• December 14, 2016

    NCAA Can't Halt Football Wage Suit After 7th Circ. Ruling

    A California federal judge said Wednesday the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference cannot delay a putative wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California linebacker despite a possible motion to dismiss based on a recent Seventh Circuit decision that student-athletes are not “employees,” finding that case is “not controlling.”

  • December 14, 2016

    Fired Baylor Athletics Employee Sues Pepper Hamilton

    A former employee of the Baylor University Athletic Department filed a state court lawsuit against Pepper Hamilton LLP and the two attorneys who conducted an investigation into the university's response to sexual assault reports, alleging they negligently investigated the matter and libeled him in the process.

  • December 14, 2016

    Lacrosse Helmet Seller Says Goalie Not Entitled To Punitives

    A sports equipment distributor who was sued in Pennsylvania state court over head injuries an All-American high school lacrosse player allegedly suffered from a defectively designed helmet said in a filing Tuesday that she is not entitled to punitive damages.

  • December 14, 2016

    Reluctant Judge OKs 7-Wk Insider Trading Trial For Ex-Oriole

    A California federal judge reluctantly approved a seven-week trial on Tuesday for insider trading charges against a former medical device executive and a former Baltimore Orioles player in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Salman ruling.

  • December 13, 2016

    Former NFLer Indicted In $20M Health Care Fraud Scheme

    A former NFL player was indicted in Florida federal court Tuesday with conspiracy to defraud the federal government through a health care scheme involving a program for military personnel, veterans and their families in which he allegedly received $20 million in kickbacks, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • December 13, 2016

    Gawker's Liquidation Plan, $31M Hogan Deal Get Court's OK

    Gawker Media LLC’s plan to resolve its Chapter 11 bankruptcy by settling Hulk Hogan’s privacy suit and the legal claims of others who wound up in the headlines of the former “shock journalism” outlet received court approval Tuesday, in a move that releases Gawker writers from facing related liabilities.

  • December 13, 2016

    Proposed $1.3B Oakland Raiders Stadium Gets Green Light

    The Alameda County Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 on Tuesday in favor of a deal for a new $1.3 billion stadium for the Oakland Raiders that includes $350 million of public financing as local officials seek to keep the team — which has been eyeing a move to Las Vegas — in California's Bay Area.

  • December 13, 2016

    Hundreds Of Russian Doping Appeals Reportedly Expected

    The head of the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday the group is expecting a flood of appeals once athletes identified in last week’s report on doping by Russian teams are sanctioned.

  • December 13, 2016

    Deals Rumor Mill: Apple, AC Milan, Sinopec

    Apple could invest up to $1 billion in a planned $100 billion tech fund being raised by SoftBank, the acquisition of soccer club AC Milan by a group of Chinese investors is inching closer to completion, and Sinopec may try a takeover of struggling Iraqi oil producer Gulf Keystone.

  • December 13, 2016

    Performance Sports Shareholders Blast Pre-Ch. 11 Severances

    The equity committee in Performance Sports Group Ltd.'s bankruptcy took issue late Monday with the athletic equipment maker's request to make more than $4 million in severance payments from before it filed for Chapter 11 protection, including to eight executives, arguing there is no justification for the "tremendous" expense.

  • December 13, 2016

    Yogi’s Ex-Atty Gets His Income, Biz To Pay $6.7M Bias Win

    A California judge Tuesday ordered that Bikram Choudhury’s income and ownership of his namesake yoga college must be handed to his ex-attorney to satisfy a $6.7 million judgment in her sex harassment case against him, and approved a receiver who may be able to sell the disgraced yogi’s intellectual property.

  • December 13, 2016

    Rams Seat License Holder Seeks Class Cert. In Suit Over Move

    A seat license holder for the former St. Louis Rams asked a Missouri federal court Monday to certify a class for his suit accusing the NFL team of making the licenses worthless by moving to Los Angeles.

  • December 13, 2016

    Golfsmith Real Estate Sale Teed Up With $22M Baseline Bid

    Bankrupt sporting goods retailer Golfsmith International Holdings Inc. received court approval Tuesday on auction rules for a Chapter 11 auction of its Texas corporate headquarters with a stalking horse bid of more than $22 million in hand.

  • December 13, 2016

    WWE Latest To Tap Debt Markets With Upsized $200M Offering

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. priced an upsized $200 million convertible bond offering late Monday, which the sports entertainment company said it would use to finance its long-term growth strategy and for general corporate purposes.

  • December 13, 2016

    4 Jane Does Ask Judge To Keep Baylor Sex Assault Claims

    The four unnamed women who Baylor University last month sought to dismiss from a federal lawsuit alleging the college was negligent in responding to sexual assault reports hit back on Friday, telling the court their claims are valid and belong in the lawsuit that should be allowed to proceed.

  • December 13, 2016

    Marriott Wants Atty Fees After Win In Super Bowl Rooms Suit

    Marriott asked a Texas court Friday for its attorneys' fees after beating a claim it had breached a contract with a sports travel agency for rooms during the upcoming Super Bowl in Houston.

  • December 13, 2016

    Real Estate Rumors: Topgolf, TheaterMania, Dan Kodsi

    Topgolf is reportedly close to a deal to develop a $23 million project in South Florida, TheaterMania is said to have leased 12,015 square feet in Manhattan, and Dan Kodsi is said to have paid over $26 million to buy the land where a $1.3 billion Miami-area mixed-use project is being built.

  • December 13, 2016

    Argentine Marketing Co. Pays DOJ $113M In FIFA Bribery Deal

    Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias SA agreed Tuesday to pay $113 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice, admitting it sought to pay bribes to secure the rights to broadcast future FIFA World Cups.

  • December 13, 2016

    Insurers Spar Over 49ers Assault Coverage

    Insurers First Mercury and Great Divide continued to battle Monday over the cost of defending the San Francisco 49ers against a suit brought by two men who were assaulted at a football game, with First Mercury contending that Great Divide has flouted the California court’s previous duty to defend finding.

  • December 12, 2016

    Justices' Punt On Head Injuries Buoys NFL Claims Approach

    The NFL continues to grapple with questions about players' safety, but the U.S. Supreme Court's decision not to hear challenges to the league's recent concussion settlement provides needed finality and sets up a framework for the league to handle future head injury claims, experts say.

Expert Analysis

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 6

    Alberto R. Gonzales

    On the evening of Sept. 11, 2001, I stood on the Oval Office porch and watched as Marine One landed on the South Lawn, bringing President Bush home. The president decided immediately that the attacks that morning placed America on a war footing against a nonstate actor. This generated a number of unique and complex legal issues for me, says Alberto Gonzales, who served as White House counsel for President George W. Bush.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    In this multipart series, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp., explores the metamorphosis that needs to take place in the world of corporate law firms in order for them to survive and thrive in the future.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 5

    C. Boyden Gray

    Every day, it seemed that virtually the entire day was spent trying to shape the news. Balancing the media day-to-day with the need for strategic planning requires staff to stay in their positions rather than congregate around the ball. Yet the impulse to run to the action is as tempting in the White House as on the soccer field, says C. Boyden Gray, who served as White House counsel for President George H.W. Bush.

  • Takeaways From MMA Fighter's Lost Trademarks

    Liam Birkett

    Over the summer, I tweeted that professional mixed martial artist Conor McGregor should pay more attention to protecting his various forms of identity by registering them as trademarks. Now it seems someone has beaten him to the punch. The situation offers some lessons for startups, says intellectual property adviser Liam Birkett.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 4

    Peter J. Wallison

    I was given immediate responsibility for responding to the Iran-Contra crisis. My problem as a lawyer was what to do about all the requests for files, documents and other information that were coming in from investigators. Ultimately, it came down to this: What do I believe about my client? says Peter Wallison, who served as White House counsel for President Ronald Reagan.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 3

    Fred F. Fielding

    The experience of preparing for the 1981 air traffic controller strike brought home to me the responsibility a lawyer owes to his or her client — be it an average citizen, a corporation or a president, says Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP partner Fred Fielding, who served as White House counsel for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

  • Bridging The Gap Between Outside And Inside Counsel

    Andrew S. Chamberlin

    Results from a recent International Association of Defense Counsel survey reveal a significant disconnect between inside and outside lawyers when it comes to perceptions of their own effectiveness versus the perceptions of their counterparts on the other side of the fence, say Andrew Chamberlin, a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP, and Orlyn Lockard, associate general counsel at Siemens Corp.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 2

    William E. Casselman II

    My experience with the Nixon pardon, the Nixon tapes, the construction of the White House swimming pool, and other matters well out of the ordinary for a president’s lawyer taught me that in the practice of law one should learn to expect and cope with the unexpected, says William Casselman, who served as White House counsel for President Gerald Ford.

  • So You Want To Be A Partner? You Need A Mentor

    Rebecca Glatzer

    Not all aspects of the partnership process are within an attorney’s power. However, there are some factors that an associate can control on the path to partnership, the most important of which are the relationships cultivated along the way, says Rebecca Glatzer of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • When Your Client Is The President: Part 1

    John W. Dean

    I went to the law books, where I discovered the crime of “obstruction of justice,” and realized I was right in the middle of a criminal conspiracy. I didn't fully understand my conduct during Watergate until — decades later — I learned about the psychology of cover-up at work, says John Dean, who served as White House counsel for President Richard Nixon.