• January 30, 2017

    'NBA 2K' Maker Gets Win In Face Scan Suit

    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.

  • January 30, 2017

    DraftKings Nabs License For Fantasy Sports In Europe

    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.

  • January 30, 2017

    B&N, Amazon Want Erotic Book Liability Claim Nix Affirmed 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.

  • January 30, 2017

    NCAA, PAC-12 Want Out Of Football Players' Wage Suit

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Guru Ducking $6.7M Bias-Suit Judgment, Ex-Atty Alleges

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Suit Against Baylor Details 'Culture of Sexual Violence'

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    IRS Says Betting Co. Founder Must Face $57M Suit In Pa.

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Judge Won't Free Assets Tied To Pro Racer's Lending Scheme

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Arizona Soccer Team Looks To Score MLS Expansion Slot

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Finish Line Bolts From JackRabbit In Sale To PE Firm

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Tribeca Penthouses, Pulte, NYC Mall

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    Boxing Manager Wins Out Over Golden Boy's Antitrust Claims

    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.

  • January 27, 2017

    NFL Looks To Stop Charity From Moving Suit To State Court

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    Tackle's Widow Hits NFL, Riddell With Wrongful Death Suit

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    Performance Sports Goes With $575M Stalking Horse Bid

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    4 New Names Added to Suit Claiming MSU Ignored Sex Abuse

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    AFL Insurer Says No Coverage For Player's Concussion Suit

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    NFL Players’ Opioid Suit Likely Sacked, But Can Try Again

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    Ex-Baylor Staffer Claims Retaliation In Title IX Suit

    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.

  • January 26, 2017

    NFL Concussion Class Calls $20M Fee Bid Premature

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Deals Fail Or Underperform

    Lisa Smith

    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.

  • Merging Law Firms: Beware Conflicts Of Interest

    Allison Martin Rhodes

    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.

  • Man Vs. Machine: Or, Lawyers Vs. Legal Technology

    Abdi Shayesteh

    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.

  • OPINION: The Verdict — A Rejection Of Politics As Usual

    Reuben Guttman

    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.

  • Merging Law Firms: Why Hogan Lovells Has Worked

    J. Warren Gorrell Jr.

    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.

  • Employment Law Possibilities Under President Trump

    Michael H. LeRoy

    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.

  • Candid Advice From The Bench: Judges Are People Too

    Alison Wong

    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.

  • 7 Steps For Managing An Associate Who May Be Impaired

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    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)

  • The Role Of Litigation Analytics In Your Case

    Thomas C. Gricks III

    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.

  • Adapt Or Die: Law Firms In Tomorrow's Economy — Part 5

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    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.