Sports

  • February 6, 2017

    Performance Sports Gets OK On $575M Sale Of Assets

    Bankrupt sports equipment maker Performance Sports Group Ltd. on Monday received court approval in Delaware for a $575 million sale of its assets to a joint venture that made the only offer for the company in its Chapter 11 case.

  • February 6, 2017

    SoulCycle, Customer Spar Over Docs In Gift Card Case

    In a joint filing on Monday, SoulCycle Inc. and the proposed class representative in a suit claiming the fitness company sells illegally expiring gift certificates argued over document production, with the company asking a California federal judge to compel production of certain credit card records, among other documents.

  • February 6, 2017

    Bass Berry & Sims Adds Former NBA Attorney In Nashville

    Bass Berry & Sims PLC added a former National Basketball Association media adviser to its Nashville office as a partner, where he will focus his practice on intellectual property matters, along with other business of media issues.

  • February 6, 2017

    Iran Will Now Grant Visas To US Wrestling Team Members

    The Iranian government said it will now grant visas to members of the U.S. wrestling team, allowing them to compete in the upcoming 2017 Freestyle World Cup after saying it would block their entry in retaliation for a U.S. executive order banning immigration by people from seven predominantly Muslim nations.

  • February 6, 2017

    Adidas Says Tesla Logo Is Too Similar To 3-Stripe TM

    Adidas picked a trademark fight Friday with electric car company Tesla, claiming a logo for the automaker’s Model 3 sedan is confusingly similar to the company’s oft-asserted “3-stripes mark.”

  • February 6, 2017

    Sports Group Of The Year: Akin Gump

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP had a busy 2016 guiding the NFL to some major labor wins that confirmed the commissioner’s authority, including an arbitration decision upholding the commissioner’s new player personal conduct policy, earning the firm a spot as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

  • February 6, 2017

    NCAA, Conferences Reach $209M Deal In Grant-In-Aid MDL

    The NCAA and 11 conferences sued by student-athletes in antitrust suits contesting caps on scholarships have reached a $208.7 million deal to settle monetary claims in the multidistrict litigation, according to documents filed Friday in a California federal court.

  • February 6, 2017

    Reebok-CCM Shoots For Quick Win In Helmet Design Dispute

    Hockey equipment maker Reebok-CCM Hockey asked a Massachusetts federal court Friday for a quick win in a suit brought by a helmet design company that claims it's owed royalty payments, as the designer pushed for a judgment interpreting the contract in its favor.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Managing Intergenerational Differences Within Your Law Firm

    Najmeh Mahmoudjafari

    We are privileged to be part of an employment market that hosts employees from various generations. While “differences” may imply inherent conflict, intergenerational differences can actually be used to an advantage for organizations — especially law firms, say Najmeh Mahmoudjafari, founder of ImmigraTrust Law, and William Martucci of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.

  • Philip Hirschkop: Quietly Making Noise For 50 Years

    Randy Maniloff

    The first paragraph of Philip Hirschkop’s obituary is going to contain the word "Loving." That’s undeniable. But many of Hirschkop’s other cases are just as groundbreaking in their own right. They aren’t household names like Loving, but they have affected millions in the nation’s households, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • The Attack On Social Media Influencer Campaigns

    Gonzalo Mon

    Although recent letters from consumer groups highlight some legitimate issues regarding how companies use "influencers" to promote their brands on social media, they also misstate some of the FTC requirements and lump together good influencer campaigns and bad ones, says Gonzalo Mon of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Can A Yankees Fan Get A Fair Trial In New England?

    Daniel E. Wenner

    Rhode Island, which has no Major League Baseball team of its own, is basically part of Red Sox nation. So what happens when a defendant is tried for bank fraud in Rhode Island before a jury that learns that he’s a Yankees fan? Day Pitney LLP partner and former federal prosecutor Daniel Wenner reviews the case.

  • Judge Cries Foul On MLB Protective Netting Class Action

    Steve Cernak

    Unfortunately for the plaintiffs, because they failed to show that there was a credible or immediate threat that they would be struck by a foul ball while attending a future MLB game, the court dismissed their allegations on Article III standing grounds, and therefore avoided the thornier issues regarding the continuing applicability of the Baseball Rule to the modern sport of baseball, say Steve Cernak and Matthew Kennison of Schiff Hardin LLP.

  • What Is 'Public Interest' Under California Anti-SLAPP Law?

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    Under California’s anti-SLAPP statute, a court may strike causes of action arising from defendants’ exercise of free speech rights concerning matters of "public interest." But because the statute does not define "public interest," California courts have construed it in varying ways. The California Supreme Court may soon provide guidance, say Felix Shafir and Jeremy Rosen of Horvitz & Levy LLP.