• May 31, 2017

    FCC Inks Settlement Over Emergency Tones In Jaguars Ad

    The Federal Communications Commission announced a settlement Tuesday with broadcasting company Tegna regarding its Florida subsidiary and NBC affiliate WTLV's airing of fake emergency alerts as part of an ad for the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars in August, requiring the company to pay $55,000 in civil penalties for abusing the National Emergency Alert System.

  • May 31, 2017

    NBA 2K Face Scans Violate Privacy, Gamers Tell 2nd Circ.

    Players of the popular NBA 2K video game series continued urging the Second Circuit to revive their class allegations that the game maker collects and retains players' facial scans, arguing Tuesday that the data need not be stolen for the players to be injured.

  • May 31, 2017

    Mass. Racetrack Sells For $155M, Setting Up Redevelopment

    The owners of the Suffolk Downs racetrack in East Boston, Massachusetts, have completed a $155 million sale of the property to The McClellan Highway Development Co. that may see the racetrack redeveloped for housing and retail uses.

  • May 31, 2017

    Pepperdine's LGBT Stance Key In Bias Suit, Ex-Players Say

    A pair of former Pepperdine University women’s basketball players accusing the school of discriminating against them because they were dating each other shot back at a bid to exclude evidence of the university’s attitude toward LGBT issues, telling a California federal judge Tuesday that these facts are central to the overarching dispute.

  • May 31, 2017

    NFL Urges 2nd Circ. Not To Revive Photogs’ Royalties Row

    The National Football League on Tuesday urged the Second Circuit not to revive a suit brought against the league and The Associated Press over royalty payments for photographs, arguing that the copyright and antitrust claims against it were rightfully dismissed.

  • May 30, 2017

    NASCAR Driver Wins Bid To DQ Firm From Royalty Dispute

    A Michigan federal judge on Tuesday granted a bid by NASCAR driver Kurt Busch to disqualify Frasco Caponigro Wineman & Scheible PLLC from representing his former sports agency, which is suing him for $1.4 million in back royalty payments.

  • May 30, 2017

    Accused 9/11 Victim Scammer Seeks Quick CFPB Challenge

    A settlement advance firm urged a New York federal court on Tuesday to weigh its constitutional challenge against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau before subjecting it to a discovery conference, labeling the challenge as a threshold issue that could dispel allegations it scammed 9/11 first responders and NFL retirees with high-cost loans.

  • May 30, 2017

    Where Does Fla. Gambling Head After Reform Bill's Failure?

    Just two months ago, Florida lawmakers were eyeing significant gambling concessions to bring billions into state coffers and resolve numerous lawsuits, but after a collapse in negotiations and a major court decision, the odds of expansion appear to have plummeted. Here, experts look at the reasons for the industry’s changing fortune and its prospects for growth in the Sunshine State.

  • May 30, 2017

    Baylor Wants Student Info Blocked In Sexual Assault Suit

    Baylor University has asked a Texas federal judge to block “extremely broad, university-wide discovery requests” from women alleging the school failed to adequately respond to sexual assault reports, saying the documents the women seek are intrusive to students not party to the litigation.

  • May 30, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Miami Marlins, Mallinckrodt, E.ON

    Jeb Bush is no longer pursuing a bid for the Miami Marlins with Derek Jeter, Mallinckrodt is mulling a sale of its generic-drug business that could be worth up to $2 billion and E.ON is exploring a sale of the remainder of its stake in Uniper.

  • May 30, 2017

    Nonprofit Pushes For NFL Anti-Gambling Enforcement Docs

    A nonprofit suing the NFL over a charity bowling event meant to be held at a casino has asked a Texas federal judge to force the league to hand over information about the Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas and the enforcement of NFL anti-gambling policies.

  • May 30, 2017

    Swiss Antitrust Watchdog Probes Hockey Pay-TV Deal

    Switzerland's competition watchdog said Tuesday it has opened an investigation into UPC Switzerland and the Swiss Ice Hockey Federation's deal to televise top Swiss professional hockey league games, citing concerns it may let UPC abuse a dominant position in the market for hockey broadcast rights.

  • May 30, 2017

    All Eyes On NFL After SG Weighs In On Sports Betting

    New Jersey's legal battle to allow sports betting is on life support now that the U.S. Solicitor General has advised the Supreme Court not to take the challenge to the federal prohibition on states allowing sports gambling, but the larger debate over legalization will continue as all eyes now focus on the NFL.

  • May 30, 2017

    Texas Panel Sides With Utility Co. In Cricket Field Fight

    A Texas appellate court sided with the Public Utility Commission of Texas on Friday in a lawsuit brought by a man who was fighting the electric bill for his outdoor cricket fields, holding that because he didn't exhaust his remedies before the state board, other courts can't hear the dispute.

  • May 30, 2017

    Exercise Org Punished For Concealing Docs In CrossFit Suit

    A California federal judge penalized the National Strength and Conditioning Association on Friday in a false advertising lawsuit brought by CrossFit Inc., saying the organization must pay for hiding information detailing the NSCA’s competition with the up-and-coming exercise brand.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Lost The Most Ground In 2016

    Four firms saw their roster of U.S.-based attorneys shrink by more than 10 percent last year, according to the latest Law360 400. In some cases, a dramatic exodus can be devastating, but experts say there can also be a silver lining.

  • May 29, 2017

    Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

    The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component, as measured by domestic attorney headcount.

  • May 29, 2017

    The Firms That Grew Fastest Without Merging

    Often with one hire at a time, five firms drove double-digit growth last year, according to the latest Law360 400. Here’s how they added headcount without putting their culture at risk.

  • May 29, 2017

    Biggest US Firms Opt For Modest Growth In Sluggish Market

    In a highly competitive legal market, U.S. law firms on average appear to be leaning on a strategy of slow-but-steady growth as they continue to adjust to sluggish demand for legal services, according to the latest Law360 400.

  • May 29, 2017

    Turning 50, Greenberg Traurig Tops The Law360 400

    Greenberg Traurig LLP is celebrating its golden anniversary with a trip to the top of Law360’s list of the largest U.S. law firms, capping off decades of steady growth by ousting Jones Day from the No. 1 spot.

Expert Analysis

  • D&O Insurance And The Conduct Exclusion

    Kevin M. LaCroix

    Most directors and officers insurance policies have conduct exclusions precluding coverage for fraudulent, criminal or willful misconduct, but mere allegations are insufficient to trigger this exclusion. A California state appeals court's recent decision in Heart Tronics v. Axis Insurance provides interesting insight into the operation of such an exclusion, says Kevin LaCroix of RT ProExec.

  • Not From Around Here? Trying A Case As An Out-Of-Towner

    William Oxley

    The importance of authenticity is magnified when trying a case outside your home jurisdiction. While using references to local landmarks or history can help make arguments relatable, adopting local expressions or style in an attempt to ingratiate oneself with the judge and jury almost always backfires, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly of Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    A Call To Arms: The Trademark Battle For 'Triggerpoint'

    E. Russell Tarleton

    A U.S. trademark application to register the term "Triggerpoint" has piqued the interest of many​ in the fitness and massage industries​. By the time the opposition window closed on March 2, there were 45 entities and individuals requesting extensions to oppose Implus Footcare’s filing. Why all the fuss? The term may be merely descriptive, say Russell Tarleton and Jennifer Ashton of Seed IP Law Group LLP.

  • A March Madness Bracket Based On Team Trademarks

    Michael N. Spink

    I decided to see what an NCAA tournament bracket would look like if based on the number of trademark registrations for each school competing. During my search of federal trademark records, I noted that universities are increasingly protecting hand and body gestures, says Michael Spink of Brinks Gilson & Lione.

  • How The Most Profitable Law Firms Structure Their C-Suites

    Anita Turner

    The most successful Am Law 200 law firms have evolved from being partner-run to being run by a group of highly skilled professionals reporting to firm shareholders. The data collected from our recent survey indicates this model is generally conducive to increased profitability, says Anita Turner, senior director at Colliers International.

  • 'March Madness' Trademark Tips And Traps

    Roberta Jacobs-Meadway

    As the nation’s major college basketball tournament kicks off on Tuesday, the debate continues as to whether and to what extent the NCAA has the right to engage in rigorous trademark policing efforts when the use of "March Madness" is informational rather than suggesting some official connection or sponsorship, say Roberta Jacobs-Meadway and Alexander Fleisher of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.

  • Settlement Strategy: What Does The Client Really Want?

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    The best outside counsel think like the client. That includes understanding the client’s perspectives and goals with regard to reaching a settlement — because “good results” mean different things for different clients. Outside counsel must ask themselves the right questions, and know the answers, to shape a client-focused settlement strategy, say Kate Jackson of Cummins Inc. and Patrick Reilly of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • New Calif. Law Will Change Youth Sports Concussion Cases

    Anne Marie Ellis

    California's recently enacted youth sports concussion law significantly expands the scope of the pre-existing “return to play” law, which only applied in the scholastic setting — as is the case in most other jurisdictions throughout the country. Expect to see similar expansions in other states, say Anne Marie Ellis and Paul Alarcon of Buchalter.

  • In The Associate Lateral Market, All Law Firms Are Not Equal

    Darin R. Morgan

    When associates contemplate a potential lateral move, there is a common misconception that all law firms are the same. It may seem that one law firm is just like the next, but if you dig deeper, you may discover unique attributes at some firms that may be more appealing and improve your professional satisfaction significantly, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Reflections From A Mock Trial

    Lora Brzezynski

    Nerves were high on the day of the trial. While technically client interests were not at stake, our reputations were still on the line. We were not only presenting our case in front of our newly acquainted colleagues, but also for partners at our firm, expert witnesses, federal judges and in-house counsel — potential employers and clients, say attorneys with Dentons, sharing their recent mock trial experience.