Sports

  • September 15, 2017

    NFL Urges 5th Circ. To Make Elliott Serve Suspension Now

    The NFL on Friday filed an emergency stay request with the Fifth Circuit to make Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott serve his six-game domestic violence suspension this season, following through on a warning made to a Texas federal judge if he did not rule on its stay bid by the end of Thursday.

  • September 15, 2017

    Harvard Prof Slated As Fees Expert In NFL Concussion Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday appointed Harvard Law School professor William B. Rubenstein to address several questions surrounding attorneys’ fees payouts in the uncapped NFL concussion settlement, overruling concerns that his involvement may create a conflict of interest.

  • September 15, 2017

    Gym Users Ask 6th Circ. To Affirm Contempt Ruling In Fee Suit

    A class of gym members urged the Sixth Circuit on Thursday to affirm a finding of contempt against Global Fitness Holdings LLC and its managers for failing to pay nearly $2.4 million in attorneys’ fees following a settlement over allegedly unfair gym fees, saying the actions were deliberate.

  • September 15, 2017

    Brand Battles: Amazon, Walt Disney, Chicago Cubs

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Amazon continues to spar with a smaller company over its new Amazon Chime teleconferencing service, Walt Disney takes action to defend "Dumbo," and the Chicago Cubs add to their league-leading number of new trademark cases.

  • September 14, 2017

    ITC Can Redo $6M Fine After GPS Patent Nix, Fed. Circ. Told

    A GPS technology company told the Federal Circuit on Wednesday that the U.S. International Trade Commission wrongly said it could not reconsider a $6.2 million fine against the company for violating an agreement to not import its allegedly infringing products despite a later, separate ruling invalidating the at-issue patent.

  • September 14, 2017

    Chris Farley IP Owner Says Bike Co. Stole 'SNL' Star's Name

    The successor company that holds the rights for deceased "Saturday Night Live" comedian Chris Farley hit Trek Bicycles with a $10 million suit in California court Monday, claiming that its “Farley” bike, which has fat tires and a fat frame, trades on the comedian’s reputation as a funny fat guy.

  • September 14, 2017

    Tattoo Copyright Holder Says 'NBA 2K' Images Not Fair Use

    The company that holds copyrights to tattoos sported by basketball stars like LeBron James urged a New York federal judge to keep alive its suit against the maker of “NBA 2K,” arguing the video games' depiction of players’ tattoos is significant and not fair use.

  • September 14, 2017

    NASCAR Driver Wants Penske Docs In $1.4M Royalties Suit

    NASCAR driver Kurt Busch asked a Michigan federal judge to force Team Penske to hand over documents related to his former employment with the racing team in a suit in which his former sports agency alleges he owes $1.4 million in back royalty payments, saying the racing team has refused to respond to any of his requests.

  • September 14, 2017

    NCAA Deal Objector Says $15M Class Counsel Fees Too High

    A former college football player whose objections to a settlement in the multidistrict litigation over the National Collegiate Athletic Association's handling of concussions led the parties to rework the deal is now criticizing class counsel’s $15 million fee request, saying they shouldn't get credit for the final agreement.

  • September 14, 2017

    Feds Can Use Co-Conspirator Racketeering Info In FIFA Trial

    A New York federal judge on Thursday said prosecutors accusing three former South American soccer officials of taking part in a wide-ranging FIFA corruption conspiracy will be allowed to admit evidence pertaining to racketeering by their alleged co-conspirators at trial, saying it is relevant and not prejudicial to the case.

  • September 14, 2017

    $2B Payday Loan Scam Jury Hears 2nd Borrower Horror Story

    A New York man who borrowed $350 from racer Scott Tucker and lawyer Timothy Muir's alleged criminal payday lending empire so he could visit his sick grandmother told jurors Thursday he was bombarded with calls and forced to settle with a collector after he halted a series of debits draining his bank account.

  • September 14, 2017

    NFL Demands Quick Ruling To Restore Elliott Suspension

    The NFL told a Texas federal judge Wednesday that if he doesn’t rule right away on its emergency bid to pause his order halting Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, the league will go to the Fifth Circuit for a stay, increasing tensions in the latest labor dispute between the league and the players union.

  • September 14, 2017

    Reebok-CCM Fights Fees Bid In Helmet Royalties Row

    Sports equipment maker Reebok-CCM Hockey on Wednesday hit back at a startup hockey-helmet design company’s $54,000 fee request related to a sanctions order over destroyed evidence in their contract suit, telling a Massachusetts federal judge that the helmet company shouldn’t even get half of that.

  • September 13, 2017

    NFL Players Counsel Seek Answers From Atty In Trauma Suit

    Class counsel for former NFL players in the concussion settlement in Pennsylvania federal court said on Tuesday that an attorney has made communications about the untapped settlement program to class members that may have resulted in them taking actions against their self-interest.

  • September 13, 2017

    Small Talk Of Weather Looms Large At $2B Payday Loan Trial

    Call center workers at racer Scott Tucker's payday loan nerve center in Kansas were fed neighboring-state weather reports so they could make small talk without giving away that they were far from tribal lands, a witness testified Wednesday in the criminal fraud trial of Tucker and his lawyer Timothy Muir.

  • September 13, 2017

    NFL Could Face Another Prolonged Fight In Latest Labor Tiff

    The NFL's disciplinary process is once again under the microscope as the league looks to overturn a ruling that put Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott's six-game suspension on hold, but while the league has previously been successful in federal circuit courts, experts say it might not be an easy fight this time around.

  • September 13, 2017

    It's Official: Paris, LA To Host 2024, 2028 Summer Olympics

    The Summer Olympics will return to the United States for the first time in what will be 32 years, with the International Olympic Committee approving a "historic," simultaneous award Wednesday of the 2024 and 2028 summer games to Paris and Los Angeles.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ex-Chuhak Atty Gets 18 Months For Defrauding NFL Players

    A former Chuhak & Tecson PC partner who admitted to selling several professional athletes and other investors millions in alternative energy tax credits he knew were illegal was sentenced to 18 months in prison Wednesday.

  • September 13, 2017

    Ex-Steelers Star Tackling Race For Pa. High Court Seat

    In its almost 300-year history, justices on Pennsylvania's Supreme Court have sported a shifting range of accessories: powdered wigs are gone, and iPads now join them on the bench. But if elected in November, Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff, a Democrat, would bring something never seen before: a Super Bowl ring.

  • September 13, 2017

    Judge Urged To Nix Sanctions Bid In Video Game Patent Row

    White Knuckle IP LLC asked a Utah judge on Monday to shoot down a sanctions motion by Electronic Arts Inc., arguing it brought its patent suit against the video game giant with a good-faith belief it had a valid claim.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Key Areas Legal Operations Teams Should Focus On

    Jaime Woltjen

    These days, legal operations directors can easily get stretched too thin between responsibilities like overseeing support staff and taking on office management responsibilities. Legal operations teams should focus their time and effort on outside counsel management, technology planning and analytics, says Jaime Woltjen of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • Recap

    What The Experts Said About High Court Rulings This Term

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    With the U.S. Supreme Court term now concluded, we take a look back at some first impressions from the experts when the most impactful decisions for corporate law were handed down.

  • US Law Firms Face Discovery Of Foreign Clients' Records

    Steven Kobre

    The law relating to the taking of discovery directly from U.S. law firms is evolving in favor of disclosure when documents have been provided to third parties. Law firms must be vigilant in handling their clients' documents or face being responsible for producing them to third parties, say Steven Kobre and John Han of Kobre & Kim LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Future Of Law And The Demise Of The Midsize Firm

    Fredric Newman

    Since 1980, there has been a systemic supersizing of business enterprises, the growth of sovereign wealth, and the emergence of international businesses. The pressure this has put on national and regional law firms to go global or go home is enormous, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Why High Court Is Right About Offensive Trademarks

    Jennifer Ko Craft

    As an Asian-American, I have had a lot of hateful and derogatory names thrown at me throughout my life, and yet I found the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Matal v. Tam, rejecting the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s ban on registering disparaging terms as unconstitutional, gratifying in many ways, says Jennifer Ko Craft of Dickinson Wright PLLC.

  • How Discovery Has Changed Under New Federal Rules

    Brandee Kowalzyk

    In December 2015, an amendment to Rule 26 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure was implemented with the intent of putting reasonable limits on civil discovery. The many subsequent cases that have applied the amended rules provide guideposts for litigants and practitioners, say Brandee Kowalzyk and Christopher Polston of Nelson Mullins LLP.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Pre-Voir Dire Questions

    Stephen Susman

    The simple practice of asking jurors important and substantive questions early can help make trial by jury a more reliable form of dispute resolution, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.

  • The Changing Economics Of Sports Stadiums And Arenas

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    In this short video, Scott Zolke of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses sports stadium and arena economics, explaining why it’s more important than ever that professional sports teams have the opportunity to build and own their own stadiums and arenas, and the group dynamic among team owners, leagues and local municipalities.

  • An Interview With Floyd Abrams

    Randy Maniloff

    It was a privilege to spend a half-hour on the phone with the nation's foremost First Amendment lawyer. Floyd Abrams and I discussed his career, his new book and what he sees in his free-speech crystal ball. And he was a very good sport when I asked if it is constitutionally protected to yell inside a movie theater: “Citizens United is a terrible decision and should be set on fire,” says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Bucking Tradition: NewLaw And The Coming Millennials

    Jill Dessalines

    Recent surveys show that law firms won't be able to rely on the flood of associates their business model demands as long as they require them to dedicate all day, most nights, every weekend and all holidays to firm business, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant GC at McKesson Corp.