Sports

  • July 6, 2017

    Robins Kaplan Brings On Ex-Pearson Simon Antitrust Pro

    Robins Kaplan LLP has added a longtime antitrust pro in Silicon Valley from Pearson Simon & Warshaw LLP who’s built a career representing consumers, investors and college athletes in class actions and other high-stakes trials.

  • July 6, 2017

    Swiss Court Nixes Platini's Appeal Of 4-Year Ban

    A Swiss court has declined to overturn a four-year ban imposed on former European football boss Michel Platini that was levied against him for ethics violations last year by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to a Thursday notice.

  • July 6, 2017

    Riddell Settles Patent Suit Against Rival Helmet Maker

    Riddell has reached an undisclosed deal to resolve its patent infringement claims against rival helmet maker Xenith, according to court documents filed in Illinois federal court Wednesday.

  • July 6, 2017

    Ex-NBA Player’s Adviser Barred From Top Roles In SEC Case

    An investment adviser who faced criminal and civil charges for defrauding former San Antonio Spurs player Tim Duncan was barred from serving as a corporate officer or director in Georgia federal court Wednesday after he settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • July 6, 2017

    Golf Club Designer Can Dodge Counterclaims In IP Row

    A California federal judge on Wednesday let a golf club designer and his company dodge counterclaims and affirmative defenses by a marketing company he claims ripped off his golf club and training aid, ruling that support for the counterclaims falls short.

  • July 5, 2017

    Justice Stevens On Gorsuch And Sticking With The Cubs

    Justice John Paul Stevens discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch, the pitfalls of originalism, and his beloved Chicago Cubs, in the second article based on Law360’s exclusive interview with the legendary jurist.

  • July 5, 2017

    Feds Fight Ex-MLB Player’s Bid For New Insider Trading Trial

    Federal prosecutors have hit back at a bid for a new trial by convicted inside trader and former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces, telling a California federal judge that the evidence detailing his use of nonpublic information to trade stock in a friend’s medical device company supported the jury’s guilty verdict.

  • July 5, 2017

    PTAB Agrees To Review Part Of Polaris ATV Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board agreed Wednesday to review part of a Polaris Industries Inc. patent in inter partes review, opening another chapter in the legal fight between the powersports vehicle manufacturer and rival Arctic Cat Inc. over all-terrain vehicles.

  • July 5, 2017

    Finish Line Can't Arbitrate Pregnancy Suit, 9th Circ. Says

    The Ninth Circuit has ruled that athletic retailer Finish Line can’t arbitrate a former sales associate’s claims that she was fired because she took leave to deal with health issues she encountered during her pregnancy, saying the arbitration agreement she had to sign when she was hired was unconscionable.

  • July 5, 2017

    Ex-PSU President Can't Dodge Child Endangerment Rap

    A Pennsylvania judge on Wednesday rejected ex-Penn State University President Graham Spanier’s bid to dodge a recent child endangerment conviction over his failure to report an incident of suspected child abuse involving now-convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky in 2001.

  • July 5, 2017

    WBO Gets Boxer's Ranking Suit Moved To Puerto Rico

    A New Mexico federal judge on Wednesday allowed the World Boxing Organization to move to its home island of Puerto Rico, a lawsuit accusing the sanctioning body of denying a title fight to a boxer after accepting a bribe from a rival promoter.

  • July 5, 2017

    Penn State Aims To Recoup $1M From Ex-Football Coach

    Penn State University has filed suit against a former assistant football coach to recoup nearly $1 million it says it’s owed after he resigned his post to take a similar position with the University of Tennessee.

  • July 5, 2017

    'Boiler Room' Exec Penalized Over $6.6M Fraud In SEC Suit

    A Florida federal judge has handed down an injunction requested by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against an imprisoned former executive for a now-defunct sports investment company, penalizing her after she pled guilty to taking part in a scheme to defraud investors through the sale of worthless stock.

  • July 5, 2017

    Employees Not Covered In Zip Line Injury Suit, Judge Rules

    A Missouri federal judge Wednesday found a Great American Alliance Insurance Co. policy was ambiguous enough to possibly cover a Baptist conference center for a 2014 zip line accident but not ambiguous enough to cover individual employees.

  • July 5, 2017

    Guess Hit With Patent Suit Over Smartwatch Tech

    Clothing and accessory company Guess Inc. was hit with a patent infringement suit in Illinois federal court on Tuesday over its line of smartwatches, the latest in a recent rash of suits by frequent filer Sportbrain Holdings LLC.

  • July 3, 2017

    Justice Stevens On Playing Politics With The High Court

    Justice John Paul Stevens discusses Merrick Garland, President Donald Trump, and how the Supreme Court has changed over the past few decades, in the first of two articles based on Law360’s interview with the 97-year-old retiree. This is part of an ongoing series of exclusive Law360 interviews with current and former Supreme Court justices.

  • July 3, 2017

    Fox Sports Exec Out Amid Sex Harassment Probe

    Fox Sports fired top executive Jamie Horowitz Monday amid media reports that he had become the subject of an internal sexual harassment investigation, the latest in a line of high-profile Fox personalities who have been ousted in recent months over claims of harassment or sexism.

  • July 3, 2017

    Umpire Sues MLB Claiming Discrimination, Manager Vendetta

    A Cuban-born umpire filed a discrimination lawsuit against Major League Baseball in Ohio federal court on Monday, claiming the league routinely fails to promote minorities and that Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre has held a personal gripe against him from his days as the Yankees’ manager.

  • July 3, 2017

    Taxpayers Drop $34.5M Detroit Arena Funding Row

    Michigan residents challenging the right of downtown development organizations in Detroit to use $34.5 million in taxpayer funds for the NBA team Detroit Pistons' relocation to a new arena have agreed to drop their suit, according to documents filed in Michigan federal court Saturday.

  • July 3, 2017

    Snap Fitness Charged Fee Without Permission, Suit Says

    Snap Fitness charged nationwide customers a $35 club enhancement fee without permission and in violation of their membership agreements, a proposed class of customers have alleged in Ohio federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • A Better UDRP Standard For Personal Names: Part 2

    Roberta Horton

    The current standard embraced by virtually all Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy cases — that the claimant must show commercial use of her personal name to succeed — is simply too stringent. It should be expanded to protect prominent persons who do not market products or services in their own names, say Roberta Horton and Michael Kientzle of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Monetizing The Athlete Brand

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    In this short video, Arash Khalili of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses the shift happening in athlete endorsement deals today, new strategies for monetizing the athlete brand through equity-based endorsements, and the advantages of these deals for both the athlete and the company.

  • A Better UDRP Standard For Personal Names: Part 1

    Roberta Horton

    The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy frequently provides a welcome remedy for trademark owners who fall victim to cybersquatters. But when a well-known individual's name is targeted, the UDRP generally affords protection only to those who can show that they have reaped commercial success through use of their names, say Roberta Horton and Michael Kientzle of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • The Trick To Trademarking Micro-Moments In Sports

    Ryan Hilbert

    One of the most interesting recent developments in the sports apparel industry is the commercialization of unexpected, instantly memorable happenings during a game. But the same characteristics that make these micro-moments so appealing also create the possibility for tremendous risk in the world of trademarks, says Ryan Hilbert of Holley & Menker PA.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.

  • The Case For A Lawyer As Chief Operating Officer

    Nate Bennett

    It is wise to consider looking for a potential chief operating officer in what some might consider an unconventional place — the ranks of the legal profession. A risk-conscious attorney may serve as a good counterweight to a more enterprising CEO, say Dr. Nathan Bennett of Georgia State University and Matt Bedwell of The Miles Group LLC.

  • Immigration Door For Int'l Athletes Remains Open (For Now)

    Jordan Butler

    While international athletes in the P-1 and O-1 visa categories have not been directly targeted by President Donald Trump’s immigration policies at this juncture, they potentially stand to be affected in a detrimental manner, says Jordan Butler of Wolf Rifkin Shapiro Schulman & Rabkin LLP.

  • What Lawyers Should Know To Avoid Online Scams

    J. S. Christie Jr.

    Scams resulting in access to confidential information are probably a lawyer’s greatest technology and cybersecurity risk. But hackers are more likely to gain access to a lawyer’s computer systems through human error, usually responding to a scam, than a brute force attack, says J. S. Christie Jr. of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.