• August 30, 2017

    Female Athletes Say $75M NCAA Concussion Deal Is Unfair

    A proposed subclass of women's lacrosse players objected Wednesday to the $75 million settlement reached in the multidistrict litigation against the NCAA over student-athletes' concussions, saying the deal robs the players of their chance to change NCAA rules about helmet usage in their sport.

  • August 30, 2017

    CAS Sides With FIFA In Bolivian Soccer Eligibility Dispute

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday said the Bolivian Football Federation must forfeit a pair of FIFA World Cup qualifying matches after fielding a player in the games who was ineligible to compete for the country.

  • August 30, 2017

    Gilstrap Sends Riddell Rival’s Helmet Patent Suit To Illinois

    Eastern District of Texas Judge Rodney Gilstrap has moved a patent dispute lodged by the maker of Schutt Sports football helmets against its rival Riddell to Illinois, finding that while Texas was a proper venue for the suit under his newly devised test, Illinois was more convenient.

  • August 30, 2017

    PGA Tour Must Face Golfer Singh's Suit Over Doping Claims

    A New York state judge on Wednesday refused the PGA Tour Inc.’s last-ditch bid to avoid Vijay Singh’s four-year-old lawsuit over his suspension for alleged doping, saying the professional golfer has raised significant issues of fact for a jury to decide.

  • August 30, 2017

    TC Heartland Alters Venue In Fitbit Patent Row, Judge Says

    A Virginia federal judge Tuesday granted Fitbit Inc.'s request to transfer to California a patent infringement suit filed by Smart Wearable Technologies Inc. against the wearable fitness device maker, citing the U.S. Supreme Court's May decision in TC Heartland.

  • August 29, 2017

    Recall Effort Resumes Against Stanford Sex Assault Judge

    Supporters of a campaign to ask California voters to recall the judge who sentenced Stanford University student Brock Turner to six months in jail for a sexual assault conviction have regained the ability to legally collect signatures on petitions for the effort.

  • August 29, 2017

    Scotiabank Grabs Maple Leafs, Raptors Arena-Naming Rights

    The ownership group behind ice hockey's Toronto Maple Leafs and basketball's Toronto Raptors has signed a potentially record-setting, 20-year deal with Scotiabank to rename the teams’ home arena.

  • August 29, 2017

    Licensing Co. Wants Out Of Suit On Rights To Baseball Great

    An Indiana licensing management company asked a Florida federal judge Monday to dismiss a trademark infringement suit filed against it by a Florida company over the rights to market the likeness of baseball legend Honus Wagner, saying the pleadings are insufficient.

  • August 29, 2017

    Jenner & Block Adds Sports, Energy, Enviro Pro In Chicago

    Jenner & Block LLP added depth to its complex commercial litigation team with the addition of a partner specializing in sports, energy and environmental matters in its Chicago office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • August 29, 2017

    Canadian Football League Team Hires, Fires Ex-Baylor Coach

    The hiring and firing of former Baylor University head football coach Art Briles was announced Monday by the Canadian Football League and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, a team that had picked him to serve as an assistant head coach after he was sacked amid a sexual assault reporting scandal.

  • August 29, 2017

    2nd Member Of Powerful Honduran Family Cops To Charges

    Yankel Rosenthal Coello, a soccer club executive and former minister to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, admitted Tuesday in Manhattan federal court to trying to launder drug money via a Florida real estate transaction, joining a cousin in pleading guilty.

  • August 29, 2017

    Rams On The Hook For License Payout, Ex-Ticket Holders Say

    A group of St. Louis Rams season ticket holders said Monday that an organization that was used to sell seat license contracts in the mid-1990s worked as an agent of the team, telling a Missouri federal judge that the Rams are now responsible for canceling the agreements when the team moved to Los Angeles.

  • August 28, 2017

    Ex-Bass Pro Sales Associate Loses Age Bias Suit

    Bass Pro Shops scored a win in an age discrimination suit from a former employee on Friday when an Oklahoma federal judge found that the employee gave no evidence showing “even an inference” that the company fired him because of his age.

  • August 28, 2017

    Showtime Hit With Suit Over Mayweather-McGregor Stream

    Almost immediately after undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. knocked out Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the 10th round Saturday, Showtime was hit with a proposed class action over issues with the $99.99 pay-per-view online stream that allegedly failed to deliver the quality view of the fight that was promised.

  • August 28, 2017

    Ticket Execs Escape SEC's $33M Athlete Fraud Suit, For Now

    A Texas federal judge on Monday found that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission failed to show how two executives for a ticket reservation business aided a scheme that defrauded professional athletes of $33 million, but said the agency could amend its claims.

  • August 28, 2017

    Hexing Adviser Charged In $20M Sports Store Ponzi Scheme

    Prosecutors unveiled charges Monday in Maryland federal court against a financial adviser who was previously barred from the industry for inflating her assets, this time alleging she raised $20 million for her sports apparel firm but used the cash for Ponzi payments — and tried to cast spells on U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigators.

  • August 28, 2017

    Chinese Insurer Blasts Dick's Latest Push To Keep Suit In US

    A Chinese insurer embroiled in a coverage dispute with Dick’s Sporting Goods over a personal injury suit involving a burst exercise ball has urged a Pennsylvania federal court to adopt a magistrate judge’s recommendation that the suit be tried in China, calling Dick’s arguments to the contrary flimsy at best.

  • August 28, 2017

    FIFA To Oversee Cameroon Soccer Fed After Nixed Elections

    FIFA has appointed a “normalization committee” to oversee the soccer federation of Cameroon, following disputes in the country over the federation's leadership after the Court of Arbitration for Sport annulled elections for the federation's executive committee in 2015.

  • August 28, 2017

    St. Louis Visitors Commission Resists Rams' Arbitration Bid

    A St. Louis visitors organization pushed back Friday in Missouri federal court against the Los Angeles Rams’ bid to arbitrate a dispute over an alleged breach of personal seat license agreements following the team’s move back to California, saying the Rams failed to show arbitration is a must.

  • August 28, 2017

    Ex-Penn State Prez Says Conviction Will Be Reversed

    Former Penn State President Graham Spanier told a Pennsylvania court Friday that his child endangerment conviction connected to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal will likely be overturned, and that once this happens Spanier can fully defend his libel case over a report on the university’s handling of the scandal.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Questions To Ask Firm Before Accepting A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel experienced with alternative fee arrangements will have many war stories regarding successful — and less successful — fee arrangements. Asking outside counsel to share these experiences can provide useful insight into the strength of a proposed AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Opinion

    Why You Should Argue Your Appeal

    Stewart Milch

    Conventional wisdom says that oral argument is a mere formality; that in courts where judges read briefs in advance, their minds are made up and will rarely — if ever — change. But conventional wisdom notwithstanding, oral argument can be critical, says Stewart Milch of Goldberg Segalla LLP.

  • 6 Ways Teaching A Law School Class Can Benefit Lawyers

    Steven Allison

    Though teaching a law school class may be one of the last things on a busy practitioner's to-do list, it's a misconception that teaching will benefit only those who are looking to leave the practice of law and enter academia. It also offers several practical benefits, especially for more junior lawyers looking for stand-up experience, say Steven Allison and Samrah Mahmoud of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The Potential Reach Of High Court's New Slant On Trademarks

    Roberta Jacobs-Meadway

    The U.S. Supreme Court's Matal v. Tam decision resolves the question of whether disparaging marks may be registered, and sparks a secondary question: What is the impact on state trademark statutes and corporate filing requirements with provisions that curb registration of disparaging or scandalous or tarnishing terms? say Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Tyler Harttraft of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Openings Before Voir Dire

    Richard Lorren Jolly

    This week’s idea for improving civil jury trials is remarkably simple: Allow counsel to provide complete opening statements to the entire venire before voir dire begins instead of after the jury is impaneled, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Client Before Proposing A Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    The first step in assembling an intelligent response to a request for an alternative fee arrangement is for outside counsel to be certain they understand the primary reasons that the client is making the request, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • Tread Carefully After High Court Offensive-Trademark Ruling

    Daniel Alvarez Sox

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Matal v. Tam makes it possible to trademark a racial slur but doesn't eliminate the consequences. The court of public opinion will assume the jurisdiction that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office lost, says Daniel Alvarez Sox of Rivero Mestre LLP.

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.