• March 9, 2017

    Ex-NFL Players Fire Back At EA In Madden Likeness Dispute

    A proposed class of retired NFL players asked a California federal judge on Wednesday not to grant Electronic Arts Inc.'s bid for a quick win in their dispute over the company’s use of their likenesses, arguing that the video game maker relies on the players’ likenesses despite its claims otherwise.

  • March 9, 2017

    Ex-PSU Coach Slams Judicial Bias Claim In Abuse Report Row

    An ex-Penn State University football coach on Wednesday rebutted allegations that bias by a trial judge helped him win a $7.3 million whistleblower verdict against the school over its purported mishandling of sex abuse reports against convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky.

  • March 9, 2017

    TSG To Pull In $304M With Planet Fitness Share Sale

    Planet Fitness said Wednesday that its private equity backer TSG Consumer Partners is planning to sell off a further stake in the company with a secondary offering that could bring in about $304 million, with guidance from Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • March 9, 2017

    Immigration Ban Could Keep US From Hosting World Cup

    FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Thursday said that an immigration ban for people from several Muslim-majority countries could hurt the U.S.’ chances of winning a bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

  • March 9, 2017

    NCAA Sues Online Game Co. Over 'April Madness'

    With the yearly “March Madness” tournament less than a week away, the National Collegiate Athletic Association filed a trademark infringement lawsuit Wednesday over online fantasy games called “April Madness.”

  • March 8, 2017

    Agent's Partner Saw No Signs Of Smuggled Cuban Players

    A baseball agent told federal jurors Wednesday that he and fellow agent Bartolo Hernandez, who is accused of helping smuggle Cuban ballplayers into the United States, never discussed bringing their shared clients into the country illegally but also said he knew little about key parts of the players' journeys.

  • March 8, 2017

    ADA Deal Slates Oklahoma Softball Stadium For Better Access

    The Amateur Softball Association of America and Oklahoma City have agreed to improve the accessibility of facilities at the softball Hall of Fame and accompanying stadium, resolving an Americans with Disabilities Act suit from a fan who tried attending the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

  • March 8, 2017

    Calif. Minor League Players Granted Cert. In Wage Row

    Major League Baseball will have to face a class of minor league players who say they were cheated on minimum wage and overtime pay after a California federal judge on Tuesday certified a narrower class than one that had been earlier rejected.

  • March 8, 2017

    Ex-AFL Player Says Harm Was ‘Intentional’ In Concussion Suit

    A former Arena Football League player told a Louisiana federal court that there is “direct evidence” that the league intentionally did not pay for medical treatment for his concussion-related injuries suffered while he played in the league, pushing his injury claims outside the realm of workers’ compensation.

  • March 8, 2017

    Nike Says It Is Complying With Doc Production In OT Suit

    Saying that a former Nike store assistant manager created an unnecessary discovery dispute where none existed, Nike Retail Services asked a California federal court on Tuesday to throw out a motion to compel and sanctions request in a case involving allegations the company misclassified the employee as overtime-exempt, saying the company was already producing the documents.

  • March 8, 2017

    Texas Baseball Camp Sues Over 'Baseball Ranch' Trademark

    A baseball training camp filed a trademark infringement suit in Texas federal court on Tuesday accusing a facility in Arizona of using its “Baseball Ranch” mark and leading consumers to believe they’re affiliated when they’re not.

  • March 7, 2017

    MLB Execs Testify As Ballplayer Smuggling Trial Continues

    An agent and a trainer accused of helping smuggle Cuban ballplayers to the United States commenced their defense Tuesday by calling Texas Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels and other baseball executives to testify at their federal trial in Miami after the judge rejected their motions for acquittal.

  • March 7, 2017

    Arena Football League Won't Pay Arbitrator, Union Says

    The Arena Football League Players Union on Monday hit the league with a lawsuit in Illinois federal court alleging that it is refusing to pay an arbitrator who heard a grievance involving a former player, preventing a decision from being issued.

  • March 7, 2017

    Churchill Downs Wins Contract Claim In NJ Casino Row

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday ruled that hotel executive Nicholas L. Ribis breached his contract with thoroughbred racetrack Churchill Downs Inc. to develop and operate an internet gambling operation connected to Showboat Atlantic City when he failed to acquire the casino-hotel as promised.

  • March 7, 2017

    Online Gambling Provider Sues Over 'Lotto' Web Domains

    An online gambling company owner has alleged in Arizona federal court that Lotto Sport Italia SpA is unlawfully blocking his use of registered domain names "" and "" and that he is not infringing the Italian sportswear maker's trademarks.

  • March 7, 2017

    Another Attack On NCAA’s Sit-Out Rule For Transfers Tossed

    An Indiana federal judge on Monday shot down another antitrust challenge to the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s rule requiring student-athletes who transfer to sit out their sport for a year, as well as nixing a shot to force the NCAA to stop restricting the number of athletic scholarships schools can provide.

  • March 7, 2017

    Canceled Hall Of Fame Game Suit Sent To Ohio Court

    A proposed ticket-holder class action against the National Football League and the Pro Football Hall of Fame over an abruptly canceled preseason Hall of Fame Game last year was transferred to Ohio federal court on Monday by a senior California judge who found the case insufficiently tied to the Golden State.

  • March 6, 2017

    Memorabilia Business Owner Says He Did Sell Fake Heisman

    The former owner of a sports memorabilia company pled guilty Monday to defrauding investors and financial institutions out of at least $9 million by peddling fake and adulterated items, in one instance by passing off a ceremonial Heisman Trophy as the real thing.

  • March 6, 2017

    Ex-USC Athlete Wants Labor Claims Out Of Grant-In-Aid Deal

    A former University of Southern California linebacker told a California federal court Thursday that the NCAA and college athletes, which reached a $208.7 million settlement to end certain antitrust claims contesting scholarship caps, have “no business” settling other potential labor law claims, arguing they should follow his proposal to add an express carve-out in the settlement agreement.

  • March 6, 2017

    Ex-Nike Store Worker Seeks Docs, Sanctions In OT Suit

    A former Nike store assistant manager who claims she was misclassified as an overtime-exempt employee asked a California federal court on Friday to force the company to turn over emails from other workers so she can assess claims under the state's Private Attorney General Act.

Expert Analysis

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 1

    David Fink

    Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Why NY Employers Should Carefully Consider Freelancers

    Loren Lee Forrest Jr.

    Employers that engage independent contractors should be aware of certain tensions between the new Freelance Isn't Free Act and the Court of Appeals of the State of New York's recent Yoga Vida decision. Both serve as reminders to scrupulously examine formalization of policies concerning independent contractors, say Loren Lee Forrest Jr. and Katherine Marques of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Legal Loopholes For Dietary Supplements Must Be Sealed

    Robert Tauler

    A lack of sustained and serious enforcement of federal laws and regulations allows shady dealers to openly sell illegal supplements in the U.S. Someday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have enough resources to bring these bad actors down, but until then laws that govern competition in the marketplace will remain the strongest weapon to protect consumers, says Robert Tauler of Tauler Smith LLP.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Almost Famous: Trademark Dilution Claims Just Out Of Reach

    Eric Ball

    Recent dismissals of trademark dilution claims at the motion-to-dismiss stage highlight that plaintiffs must be prepared to show early on that their mark is a “household name” before they can pursue their claims. These decisions also show that defendants are more often turning to this early path to attack an exaggerated claim to fame, say Eric Ball and Carly Bittman of Fenwick & West LLP.