Sports

  • February 1, 2018

    Gymgoers Say They're Being Cheated On 'All Access' Passes

    The parent company behind regional gyms New York Sports Clubs, Boston Sports Clubs, Washington Sports Clubs and Philadelphia Sports Clubs got hit Thursday in New York state court with a proposed class action claiming it deceives consumers by denying “all access” pass members the use of its so-called elite gyms.

  • February 1, 2018

    USA Cycling Beats Suit Over Calif. Racer's Death

    A California appeals court on Thursday cleared USA Cycling Inc. of liability in a suit alleging a race support vehicle driver negligently blocked the course during a 2012 event, resulting in the death of a race participant, saying the sport’s governing body did nothing to increase inherent risks.

  • February 1, 2018

    Fitbit Gets Quick Win In Activity Monitor IP Suit

    A California federal judge granted Fitbit Inc. a quick win Thursday in a suit brought by a rival that claims Fitbit’s Blaze and Surge wearable fitness trackers include gyroscopes that infringe its patent, finding the infringement theories as alleged are “demonstrably wrong.”

  • February 1, 2018

    Football Fights: A Year In NFL Trademark Battles

    With Super Bowl LII set to kick off in Minnesota 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 collegiate "Buccaneers," Las Vegas-related movie quotes and, as always, "The 12th Man."

  • February 1, 2018

    NCAA Athletes Seek Bond Against $209M Settlement Objector

    A class of college athletes suing the NCAA in multidistrict litigation over the association's allegedly anti-competitive caps on what benefits players can receive asked a California federal court Wednesday to issue an appeal bond against the sole objector to the nearly $209 million settlement, arguing he is blocking the students' ability to recoup damages.

  • February 1, 2018

    Ex-FIFA VP Ordered To Pay $6.7M For Bribery Scheme Role

    A New York federal court on Wednesday ordered Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA vice president who headed the soccer association’s governing body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, to forfeit $6.7 million for his role in the international sport’s massive bribery scandal.

  • February 1, 2018

    All MLB Ballparks To Have Expanded Netting In 2018

    Major League Baseball on Thursday said all 30 of its clubs will have extended safety netting behind home plate at their ballparks this season, aiming to provide greater protection from bats and balls in response to growing concerns over fan safety.

  • February 1, 2018

    Lifetime Bans For Doping Lifted For 28 Russian Athletes

    A court for international sports overturned lifetime bans over doping for 28 Russian athletes on Thursday, dealing a serious setback to the International Olympic Committee’s efforts to rein in doping.

  • February 1, 2018

    As Super Bowl Nears, Odds On Sports Betting Look Bright

    The professional sports leagues have already started to soften their stance on legalizing sports betting as the U.S. Supreme Court considers the issue, but the $4.8 billion that's estimated to be bet on Sunday's Super Bowl — nearly all of it illegally — could hasten their desire for legalization.

  • January 31, 2018

    Fox Scores Rights To Televise Thursday Night Football

    Fox Sports will broadcast the next five seasons of Thursday Night Football under an agreement the programmer inked with the National Football League on Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    Life Time Fitness Investors Can't Bring Back PE Buyout Suit

    A Minnesota federal judge on Tuesday said a group of Life Time Fitness Inc. investors cannot revive their lawsuit over the company’s 2015 private equity buyout, finding that the shareholders are unable to pinpoint any new information that could alter the court’s initial decision.

  • January 31, 2018

    Athletes Tell 7th Circ. They're Cards In Online 'Casinos'

    FanDuel and DraftKings can’t rely on exceptions for news in Indiana’s right of publicity statute to cover their use of college athletes’ images because the websites do nothing more than promote illegal gambling, a proposed class of the players told the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday.

  • January 31, 2018

    Ore. Appeals Court Revives Nike Whistleblower Suit

    An Oregon appeals court on Wednesday wiped out a jury’s ruling that Nike did not fire a former electrician because he raised safety concerns, saying the lower court should have instructed the jury on the “cat’s paw” theory of liability, in which a decision-maker is swayed by others’ biases.

  • January 31, 2018

    Michigan State Faces Title IX Legal Woes After Nassar

    Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar could spend the rest of his life in prison after he was sentenced for sexually abusing young girls, but the legal fallout for Michigan State is just beginning as the school potentially faces serious liability for claims under Title IX.

  • January 30, 2018

    Honus Wagner Co. Can't Revive Trademark Suit In Fla.

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied Honus Wagner Co.’s bid to revive a suit alleging infringement of its marketing rights for the likeness of baseball legend Honus Wagner for lack of jurisdiction, finding that the company had again failed to show her why the suit should be heard in the state.

  • January 30, 2018

    Indians Sacking 'Wahoo' Logo Puts Squeeze On Redskins

    The Cleveland Indians’ decision to stop using the "Chief Wahoo” logo on uniforms next year shows the power of social pressure to curb use of a controversial trademark and dials up the heat on Washington’s NFL team to abandon its "Redskins" marks despite recent legal wins backing their use.

  • January 30, 2018

    MLB Scouts Take Wage Suppression Suit To High Court

    Scouts accusing Major League Baseball of suppressing their wages on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the sport's much-criticized antitrust exemption, which numerous courts have denounced while simultaneously relying on it to dismiss antitrust suits.

  • January 30, 2018

    Gaming Group Says $4.8B To Be Illegally Bet On Super Bowl

    Americans are expected to bet $4.76 billion on the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, but almost every dollar will be wagered illegally, according to a report released Tuesday blasting federal sports betting restrictions.

  • January 30, 2018

    DLA Piper Media Practice Adds 2 Partners In LA

    DLA Piper has bolstered its media, sports and entertainment practice with two new partners at its Los Angeles office, the firm announced on Monday.

  • January 30, 2018

    Ex-Life Time Exec To Cop Plea In Insider Trading Case

    A former Life Time Fitness Inc. executive intends to plead guilty to leaking information about the gym chain's planned private equity buyout to friends in exchange for a cut of their trading profits, prosecutors told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Siemens Lesson — Tillerson Is Right

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    Since its whopping $800 million Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlement in 2008, Siemens cleaned up — and it has “cleaned up” in its long-standing competition with General Electric. How? As Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly told President Donald Trump, you don’t need to pay bribes to succeed in international business, says Peter Y. Solmssen, former general counsel of Siemens.

  • Opinion

    The Numbers Indicate The Russian Olympic Ban Is Too Harsh

    Ronald Katz

    On Tuesday, the World Anti-Doping Agency prevailed against Russia over alleged state-sponsored doping of Olympic athletes. But there is evidence supporting a lesser punishment, says Ronald Katz, of counsel at GCA Law Partners LLP and chair emeritus of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at University of the Pacific.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Rise In International Enforcement

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    The 2008 Siemens matter — then the largest sanction ever imposed in a Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action — set the stage for future cross-collaboration in global anti-corruption enforcement, say Cheryl Scarboro, former chief of the FCPA Unit at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and Diana Wielocha of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: Highlights From The 1st Corporate Trial

    Robert Feldman

    The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act case of U.S. v. Harris Corp. was tried in March 1991 — so long ago that pretty much only the parties and counsel remember it. With a smile, I’ve just about given up correcting people who say their case is "the only FCPA case ever to be tried,” says Robert Feldman of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP.

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    40 Years Of FCPA: The Strange Case That Started It All

    Burton Wiand

    At the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in April 1978, we filed a case against Page Airways and envisioned the trial of a precedent-setting enforcement action that would have defined Foreign Corrupt Practices Act standards at an early stage. Instead, the matter was settled under circumstances that I am sure are unique in SEC history, says Burton Wiand of Wiand Guerra King PA.

  • The Billing Evolution: How Far Along Is Your Firm?

    Sharon Quaintance

    In a recent study, 20 out of 25 law firms surveyed have made billing process improvement a top priority for 2018. Firms can foster consistency and increase efficiency at all stages of their billing cycle by focusing on a few specific procedures, say Sharon Quaintance and Christine Indiano at HBR Consulting.

  • Insights On Article III Standing Under Ill. Biometrics Law

    Molly DiRago

    Last week the Second Circuit, in Santana v. Take-Two Interactive Software, affirmed the lower court’s decision that the plaintiffs lacked Article III standing to assert a claim under Illinois’ Biometric Information Protection Act, creating an apparent divide between plaintiffs who have voluntarily provided their biometric data and those who have not, say Molly DiRago and Mark Mao of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

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    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.