• February 20, 2018

    EA Says Ex-NFLers Aren't Identifiable In Madden Games

    Electronic Arts Inc. has urged a California federal judge to grant it a win in a putative class action brought by retired NFL players who claim EA improperly used their likenesses to make Madden video games, arguing that the athletes can’t prove they’re readily identifiable in the games.

  • February 20, 2018

    Sport Court To Review Russian Curler's Failed Doping Test

    The top court for international sports has opened a new case against a Russian Olympic athlete and curling bronze medalist who failed a doping test, the court said Monday. 

  • February 16, 2018

    Tampa Bay Rays Call Foul On Concessionaire's Dismissal Bid

    Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays urged a Florida federal court Friday to deny concessionaire Centerplate's bid to escape the ball club's breach of contract suit over an expiring 20-year pact, saying it has provided no basis and relies on “unfounded accusations.”

  • February 16, 2018

    MLBers Want Hearing Over Info In Al Jazeera Libel Suit

    Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard are pushing for an answer as to whether Al Jazeera will be forced to hand over information gathered by an undercover investigator for a controversial 2015 documentary that accused them of using performance-enhancing drugs and is the subject of their defamation lawsuit.

  • February 16, 2018

    Brand Battles: Greenwood Refused 'God Bless The USA' TM

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, country singer Lee Greenwood appeals after being refused a registration on the name of his most famous hit, Major League Baseball welcomes spring training by aiming to block a "Spring Training" mark, and Allstate takes its "Drivewise" battle with Kia to the board.

  • February 16, 2018

    Topgolf tells 5th Circ. Rival Can’t Pursue Future Claims

    Topgolf International Inc., which operates more than two dozen combined driving ranges and restaurants, asked the Fifth Circuit to affirm a district court's ruling in an antitrust suit alleging it acquired a software provider used by a competitor and may not renew the services contract when it expires, telling the court the claims cannot be brought because they are speculative.

  • February 16, 2018

    Rams Owner Avoids Deposition In Suit Over Move To LA

    A Missouri federal judge has refused to let a group of personal seat license holders depose Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke in their suit over the NFL team's move to Los Angeles after finding they haven't shown a need for his testimony.

  • February 16, 2018

    6 Takeaways For The Sports Industry From Tax Reform

    As taxpayers and employers alike grapple with the sweeping changes to federal tax law signed late last year, athletes, coaches and teams aren't immune from the money-saving — and cash-costing — effects of the reform.

  • February 16, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Chubb bring an action against U.S. forestry giant Weyerhaeuser, Russia's Kapital Insurance lodge a claim against more than a dozen insurers and reinsurers, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme sue Heritage Corporate Trustees for breach of fiduciary duty. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 15, 2018

    O'Bannon Meets 'Game Of Thrones' In 9th Circ. NCAA Row

    The NCAA urged the Ninth Circuit on Thursday to reject a $42 million fee award to attorneys for student-athletes who successfully fought rules barring them from exploiting their publicity rights, arguing the students didn’t win their whole case and the lower court erroneously used an “all-or-nothing, winner-takes-all, 'Game of Thrones' approach” to fees.

  • February 17, 2018

    CORRECTED: Embedding Tweets Can Be Infringement, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge found Thursday that a slew of news organizations, including Yahoo, Time, The Boston Globe and Gannett, infringed a photographer’s copyrighted picture of NFL quarterback Tom Brady when they embedded tweets containing the image within articles on their websites. (Correction: An earlier story incorrectly described the underlying actions that constituted infringement. The error has been corrected.)

  • February 15, 2018

    John Cena Says Ford's Contract Didn't Include GT Resale Ban

    John Cena has told a Michigan federal judge that Ford Motor Co. “can’t see him” in federal court on claims he reneged on a promise not to resell a custom-made GT sports car, saying his contract contained no such agreement.

  • February 15, 2018

    NCAA, College At Fault For Foul Ball Injury, Ex-Player Says

    A former Division II college baseball player and his parents launched a lawsuit against his school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday, accusing them of not doing enough to protect him from a foul ball that allegedly struck him and caused severe neurological damage.

  • February 15, 2018

    Adidas Exec, Others Can't Shake Basketball Bribery Suit

    A New York federal judge on Thursday declined to dismiss an indictment alleging that an Adidas executive, a consultant and a former NBA agent conspired to bribe college basketball players with six-figure payments in exchange for attending Adidas-sponsored schools and work with specific agents.

  • February 15, 2018

    Hanesbrands Sues Over Alleged Champion TM Infringement

    Hanesbrands Inc. filed trademark infringement claims against a New York-based apparel brand in federal court Wednesday, accusing it of ripping off its cursive-print Champion logos with a “parasitic business model" that uses words like "gangster" and "Chapo."

  • February 15, 2018

    Orrick Hires 6 Ex-Andrews Kurth Public Finance Lawyers

    A group of six public finance attorneys have left Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP’s Texas offices and joined Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Orrick confirmed Thursday.

  • February 15, 2018

    Mass. Lawmakers Eye Broad Sports Betting If Justices Ax Ban

    A joint committee in the Massachusetts Legislature on Wednesday began considering a bill that would make daily fantasy sports permanently legal and taxed in the state, but the legislation and lawmakers are also gearing up for what happens next if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down a nationwide prohibition on placing bets during this session.

  • February 15, 2018

    Warner Wolf Says Firing By Don Imus Was Age-Based

    A battle of legendary New York broadcasters broke out Thursday when sportscaster Warner Wolf accused longtime radio personality Don Imus of illegally firing him from the “Imus in the Morning” radio show because he was too old.

  • February 15, 2018

    A Chat With Hogan Lovells HR Chief Allison Friend

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Allison Friend, chief human resources officer for Hogan Lovells.

  • February 15, 2018

    US Bank To Pay $613M For Faulty Money Laundering Program

    U.S. Bank on Thursday agreed to pay $613 million as part of a deferred prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors and bank regulators over alleged failings of its anti-money laundering programs, including an effort to hide those deficiencies from its regulator and processing transactions for disgraced payday lending mogul and race car driver Scott Tucker.

Expert Analysis

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Preparing Your Company Witnesses For The Gotcha Question

    Matthew Keenan

    Catching a witness flat-footed on an important topic is no longer confined to cable news, and corporate legal defenses can likewise die when witnesses profess ignorance on things that jurors believe they should know. However, employing some common sense tools can minimize potential harm, says Matthew Keenan of Shook Hardy Bacon LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.

  • Does Your D&O Policy Really Cover Gov't Investigations?

    Lilit Asadourian

    Many directors and officers insurance policies purport to insure the fees and costs companies incur in responding to government investigations. However, a recent Tenth Circuit decision in MusclePharm v. Liberty Insurance Underwriters calls into question the scope of such coverage, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Justice and Empathy

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Defining 'Sport' In The Age Of Competitive Video Gaming

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Olympic Committee's recent consideration of esports as a “sporting activity” with a potential path to inclusion in the Olympic Games raises the ire of many traditional athletes. But is physicality required to qualify as a sport? Historically, yes, though not with the consistency one might expect, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave LLP.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Olympic Committee Should Allow Russians To Compete

    Ronald Katz

    Now that the World Anti-Doping Agency has decided that Russia is not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Based on the Olympic Charter, the Russian athletes should be allowed to participate, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Feature

    An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.