A Florida federal judge on Tuesday reduced by $12.2 million the restitution owed by an attorney for allegedly conspiring with former NFL player Willie Gault to inflate a heart-monitor company's stock, finding the attorney was responsible for only $1 million in losses.
Six weeks after a federal judge tossed out a copyright lawsuit over the 2011 novel “The Art of Fielding,” the author behind the suit launched an appeal Tuesday at the Second Circuit.
The fact that student-athletes are not paid is what makes college sports unique, the National Collegiate Athletic Association said Monday in the opening statement for a class action antitrust bench trial in California federal court challenging the NCAA’s amateurism system.
The Ohio State University’s recent decision to suspend head football coach Urban Meyer for three games after he failed to report domestic violence allegations against a former assistant coach highlights how universities have begun to shield themselves from scandals in their athletic programs by inserting increased reporting duties into coaching contracts.
Locks Law Firm, which represents former NFL players in a landmark concussion settlement, can't kill outright an objection the NFL lodged to one player's approval for benefits, the Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the settlement ruled Monday, setting the stage for a protracted battle over his approval status.
The widow of a former San Diego Chargers linebacker has sued the National Collegiate Athletic Association, claiming the association ignored the risks of concussions to its players despite knowing for decades that head injuries have long-term effects on player health.
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP partner Pavan Surapaneni has stepped up to the plate on big deals in sports, including recently assisting in Joe Tsai’s purchase of half the Brooklyn Nets and brokering the deal that brought Disney in on Major League Baseball’s Bamtech streaming service, earning him a spot as one of Law360’s Rising Stars.
A woman who sued Major League Baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates and the owner of PNC Park over injuries she sustained from a foul ball has agreed to drop her claims against MLB before trial, while a stadium equipment manufacturer has pushed back against the park owner's bid to escape the suit, according to court documents.
The National Rifle Association has urged an Albany federal judge not to throw out its lawsuit alleging that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and the state’s financial services regulator are waging an unconstitutional campaign of censorship and retaliation against it, and the gun group is getting backup from the American Civil Liberties Union.
A Brooklyn federal magistrate judge hearing an antitrust dispute between a struggling soccer league and the U.S. Soccer Federation seemed skeptical Monday about the league’s request for records dating back as far as 1993 to make its case.
The Major League Baseball Players Association on Monday announced it was bringing on as its senior director for collective bargaining and legal a former Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP partner with more than 30 years of experience in sports labor law.
Baylor University has asked a federal judge in Texas to narrow the scope and sharpen the focus of ongoing discovery in a lawsuit brought by 10 unidentified victims of alleged sexual assault who claim the school mishandled reports of the wrongdoing, arguing the requests for depositions and documents is veering into irrelevant territory.
Winston & Strawn LLP partner Jonathan Amoona has turned a passion for playing sports into a career defending pro athletes’ collective bargaining rights, including representing NFL stars Tom Brady and Ezekiel Elliott, as well as sports agent Dan Lozano, earning him a spot as one of four sports law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Federal prosecutors investigating graft at the international soccer governing body FIFA and lawyers for former soccer boss Juan Angel Napout staked out different positions ahead of his Wednesday sentencing for taking bribes, with the government saying Napout deserves 20 years in prison and the defense rejecting culpability and asking for a quick release.
Hope Solo, former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team, sued the U.S. Soccer Federation on Friday in California federal court, accusing the organization of paying its female players a fraction of what it pays their male counterparts in violation of the Equal Pay Act.
A Connecticut appeals court has revived a suit over a cheerleader's injuries at practice, saying a lower court wrongly refused to take into account some deposition transcripts.
A New York federal judge who previously ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally structured and must exit a lawsuit accusing a litigation funder of gouging NFL players and 9/11 responders has agreed to finalize her judgment against the agency, teeing up its expected appeal to the Second Circuit.
The ex-wife of late ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott sued The Walt Disney Co. and Fidelity Workplace Services LLC on Friday to retrieve nearly $163,000 in 401(k) plan benefits that she says she had been promised by Scott in their divorce decree, a condition that he allegedly failed to fulfill prior to his death in 2015.
Nine national civil rights and racial justice organizations said Friday they jointly oppose the relocation of the Washington, D.C., Redskins to a new stadium unless the National Football League team agrees to drop "the R-word racial slur" as its name.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Texas draws "A Line In The Sand" over a famous phrase from the Alamo, the Houston Astros pick a fight with a Philadelphia prep school, and Nestle gets nutty over its “Drumstick” line of ice cream cones.
While the U.S. Supreme Court's sports betting decision appears to clear the field for esports betting in the United States, serious legal obstacles remain before we see any immediate expansion of esports betting. The industry will face intense regulatory scrutiny, say James Havel and Eric Schroeder of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
While each state is now free to enact new laws legalizing sports betting, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA does not displace a framework of federal gambling laws that were never intended to apply to a world where state-authorized sports betting is commonplace, say Scott Rader and Kelly Frey of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
Established case law holds that a sports participant has no claim against another participant for injuries sustained during play, unless the co-participant intentionally or recklessly injured the other. In the context of concussion-based litigation, courts have grappled with how to apply that standard to entities far removed from the field of play, say Amy Crouch and Kerensa Cassis of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.
I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.
With the World Cup about to hit our screens, the temptation for some businesses that lack the badge of "official sponsor" to promote their global brand will be great. But, however tempting, the stakes for those so-called ambush marketers are high, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.
Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.