• March 29, 2017

    Adidas Dodges Most Claims In $50M Contract Fight

    A New York federal judge tossed the majority of a $50 million breach of contract suit brought by a streetwear apparel brand against Adidas AG on Tuesday, finding the apparel giant wasn’t bound by a formal collaboration agreement with the brand.

  • March 29, 2017

    NFL Still Wary Of Sports Betting Despite Raiders' Vegas Move

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday that the Oakland Raiders' move to the gambling and sports betting mecca Las Vegas will not change the league’s anti-gambling and anti-sports-betting policies, though he acknowledged that attitudes are changing toward gambling.

  • March 28, 2017

    Ex-Broker Tells Walters Jury Of Large, Risky Trades

    Prominent sports gambler Billy Walters was considered to be one of the most sophisticated investors in the world despite his penchant for large and risky stock trades sometimes as high as $50 million, his former broker told a New York federal jury Tuesday in Walters’ insider trading trial.

  • March 28, 2017

    Former Soccer Star Ends Firing Suit Against NY Cosmos

    Former Manchester United soccer star Eric Cantona and the New York Cosmos have agreed to drop a lawsuit over Cantona's 2014 firing as a team consultant, according to a stipulated dismissal filed in New York federal court Monday, putting an apparent end to the lawsuit over an incident that had marred the beginnings of the relaunched professional soccer club.

  • March 28, 2017

    School District Wants Texas Or Calif. For Faulty Turf MDL

    A Texas school district that’s suing FieldTurf USA Inc. over allegedly defective turf on Tuesday told the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation it supports pretrial consolidation, but thinks the case should be handled in Texas or California — not in New Jersey, as FieldTurf has requested.

  • March 28, 2017

    Eastern Outfitters Gets Nod For Private Sale Procedures

    Planned procedures for a private sale of assets by bankrupt sporting goods retailer Eastern Outfitters LLC received the go-ahead Tuesday in Delaware, with a transaction with United Kingdom-based anticipated next month.

  • March 28, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Oppose Fees From Concussion Settlement

    Nearly 200 former NFL players and their families seeking recovery from an uncapped NFL concussion settlement on Monday objected to a 5 percent set-aside sought from their potential awards by the lead class attorneys from Seeger Weiss LLP and Anapol Weiss, arguing that such an amount is not appropriate at this time.

  • March 28, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Ista, CarGurus, AC Milan

    CVC may snag $4.3 billion through the sale of German smart meter business Ista, CarGurus could raise $1 billion or more in an initial public offering scheduled for later this year, and Elliott Management will help finance the acquisition of soccer club AC Milan by a group of Chinese investors.

  • March 28, 2017

    Charity Seeks Goodell Deposition In NFL Gambling Fight

    A California-based nonprofit that works to connect NFL players with youth groups through bowling, golf and softball events asked a Texas federal judge Monday to compel the deposition of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in their dispute over the league’s decision to relocate a Las Vegas bowling event over a nongambling policy.

  • March 28, 2017

    NCAA Says Even Players In Revenue Sports Aren't Employees

    The NCAA again urged a California federal court to dismiss minimum-wage and overtime claims by a former University of Southern California football player, arguing Monday that his suit rests on the "implausible" contention that the revenue generated by certain college football programs makes those players employees.

  • March 28, 2017

    Athlete Hits Back At NCAA, Northwestern In Transfer Rule Suit

    A Northwestern University student urged an Illinois federal court Monday not to toss his suit against the school and the NCAA over the loss of his basketball scholarship and rules requiring athletes to sit out a year after transferring, saying his situation shows how the rules hurt competition.

  • March 28, 2017

    Sterling Can’t Nix Claims He Stiffed Attys In Clippers Row

    A California judge Tuesday rejected former Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s attempt to throw out allegations he stiffed two law firms out of $271,000 for their work fighting the 2014 sale of the basketball team, saying a signed retainer agreement isn’t necessary in an emergency matter.

  • March 28, 2017

    Baylor Moves To Nix Ex-Staffer's Title IX Retaliation Suit

    Baylor University told a federal judge in Texas on Monday to dismiss a Title IX lawsuit brought by a former employee — alleging she was fired for her decision to reinstate the scholarship of a football player who she said was wrongly accused of sexual assault — because she hadn't alleged sex discrimination.

  • March 27, 2017

    Mayweather Gets Privacy Claims KO'd In Row With Ex-Fiancee

    A California appeals court trimmed defamation and false light portrayal claims from a suit brought against Floyd Mayweather Jr. by the boxer’s ex-fiancee, finding the aspiring model’s celebrity prevented her from claiming that his posts about her abortion on social media and discussion of her plastic surgery on the radio violated her privacy.

  • March 27, 2017

    Dean Foods Chair Gave Gambler Public And Bad Info: Defense

    The government’s star witness in the insider-trading case against prominent gambler Billy Walters suffered another withering day of cross examination in a New York federal court on Monday, with the defense suggesting that former Dean Foods chairman fed Walters publicly available information and possibly bad information instead of inside dope.

  • March 27, 2017

    Mass. Judge Says Sports Tape False Ad Claims Not Covered

    A Massachusetts federal judge ruled Monday that an insurer does not have to cover an athletic tape maker against false advertising class allegations on the grounds that the policy covers only personal injury.

  • March 27, 2017

    Racetrack Exec Calls SEC's $8M Judgment Request Excessive

    A former chairman and controlling shareholder of a Texas racetrack who was recently convicted of securities violations has asked a Florida federal court to deny the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's request for an approximately $8 million judgment and other penalties as excessive and contrary to law.

  • March 27, 2017

    CAS Cuts Macedonian Soccer Player's 4-Year Doping Ban By 2

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday cut the four-year suspension of a Macedonian soccer player in half, finding he didn't intentionally take the banned substance he had tested positive for.

  • March 27, 2017

    NFL Owners Vote To Let Oakland Raiders Move To Las Vegas

    The Oakland Raiders will move to a new home, likely in Las Vegas, after NFL owners voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of relocation on Monday, making the historic franchise the second NFL team to announce plans for a move this year.

  • March 27, 2017

    NJ Case Isn't A Panacea For Sports Betting Proponents

    The U.S Supreme Court could resolve a states' rights issue if it takes up New Jersey's challenge to the federal sports betting ban, but sports betting proponents may be out of luck since it's unlikely the justices will issue an opinion that enables setting up a federal betting system.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • What Trump High Court Candidates Say About 1st Amendment

    Gayle C. Sproul

    As media advocates, we wondered how President-elect Donald Trump's soon-to-be-announced U.S. Supreme Court nominee might react to Trump’s vow to shred the hard-won protections now embedded in the law of libel. We found that none of the opinions from judges on his shortlist hint at any inclination to depart from these established rules, say Gayle Sproul and Max Mishkin of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 2

    David Fink

    Virtual and augmented reality technologies are here, and are raising very real legal issues. Technology firms and content creators must take care to safeguard private information collected from users, ensure respect for the laws of copyright, trademark and right of publicity, and grapple with moral and legal questions surrounding simulations of illegal acts, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Virtual Reality And The Law: Part 1

    David Fink

    Virtual reality and its cousin, augmented reality, are going mainstream. Many top tech companies are developing VR systems, and firms in many industries have created VR “experiences” for their customers. But this technology raises very real legal issues, especially in the areas of consumer safety, privacy, intellectual property and First Amendment law, say David Fink and Jamie Zagoria of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • Why NY Employers Should Carefully Consider Freelancers

    Loren Lee Forrest Jr.

    Employers that engage independent contractors should be aware of certain tensions between the new Freelance Isn't Free Act and the Court of Appeals of the State of New York's recent Yoga Vida decision. Both serve as reminders to scrupulously examine formalization of policies concerning independent contractors, say Loren Lee Forrest Jr. and Katherine Marques of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Legal Loopholes For Dietary Supplements Must Be Sealed

    Robert Tauler

    A lack of sustained and serious enforcement of federal laws and regulations allows shady dealers to openly sell illegal supplements in the U.S. Someday, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration may have enough resources to bring these bad actors down, but until then laws that govern competition in the marketplace will remain the strongest weapon to protect consumers, says Robert Tauler of Tauler Smith LLP.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.