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  • July 26, 2018

    NJ Meadowlands Authority Not Liable For Landfill Cleanup

    A New Jersey appeals court on Thursday agreed that an agency overseeing the zoning and regulatory efforts of the state’s Meadowlands region should not be required to shoulder any burden that may be placed on the town of Kearny in association with the cleanup of a landfill in the area.

  • July 26, 2018

    Ex-NCAA Athlete's Minimum Wage Case Stays Alive

    A former Villanova University football player can continue his Pennsylvania federal court lawsuit against the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association alleging he is owed unpaid wages for his time with the Wildcats, a ruling that diverges from recent cases finding it is not plausible that college athletes are employees.

  • July 26, 2018

    NY Court OKs Ex-Auburn Coach's Bid To Move To Georgia

    A former Auburn University basketball coach accused in a fraud and bribery scheme to steer promising basketball players to top-tier college programs was allowed by a New York federal court Thursday to modify his pretrial release terms so he can travel to Georgia, where he and his fiancee recently purchased a house.

  • July 25, 2018

    Judge Slams Fitbit, MoFo Attys For Arbitration Runaround

    A California federal judge sanctioned Fitbit Inc. and its Morrison & Foerster LLP attorneys on Wednesday for acting in bad faith, saying they owe attorneys' fees after getting a proposed consumer class action removed to arbitration only to reveal they had no intention of arbitrating the claims.

  • July 25, 2018

    Ex-NHLers Won't Appeal Head Trauma Cert. Denial For Now

    Retired National Hockey League players who say the league hid the dangers of repeated head trauma and ignored scientific evidence linking the sport with long-term brain diseases will not immediately seek to appeal the denial of their bid to bring their claims in a class action, one of the lead attorneys for the players confirmed to Law360 Wednesday.

  • July 25, 2018

    Ex-Calif. State Judge To Oversee MSU Nassar Settlement

    A Michigan federal court on Tuesday appointed a former California state judge to distribute funds from a $500 million settlement reached with Michigan State University by more than 300 alleged victims of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar, a former university gymnastics team doctor and faculty member.

  • July 25, 2018

    Skier Asks 1st Circ. To Saddle Resort For Pole Collision

    A New Yorker who skied into a snow-covered pole in New Hampshire asked the First Circuit on Wednesday to hold Mount Sunapee Resort responsible for his injuries, challenging the legality of a small-print liability release on the back of his lift ticket.

  • July 25, 2018

    Boston Globe Sued For Publishing Hernandez Fiancée's Pic

    Prolific copyright plaintiffs counsel Liebowitz Law Firm PLLC hit The Boston Globe with an infringement suit in New York federal court Tuesday, alleging the newspaper's website published without permission a photograph of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez's pregnant former fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

  • July 25, 2018

    Tennis Org., Doping Firm Serve Player's Suit To Fed. Court

    The International Tennis Federation and a doping control firm removed a lawsuit by a professional tennis player over alleged harm from tests for performance-enhancing drugs back to Florida federal court, saying Wednesday the case belongs there because the only defendant with ties to the state is resolving claims through arbitration.

  • July 25, 2018

    Objectors Slam $9.5M Fee Request By NFL Class Counsel

    A group of former NFL players and lawyers on Tuesday slammed an attorneys' fees request of $9.5 million from the class counsel in the NFL concussion settlement, telling a Pennsylvania federal judge that the request lacks supporting documentation.

  • July 25, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Finds Patent On Beginners’ Wakeboard Obvious

    ZUP LLC’s patent on a water recreation board pulled behind boats that inexperienced riders can use lying down, kneeling or standing is invalid as obvious, the Federal Circuit ruled Wednesday in a win for Nash Manufacturing Inc., a competitor ZUP accused of infringement.

  • July 25, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lincoln Property, FCI, Lion Financial

    Lincoln Property is reportedly buying a New York office and retail property for roughly $260 million, FCI Residential is said to have picked up nearly 33 acres in Florida for $16.1 million, and Lion Financial has reportedly loaned $12.5 million for a recent purchase of a Florida site that could be turned into a sports entertainment complex.

  • July 25, 2018

    From Billable Hours To Bedtime Stories: Lawyering With Children

    Attorneys are clocking more billable hours than ever before, and when children enter the picture, the demands on their time and finances can drive stress levels to new heights.

  • July 25, 2018

    NFL Asks Judge To Compel Age Bias Suit Into Arbitration

    The National Football League asked a New York federal court Tuesday to stay an age discrimination suit brought by fired security personnel and move the claims into arbitration, citing the "broad arbitration provisions" in the former workers' employment agreements.

  • July 24, 2018

    Judge Defends 'Deflategate' Ruling After Autograph Request

    Just when it seemed that the so-called Deflategate case involving New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was history, the New York federal judge who sided with the quarterback and players union filed a letter in the case docket saying he stands by his decision while respectfully declining a fan’s request for his autograph.

  • July 24, 2018

    EEOC Accuses Fla. Retailer Of Systemic Racial Discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday accused Fanatics Retail Group LLC in Florida federal court of operating a screening room for its licensed sports merchandise that held black and white employees to entirely different standards and allowed blatant racism.

  • July 24, 2018

    Esports Survey Lists Cybersecurity, Match-Fixing As Threats

    Esports industry sources expect more investment from traditional sports, though there are concerns that the danger of malware or cybersecurity attacks and match-fixing pose substantial legal risks to the continued growth of the industry, a survey from Foley & Lardner LLP released Tuesday revealed.

  • July 24, 2018

    Ticketmaster Website Not ADA-Compliant, Judge Finds

    Live Nation Worldwide Inc. and Ticketmaster LLC violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by making it nearly impossible to purchase tickets for wheelchair-accessible seats at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, a Washington federal court said.

  • July 24, 2018

    Under Armour Investors Say Execs Misled Then Cashed Out

    Two Under Armour investors hit the athletic apparel giant with a derivative shareholder suit Monday in Maryland federal court, alleging the company’s executives artificially inflated its share price by issuing rosy projections and downplaying the impact of Sports Authority's bankruptcy, then cashed out hundreds of millions in stock options before the stock plummeted.

  • July 24, 2018

    Stanford Sexual Assault Case That Ousted Judge Appealed

    An ex-Stanford University swimmer convicted of sexual assault wasn't trying to have intercourse with an intoxicated woman on a campus basketball court but was engaging in "outercourse," a California appellate panel heard on Tuesday in a controversial case that led to the trial judge's ouster.

Expert Analysis

  • 2 Gambling Issues That May Change After Sports Bet Ruling

    David Jacoby

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy is just the latest flip in America’s roller-coaster treatment of gambling. This particular twist is likely to impact directly the fortunes of two groups somewhat improbably linked by their relationship to gambling — Native American tribes and the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, says David Jacoby of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Exploring The Gambling Industry's Economic Peculiarities

    Roland Eisenhuth

    The anticipated legalization of sports betting in over 20 states is expected to add billions of dollars to U.S. gambling revenue. At the same time, mergers and acquisitions in the industry have attracted the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and questions regarding the economics of gambling must be addressed, says Roland Eisenhuth of Epsilon Economics LLC.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.

  • How We Got Here: A Look Back At Trailblazing Women In Law

    Jill Norgren

    Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.

  • Getting The Snaps And Tweets Into Evidence

    Matthew Hamilton

    Litigants who proffer data obtained from social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram must authenticate that data before it will be admitted as evidence. Attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP examine decisions from Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions to determine whether courts are imposing a more demanding standard for social media data than other documentary evidence.

  • States Need Realistic Expectations For Sports Betting

    A.G. Burnett

    In the run-up to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, many state officials viewed legalized sports betting as the answer to their budgetary problems. But states will soon learn, if they haven’t already, that sports betting is a complicated and low-margin business. Nevada’s results are sobering, say A.G. Burnett and Rick Trachok of McDonald Carano LLP. 

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.