Sports

  • July 21, 2017

    Shrinking Daily Fantasy Co. Ranks Mean Room For Innovation

    Legal questions over daily fantasy sports have forced many smaller companies to shut down, but Fantasy Sports Trade Association Chairman Peter Schoenke told Law360 that that contraction positions the burgeoning industry for innovation as it continues to lobby states to clarify the legality of the contests.

  • July 21, 2017

    Brand Battles: Disney Gets Creative To Block 'Jedi' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Lucasfilm once again goes deep into the details of the Star Wars universe, Frito-Lay takes on a look-alike Lay’s logo and the Chicago Cubs stay aggressive.

  • July 21, 2017

    Collegiate Sports Law Pro Joins Holland & Knight

    Holland & Knight on Thursday strengthened its education, employment and civil rights practices as the firm announced the addition of a collegiate sports law specialist with expertise in Title IX and other compliance matters as a litigation partner in its Boston office.

  • July 21, 2017

    Finnish Soccer Player Loses Appeal Of 2-Year Ban

    Sport’s high court on Friday upheld a two-year ban for a star Finnish soccer player who tested positive for cocaine last fall.

  • July 21, 2017

    Pa. Justices Urged To Hear Appeal Over Bum Super Bowl Tix

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was urged Friday to hear an appeal after a group of Super Bowl XLV ticket holders who were left without seats to the big game were barred from reasserting claims against the National Football League after their case was moved from federal to state court.

  • July 21, 2017

    Fitbit Sways Judge On Infringement Changes In Jawbone Row

    A California magistrate judge on Friday changed her mind and allowed Fitbit Inc. to amend its patent infringement contentions against rival Jawbone, finding that the wearable fitness device company has a good reason for the changes and it’s been diligent in pursuing them.

  • July 21, 2017

    Calif. Assemblyman Introduces Sports Betting Amendment

    A California constitutional amendment was introduced in the state Assembly on Thursday that, if passed, would let the state Legislature authorize sports betting only if a federal ban is modified.

  • July 21, 2017

    Freeh Says Ex-PSU President's Conviction Dooms Libel Suit

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh on Thursday asked a Pennsylvania state court judge to end a libel suit from ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier over a report addressing the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, pointing to Spanier’s March criminal conviction.

  • July 20, 2017

    Sterling's Ex-Mistress Can’t Reclaim $2.6M In Gifts

    Donald Sterling’s ex-mistress will have to return over $2.6 million in gifts the former NBA team owner gave her, a California appeals court ruled Thursday, upholding a lower court's decision that the gifts were given without the required permission of the former Clippers owner's wife.

  • July 20, 2017

    City Lied To Get Land For Rival Arena, Concert Venue Says

    The city of Inglewood, California, tricked the owners of the historic concert venue The Forum into handing over a plot of land that the city then devoted to a competing arena meant to host the Los Angeles Clippers, the venue alleged in a claim for damages filed against the city Monday.

  • July 20, 2017

    Sportswear Co. Slams Domain Holder As A 'Cybersquatter'

    An Italian sportswear maker being sued by the owner of an online gambling company over its use of domain names told an Arizona federal judge Wednesday that the company owner is a cybersquatter who had been ordered to hand the domains over and who’s instead trying to extort a payoff.

  • July 20, 2017

    Ga. County Can't Escape Golf Course Flooding Suit

    A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday said Columbia County can't escape claims over its alleged contribution to flooding on a golf course owned by Jones Creek Investors LLC, saying there are questions remaining related to causation and damages.

  • July 20, 2017

    5 Esports Issues Attorneys Should Watch

    The industry for competitive video game playing, or esports, is moving into the mainstream, but there are still several moving parts to its development that should keep attorneys on their toes.

  • July 20, 2017

    Tennis Investigators To Review 3 Wimbledon Matches

    The Tennis Integrity Unit said Wednesday it will investigate three Wimbledon matches, including a main draw match, and a French Open match for potential match-fixing after receiving alerts from betting regulators. The investigations come after several news reports that the tennis investigators have been sitting on evidence.

  • July 20, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Beacon Capital, SL Green, AB Capstone

    Beacon Capital Partners reportedly has a deal to pay $165 million for a Chicago office tower, real estate investment trust SL Green is said to have leased 46,492 square feet in New York to an entity tied to Tavistock Group, and Queens developer AB Capstone is reported to have leased 20,000 square feet each to Michaels Cos. and Blink Fitness in Brooklyn.

  • July 19, 2017

    NY Judge Greenlights Racketeering Suit Over Event Co. Sale

    A New York federal judge ruled Tuesday that the founder of the Manhattan Cocktail Classic can proceed with her racketeering suit against a husband-and-wife duo she has accused of scamming her into selling the drinks festival’s production company and then paying less than a tenth of the nearly $1 million agreed-upon price.

  • July 19, 2017

    NFLers Possibly Misled By Claim Assistance Offers: Judge

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion litigation said Wednesday the court is concerned players who may be eligible for the uncapped settlement are being improperly solicited by claim assistance providers who may be providing misleading offers, ordering a hearing on the issue.

  • July 19, 2017

    Pepperdine Coach Decried Lesbianism, Bias Trial Jury Told

    Pepperdine University discriminated against two female basketball players who claim they were told lesbianism wouldn’t be tolerated on the team and feared losing their scholarships because they were dating, a California jury heard during opening statements Wednesday in the women’s federal trial against the private Christian university.

  • July 19, 2017

    Rams Fans Urge Court Not To Call Timeout In Relocation Suit

    More fans suing the Rams NFL team over its move to Los Angeles on Tuesday urged a Missouri federal court not to pause two of the consolidated suits pending arbitration in the team’s dispute with a local convention center.

  • July 19, 2017

    Fox Factory Patent Suit Stays In Calif., Despite TC Heartland

    A California federal judge on Tuesday became the latest to find that TC Heartland wasn’t a change in law, saying that SRAM LLC missed its chance to object to the venue for a pair of infringement suits filed by Fox Factory Inc. over patents for bicycle shock absorbers and suspension forks.

Expert Analysis

  • IP Considerations For The Esports Industry

    Eric Ball

    With recent developments in the gaming world, game developers, professional gamers and other players in the virtual reality and esports space should be mindful of how to protect their own intellectual property rights while not infringing on the rights of others, say Eric Ball and Kunyu Ching of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • A Better UDRP Standard For Personal Names: Part 2

    Roberta Horton

    The current standard embraced by virtually all Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy cases — that the claimant must show commercial use of her personal name to succeed — is simply too stringent. It should be expanded to protect prominent persons who do not market products or services in their own names, say Roberta Horton and Michael Kientzle of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Monetizing The Athlete Brand

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    In this short video, Arash Khalili of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses the shift happening in athlete endorsement deals today, new strategies for monetizing the athlete brand through equity-based endorsements, and the advantages of these deals for both the athlete and the company.

  • A Better UDRP Standard For Personal Names: Part 1

    Roberta Horton

    The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy frequently provides a welcome remedy for trademark owners who fall victim to cybersquatters. But when a well-known individual's name is targeted, the UDRP generally affords protection only to those who can show that they have reaped commercial success through use of their names, say Roberta Horton and Michael Kientzle of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • The Trick To Trademarking Micro-Moments In Sports

    Ryan Hilbert

    One of the most interesting recent developments in the sports apparel industry is the commercialization of unexpected, instantly memorable happenings during a game. But the same characteristics that make these micro-moments so appealing also create the possibility for tremendous risk in the world of trademarks, says Ryan Hilbert of Holley & Menker PA.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.