• January 3, 2017

    NJ Again Urges High Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    New Jersey and its horse racing industry group have again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal ban on sports betting in the Garden State, arguing that the restriction undermines state sovereignty.

  • January 3, 2017

    Planet Fitness Customers Claim Worker Recorded Them Nude

    Five female members of a Lincoln, Nebraska, Planet Fitness have filed suit against the gym, saying it failed to prevent an employee from secretly taking pictures of them in the nude.

  • January 3, 2017

    Coach, Athletic Dir. Belong In Sex Assault Suit: Ex-Student

    A former Baylor University student, who is suing the school and its former football coach Art Briles over their allegedly negligent response to her reports of sexual assault, hit back Monday against bids by Briles and the ex-athletic director to be dismissed from the suit, telling the court her claims are not time-barred.

  • January 3, 2017

    Team Can't Duck Draft Ops Contract Suit But Avoids Sanctions

    The company behind daily fantasy sports operator Draft Ops has failed to escape a $1.1 million federal lawsuit from the Minnesota Wild alleging it did not pay up on an advertising deal by arguing that daily fantasy sports contests are illegal in Minnesota, but dodged a bid for sanctions by the NHL team for raising the argument.

  • January 3, 2017

    Tyson Foods Irrelevant To EEOC's Bass Pro Race Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s mandate to advance the public interest renders the U.S. Supreme Court’s Tyson Foods decision irrelevant to the agency's suit alleging Bass Pro Outdoor World LLC discriminated against minority applicants, a Texas federal judge ruled recently.

  • January 2, 2017

    Product Liability Cases To Watch In 2017

    Product liability attorneys will be watching to see whether the U.S. Supreme Court takes up Bristol-Myers Squibb’s challenge to a California high court ruling on personal jurisdiction and whether the high court will decide to undo a Second Circuit ruling that unraveled GM’s bankruptcy shield from ignition switch liability.

  • January 2, 2017

    Sports Legislation And Regulation To Watch In 2017

    With momentum building for the legalization of sports betting and Congress considering regulations for the burgeoning mixed martial arts industry, sports attorneys will have their hands full in bracing for potential major changes to the sports landscape across the country.

  • January 2, 2017

    Sports Cases To Watch In 2017

    With minor league baseball players trying to save a wage-and-hour class action against Major League Baseball, college student-athletes continuing antitrust claims against the NCAA, and the NFL and its teams facing suits alleging they pump players full of painkillers, 2017 should prove to be another busy year for sports litigators.

  • December 22, 2016

    Unfair Practices Claim Not Proper For NFL Agents: 4th Circ.

    The Fourth Circuit on Thursday affirmed a ruling that tossed claims by a sports agent alleging another agency used improper tactics to steal his client right before he signed a $9.4 million rookie deal, finding the alleged conduct was not bad enough to warrant applying a state unfair trade practices statute to the internally regulated world of NFL player representation.

  • December 22, 2016

    Ex-NFL Players Drop Group CTE Workers Compensation Suit

    A group of 38 former NFL players who sought to force the league to provide workers’ compensation benefits for former players living with symptoms consistent with the degenerative brain disorder CTE have dropped their suit, according to an order in Florida federal court Wednesday, just weeks after the case was halted for a potential transfer to a Pennsylvania federal court handling the NFL concussion litigation.

  • December 22, 2016

    No Quick Win For IRS In Excise Tax Penalty Dispute

    An Idaho federal judge has declined to side with the IRS in a suit brought by an outdoor gear company seeking a refund of penalties it paid over late excise taxes, finding questions remained about the company’s business practices at the time its taxes were due.

  • December 22, 2016

    NCAA Hits UNC With New Allegations Over Academic Scandal

    The NCAA hit the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with a third notice of allegations in a yearslong investigation of an academic fraud scandal, realleging the school provided “impermissible extra benefits” in the form of “anomalous courses”  with lax standards to student-athletes, including to members of its marquee men’s basketball and football programs.

  • December 22, 2016

    NLRB Won’t Review Boston Sports TV Techs' Union Push

    A split National Labor Relations Board on Wednesday declined to review a decision letting technicians for a company that provides TV crews to Boston pro sports events hold a union vote, though the board’s Republican member said he would revisit whether the workers are independent contractors.

  • December 22, 2016

    Feds Seek Up To 97 Mos. For Wrigley Rooftop Owner In Fraud

    The owner of a rooftop overlooking Wrigley Field who was convicted of defrauding the Chicago Cubs out of owed royalties should spend 78 to 97 months in prison, prosecutors told an Illinois federal court

  • December 22, 2016

    Sports MVP: Latham & Watkins' Russell F. Sauer

    Latham & Watkins LLP partner Russell F. Sauer played a critical role in saving this past summer’s Copa America Centenario, guiding the U.S. Soccer Federation in a complete restructuring of the deals for the event amid a U.S.-led corruption investigation into global soccer, as well as representing U.S. Soccer in multiple labor disputes with the U.S. Women’s National Team, earning him a spot among Law360’s 2016 Sports MVPs.

  • December 21, 2016

    First Data Urges Fed. Circ. To Reinstate IP Case

    Payments processor First Data Corp. asked the Federal Circuit on Tuesday to reverse a New Jersey district court's dismissal of the company's claims in a dispute with sports memorabilia dealer Inselberg Interactive LLC over patents for wireless interactive technology. 

  • December 21, 2016

    Broker Takes Colts Season Ticket Fight To 7th Circ.

    A ticket broker who had alleged the Indianapolis Colts could not take away his 2016 season tickets to give to another broker since he had paid to renew them took his claims to the Seventh Circuit Tuesday after an Indiana federal judge ruled he does not have any ownership interest in the tickets.

  • December 21, 2016

    Bankrupt Performance Sports Unveils $5M Bonus Plan

    Performance Sports Group Ltd. asked the Delaware bankruptcy court late Tuesday to approve a plan to pay roughly $5 million in bonuses, including additional compensation to executives that could exceed $3.5 million depending on the price the athletic equipment maker fetches at auction.

  • December 21, 2016

    NFL Agent Wants Arbitration Over Lost Client Tossed

    A former agent for Denver Broncos linebacker Shaquil Barrett asked a Maryland federal court to throw out an arbitration award in favor of prominent NFL agent Drew Rosenhaus and his firm after she had alleged Rosenhaus improperly induced Barrett to fire her and sign with him, arguing the arbitrator did not giver her a fair hearing.

  • December 21, 2016

    Quiros Appeals Injunction In SEC's $350M EB-5 Fraud Case

    Jay Peak resort owner Ariel Quiros indicated Tuesday that he is asking the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a Florida judge’s issuance of a preliminary injunction barring Quiros from the securities market as part of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s $350 million EB-5 visa investment fraud suit.

Expert Analysis

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.

  • Employment Law Possibilities Under President Trump

    Michael H. LeRoy

    President-Elect Donald Trump offered little specifics about employment law policies on the campaign trail, but he painted enough broad brush strokes to offer some possibilities. He also energized whites, a demographic group not emphasized since George Wallace’s failed candidacy. That reality points all of us in a starkly new direction for employment law, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)

  • The Role Of Litigation Analytics In Your Case

    Thomas C. Gricks III

    Lawyers often use analytics in the course of an e-discovery review for production, where these tools help them assign documents into buckets such as “relevant” or “privileged.” Increasingly, lawyers are using analytics to see if there is anything unusual within the collection and if there are stories the documents can tell, say Thomas Gricks, Bayu Hardi and Mark Noel of Catalyst Repository Systems.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Lessons From FinCEN’s Latest Gaming Enforcement Action

    Eric G. Fikry

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's recent assessment of Cantor Gaming shows that having a written anti-money laundering policy in place at all times, performing regular evaluations, and implementing training and auditing programs is not enough, say Eric Fikry and Lauren O’Donnell of Blank Rome LLP.

  • 4 Ways To Get Associates Trial-Ready

    Stephen B. Crain

    For young trial associates who want to evolve into young trial lawyers, getting the necessary experience is increasingly challenging. The only surefire way associates can become first chair advocates is through effective mentoring, and the best way to achieve effective mentoring is to incorporate it in your approach to cases, say Stephen Crain and Drew Taggart of Bracewell LLP.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 4

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    Compensation isn't what it used to be — and never will be again, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Introducing E-Sports, A Newcomer To The Gambling Arena

    Ashley Brinn

    Under current New Jersey law, e-sports tournaments featuring video game competitions can legally be held in casinos, but several questions concerning the legality of wagering on such tournaments remain unanswered, says Ashley Brinn of Fox Rothschild LLP.