Sports

  • April 5, 2017

    Amazon Grabs NFL Thursday Streaming Rights In $50M Deal

    Amazon has acquired the rights to stream 10 NFL “Thursday Night Football” games next season, the league said Wednesday, taking over for Twitter, which streamed games last year. 

  • April 5, 2017

    NFL Teams Look To Sack Cheerleader Wage Suppression Suit

    The NFL and 26 teams facing a proposed class action lawsuit accusing them of working together to suppress wages for cheerleaders urged a California federal judge on Tuesday to throw out the case, saying the complaint is devoid of specific details about the conspiracy.

  • April 4, 2017

    Summations Loom In Walters Insider Trading Trial

    A federal judge in New York presiding over the insider trading trial of prominent sports gambler Billy Walters told attorneys to be ready to present closing arguments Wednesday as the defense case approached the finish line with testimony Tuesday from three of Walters’ stockbrokers.

  • April 4, 2017

    Nike Hit With Wage Lawsuit Over Required Store Uniforms

    Nike Retail Services Inc. is facing a putative labor law class action by California store workers who allege that purchasing Nike-branded apparel on their own dime was a condition of employment, according to the suit, which on Monday was removed to California federal court.

  • April 4, 2017

    Spanish Soccer Broadcaster Probed For Restricting Access

    Spain’s antitrust watchdog on Monday said it is investigating alleged anti-competitive behavior by broadcaster Mediaproducción SLU concerning online providers' access to a pair of sports channels used to broadcast professional soccer matches.

  • April 4, 2017

    Minor Leaguers Say No To Quick MLB Appeal Over Class Cert.

    Minor league baseball players in a class action against Major League Baseball claiming they should receive minimum wage and overtime pay told a California federal judge Tuesday that there is no reason to allow the league to immediately appeal last month’s ruling to certify their class action after the league sought a halt to the case to ask the Ninth Circuit to take a look.

  • April 4, 2017

    PTAB Declines Post-Grant Review Of Bike Chainring Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Monday declined to institute post-grant review of a patent for a bicycle chainring that was challenged by Fox Factory Inc., finding the patent was not eligible for the America Invents Act review program.

  • April 4, 2017

    HBO Wants 'Ballers' Copyright Suit Sacked For Good

    HBO, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are asking the Ninth Circuit to permanently put to rest a copyright lawsuit that claims their “Ballers” series ripped off an unproduced television project, saying the two share nothing more than “a few generic similarities.”

  • April 4, 2017

    Gov't Says Ex-MLBer Can't Admit 'Sloppy' Notes In Trial

    U.S. prosecutors urged a California federal judge not to allow former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces, who is being tried on insider trading charges, to admit investigation notes that he says shows investigators were “incomplete, sloppy and biased” into evidence, arguing the notes are hearsay.

  • April 4, 2017

    NHL Chief Said Media Is Concussion-'Hysterical,' Docs Show

    The National Hockey League chief told league officials that the “media is at a hysterical period” over concussions partly due to the NFL, and advised against openly debating the subject, according to meeting notes unsealed in a case alleging the hockey league hid repeated head injuries' harmful effects.

  • April 4, 2017

    Ex-NFLer Fights SEC's Negligence Verdict At 9th Circ.

    Saying he was scapegoated, former NFL player Willie Gault has urged the Ninth Circuit to reverse lower court findings of negligence and other violations in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging a scheme to defraud an investor in a medical device company he helped run.

  • April 4, 2017

    Instructor's Insurer Off Hook In Suit Over Fitness-Club Stroke

    An Arizona appeals court ruled Friday that a woman's stroke during a fitness-club workout is not covered by the homeowners' insurance of the class instructor, saying the instructor was involved enough in the club’s operations that the policy’s business exemption applied.

  • April 4, 2017

    NCAA Says NC Can Host Events After Bathroom Law Repeal

    Despite reservations from its board of governors, the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday said it would once again consider holding championship events in North Carolina following the repeal of a controversial law requiring people in public facilities to use the bathroom corresponding with their birth sex.

  • April 3, 2017

    Walters Called 'Babe Ruth Of Risk' By Former Broker

    After the prosecution rested Monday in its insider trading case against prominent sports gambler Billy Walters, a New York federal jury was told by Walter’s former stockbroker that the gambler was an “exceptional client” whom he once referred to as the “Babe Ruth of risk.”

  • April 3, 2017

    Gamer Must Arbitrate Teenage Gambling Suit Against Valve

    A Washington federal judge ruled Monday that a proposed class of minors and their parents must arbitrate their suit that alleges Valve Corp. fostered underage gambling in its popular “Counter Strike: Global Offensive,” finding that the gamers agreed to arbitration when they subscribed to the gaming platform Steam.

  • April 3, 2017

    Judge Breathes New Life Into Minor Leaguers’ Wage Suit

    Major League Baseball opened the season Sunday still having to face claims from thousands of minor leaguers who say they should be paid minimum wage and overtime, after a California federal judge pulled their case from "death’s door" and granted them class status.

  • April 3, 2017

    Ex-Players: NFL 'Wishes Away' Evidence In Painkiller Suit

    Retired NFL players suing the league and some of its teams for allegedly pressuring them to play through injuries while on painkillers asked a California federal judge not to toss their suit on Monday, arguing that dismissal would be improper at this stage in the litigation.

  • April 3, 2017

    NHL Says It Will Not Participate In 2018 Winter Olympics

    The National Hockey League said Monday the league will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, ending discussions on what has been a contentious issue between the players and the teams.

  • April 3, 2017

    Atty Pushes For Immunity From Ex-Ski Resort Owner's Claims

    An attorney accused of malpractice by the former owner of the exclusive Yellowstone Mountain Club told a Montana bankruptcy court Friday he qualifies for immunity against the claims relating to the club’s Chapter 11 case, citing the bankruptcy court’s earlier approval of his actions.

  • April 3, 2017

    IAAF Says Player Drug Use Records Hacked

    The International Association of Athletics Federations said Monday that it was hacked by a group that has been tied to Russian intelligence known as Fancy Bear, targeting data on athletes' medical exemptions for drug use.

Expert Analysis

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 2

    David Kluft

    Although NFL ratings may be down a bit this year, intellectual property lawsuits related to the NFL most certainly are not, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Myth Of The Forceful Mediator

    Jeff Kichaven

    When mediators rely on force to get cases settled, it doesn’t work. It’s time to suggest more productive ways for top-gun litigators and top-flight mediators to engage, says Jeff Kichaven of Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation.

  • Sue-per Bowl Shuffle: The Year In NFL IP Litigation — Part 1

    David Kluft

    I always worry about what will happen if someone at a Super Bowl party asks me to explain an NFL-related lawsuit, particularly one of those intellectual property lawsuits IP lawyers are supposed to know about. This article is my solution — a summary of gridiron IP disputes since the last Super Bowl, says David Kluft of Foley Hoag LLP.

  • Prosecution Of Corporate Execs: The Latest Developments

    Dawn E. Murphy-Johnson

    During the last quarter of 2016, the U.S. Department of Justice announced several significant guilty pleas and indictments against corporate executives that may provide some clues about where the prosecution of executives is headed this year, say attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Opinion

    Love And Law In The Age Of Trump

    Kevin Curnin

    Love is not a subject that lawyers typically devote themselves to professionally. But as we witness this historic transition to a new administration, lawyers in particular are reminded that love is tied, however imperfectly, to our cherished founding ideals, says Kevin Curnin, president of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel.

  • The State Of The Litigation Finance Industry In 2017

    Christopher P. Bogart

    In the United States, the number of lawyers whose firms have used litigation finance has quadrupled since 2013. Even so, too many remain poorly informed, leaving them at a competitive disadvantage and prone to oddly persistent “alternative facts” about litigation finance, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital.

  • 6 Ways To Get More From A Limited Budget For Trial Graphics

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    With so many possibilities and variables, it can be difficult to adhere to a strict graphics budget when preparing effective visuals for trial. There are several things you can do to limit the cost of your visuals without sacrificing quality, says Marti Martin Robinson of Litigation Insights Inc.

  • How Michael Jordan Won TM Case In China Without TM Rights

    Amy Hsiao

    A ruling last month by China's highest court may be only a partial victory for Michael Jordan and Nike, but it is a great step forward for China’s trademark system. Eight messages from the decision are comforting and reassuring, say Amy Hsiao of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP and Christopher Shen of NTD Patent & Trademark Agency Ltd.

  • Inside High Court Argument On Offensive Trademarks

    Ann Dunn Wessberg

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Lee v. Tam to decide whether the Trademark Act’s prohibition on registering “disparaging” marks violates the First Amendment. The court heaped a good deal of skepticism toward both sides, perhaps a little more against the government, says Ann Dunn Wessberg, chairwoman of Fredrikson & Byron PA's trademark group and former chief trademark counsel for Target.

  • How Litigation Funding Is Bringing Champerty Back To Life

    John H. Beisner

    While some courts have declined to apply the common-law doctrine of champerty to invalidate third-party litigation funding agreements, two recent rulings by appellate courts in New York and Pennsylvania have brought renewed attention to champerty principles, casting doubts on the legality of certain forms of third-party litigation funding, say John Beisner and Jordan Schwartz of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.