Sports

  • February 3, 2017

    ESPN, Giants' Pierre-Paul Resolve Med Records Privacy Suit

    New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has reached a settlement with ESPN and its NFL beat reporter Adam Schefter in the athlete's lawsuit claiming the network violated his privacy rights by disclosing his medical records, the parties informed a Florida federal court on Friday.

  • February 3, 2017

    Baylor Regents Say Evidence Backs Coaching Coverup

    A trio of Baylor University regents Thursday fired back at a defamation suit by an assistant athletics director fired amid the school’s sexual assault scandal, saying they had evidence, including text messages, that the accusations made against the program were true.

  • February 3, 2017

    Wrigley Rooftops Urge 7th Circ. To Revive Chicago Cubs Case

    A group of Wrigley Field-area rooftop owners accusing the Chicago Cubs of monopolizing game views by reneging on a deal not to obstruct stadium sight lines on Thursday asked the Seventh Circuit to allow them to file a revised complaint, arguing that the lower court misinterpreted both the contract and the baseball antitrust exemption.

  • February 3, 2017

    Iran To Bar US Wrestling Team From Freestyle World Cup

    Iran will block the U.S. wrestling team from participating in the 2017 Freestyle World Cup hosted in the country later this month in retaliation for an executive order signed by President Donald Trump to temporarily bar people from seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iran, from entering the U.S.

  • February 3, 2017

    CrossFit Seeks Sanctions For Hidden Docs In False Ad Row

    CrossFit Inc. asked a California federal judge on Thursday to sanction the National Strength and Conditioning Association, saying the nonprofit produced hundreds of documents in a related state court case that it intentionally withheld from the federal false advertising lawsuit over its publication of erroneous injury data about the CrossFit exercise program.

  • February 3, 2017

    Barclays Center Vendor Settles DOJ Discrimination Charge

    A food vendor at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, has settled with the U.S. Department of Justice for wrongly reverifying the work eligibility of two workers whose immigration status it questioned, the agency announced on Thursday.

  • February 3, 2017

    MSG Networks Adds 4 NHL Teams To Livestream Service

    MSG Networks Inc. said that it has reached an agreement with the National Hockey League to stream games played by four teams, following on similar deals made by other regional sports networks.

  • February 2, 2017

    30 More Ex-NFLers Pledge Their Brains To CTE Research

    The Concussion Legacy Foundation said Thursday that 30 more former NFL players have agreed to donate their brains to science to help researchers better understand and prevent the degenerative brain condition known as CTE that has afflicted former athletes and military veterans.

  • February 2, 2017

    Football Fights: The NFL's Litigious Year At The TTAB

    With the 2017 Super Bowl set to kick off in Houston on Sunday, here's a quick recap of the National Football League's busy year at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board since the last "Big Game," featuring "Superbowling" events, "Panthers Fever," and plenty of fights over "12."

  • February 2, 2017

    GOP Reps Tell NLRB General Counsel: Pull Memo Or Quit

    Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., head of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on Thursday ripped a recent memorandum issued by National Labor Relations Board general counsel Richard Griffin deeming college football players as employees under federal labor law, saying he should either rescind the memo or quit.

  • February 2, 2017

    NFL Teams Urged By Ticket Brokers To End Resale Limits

    The National Association of Ticket Brokers has called on the NFL teams to stop ticket resale price floors and to end other ticket sale restrictions that harm the resale ticket market, in light of the NFL’s recent settlement with several state attorneys general, saying taxpayers have already committed over $6 billion to finance NFL stadiums over the past 20 years.

  • February 2, 2017

    Texas Fitness Club Wins Trial Over Steam Room Injury

    A Texas federal jury handed 24 Hour Fitness USA Inc. a complete win Tuesday after a trial in which a client claimed she was injured in a club steam room because it was kept in an unsafe condition.

  • February 2, 2017

    Trailer Co. Fights Contempt Bid In Racer Lending Scheme Row

    A company whose assets are connected to a $1.3 billion judgment against professional race car driver and alleged payday loan mogul Scott Tucker and his companies defended itself in Nevada federal court Wednesday against a bid to hold it in contempt for trying to sell a disputed vehicle trailer.

  • February 2, 2017

    NFL’s PE Arm Fights Online Bots For Super Bowl Ticket Sales

    Online ticket sellers have seen reduced demand for tickets to Super Bowl LI this year — a marketplace development the NFL has helped orchestrate through the use of its own private equity arm, 32 Equity, to combat ticket “bots” and the legal can of worms they've opened by assuming greater control of ticket sales.

  • February 2, 2017

    Performance Sports Makes Final Push For $575M Ch. 11 Sale

    Performance Sports Group Ltd. made a final push late Wednesday for the Delaware bankruptcy court to approve its $575 million sale to a joint venture of equity holder Sagard Capital Partners LP and Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., arguing that the deal is enough to pay secured creditors in full.

  • February 2, 2017

    8th Circ. Affirms $2.8M Fee Award In Gym's TCPA Settlement

    An Eighth Circuit panel on Thursday confirmed a $2.8 million fee award for four law firms that served as class counsel in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act multidistrict litigation against a gym, saying in a published decision that a district judge had fairly determined the award.

  • February 2, 2017

    NFL Chief Skeptical Of Vegas Stadium With Casino Interest

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is remaining firm on keeping out casino or gambling ownership interests in any team or even in the financing of a stadium as the Oakland Raiders’ deal for a new stadium in Las Vegas is falling apart, putting a proposed move there in jeopardy.

  • February 2, 2017

    Bikram Yogi’s Atty Exits Sex Bias Suit Over Unpaid Bills

    A California judge Thursday granted a request by Bikram Choudhury’s attorney to be relieved as counsel in a former employee’s suit alleging she was fired for becoming pregnant, after he told the court the yogi wasn’t cooperating and had stopped paying his legal bills.

  • February 2, 2017

    Former Baylor Football Coach Briles Drops Libel Suit

    Former Baylor University football coach Art Briles dropped his libel suit against the school’s chief operating officer and three regents on Wednesday, putting an end to the Texas state court action just days after new allegations surfaced in a federal suit against the university.

  • February 1, 2017

    Agent, Trainer Deny Smuggling Cuban Ballplayers At Trial

    A sports agent and a trainer denied carrying out a $16 million human smuggling scheme to help Cuban players get a shot at Major League Baseball, insisting as their trial opened Wednesday in Miami federal court that any aid they rendered was legal.

Expert Analysis

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How Bad Data Analyses Can Sabotage Discrimination Cases

    Mike Nguyen

    Used properly, statistics can be highly effective in supporting legal arguments, but misinterpreted statistics can quickly sink cases. It is especially critical to understand the benefits and limitations of using data in discrimination cases, says Mike Nguyen of Analysis Group Inc.

  • OPINION: 1,166 Pieces Of Evidence And No Due Process

    Ron Katz

    Think of how the press would report a trial in a dictatorial country where 1,166 pieces of evidence were submitted for the prosecution and none for the defense. There is a phrase for that: "show trial." That phrase is particularly apt regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency's McLaren Report, says Ronald S. Katz, senior counsel at Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP and chair emeritus of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Universit... (continued)

  • Rules Of Civil Procedure Updates Affect E-Discovery

    Patrick Reilly

    On Dec. 1, 2016, the annual updates to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure went into effect. Revisions include the end of the three-day “mail rule” extension for electronically served discovery, an amendment regarding service of internationally based corporate defendants, and a technical change regarding venues in maritime law actions, say Patrick Reilly and Eldin Hasic of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • The Path To The California Bench

    Judge George F. Bird

    Ever consider applying for a judicial appointment in California? Get the lay of the land from Judge George Bird of the Los Angeles Superior Court and Kimberly Knill, a senior appellate court attorney for the California Court of Appeal. Additionally, hear what several recent appointees to the LA Superior Court thought of the judicial selection process.

  • 3 Tips To Avoid Being On The Outs With In-House Counsel

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    When trial lawyers fail to recognize the unique challenges faced by in-house counsel, it jeopardizes not only the outcome of the case, but also the opportunities for future representation. These few simple strategies are hardly rocket science, but they are too often neglected, says Matthew Whitley
 of Beck Redden LLP.

  • The Horrible Conflict Between Biology And Women Attorneys

    Anusia Gillespie

    Women leave law firms for many of the same reasons men do, but also face challenges including headwinds with respect to assignment delegation and social outings, as well as potential disruptions if they choose to have children. Firms can increase investment in talent management and improve retention and engagement of women attorneys, says Anusia Gillespie of Banava Consulting.

  • A Very Low Bar For Use Of Trademark 'In Commerce'

    Louis K. Ebling

    The Federal Circuit ruling in the recent Adidas trademark case is noteworthy not only for the Supreme Court cases it interpreted and followed, but also for the case law it chose not to rely on. The court gave short shrift to at least two cases that seemed to suggest Congress’s powers under the Commerce Clause were more limited than previously thought, say Louis Ebling and Jesse Jenike-Godshalk of Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Lawyer EQ: Finding Success In Every Interaction

    Judith Gordon

    American legal education relies almost exclusively on analytical thinking. But success in legal practice depends in large part upon an accurate emotional understanding of oneself and the human seated opposite us. Honing emotional intelligence skills can lead to greater success, and Judith Gordon of LeaderEsQ offers a few tools that can be implemented immediately to raise one’s emotional intelligence quotient.