• December 12, 2016

    5th Circ. Upholds Toss Of Ex-College Athlete's FCA Claims

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday upheld lower court rulings wiping out False Claims Act allegations from a former University of Northern Texas student-athlete who said he was wrongfully issued loans that the government then had to repay when he defaulted, concluding the case was time barred.

  • December 12, 2016

    Ex-Player’s Notre Dame Concussion Suit Revived In Ohio

    The Ohio Court of Appeals has partially revived a former Notre Dame University football player’s concussion suit against the university and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, saying the nature of his injuries means the lower court was mistaken to dismiss his case as time-barred.

  • December 12, 2016

    Dolphins Stadium Suit Is In Proper Court, Subcontractor Says

    A subcontractor tangling with a construction management firm and the owner of the Miami Dolphins stadium over cost overruns incurred in installing a new steel canopy at the sports venue said Monday that although the prime contractor may choose to arbitrate or litigate the dispute, it cannot dictate court jurisdiction.

  • December 12, 2016

    DraftKings Dodges Seven Patent Claims Under Alice Rules

    Online fantasy sports company DraftKings Inc. escaped seven of 10 claims of patent infringement brought by technology companies CG Technology Development LLC, Interactive Games LLC and Interactive Games Ltd. on Monday after a Nevada federal judge found that some of the claims of the automated-gambling patents are invalid under Alice.

  • December 12, 2016

    Atty Does 'Everything Wrong,' Netting GoPro $1.3M Win

    Camera and software company GoPro Inc. won a $1.3 million judgment against its ex-distributor for Colombia in California federal court on Friday after the distributor’s attorney didn’t show up for a hearing, earning a judicial scolding that the lawyer did “just about everything wrong.”

  • December 12, 2016

    USPTO Can't 'Protect' Against Offensive Words, Band Says

    The rock band challenging the federal government’s ban on offensive trademarks fired its opening shot Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court, telling the justices that the First Amendment does not allow the government to try to “protect” Americans from being offended.

  • December 12, 2016

    Justices Won't Hear Appeal Over NFL Head Injury Settlement

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused on Monday to take another look at an uncapped settlement between former NFL players and the league that would end a long-running dispute over concussions and head injuries, clearing the way for an agreement that could end up paying out up to $1 billion.

  • December 9, 2016

    Vegas Golden Knights Trademark Refusal May Miss The Mark

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused trademark applications for the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team over the similarity to a registration for the Golden Knights of The College of Saint Rose, but experts questioned whether there really will be any confusion between the two because professional and college teams often share the same nickname.

  • December 9, 2016

    2 Rio Olympians Lose Doping Appeals And Medals

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport stripped a Russian boxer and a Romanian weightlifter Thursday of their medals from the 2016 Summer Olympics for doping violations, dismissing the boxer’s argument his failed test was the result of an innocent mistake with his nasal medication.

  • December 9, 2016

    Former Baylor Coach Launches Libel Suit Against Regents

    Former Baylor University football coach Art Briles on Thursday sued the school’s chief operating officer and three regents claiming they are actively working to stop him from finding a new job by smearing him with false allegations that he failed to report alleged sexual assaults by football players.

  • December 9, 2016

    1,000 Russian Athletes Benefited From Doping, WADA Says

    The World Anti-Doping Agency published the second portion of an independent investigation into Russia’s state-sponsored doping ring Friday, finding that more than 1,000 athletes benefited from, or directly participated in, the regime.

  • December 9, 2016

    Raymond James Blasts Atty For Needing ‘Tutorial’ In EB-5 Suit

    Raymond James & Associates told a Florida federal judge Thursday that it opposed a motion to compel documents in a $400 million investor EB-5 visa lawsuit accusing Vermont ski resorts Jay Peak and Q Burke of misappropriating funds, saying the investors’ attorney admitted to not understanding the documents she’d requested.

  • December 9, 2016

    PE-Backed Boat Maker MCBC Primes $17M Secondary Sale

    The parent company of MasterCraft Boat Co., which designs and manufactures sports boats for water skiing and wakeboarding, among other sports, priced an upsized secondary offering on Thursday, raising $17.4 million for its private equity backer. 

  • December 8, 2016

    Ex-NHL Players Seek Class Cert. in Concussion Suit

    Ex-hockey players claiming the National Hockey League failed to warn them of the known risks of head trauma on Thursday asked a Minnesota federal court to certify a class of players who qualify for medical monitoring, as well as those who have already been diagnosed with neurological problems.

  • December 8, 2016

    USPTO Refuses Las Vegas 'Golden Knights' TM Application

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused an application by the National Hockey League’s Las Vegas expansion franchise for a trademark for the nickname Las Vegas Golden Knights, citing a “likelihood of confusion” with the registration for the Golden Knights of The College of Saint Rose.

  • December 8, 2016

    US Reps Urge Canada To Let Canadian Ads Into Super Bowl

    Four U.S. Congress members on Thursday joined the National Football League and Canadian broadcasters in urging Canadian broadcast regulators to reverse themselves and allow Canadian advertisements to play in the nation's broadcast of the 2017 Super Bowl.

  • December 8, 2016

    NCAA Conf. Wants Testimony Limited In Grant-In-Aid Row

    The Mid-American Conference, a Division I college athletics conference, is seeking to limit the scope of deposition testimony over its finances sought in one of the main cases in the multidistrict grant-in-aid NCAA antitrust litigation over student-athlete compensation, according to court documents filed Wednesday.

  • December 8, 2016

    Comcast Becomes Official US Olympic Committee Sponsor

    Comcast Corp. has signed a deal to become an official sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee through the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the organizations announced on Thursday, complementing its existing partnership with the Olympics, as Comcast's NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights for the games through 2032.

  • December 8, 2016

    NHL HQ Heads To Brookfield Tower On Manhattan's West Side

    The National Hockey League has inked a long-term lease agreement to house its headquarters in a new 67-story tower being built on Manhattan’s far west side, the developer Brookfield Property Partners LP said Wednesday.

  • December 8, 2016

    UK Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal Of £97M Betting Tax Win

    The U.K. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to hear the government's appeal of a £97 million ($122 million) appellate court ruling that it owes betting firm Sportech PLC for wrongly collected tax payments.

Expert Analysis

  • Trial Pros’ Secret To Courtroom Success

     Jamin S. Soderstrom

    Somewhat surprisingly, very few of the dozens of "trial pros" who have been interviewed by Law360 have revealed the secret to effective trial preparation that is vital to their success. But ultimately, the “secret” to effective trial preparation is not actually a secret, says Jamin Soderstrom of Soderstrom Law PC.

  • OPINION: 3rd-Party Litigation Funding Needs Transparency

    Lisa A. Rickard

    The practice of third-party litigation funding, in which funders front money to plaintiffs law firms in exchange for a cut of any settlement or money judgment, is growing increasingly popular. Currently, litigators are not required to disclose the involvement of third-party funders, but transparency will improve justice in courts, say Lisa Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, and Mark Behrens, a partne... (continued)

  • Offensive Trademark Ban Going Down? It Probably Should Not

    Jane Shay Wald

    A recent Law360 article reported on the U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Tam and noted that many trademark lawyers “will be fine” with a result striking down Section 2(a) as unconstitutional. That may be. But many other trademark lawyers will not be fine with this result, say Jane Shay Wald, chairwoman of Irell & Manella LLP's trademark practice group, and Susan Heller, chairwoman of Greenberg Traurig LLP's trademarks group.

  • The Art Of Silence At Trial

     Martha Luring

    When communicating to a jury, trial lawyers know that words matter. Thus, it may seem odd to focus on the topic of silence. However, this tool is often underutilized in all facets of the litigation life cycle, says Martha Luring of Salmons Consulting.

  • OPINION: 3 Modest Proposals For The IOC Drug Summit

    Ron Katz

    The International Olympic Committee is wise to host an anti-doping summit next week. It is quite clear that what should be a judicial process has become a political process. That situation must be reversed if confidence is to be restored that fair athletic competition is occurring on a level playing field, says Ron Katz of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • Coming Soon: The 3-D (And 4-D) Brief

    Martin Bienstock

    From e-discovery to attorney profitability, the technologies of the 21st century have had a major impact on legal practice. Yet the tech revolution has had surprisingly little impact on the form and content of legal briefs — the very bread-and-butter of many legal practices. This is about to change, according to Martin Bienstock of Weisbrod Matteis & Copley PLLC.

  • The 'Tough Noogies' Doctrine: Rights But No Remedies

    Andrew Melzer

    In recent years the courts have demonstrated an increased use of the “tough noogies” doctrine. These types of cases involve individuals wronged by powerful institutional interests who are shown the door, often based on poor or weak reasoning or in defiance of common sense. Andrew Melzer of Sanford Heisler LLP highlights a few recent examples of this doctrine and discusses whether the pendulum is beginning to swing back the other way.

  • Oral Advocacy And 'Vocal Fry'

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    In a sneak preview of the fall edition of Legal Communication & Rhetoric, Professor Michael Higdon of the University of Tennessee College of Law explores the negative reactions to "vocal fry," the accusations of sexism those reactions have engendered, and what all this means for female attorneys.

  • OPINION: Level The Chemical Playing Field

    Ron Katz

    Hacked World Anti-Doping Agency emails show that well-known athletes, including Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, were taking prohibited drugs with WADA's permission under "therapeutic use exemptions." The primary problem with TUEs is that they are not at all transparent, says Ron Katz of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • The Courtroom Where It Happened: Hamilton As A Lawyer

    Randy Maniloff

    Often lost in discussions about Alexander Hamilton is that he was an extremely important New York lawyer. He had an extensive law practice until his death in 1804 and he wrote what is considered to be the first treatise in the field of private law. Ultimately, Hamilton certainly did get "a lot farther by working a lot harder, by being a lot smarter, by being a self-starter," says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.