The maker of an NBA video game saw a New York federal court on Monday toss a putative class action claiming the company collected and retained facial scans of gamers, after the judge said the players didn’t suffer any actual harm.
DraftKings Inc. said Monday it received a license from Maltese gaming regulators, giving the daily fantasy sports company the right to operate in the island nation and certain other European countries, marking the latest step in the company's expansion efforts.
Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble asked the Sixth Circuit Friday to affirm the dismissal of a privacy lawsuit brought by a couple whose engagement photo was used without permission on the cover of a parody erotica novel involving a New England Patriots football player that was sold through the companies' websites.
The NCAA and Pac-12 Conference asked a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed wage-and-hour class action on Friday, arguing that both federal and state law have already determined that student-athletes are not employees and make it impossible for the governing bodies to be employers under labor laws.
Bikram Choudhury’s former attorney sued him again in California court Wednesday, alleging the yoga guru fraudulently transferred real estate and intellectual property to his wife and children in an attempt to duck the $6.7 million judgment the attorney won in her sex harassment suit against him.
Baylor University was accused in a Texas federal lawsuit Friday of sanctioning a culture in which the school’s football recruitment policies involved arranging for sex, alcohol and illegal drugs at parties and failing to take action after women reported being raped by football players.
The IRS refuted claims from the former owner of one of the world’s largest foreign gambling companies that he has no purposeful contacts with Pennsylvania to justify being sued there, saying in a court filing Friday its $56.5 million lawsuit relates directly to Philadelphia bank accounts ultimately controlled by the businessman.
A trailer company can’t unfreeze assets it owns that are connected to a $1.3 billion judgment against race car driver and alleged payday loan mogul Scott Tucker and his companies, even though the company isn’t a party to the suit, a Nevada federal judge said Thursday.
A professional soccer team in Arizona on Thursday said that it intends to apply for a Major League Soccer expansion franchise, joining ownership groups from Cincinnati, Detroit and San Antonio, among others that have expressed interest.
Sportswear retailer The Finish Line Inc. said Thursday that it will exit its unprofitable JackRabbit business of 65 specialty running stores in 17 states and has sold the business to private equity firm CriticalPoint Capital LLC for an undisclosed figure.
A pair of Tribeca penthouses have reportedly sold for $56 million, Pulte Homes is said to have a deal to buy part of a Florida golf course, and a Staten Island mall that will include restaurants and a hotel has reportedly scored another $20 million in financing.
A California federal judge on Thursday tossed a $300 million antitrust lawsuit brought against fighter Floyd Mayweather's manager by boxing company Golden Boy Promotions LLC, ruling that the company had failed to show any facts that could prove its unfair competition and practices claims.
The National Football League is opposing a nonprofit charity’s attempt to move its fraud suit back to a Texas state court, arguing that the charity wrongly believes that the NFL failed to act in time when it moved the case to Texas federal court.
The widow of a defensive tackle who died in 2009 of a brain aneurysm after retiring from the National Football League has slapped the league and helmet maker Riddell Inc. with a wrongful death suit in Pennsylvania federal court.
Performance Sports Group Ltd. announced Thursday it will seek a Delaware bankruptcy judge’s approval to sell the company’s assets to a joint venture for $575 million, citing a lack of competing bids in accepting the stalking horse bid.
Attorneys representing the alleged victims of sexual assault by a Michigan physician Wednesday added four more names to the lawsuit claiming Michigan State University and others looked the other way.
An insurer for Arena Football One LLC on Thursday asked a Louisiana federal judge to rule that its policy doesn't cover claims filed by a former player over his career-ending concussion, arguing that a pair of policy exclusions apply because the player was employed by the league and has already filed a workers' compensation claim.
A California federal judge appeared poised Thursday to dismiss a proposed class action filed by ex-NFL players who claim they were encouraged to abuse painkillers, saying at a hearing that they hadn’t provided specific allegations against each team, but adding he would likely grant leave to amend.
A former Baylor University employee in the financial aid department filed a federal lawsuit against her employer Wednesday, alleging she was fired in violation of Title IX in retaliation for her decision to reinstate the scholarship of a football player who she said was wrongly accused of sexual assault.
The class counsel for the National Football League’s concussion settlement asked a Pennsylvania court Wednesday to temporarily end a bid for $20 million in attorney fees by the counsel for a group of settlement objectors, saying they are arguing for fees that haven’t been awarded yet, while the objectors’ counsel said dismissal would just make extra work.
While many law firm mergers have been successful, some have been spectacularly unsuccessful — to the point of firm dissolution. Some have exceeded expectations, while others have had little impact on the overall competitiveness of the combined firm. In both failed discussions and less-than-successful mergers, there are mistakes that are made along the way, says Lisa Smith of Fairfax Associates.
Among the many ethical issues that can arise, conflicts of interest from current or past representation of each firm’s clients should be at the forefront of merger discussions. Recently, we have seen such conflicts disqualify firms in the middle of high-cost litigation, say Allison Martin Rhodes of Holland & Knight LLP and Robert Hillman of the University of California, Davis.
Some have claimed that emerging legal technologies and increasingly cost-conscious clients will mean the extinction of the legal profession as we know it. However, innovations in legal technology may actually benefit attorneys, allowing them to spend their time doing more meaningful work, say Abdi Shayesteh and Elnaz Zarrini of AltaClaro.
The verdict on Nov. 8, was not unanimous, especially when Secretary Hillary Clinton will end up with a popular vote advantage. Yet, it is a message of extreme magnitude from voters willing to overlook the serious flaws of a candidate because they could not reconcile themselves to ratifying the perpetuation of politics as usual, says Reuben Guttman, a partner of Guttman Buschner & Brooks PLLC and adjunct professor at Emory Law School.
As shown by the impending merger between Arnold & Porter LLP and Kaye Scholer LLP, consolidation in the legal industry remains a popular strategy among firms looking to boost revenue and acquire new clients. J. Warren Gorrell Jr., a key architect of the 2010 merger that created Hogan Lovells, reflects on his own experience and why mergers of equals are particularly difficult.
President-Elect Donald Trump offered little specifics about employment law policies on the campaign trail, but he painted enough broad brush strokes to offer some possibilities. He also energized whites, a demographic group not emphasized since George Wallace’s failed candidacy. That reality points all of us in a starkly new direction for employment law, says Michael LeRoy, a professor of law at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
While it’s true that judges are more capable than juries of rendering decisions based on a subtler understanding of the law, trial lawyers shouldn’t assume that judges are immune to the unfolding drama and underlying context of the case. In fact, the most important lesson we’ve learned from interviewing retired judges is that they process information the same way jurors do, says Alison Wong of Salmons Consulting.
According to a recent study on the prevalence of attorney addiction and mental health concerns, more than one-third of practicing attorneys in the U.S. qualify as problem drinkers and 28 percent struggle with depression. While change in large law firms can be slow, there is a lot firms can do to navigate situations where an associate’s performance may be impaired, says Stacey Saada Schwartz, a former litigator and Los Angeles-based... (continued)
Lawyers often use analytics in the course of an e-discovery review for production, where these tools help them assign documents into buckets such as “relevant” or “privileged.” Increasingly, lawyers are using analytics to see if there is anything unusual within the collection and if there are stories the documents can tell, say Thomas Gricks, Bayu Hardi and Mark Noel of Catalyst Repository Systems.
The clarion call from the top of Corporate America over the past several years to its workers to do more with less, eliminate redundancy, and work cooperatively across disciplines toward the goal of corporate profitability is reaching BigLaw, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.