Sports

  • April 26, 2017

    Trailer Co. Appeals Asset Freeze Tied To Racer's Loan Scam

    The company whose assets are connected to a $1.3 billion judgment against a professional race car driver and alleged payday loan mogul Scott Tucker launched a Ninth Circuit appeal Tuesday in an attempt to undo a Nevada judge’s order keeping it from selling a disputed vehicle trailer that loosely traces back to one of Tucker's companies. 

  • April 26, 2017

    Adviser Gets 5 Years For Stealing $2.9M From NFLers

    A North Carolina businessman who provided financial services to National Football League players has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for wire fraud and filing false tax returns, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

  • April 26, 2017

    NHL Can't Get Most Brain Research Docs From CTE Center

    A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday largely denied the National Hockey League’s bid to compel the Boston University CTE Center and its researchers to hand over materials related to its study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease at the center of the litigation.

  • April 26, 2017

    Ex-Pepperdine Players Will Take Mental Exams In Bias Suit

    Pepperdine University won its bid Tuesday to make two of its former women’s basketball players, who claim the school discriminated against them because they were dating each other, undergo mental examinations to ascertain the extent of the emotional distress they claim to have suffered.

  • April 26, 2017

    Photogs Say Court Erred In Nixing NFL, AP Royalties Case

    Photographers suing the National Football League and the Associated Press over royalties from their pictures asked the Second Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling against them, arguing Tuesday that a New York federal court erred when it said they did not properly state their claims.

  • April 26, 2017

    Feds, Ex-MLB Star Clash Over Insider Trading Jury Instructions

    Former Major League Baseball player Doug DeCinces and federal prosecutors traded jabs in filings in California federal court Tuesday over proposed jury instructions in a case alleging the athlete, his friend and a former CEO traded on nonpublic information about a medical device company’s merger plans.

  • April 26, 2017

    Supplement Co. Hit With False Ad Suit Over Illicit Steroids

    A sports supplement manufacturer and marketer on Wednesday filed suit against Acolyte Sports Nutrition over allegations that the company falsely markets its products by not making clear to consumers that they contain illicit steroids that can expose people to serious health risks.

  • April 26, 2017

    Whistleblower Fights Atty Fees Bid In Deion Sanders FCA Suit

    A whistleblower accusing NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders and others of violating the False Claims Act by filing bogus claims for his charter school asked a Texas federal judge to deny an attorneys' fee bid by one of the parties in the case, arguing that it is premature. 

  • April 26, 2017

    Widow Ends Wrongful-Death Suit Against NFL, Riddell

    The widow of a defensive tackle who died in 2009 of a brain aneurysm after retiring from the National Football League has resolved a wrongful death suit against the league and helmet maker Riddell Inc., according to documents filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • April 26, 2017

    Athletic Tape Co. Says UK Ex-Partner Still Using IP

    A sports medicine company specializing in therapeutic tape launched a lawsuit Wednesday in Utah federal court against a former U.K-based partner, saying the company continues to profit off of its trademarks and copyrights after a distribution agreement ended in 2013.

  • April 26, 2017

    Pennsylvania Sports Betting Bill Gets Committee Approval

    A bill to legalize sports betting in Pennsylvania casinos and licensed facilities passed its first hurdle on Tuesday as the Gaming and Oversight Committee in the state’s House of Representatives unanimously voted to move the legislation forward.

  • April 25, 2017

    St. Louis Hits Back At Rams With Long-Shot Suit Over Move

    The city of St. Louis is striking back at the Rams for leaving last year, mounting an improbable effort to recover some of the money it spent trying to keep the team from moving to Los Angeles by lobbing allegations that the Rams and the NFL never made a serious attempt to stop the move despite promises to try.

  • April 25, 2017

    CORRECTION: NY Court OKs Liverpool Sale Process, Will Revisit Financing

    A New York appeals court affirmed the majority of a lower court ruling on Tuesday in an investment firm’s suit against the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC over its role in the £235 million ($301.6 million) sale of Liverpool FC, but said it would review issues relating to the refinancing of the company in a new trial. 

  • April 25, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Miami Marlins, KKR, Hyland Software

    Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush are leading a group that will buy the Miami Marlins for $1.3 billion, KKR and Japan Industrial Partners will pay more than $1.8 billion to acquire Hitachi Kokusai Electric, and Hyland Software is set to acquire Lexmark International’s software division.

  • April 25, 2017

    NCAA Dodges Ex-USC Football Player's Wage Class Action

    A California federal judge on Tuesday tossed a former University of Southern California football player’s putative class action alleging the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference improperly deny student-athletes minimum wage, finding that the athletes aren’t employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • April 25, 2017

    NFL Players Union Inks Deal With Wearable Tech Biz

    The National Football League Players Association said Tuesday that its recently launched business accelerator has inked a deal with Whoop Inc. that will provide players with wearable fitness tracking devices and ownership of the data they collect.

  • April 25, 2017

    Nike Denied Attorneys' Fees In 'Frivolous' Patent Suit

    A New Jersey federal judge on Monday shot down Nike Inc.’s attempt to have the trust of a deceased inventor, which claimed Nike infringed a golf club patent, pay Nike’s fees after winning the lawsuit, finding that the suit was “frivolous” but that it had not been brought in bad faith.

  • April 25, 2017

    NBA Agent Looks To Block Injunction Bid In Poaching Suit

    An attorney and top NBA agent facing a lawsuit from his former agency alleging he plotted to poach perspective clients and other agents urged a California federal court Monday to reject the agency's bid for a preliminary injunction, saying it would devastate his career.

  • April 25, 2017

    Wilson Slammed With False Ad Suit Over Baseball Bats

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. was hit with a proposed class action in Illinois federal court Monday alleging that the sports equipment maker falsely touted some of its popular DeMarini baseball bats as meeting national requirements for use in various youth leagues and tournaments.

  • April 24, 2017

    Ex-NHLer Says Devils, Blues Hid Risks Of Head Injuries

    Former NHL “enforcer” Mike Peluso hit the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and an insurance company with a lawsuit in Minnesota federal court alleging a "newly discovered" medical report shows the teams knew the risks of further head injuries but continued to encourage him to play and engage in fights.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Margin Improvement: The Long Game

    Jack Diggle

    For all the lessons learned since 2008, it's surprising that margin management remains so tactical, rather than an ongoing strategic endeavor, for law firms. The firms that will survive and thrive must invest in ongoing margin-improvement capability, which will combine enhanced business- and change-management skills and take a long-term view to drive out the more difficult changes, says Jack Diggle of Elevate Services Inc.

  • 2017 Check-Up: Is Your Law Firm Positioned For Success?

    William G. Johnston

    Over the next few weeks, a slow trickle of news about one measure of law firm success — law firm financial results — will gradually become a flood as more firms open up about their performance in 2016. Law firm leaders would be wise to focus on nine factors that determine success, says law firm management consultant William Johnston.

  • The Missing Key To 3rd-Party Litigation Funding

    Tripp Haston

    Unlike other forms of commerce and unlike in other nations, litigation investment and funding in the U.S. is largely unregulated with few disclosure requirements. Where darkness exists, ignorance and mistrust breed. Disclosure and transparency in litigation investment and funding is the first and proper step to better understand this opaque dynamic in the U.S. civil justice system, says Tripp Haston of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP.

  • 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.