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  • May 24, 2018

    Pro Golfer Gets Suit Over Promotion Deals Putted To Fla.

    A Washington federal judge approved a request to transfer to Florida a supplement company’s breach-of-contract suit against professional golfer Greg Norman, finding Thursday that the relevant contract was negotiated and signed in the Sunshine State.

  • May 24, 2018

    Ex-MLB Pitcher Says Rival Academy Stole Training Program

    A former Major League Baseball pitcher alleges that a Washington resident stole trade secrets and other proprietary information about his baseball academy and training program designed to improve performance and reduce injuries, according to a suit removed to Florida federal court Thursday. 

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-Penn State GC Defends Self In Sandusky Case Hearing

    A former Pennsylvania State University general counsel and onetime Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice testified Wednesday that the yearslong threat of formal discipline over alleged conflicts and privilege violations during the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse investigation had left her unable to sleep and caused her hair to begin falling out.

  • May 23, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Dodges Arbitration Over $500K Settlement Advance

    A Pennsylvania federal judge shut down an attempt by a third-party claims funder to initiate arbitration proceedings against a former NFL player who is expected to collect $3.5 million from a settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries, ruling that the settlement agreement voided all third-party funding agreements.

  • May 23, 2018

    Gov't Auction Bidders Are Public Record, NJ Justices Rule

    The New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the names and addresses of government property auction bidders are not shielded by the privacy protections of the state’s public records law because the auctions themselves are public events, not private ones.

  • May 23, 2018

    NFL Issues New Anthem Rules: Stand Up, Stay In Or Pay Up

    The National Football League will require all players on the field to stand for the national anthem and fine any team whose players or staff don’t follow that rule, according to a statement on Wednesday that said on-field protests during the song had made players seem "unpatriotic."

  • May 23, 2018

    NCAA Escapes Suit Over Vacated Wins

    An Arkansas federal court Wednesday rejected Arkansas Tech University’s attempt to restore more than 200 basketball wins vacated by the NCAA, saying the organization did not violate its own rules or the U.S. Constitution when it handed down the penalty.

  • May 23, 2018

    Paddy Power, FanDuel Ink Deal To Combine US Businesses

    Paddy Power Betfair PLC and New York City-based FanDuel on Wednesday said they had inked a deal to merge their U.S. businesses, a transaction the Irish bookmaker said will see it hand over $158 million in cash, a week after the Dublin-based company confirmed it was in deal talks with the daily fantasy sports giant.

  • May 22, 2018

    Consumers Urge 9th Circ. To Revive Crunch Gym TCPA Suit

    A pair of consumer advocates on Tuesday urged the Ninth Circuit to revive a proposed class action against gym chain Crunch San Diego LLC over the company’s alleged spamming of members’ cellphones with promotional text messages, saying Federal Communications Commission autodialer rules are applicable in this case and prohibit the gym’s conduct.

  • May 22, 2018

    Google May Escape Gun-Scope Seller’s Crosshairs, For Now

    A California judge has tentatively tossed a suit alleging that Google arbitrarily discriminated against a gun-scope seller via a “dangerous weapons” policy that barred the business from its ad program.

  • May 22, 2018

    Fla. Attys Who Gave Rays Tickets To Judge Facing Probation

    A referee recommended Tuesday that the Florida attorneys who gave a judge Tampa Bay Rays baseball game tickets while litigating a case before him receive one year's probation and be required to speak to new attorneys about the incident.

  • May 22, 2018

    Chick-Fil-A, ESPN Want Out Of TV Commercial Copyright Suit

    Chick-fil-A Inc. and ESPN Inc. on Tuesday asked a Texas federal court to toss a copyright infringement suit alleging they stole music from a little-known Dallas rock band to fill out two commercials, saying Platinum Jack Entertainment Inc. hasn’t provided a shred of evidence to back up its claims.

  • May 22, 2018

    New Era Hit With TM Suit Over 'Fear Of God' Cap Line

    New Era Cap Co. Inc. was hit with a trademark suit on Tuesday in federal court by a Massachusetts religious apparel company started by a college student who says the baseball hat maker, which provides caps for Major League Baseball and recently released its Fear of God cap line, is illegally blocking her trademark petition.

  • May 22, 2018

    NCAA Settlement Objector Asks 9th Circ. To Curb Attys' Fees

    A former Division I football player fighting the $42 million legal fee award in the NCAA’s $209 million settlement with scholarship athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that class counsel can’t justify a bumper windfall in a “megafund” case.

  • May 22, 2018

    Korean Firm's $27M Award Over Calif. Co.'s Tax Issues OK'd

    A California federal judge has confirmed a South Korea investment firm’s nearly $27 million arbitral award against a golf club shaft manufacturer it had invested in before learning the company was purportedly avoiding corporate taxes.

  • May 22, 2018

    Ex-Cheerleader Hits Houston Texans With Wage Suit

    A former cheerleader for the NFL's Houston Texans filed a putative class action in Texas federal court Monday claiming she and other cheerleaders were forced to work off the clock and were cut from the squad when they complained about their coach's actions.

  • May 21, 2018

    Calif. Jury Says NCAA Didn't Defame Ex-USC Coach

    A California state jury found Monday that the NCAA did not defame a former University of Southern California assistant football coach sanctioned for his part in the Reggie Bush scandal, according to attorneys for the NCAA.

  • May 21, 2018

    Olympic Swimmer Says US Coach Hid Sex Abuse For Decade

    Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith hit the sport’s governing body with a sexual abuse lawsuit Monday, alleging USA Swimming actively “covered up” a nearly decadelong abusive relationship with a coach that began when she was 13.

  • May 21, 2018

    NFLPA, League Botched Benefits Disclosure, Ex-Player Says

    The National Football League Players Association and the NFL flouted the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by failing to properly inform players about the terms of their retirement benefits plans, a former Jacksonville Jaguars safety alleged in a proposed class action Monday.

  • May 21, 2018

    Greece Says €40M Award In Contract Row Subject To DC Law

    Greece urged a D.C. federal court to apply a D.C. law relating to exchange rates to a judgment confirming a €39.8 million arbitral award against the country, which was issued to resolve a dispute with an American security contractor stemming from the 2004 Olympics.

Expert Analysis

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Don't Run Afoul Of NCAA Trademarks During March Madness

    Chas Rampenthal

    It’s tempting for your marketing campaign to get caught up in the frenzy that is the March collegiate basketball playoffs, but that isn’t a license to disregard the dangers of trademark infringement, says Chas Rampenthal, general counsel at LegalZoom.com Inc.

  • Lawyering A La Carte: Unbundled Dispute Resolution Services

    David Wallace

    There's no reason for limiting unbundled legal services to family law or even pro se litigants. Wider adoption, especially by litigators, presents an opportunity to correct law's distribution and pricing problem, to make justice practically available to all, and to dethrone litigation as the "sport of kings," says New York-based trial lawyer David Wallace.

  • You’re Perfect, Now Change: Perfectionism Hurts Lawyers

    Peter Norman

    Like medical professionals, lawyers often resist policies to reduce errors due to the culture of perfectionism that permeates the industry. Autonomy is key to the legal professional's prestige and the outward demonstration of competence is key to maintaining autonomy, says Peter Norman of Winnieware LLC.

  • Opinion

    Grassley, Feinstein Debate Judicial Vetting, Obstruction

    Sen. Chuck Grassley

    It is undisputed that in his first year in office President Trump was able to confirm a significant number of judges to the federal bench. How it happened — and whether it's a good thing — are debated here by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.

  • Opinion

    4 Reforms Needed To Prevent More Inexplicable IOC Decisions

    Ronald Katz

    The current International Olympic Committee governance structure does not inspire confidence that future decisions will be any better than the drama and unfairness associated with the Russian doping saga, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Working With IT To Preserve Data

    John Tredennick

    Increasingly, when courts impose a “legal hold” they require legal supervision of the preservation process, meaning lawyers must rely heavily on information technology professionals to execute the mechanics. John Tredennick of Catalyst Repository Systems and Alon Israely of TotalDiscovery offer insights on how legal and IT can work together to make the process more efficient and fulfill the company’s legal obligations.

  • A Practitioner’s Guide To Zarda V. Altitude Express

    John Richards

    It goes without saying that the Second Circuit’s recent ruling that Title VII prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation in Zarda v. Altitude Express is imbued with significant cultural, political and constitutional implications. But it also begs the question: How should practitioners view the decision from a practical legal standpoint? ask John Richards and Brett Janich of Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • Make An Informed Choice About Arbitration

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    In an age of data-driven decision-making, too many companies are making important choices about dispute resolution based on anecdotes and isolated experiences. I’d like to explain why a number of objections to arbitration are ill-founded, says Foley Hoag LLP partner John Shope.

  • Protecting Privilege In Litigation Financing Negotiations

    Eric Robinson

    Multiple courts have held that discoverable material from negotiations with a litigation funder, when executed properly, can be attorney work product and immune from disclosure in the later litigation. The recent Acceleration Bay decision is indicative of what happens when difficult facts conflict with best practices, says Eric Robinson of Stevens & Lee PC.