Sports

  • June 5, 2017

    LA Fitness Dodges Boxers' Race Bias Suit

    LA Fitness on Monday won its bid to dodge a suit accusing the gym of ousting a group of boxers and their trainers for racially motivated reasons when a Florida federal judge called their evidence circumstantial at best.

  • June 5, 2017

    AEG-Backed Group Drops Bid To Renovate Seattle Arena

    A group backed by arena operator Anschutz Entertainment Group and real estate investment company Hudson Pacific Properties on Sunday pulled its bid calling for over $500 million in renovations to Seattle's KeyArena to entice a new NBA or NHL franchise, citing concerns with the city's bidding process that it says is favoring a rival bid.

  • June 5, 2017

    Racetrack Asks Fla. Justices To Rethink Slot Machine Denial

    The owner of a Native American-operated racetrack in northern Florida urged the state’s high court on Friday to reconsider its denial of a slot machine permit, saying there are “apparent errors” with the determination that counties across the Sunshine State don’t have authority to approve such gambling expansion through local referendums.

  • June 5, 2017

    NCAA Hit With Suit Over Linebacker Suicide

    The estate of a former linebacker for Pittsburg State University in Kansas sued the NCAA and the school’s conference in federal court Friday over the football player’s 2014 suicide, which the family attributes to the effects of repeated head trauma and degenerative brain disease.

  • June 5, 2017

    MLB, Cleveland Indians Can’t End Logo Dispute In Ontario

    The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has refused to toss a Canadian human rights activist’s discrimination claims against Major League Baseball and the Cleveland Indians, finding that it has the authority to hear the dispute over the team's controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo.

  • June 5, 2017

    NHL Wins Bid To Toss Boogaard Wrongful Death Suit

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday tossed the remainder of a wrongful death lawsuit against the National Hockey League from the parents of former player Derek Boogaard, who died after developing a painkillers addiction, saying they failed to answer the league's argument that it had no duty to warn players about their potential for injuries.

  • June 2, 2017

    Guatemalan Ex-Judge Cops To Fraud In FIFA Corruption Case

    A former judge and onetime general secretary of the Guatemalan soccer federation on Friday admitted taking kickbacks from a Miami-based sports marketing agency in exchange for lucrative media rights to World Cup qualifying matches, the latest in a long line of guilty pleas secured by prosecutors in the sprawling FIFA corruption dragnet.

  • June 2, 2017

    Court Extends Deadlines In NCAA Concussion Suit

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP announced Friday that it was publicizing a recent order by U.S. District Judge John Lee that extended the date by which class members can object to or opt out of the settlement that will provide a 50-year medical-monitoring program for student athletes to screen for post-concussion syndrome and early-onset neurodegenerative disease that may have resulted from concussions or the accumulation of subconcussive hits while playing NCAA sports.

  • June 2, 2017

    Riot ESports League Looks To Align With Traditional Sports

    The developer and publisher of the popular eSports video game "League of Legends" said Thursday its U.S. league will adopt a franchise model and make other reforms, signaling that eSports companies are beginning to position themselves similarly to traditional sports leagues as they look to draw investors.

  • June 2, 2017

    Intrawest Investors Sue Over $1.5B Aspen SkiCo Deal

    Investors hit Intrawest Resort Holdings Inc. and its board with class allegations Friday that shareholders were never given proper information to evaluate the fairness of the luxury adventure company’s $1.5 billion merger deal with Aspen Skiing Co. LLC and KSL Capital Partners.

  • June 2, 2017

    NY Man Bought NFL Tix With Miami Beach's Money, Feds Say

    A New York man used more than $3.5 million siphoned out of a bank account belonging to the city of Miami Beach, Florida, to pay his utilities bills and buy sports tickets as well as 157 seat licenses at NFL stadiums around the country, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.

  • June 2, 2017

    JPML Consolidates 5 Turf Disputes In NJ, Despite Objections

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed Thursday to consolidate five lawsuits over allegedly shoddy sports field turf in New Jersey federal court for convenience, over the objections of some who originally filed their cases in California and Minnesota.

  • June 2, 2017

    Prosecutors Seek $112K From Convicted Baseball Agent

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida federal court on Friday in an agreed motion to preliminarily order baseball agent Bartolo Hernandez, who was convicted in March for his role in smuggling Cuban ballplayers into the United States, to forfeit $112,500.

  • June 2, 2017

    Brand Battles: Chipotle, Houston, World Wildlife Fund

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Chipotle continues to spar with a small burger chain over "Tasty," another big battle brews over "Houston," and the World Wildlife Fund takes on Panda Express over their dueling panda logos.

  • June 2, 2017

    Turkey Asks Judge To Make Sure $14.5M Artifact Stays In NY

    The Republic of Turkey asked a Manhattan federal judge Friday to make sure a 5,000-year-old stone idol known as the Guennol Stargazer, once owned by tennis legend Alastair B. Martin but recently sold to an unknown collector for $14.5 million, stays in New York until its claim to the precious piece can be resolved.

  • June 2, 2017

    BigLaw Alums Q&A: Glen Rothstein

    In my view, the unwavering commitment to embracing the battle for the inches is the difference between winning and losing for your clients; between living and slowly dying as a practitioner and a human being, says Glen Rothstein, founder of Rothstein Law APC.

  • June 2, 2017

    Enviros Urge DC Circ. To Keep Elephant Hunting Trophy Ban

    Animal rights groups have asked the D.C. Circuit not to revive a challenge from the Safari Club and the National Rifle Association against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to ban imports of sport-hunted African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe, saying the agency has broad authority to protect threatened species.

  • June 2, 2017

    Ex-PSU Admins Get Jail Time For Sandusky Reporting Failure

    A trio of former Penn State University administrators were sentenced to jail time on Friday for failing to report an incident of suspected child abuse involving former assistant football coach and now-convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

  • June 1, 2017

    Judge Plans To Exit Soccer Bribery Suit Over Son's New Job

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday informed the parties in a suit brought by a sports channel accusing South America’s soccer confederation and several 21st Century Fox Inc. units of bribery that he intends to recuse himself to avoid an appearance of partiality because his son is joining a participating law firm.

  • June 1, 2017

    Antler-Spray Case May Spur More Athlete Doping Challenges

    A New York judge has set up for trial PGA golfer Vijay Singh's suit over his suspension for using a purportedly illicit spray derived from deer antlers, a move that could spawn more such suits and should concern all sports organizations enforcing anti-doping systems under the World Anti-Doping Code.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Satire

    A Law Firm Ranking Model By 'Fake News & Distorted Reports'

    Alan B. Morrison

    Suffering from law firm ranking fatigue? Bewildered by the methodologies? If so, you're in good company. Alan Morrison, associate dean for public interest and public service law at George Washington University Law School, wonders just how far law firm ranking efforts may go.

  • Crowdfunding For Legal Cases: 5 Trends Reshaping Justice

    Julia Salasky

    Most people have never had an opportunity to personally take part in a legal case that directly challenges laws or policies they don’t agree with. Now that crowdfunding is available for legal cases, people can engage directly with legal change in the community and be a check on the powerful, says Julia Salasky, CEO of CrowdJustice.

  • Opinion

    ABA Needs A New Model Legal Ethics Rule

    Kevin L. Shepherd

    Perhaps lost in the presidential post-election tumult was a report issued in late 2016 by an international body evaluating U.S. compliance with anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing standards. Considering repeated criticisms of the legal profession, the American Bar Association should seriously consider a new model legal ethics rule, says Kevin Shepherd of Venable LLP.

  • What Does Lateral Partner Success Look Like?

    Howard Flack

    In the final segment of his series on lateral recruitment, Howard Flack, a partner of Volta Talent Strategies LLC and former leader of the lateral partner recruiting team at Hogan Lovells, shares a number of factors law firms should consider when measuring lateral hire success.

  • Are Lateral Recruitment Opportunities Shaping Your Strategy?

    Howard Flack

    In the second installment of this series on lateral recruiting, Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC challenges law firms to ask themselves whether business strategies are determining lateral hires — or vice versa.

  • Lateral Partner Hiring: Time To Look In The Mirror

    Howard Flack

    The surveys that report lateral partner hiring as more or less a 50-50 proposition keep being published, and yet the lateral partner market is as robust as ever. So, what are firms looking at to measure their success and justify the level of investment they continue to make in the lateral market? asks Howard Flack of Volta Talent Strategies LLC.

  • A Closer Look At The Current State Of Equal Pay

    Eve H. Wagner

    While progress has been made toward eliminating gender-based wage disparity, Equal Pay Day, observed Tuesday, is a reminder that more work needs to be done, and long before the next 50 years tick past. But hopefully it will be done through education about the law, and not more litigation, says Eve Wagner of Sauer & Wagner LLP.