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  • August 28, 2018

    Atty's Restitution Reduced By $12.2M In Stock Scheme

    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.

  • August 28, 2018

    Author Takes 'Art Of Fielding' Copyright Fight To 2nd Circ.

    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.

  • August 28, 2018

    Unpaid Nature Of College Sports Makes Them Unique: NCAA

    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.

  • August 28, 2018

    Meyer Scandal Puts Coaches' Reporting Duties In Spotlight

    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.

  • August 28, 2018

    Locks Law Firm Can't Stop NFL Concussion Award Objection

    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.

  • August 28, 2018

    Chargers Player's Widow Sues NCAA Over Concussion Policy

    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.

  • August 28, 2018

    Rising Star: Sullivan & Cromwell's Pavan Surapaneni

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    Woman Drops Claims Against MLB In Park Injury Suit

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    NRA, With ACLU Backing, Fights Bid To Ax Discrimination Suit

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    Judge Questions Soccer League Bid For 25 Years Of Evidence

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    MLB Players Union Taps Ex-Weil Partner For Labor Talks

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    Baylor Fights 'Irrelevant' Discovery In Sex Assault Suit

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    Rising Star: Winston & Strawn's Jonathan Amoona

    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.

  • August 27, 2018

    Gov't Says Paraguayan Ex-Soccer Boss Should Do 20 Years

    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.

  • August 24, 2018

    Hope Solo Slams US Soccer Federation Over Pay Gap

    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.

  • August 24, 2018

    Cheerleading Injury Suit Revived By Conn. Appeals Court

    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.

  • August 24, 2018

    CFPB Gets Door Opened To 2nd Circ. Look At Constitutionality

    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.

  • August 24, 2018

    Late ESPN Sportscaster's Ex-Wife Sues Disney For Benefits

    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.

  • August 24, 2018

    Redskins Shouldn't Move Without Name Change, NAACP Says

    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.

  • August 24, 2018

    Brand Battles: Texas Fights For Famous Alamo 'Sand' Phrase

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Sports Bet Legalization May Not Get Esports To Next Level

    James Havel

    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.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    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.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    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.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    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.

  • Where Sports Bet Ruling Meets Federal Gambling Laws

    Scott Rader

    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.

  • How Courts Apply Contact-Sports Exception To Nonplayers

    Amy Crouch

    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.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    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.

  • Ambush Marketing — Will It Kick Off At 2018 World Cup?

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    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.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    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.