• March 3, 2017

    Brand Battles: Warner Bros. Rips 'Golden Ticket' Beer

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Warner Bros. says a "Golden Ticket" beer is an unauthorized reference to "Willy Wonka," the Chicago Cubs attack a bank's acronym, and the organizers of Coachella take aim at a look-alike mark.

  • March 2, 2017

    Witness Ties Trainer, Agent To Smuggling Players Out Of Cuba

    An admitted smuggler testified Thursday in Florida federal court of direct links between an athletic trainer and a sports agent based in South Florida and smuggling operations that got numerous Cuban baseball players, including Chicago White Sox star Jose Abreu, out of the island nation before they eventually reached the United States.

  • March 2, 2017

    Athletic Headband Trade Dress Fight Ends In Dismissal

    A trade dress suit between athletic headband makers Sparkly Soul and Sweaty Bands in New York federal court apparently came to an end Wednesday as the parties agreed to drop their claims and counterclaims.

  • March 2, 2017

    Fans Can't Add NFL Teams, Owners To Super Bowl Ticket Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Thursday barred plaintiffs who claimed they were displaced from their seats or had obstructed views at Super Bowl XLV at AT&T Stadium from adding individual National Football League teams and their owners as defendants.

  • March 2, 2017

    Seminoles Say Fla. Gambling Bills Cut Into $3B Compact

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida has expressed its opposition to two gambling bills currently pending in the state Legislature that would affect the $3 billion compact negotiated with the state and said they might violate federal law.

  • March 2, 2017

    W.Va. Becomes Latest State To Challenge Sports Betting Ban

    West Virginia became the latest of a growing number of states to consider the legalization of sports betting, as a bill introduced Wednesday calls a federal restriction prohibiting states from allowing the practice unconstitutional.

  • March 2, 2017

    Former FIFA Official Appealing Ban Over World Cup Bids

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday that it has received an appeal from the former FIFA official who was banned from soccer activities for three years over allegations of corruption connected to bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.

  • March 2, 2017

    Researcher Says NHL Trying To Discredit Concussion Work

    Boston University CTE Center researcher Dr. Ann McKee told a Minnesota federal court Wednesday that she fears that the NHL is seeking research materials for the sole purpose of discrediting the center’s research on the brain disease CTE, which former NHL players are relying on in a lawsuit against the league over the dangers of head injuries.

  • March 2, 2017

    Texas Rangers Investigate Baylor's Handling Of Sex Assaults

    Following calls from state legislators to look into the handling of reports sexual assault at Baylor University, including ones allegedly committed by the school's football players, the Texas Ranger Division launched an investigation, along with the McLennan County District Attorney, into the matter.

  • March 2, 2017

    Greenberg Sued By ‘Biggest Loser’ Trainer Over Contracts

    A Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney’s creation of conflicting contracts for “The Biggest Loser” trainer Jillian Michaels resulted in a lawsuit and the loss of millions of dollars in royalties from a dietary supplement ad campaign, according to her complaint removed to California federal court Wednesday.

  • March 2, 2017

    Agent’s Leaks Don’t Sink Gambler’s Insider Trading Charges

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss insider trading charges against prominent gambler Billy Walters, saying that an FBI agent’s leaks should be investigated by prosecutors but didn’t prejudice Walters.

  • March 2, 2017

    NFL Concussion Objectors Want Piece Of $112.5M Atty Fees

    The counsel for the second-largest objector group in the landmark NFL concussion litigation asked the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the case to carve out for them a piece of the $112.5 million attorneys’ fee request by the lead class counsel, arguing Wednesday that they had helped secure a fair settlement for all involved.

  • March 1, 2017

    Cuban Ballplayer Testifies He Ate Passport On Flight To US

    Following a smuggler's instructions to destroy a fake passport during a flight from Haiti to the United States, where a $68 million Major League Baseball contract awaited his signature, Cuban-born baseball player Jose Abreu washed down the identification page with a beer, he told a Florida federal jury Wednesday.

  • March 1, 2017

    Landis Wants Appeal Over Liability Ahead Of Armstrong Trial

    Former cyclist Floyd Landis on Tuesday asked a D.C. federal court to allow him to appeal rulings in his False Claims Act lawsuit against his former cycling teammate Lance Armstrong that will limit the possible damages against Armstrong’s former agents as a case moves toward trial later this year.

  • March 1, 2017

    Rams Seat License Holders To Mediate Over Team's Move

    A consolidated lawsuit by a group of former seat license holders for the St. Louis Rams accusing the NFL team of making the licenses worthless by moving to Los Angeles is headed to mediation, a Missouri federal judge ordered Tuesday.

  • March 1, 2017

    Pitching Patent Challenge Outside Strike Zone: Fed Circ.

    The Federal Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a lower court’s determination that the asserted claims of two patents covering pitching machines are valid, holding that accused infringer Sports Tutor Inc. failed to establish that they are obvious.

  • March 1, 2017

    U Of Richmond Suspends 5 Ballplayers For Fantasy Sports

    The University of Richmond has suspended five of its baseball players for potential NCAA student-athlete eligibility rule violations for what appears to be participation in fantasy sports.

  • March 1, 2017

    Ex-FIFA No. 2 Appeals 10-Year Ban To Sports Arbitration Body

    Former FIFA No. 2 Jerome Valcke submitted an appeal of his 10-year ban from soccer to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday, nearly three months after former FIFA boss Joseph “Sepp” Blatter lost his appeal of his six-year ban from the sport.

  • March 1, 2017

    No Appeal For Ex-PSU Trio In Sandusky Endangerment Row

    Three former Penn State University administrators will not be able to appeal child endangerment charges they’re facing stemming from the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal before going to trial later this month.

  • March 1, 2017

    Former NFL Player, Banker Get 6 Years For Ponzi Scheme

    Former NFL player Will D. Allen and a former banker were sentenced to six years in prison Wednesday for running a Ponzi scheme that targeted investors with bogus or oversubscribed loans to professional athletes.

Expert Analysis

  • Mediating E-Discovery Disputes Can Save Time And Money

    Daniel Garrie

    A primary driver of increasing litigation costs is the explosion of electronic discovery in recent years. Electronic data is not only increasing dramatically in volume, it is also growing in complexity. One way parties can save time and money is to use a neutral, technically skilled mediator, to ensure that e-discovery is both robust and cost-effective, says Daniel Garrie of JAMS.

  • Top 12 Mississippi Gaming Stories Of 2016

    Tommy Shepherd

    Tommy Shepherd of Jones Walker LLP discusses recent developments in the Mississippi gaming industry, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.

  • How To Mediate High-Limit Disability Insurance

    Adrienne Publicover

    Due to the high stakes involved, litigation often follows when high limit disability policy claims are denied. However, with proper planning and preparation, mediation can help parties successfully resolve their disputes, says Adrienne Publicover of JAMS.

  • Reigniting The Debate Over Student-Athletes As Employees

    Shar Bahmani

    The 2017 College Football Bowl season has begun. However, the battle on the gridiron is not the only struggle college student-athletes currently face, as a recent memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board appears to have resparked the debate over whether student-athletes are “employees” under the National Labor Relations Act, says Shar Bahmani of Squire Patton Boggs.

  • Building Momentum For The Pay Equity Movement In BigLaw

    Stephanie A. Scharf

    A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.

  • Are You Prepared For A 'Post-Fact' Jury?

    Ross Laguzza

    The media has been full of stories lately about the death of facts and the rise of “fake news.” It is reasonable to wonder if people sitting on juries will be able to function appropriately in this post-fact world, says Ross Laguzza of R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Keeping Pro Se Litigants At Bay

    Michael Walden

    Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.

  • Are Courts In The Discovery Driver’s Seat?

    Cristin K. Traylor

    I recently asked a panel of four federal court judges whether they expect courts to start taking a more active role in e-discovery. They answered with a resounding yes. However, their responses left me wondering whether courts are actually taking a more active role in discovery since the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure amendments took effect in December 2015, says Cristin Traylor of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • How Bad Data Analyses Can Sabotage Discrimination Cases

    Mike Nguyen

    Used properly, statistics can be highly effective in supporting legal arguments, but misinterpreted statistics can quickly sink cases. It is especially critical to understand the benefits and limitations of using data in discrimination cases, says Mike Nguyen of Analysis Group Inc.

  • OPINION: 1,166 Pieces Of Evidence And No Due Process

    Ron Katz

    Think of how the press would report a trial in a dictatorial country where 1,166 pieces of evidence were submitted for the prosecution and none for the defense. There is a phrase for that: "show trial." That phrase is particularly apt regarding the World Anti-Doping Agency's McLaren Report, says Ronald S. Katz, senior counsel at Manatt Phelps and Phillips LLP and chair emeritus of the Institute of Sports Law and Ethics at Universit... (continued)