• November 1, 2017

    NASCAR Team, Pit Crew Member Settle Wrongful Firing Suit

    Michael Waltrip Racing and a former pit crew member suing the NASCAR team in North Carolina state court over his alleged wrongful termination have settled their dispute, the former tire changer’s attorney told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • October 31, 2017

    Marketing Deal Joined US Soccer, MLS At Hip, Judge Told

    The U.S. Soccer Federation’s financial relationship with Major League Soccer is taking center stage in a case brought by the North American Soccer League, which alleges the federation is blocking it from competing as a rival professional league by denying it second-tier status, a move the NASL says would be its death knell.

  • October 31, 2017

    Law Profs Go To Bat For Minor Leaguers In 9th Circ. Wage Suit

    A pair of law professors told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that minor league ballplayers who played and trained in Arizona and Florida should have received class certification in a wage-and-hour lawsuit against Major League Baseball, saying a California federal judge misinterpreted U.S. Supreme Court precedent in denying their certification bids.

  • October 31, 2017

    NFL Union 'Emergency' Bid To Stop Elliott Suspension Denied

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday batted down an emergency motion by the NFL players union asking her to grant a temporary order blocking Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, less than a day after she denied a similar request.

  • October 31, 2017

    CEO Accused Of Tipping Off Ex-MLBer Fights New Charges

    The former chief executive of Advanced Medical Optics Inc. on Monday moved to dismiss a new slate of charges brought by federal prosecutors alleging he fed nonpublic information to former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces, who was convicted of insider trading earlier this year.

  • October 31, 2017

    9th Circ. Won't Rethink Lakers' TCPA Coverage Loss

    The full Ninth Circuit won't review a panel's split decision that the Los Angeles Lakers aren't covered under a Federal Insurance Co. directors and officers policy for underlying claims that the NBA team sent nuisance texts to fans, according to an order posted Tuesday.

  • October 31, 2017

    Kmart Beats Trademark Suit Over 'Rise' Basketball Gear

    A California federal judge has tossed a trademark lawsuit filed against Kmart over a line of sports apparel called Risewear, saying it’s “strikingly” dissimilar to a rival “Rise” brand.

  • October 31, 2017

    Cayman Soccer 'Groupie' Given 15 Months In FIFA Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday sentenced the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association to 15 months in prison and ordered him to pay $3 million in restitution after he admitted to laundering millions of dollar in bribes as part of the sprawling FIFA corruption scandal.

  • October 31, 2017

    Cuban Ballplayer Smuggler Can't Get Feds' Visa Records

    A Florida federal judge on Monday rejected a sports trainer's request to force the government to hand over visa records for 20 baseball players granted entry since his conviction over smuggling Cuban players into the country, agreeing with prosecutors that he is not entitled to the evidence.

  • October 31, 2017

    ESPN, Producer Can't End Copyright Row Over Documentary

    A Mississippi federal judge on Monday refused to toss a filmmaker’s copyright claims against ESPN and a producer alleging that they ripped off his 2004 documentary about a paralyzed college football player to make their own film, finding that a jury should decide if the filmmaker owns the copyrights to the story and third-party footage that he digitized.

  • October 30, 2017

    Elliott Faces Bench After Judge Refuses To Block Suspension

    Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott will likely have to immediately serve a six-game domestic violence suspension after a New York federal judge on Monday refused to issue a new ruling to hold off on the suspension pending a federal court challenge.

  • October 30, 2017

    Texas Judge Questions MLS Team's Potential Move To Austin

    The possible relocation of Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew SC to Austin, Texas, has led a state judge to request an investigation into the process, saying in a letter to MLS Commissioner Don Garber that league representatives misled local officials about the status of a proposed expansion team in the nearby San Antonio market.

  • October 30, 2017

    Tax Atty Pleads Not Guilty In NFL Player Refund Case

    The former tax attorney for professional football player Antrel Rolle has pled not guilty to charges of fraudulently obtaining $1.2 million in tax refunds for the All-Pro safety and then pocketing the money for himself, a spokesman for Los Angeles prosecutors confirmed with Law360 on Monday.

  • October 30, 2017

    Golf Gear Co. Appeals £1.45M Fine Over Online Sales Ban

    A golf products maker urged the U.K.’s Competition Appeal Tribunal on Friday to overturn a £1.45 million ($1.91 million) fine against it for preventing two retailers from selling its golf clubs online, arguing it shouldn’t be forced to sell non-fitted golf clubs against its will.

  • October 30, 2017

    NCAA Prez Says Bribery Charges 'Disgusting,' Talks Reform

    National Collegiate Athletic Association President Mark Emmert said the recent criminal bribery allegations involving college basketball are “disgusting” and called for more open discussions about issues with college athletics, but pointed toward the desire of college athletes to make it to the professional ranks as a continuing challenge while speaking at the fall meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics on Monday.

  • October 30, 2017

    WWE Says Atty Improperly Solicited Wrestler In Royalty Row

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. on Friday accused an attorney of soliciting former wrestlers to join a royalty suit against it, urging a Connecticut federal judge to force one plaintiff to turn over a March 2016 email from the attorney and to testify about their meeting with a co-plaintiff.

  • October 27, 2017

    Pension Fund Wins Seat At Performance Sports Ch. 11 Table

    Bankrupt athletic equipment maker Performance Sports Group on Friday reached a $3.6 million deal with a pension fund suing the company for allegedly misleading investors, putting to rest a dispute that had threatened to derail the debtor's pending Chapter 11 plan in Delaware bankruptcy court. 

  • October 27, 2017

    Brand Battles: Cellino & Barnes Face TM Fight Over 888-8888

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, ubiquitous personal injury firm Cellino & Barnes faces a fight over its famous phone number, the owners of the "Lord of the Rings" franchise embark on a quest to stop Floyd Mayweather from registering a trademark, and T. Rowe Price has “confidence” that it can block a finance rival's slogan.

  • October 27, 2017

    'Too Similar' Rutgers Logos Threaten Deals, Apparel Co. Says

    The owner of athletics-themed clothing brand Rare Breed told a New Jersey federal court Thursday it could lose important potential partnerships if Rutgers University and an assistant football coach aren’t forced to stop using logos it says are virtually identical to its own.

  • October 27, 2017

    Lululemon Drops IP Bra Brawl With Under Armour

    Lululemon said Thursday it has agreed to end its short-lived case against Under Armour for allegedly infringing patented sports bra designs, shutting down the fight before the athletic apparel rival even responded to the complaint.

Expert Analysis

  • Insurers Win Series Against Lakers In TCPA D&O Shootout

    Lawrence Bracken II

    This month, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers were not entitled to coverage for a fan's class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This decision should not be seen to foreclose future TCPA defendants from obtaining D&O coverage, but it sends a staunch reminder to policyholders that they should carefully analyze the language of their policies, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 3

    Robert W. Ludwig

    In the final installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig concludes his deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • 4 Ways Law Firms Can Help Battle Addiction

    Link Christin

    With more than a third of lawyers showing signs of problem drinking, and untold others abusing prescription drugs and other substances, it is time for law firms to be more proactive in addressing this issue, says Link Christin, executive director of the Legal Professionals Program at Caron Treatment Centers.

  • A Law Firm Guide To Helping Victims Of Human Trafficking

    Sarah Dohoney Byrne

    Unlike victims of many crimes, human trafficking survivors often have complicated legal problems related to the experience of being trafficked — everything from criminal records to custody disputes to immigration obstacles. Many law firms already provide assistance in these areas and can easily transition resources and expertise, says Sarah Dohoney Byrne of Moore & Van Allen PLLC.

  • Rebuttal

    Discovery Proportionality: A Defense View

    Alan Hoffman

    A recent Law360 guest article offered a plaintiff’s guide to discovery proportionality, focusing on recent amendments to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. But proportionality is achieved by collaboration, not by mechanistically applying rules. When lawyers work together to establish the nature and scope of discovery, disputes can be avoided, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.