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