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  • May 23, 2018

    NCAA Escapes Suit Over Vacated Wins

    An Arkansas federal court Wednesday rejected Arkansas Tech University’s attempt to restore more than 200 basketball wins vacated by the NCAA, saying the organization did not violate its own rules or the U.S. Constitution when it handed down the penalty.

  • May 23, 2018

    Paddy Power, FanDuel Ink Deal To Combine US Businesses

    Paddy Power Betfair PLC and New York City-based FanDuel on Wednesday said they had inked a deal to merge their U.S. businesses, a transaction the Irish bookmaker said will see it hand over $158 million in cash, a week after the Dublin-based company confirmed it was in deal talks with the daily fantasy sports giant.

  • May 22, 2018

    Consumers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Crunch Gym TCPA Suit

    A pair of consumer advocates on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a proposed class action against gym chain Crunch San Diego LLC over the company’s alleged spamming of members’ cellphones with promotional text messages, saying Federal Communications Commission autodialer rules are applicable in this case and prohibit the gym’s conduct.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google May Escape Gun-Scope Seller’s Crosshairs, For Now

    A California judge has tentatively tossed a suit alleging that Google arbitrarily discriminated against a gun-scope seller via a “dangerous weapons” policy that barred the business from its ad program.

  • May 22, 2018

    Fla. Attys Who Gave Rays Tickets To Judge Facing Probation

    A referee recommended Tuesday that the Florida attorneys who gave a judge Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tickets while litigating a case before him receive one year's probation and be required to speak to new attorneys about the incident.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit

    Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back up its claims.

  • May 22, 2018

    New Era Hit With TM Suit Over 'Fear Of God' Cap Line

    New Era Cap Co. Inc. was hit with a trademark suit on Tuesday in federal court by a Massachusetts religious apparel company started by a college student who says the baseball hat maker, which provides caps for Major League Baseball and recently released its Fear of God cap line, is illegally blocking her trademark petition.

  • May 22, 2018

    NCAA Settlement Objector Asks 9th Circ. To Curb Attys' Fees

    A former Division I football player fighting the $42 million legal fee award in the NCAA’s $209 million settlement with scholarship athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that class counsel can’t justify a bumper windfall in a “megafund” case.

  • May 22, 2018

    Korean Firm's $27M Award Over Calif. Co.'s Tax Issues OK'd

    A California federal judge has confirmed a South Korea investment firm’s nearly $27 million arbitral award against a golf club shaft manufacturer it had invested in before learning the company was purportedly avoiding corporate taxes.

  • May 22, 2018

    Ex-Cheerleader Hits Houston Texans With Wage Suit

    A former cheerleader for the NFL's Houston Texans filed a putative class action in Texas federal court Monday claiming she and other cheerleaders were forced to work off the clock and were cut from the squad when they complained about their coach's actions.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says NCAA Didn't Defame Ex-USC Coach

    A California state jury found Monday that the NCAA did not defame a former University of Southern California assistant football coach sanctioned for his part in the Reggie Bush scandal, according to attorneys for the NCAA.

  • May 21, 2018

    Olympic Swimmer Says US Coach Hid Sex Abuse For Decade

    Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith hit the sport’s governing body with a sexual abuse lawsuit Monday, alleging USA Swimming actively “covered up” a nearly decadelong abusive relationship with a coach that began when she was 13.

  • May 21, 2018

    NFLPA, League Botched Benefits Disclosure, Ex-Player Says

    The National Football League Players Association and the NFL flouted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by failing to properly inform players about the terms of their retirement benefits plans, a former Jacksonville Jaguars safety alleged in a proposed class action Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Greece Says €40M Award In Contract Row Subject To DC Law

    Greece urged a D.C. federal court to apply a D.C. law relating to exchange rates to a judgment confirming a €39.8 million arbitral award against the country, which was issued to resolve a dispute with an American security contractor stemming from the 2004 Olympics.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ex-NY Sports Radio Host Rips Ponzi Charges, Evidence

    A former sports radio host charged with fraud relating to investments in ticket resales for major pop concerts asked a New York federal court on Friday to dismiss a substantive securities fraud count and suppress evidence found on his iPhone, saying both are defective.

  • May 21, 2018

    College Athlete Publicity Rights In Fantasy Issue Heats Up

    Daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings on Friday told the Indiana Supreme Court they do not need permission to use the names, likenesses and statistics of college athletes in their pay-to-play contests, while the athletes said the opposite in a lawsuit that is raising the issue of who owns such information as fantasy sports, and now sports betting, spread across the country.

  • May 21, 2018

    ESPN Can't Exclude Sex Harassment Allegations: Ex-Analyst

    A former ESPN legal analyst Friday asked a Connecticut federal court to reject the network's attempt to exclude allegations of past sexual harassment of other female employees from her own sexual harassment suit, saying they establish the company has a long-standing hostile work environment.

  • May 21, 2018

    NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday responded to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck federal restrictions on sports betting by urging Congress to establish uniform standards for the states that legalize the practice.

  • May 21, 2018

    Sports Leagues Differ On Betting After High Court Ruling

    Attorneys for major professional sports leagues who spoke at a conference on Saturday showed that leagues are still not aligned on the issue of betting even as broader legalization now seems inevitable, while also showing unity on maintaining the integrity of games.

  • May 21, 2018

    Ex-Notre Dame Coach Settles Daily Beast Suit Over RNC Talk

    Longtime Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz settled his defamation lawsuit against The Daily Beast Co. in Florida federal court on Monday after the online publication agreed to apologize for a 2016 article that suggested he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention.

Expert Analysis

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Don't Run Afoul Of NCAA Trademarks During March Madness

    Chas Rampenthal

    It’s tempting for your marketing campaign to get caught up in the frenzy that is the March collegiate basketball playoffs, but that isn’t a license to disregard the dangers of trademark infringement, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at LegalZoom.com Inc.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Opinion

    4 Reforms Needed To Prevent More Inexplicable IOC Decisions

    Ronald Katz

    The current International Olympic Committee governance structure does not inspire confidence that future decisions will be any better than the drama and unfairness associated with the Russian doping saga, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.