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  • August 24, 2018

    Hope Solo Slams US Soccer Federation Over Pay Gap

    Hope Solo, former goalkeeper for the U.S. women's national soccer team, sued the U.S. Soccer Federation on Friday in California federal court, accusing the organization of paying its female players a fraction of what it pays their male counterparts in violation of the Equal Pay Act.

  • August 24, 2018

    Cheerleading Injury Suit Revived By Conn. Appeals Court

    A Connecticut appeals court has revived a suit over a cheerleader's injuries at practice, saying a lower court wrongly refused to take into account some deposition transcripts.

  • August 24, 2018

    CFPB Gets Door Opened To 2nd Circ. Look At Constitutionality

    A New York federal judge who previously ruled that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is unconstitutionally structured and must exit a lawsuit accusing a litigation funder of gouging NFL players and 9/11 responders has agreed to finalize her judgment against the agency, teeing up its expected appeal to the Second Circuit.

  • August 24, 2018

    Late ESPN Sportscaster's Ex-Wife Sues Disney For Benefits

    The ex-wife of late ESPN sportscaster Stuart Scott sued The Walt Disney Co. and Fidelity Workplace Services LLC on Friday to retrieve nearly $163,000 in 401(k) plan benefits that she says she had been promised by Scott in their divorce decree, a condition that he allegedly failed to fulfill prior to his death in 2015.

  • August 24, 2018

    Redskins Shouldn't Move Without Name Change, NAACP Says

    Nine national civil rights and racial justice organizations said Friday they jointly oppose the relocation of the Washington, D.C., Redskins to a new stadium unless the National Football League team agrees to drop "the R-word racial slur" as its name.

  • August 24, 2018

    Brand Battles: Texas Fights For Famous Alamo 'Sand' Phrase

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Texas draws "A Line In The Sand" over a famous phrase from the Alamo, the Houston Astros pick a fight with a Philadelphia prep school, and Nestle gets nutty over its “Drumstick” line of ice cream cones.

  • August 24, 2018

    Celebrity Accountant Guilty In $3.5M Ripoff Of Singer Ne-Yo

    Onetime celebrity accountant Kevin R. Foster was convicted on Friday on 16 charges in Ohio federal court for defrauding his longtime client Ne-Yo out of $3.5 million to prop up a failing sports beverage venture Foster was involved in, an outcome that could result in up to 20 years of prison.

  • August 24, 2018

    NHL Teams, Insurers Escape Ex-Player's Concussion Suit

    A Minnesota federal judge dismissed former National Hockey League "enforcer" Michael Peluso's concussion suit against his former teams and their insurers Friday, saying the court had no jurisdiction because none of the defendants had a sufficient connection to Minnesota.

  • August 24, 2018

    WTA Looks To Force Ex-Tennis Star To Arbitration

    The CEO of the Women's Tennis Association told a New York federal court that Romanian billionaire and former tennis star Ion Tiriac is subject to an arbitration clause in the WTA's contract with his tennis tournament even if he didn't sign the agreement.

  • August 24, 2018

    Sport Court Bars Uzbek-Russian Cyclist From Asian Games

    International arbitrators have told an Olympic cycling medalist that she can't compete for Uzbekistan in the ongoing Asian Games because she only recently switched her Russian nationality. 

  • August 24, 2018

    Rising Star: Proskauer's Frank Saviano

    Proskauer Rose LLP partner Frank Saviano is an expert adviser to some of the most prestigious sports and media organizations, working on everything from the multibillion-dollar sale of the Carolina Panthers to brokering digital distribution of live sporting events, earning him a spot as one of four sports attorneys under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.

  • August 23, 2018

    Ex-MSU Coach Accused Of Lying To Nassar Investigator

    A former gymnastics coach at Michigan State University was charged by state prosecutors on Thursday with lying to an investigator about her knowledge of sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar, the disgraced sports doctor who pled guilty to sexually abusing young female gymnasts and is accused of assaulting hundreds more.

  • August 23, 2018

    NCAA Athletes Say America East Conf. Commish Must Testify

    College athletes challenging the NCAA's amateurism system in a case scheduled for a bench trial next month are seeking to force the commissioner of the America East Conference to testify, pointing out that she has made public statements that allowing the top conferences to pay athletes might actually help competitive balance in college sports.

  • August 23, 2018

    'Jewish Jordan' Co. Drops Basketball Patent Suit

    A company owned by an American-Israeli basketball player once dubbed the "Jewish Jordan" for his skills on the court has dropped its suit claiming a fitness equipment seller ripped off his patent for a training machine that rebounds basketballs, according to court documents filed in Delaware federal court Thursday.

  • August 23, 2018

    Houston Texans Denied Arbitration In Player's Injury Suit

    The Houston Texans can't arbitrate a personal injury suit by former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans over his career-ending injury on NRG Stadium's old grass surface, a judge has ruled, rejecting the team's arbitration argument following a hearing.

  • August 23, 2018

    Ex-Player Tackles NFL In Suit To Regain Disability Benefits

    Former NFL player Tyrone Keys sued the league’s benefits plans on Wednesday after they tried to claw back $830,000 in disability payments, saying the plans are “not being honest” by claiming that his injuries were caused by a 2002 car accident and not his years as a defensive lineman.

  • August 22, 2018

    Pro Golfers Not Included In Asia Games Teams, Panel Says

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday rejected petitions from the national golf associations of Korea, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan expressing concerns that professional golfers are competing in this summer’s Asian Games in Indonesia in violation of the rules, saying evidence submitted by suspected teams show they include no pros.

  • August 22, 2018

    Gov't Wins $1.6M As Cycling Doping Row Crosses Finish Line

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday awarded the U.S. government a $1.6 million default judgment against Lance Armstrong's former cycling teammate Johan Bruyneel and his team, Tailwind, marking the end of a False Claims Act suit alleging the team unlawfully accepted more than $32 million in government sponsorship money.

  • August 22, 2018

    Nigeria Avoids FIFA Suspension Over Leadership Stand-Off

    The Nigeria Football Federation has avoided FIFA sanctions at the last minute, relenting to an ultimatum from the international soccer governing body to instate a man FIFA says was duly elected president of the federation in 2014 after a struggle for control.

  • August 22, 2018

    Rival Wants Special Master In CrossFit's False Ad Suit

    The National Strength and Conditioning Association has asked for a special master to oversee several discovery disputes in a bitter false advertising suit brought by CrossFit Inc., telling a California federal court that its opponent “has an incentive” to make a court-ordered forensic analysis “as expensive as possible.”

Expert Analysis

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Opinion

    Defining Female Athletes: IAAF Gets It Wrong Again

    Sarah Hartley

    The International Association of Athletics Federations recently released new rules for "athletes with differences of sex development," and there is ample basis to attack them as unjustified measures that discriminate against women based on natural characteristics, says Sarah Hartley of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Widespread Use Of Live Video Testimony Is Not Justified

    Geoffrey Wyatt

    Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wallach Reviews 'Uncivil Warriors'

    Judge Evan Wallach

    "Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.

  • 2 Gambling Issues That May Change After Sports Bet Ruling

    David Jacoby

    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy is just the latest flip in America’s roller-coaster treatment of gambling. This particular twist is likely to impact directly the fortunes of two groups somewhat improbably linked by their relationship to gambling — Native American tribes and the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, says David Jacoby of Culhane Meadows PLLC.

  • BigLaw Blogs In A Post-GDPR Marketing Universe

    Stephan Roussan

    Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.

  • Exploring The Gambling Industry's Economic Peculiarities

    Roland Eisenhuth

    The anticipated legalization of sports betting in over 20 states is expected to add billions of dollars to U.S. gambling revenue. At the same time, mergers and acquisitions in the industry have attracted the Federal Trade Commission's attention, and questions regarding the economics of gambling must be addressed, says Roland Eisenhuth of Epsilon Economics LLC.

  • The Potentially Far-Reaching Impact Of Sports Betting Case

    Cory Lapin

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association was focused on sports betting but could be construed as conferring substantially more power on states in general, on issues including gun control, marijuana legalization and sanctuary cities, says Cory Lapin of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Analyzing The Economics Of Litigation Funding

    J.B. Heaton

    The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.

  • Rule 23 Changes: How Electronic Notice Can Save Money

    Brandon Schwartz

    Courts are acknowledging a shifting consumer preference toward electronic mediums. Proposed changes to Rule 23, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially provide for the use of electronic notice in class actions — a change that could save parties a significant amount of money, say Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC.