field turf, saying that the named plaintiffs can’t represent subclasses they don’t belong to.

  • September 4, 2018

    NCAA Antitrust Bench Trial Over Athlete Pay Kicks Off

    A California federal bench trial over allegations that the National Collegiate Athletic Association prevents student-athletes from being paid beyond their scholarships kicked off Tuesday, with a sports economist testifying that the case isn’t complicated and that athletes’ pay is being illegally capped by a “monopolistic cartel” of 353 schools.

  • September 4, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: TD Bank, Publix, Puma

    TD Bank reportedly loaned $18 million for a mixed-use project in Phoenix, Publix is said to have bought a former Safeway store in Florida for $11 million and sportswear retailer Puma is reportedly leasing nearly 29,000 square feet in Manhattan.

  • September 4, 2018

    NFLPA, Others Seek To Escape ERISA Class Action

    The National Football League Players Association and others have urged a New York federal judge to toss a former player's proposed class action that said the Employee Retirement Income Security Act was flouted because players were not properly informed about the terms of their retirement benefits plans.

  • September 4, 2018

    Ex-NFLers Cite Bette Midler In Pursuing 'Madden' Class

    A group of retired NFL players is urging a federal judge to undo a decision that barred them from collectively suing Electronic Arts Inc. for featuring them in Madden video games, saying it would run afoul of a famous ruling won by singer Bette Midler.

  • September 4, 2018

    MSU Seeks Good Faith Determination In $500M Nassar Deal

    As more than 100 new victims of Larry Nassar come forward, Michigan State University has urged a California federal judge to give a good faith determination to a $500 million settlement with gymnasts who were abused by the former sports doctor and who had sued the school alleging it was liable for Nassar's sexual abuse.

  • August 31, 2018

    MLB Media Wants IP Axed, Poaching Claims Arbitrated

    MLB Advanced Media on Friday sought arbitration for claims that it poached a key employee from its graphics partner and asked a New York federal court to invalidate as abstract a patent that covers video graphics that show the strike zone and a ball’s path.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Series

    Winner's Playbook: Behind The Scenes Of The Sports Bet Case

    Matthew McGill

    Three members of the Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP team that represented the state of New Jersey in Murphy v. NCAA explain how they kept the faith — over six years of litigation — that the U.S. Supreme Court would eventually strike down the federal prohibition on state legalization of sports wagering.

  • Roundup

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer

    Earlier this year, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., made headlines with his decision to leave Congress and return to law. ​​In this series, former members of Congress who made that move discuss how their experience on the Hill influenced their law practice.

  • How Sports Bet Ruling Affects Players' Collective Bargaining

    Vincent Cohen Jr.

    Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, player associations must not only monitor how state legislatures and Congress react to the ruling, but also proactively engage with both federal and state legislatures. Failure to do so will likely leave players in an unfavorable position vis-a-vis their respective leagues, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Trump Supreme Court Nominee Can Be Defeated

    Nan Aron

    The Senate Republican leadership and the Trump administration are racing to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s spot on the U.S. Supreme Court. Does opposition to their plans have any chance of success? My answer is yes, because the stakes are so high, people are so engaged, and the records of those short-listed are so deeply troubling, says Nan Aron, president of Alliance for Justice.

  • Opinion

    A Solution To The NBA's Age Limit Problem

    Noah Goodman

    The NBA's "one and done" rule, which prohibits high school players from entering the NBA and forces players to attend one year of college, has merely served as an economic restraint. The 2018 NBA draft provided an example of why the rule should be modified to give players greater employment rights, says Noah Goodman of Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 3

    Stuart Pattison

    As clients increasingly look to limit their own liability exposure, they can reasonably expect that their retained counsel should do the same. In this context, a carefully crafted, thoughtfully presented engagement letter can help a law firm strike a successful balance between protecting itself and preserving a client relationship, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • Limiting Law Firms' Professional Liability Risks: Part 2

    Stuart Pattison

    With law firms increasingly exposed to professional liability risks associated with their corporate client relationships, firms must craft well-structured client engagement letters to help protect against malpractice claims. Two key elements of an engagement letter are how it defines the scope of engagement and how it handles conflicts of interest, say Stuart Pattison and John Muller of Sompo International Holdings Ltd.