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  • December 14, 2018

    Atty Says Firm Stole Client Involved In 'Gears Of War' IP Suit

    The Law Offices of Bruce J. Chasan sued Pierce Bainbridge Beck Price & Hecht LLP on Friday in Pennsylvania federal court, seeking $160,000 the firm claims Pierce Bainbridge owes for stealing its client, a wrestler suing Microsoft Studios Inc. and Epic Games Inc. for using his likeness without his consent in the "Gears of War" video game franchise.

  • December 14, 2018

    Packers Fan Can't Wear Team Garb On Bears' Sidelines

    A Green Bay Packers fan will not be able to wear his team garb on the Chicago Bears' sidelines Sunday while participating in the NFL team's pregame fan program after an Illinois federal judge kicked his bid to block a rule prohibiting non-Bears gear at the event.

  • December 14, 2018

    Adviser Who Took $1.2M From Athlete Agrees To SEC Deal

    A financial adviser who admitted to defrauding a professional athlete and his wife out of $1.2 million has agreed to enter into a consent judgment with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, admitting to the agency’s civil claims and allowing a judge to determine his punishment accordingly.

  • December 14, 2018

    $385M Fitbit Insider Trading Suit Kept Alive In Chancery

    A Chancery Court on Friday kept alive a Delaware stockholder derivative suit that leveled insider trading and fiduciary duty breach claims against directors of fitness tracker maker Fitbit Inc., focused on $385 million in director stock sales in 2015, just before product troubles sank the company’s price.

  • December 14, 2018

    Brand Battles: ExxonMobil, 'Star Trek,' Nike

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, ExxonMobil isn't happy about a double X mark, CBS aims to boldly go after a startup's slogan, and Nike files its latest case over "Just Do It."

  • December 14, 2018

    Sens. Refer Ex-USOC Chief To DOJ Over 'False Statements'

    Senate subcommittee leaders on Friday referred former U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun to the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI for an investigation into whether he made “materially false statements” about following up on allegations against former Olympic gymnastics team doctor and convicted abuser Larry Nassar.

  • December 14, 2018

    Bar, Ex-NFL Player Hit With $25M Wrongful Death Verdict

    A Dallas County jury has handed a $25 million wrongful death verdict to a now-shuttered nightclub and former Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent, finding the club’s service of too much alcohol to him resulted in a car crash and the death of the NFL player’s friend and teammate Jerry Brown.

  • December 14, 2018

    MVP: O'Melveny's Irwin Raij

    Former White House associate counsel Irwin Raij of O'Melveny & Myers LLP played a key role in a record-breaking deal this year in the National Football League and closed a first-of-its-kind agreement to boost soccer promotion in the states, landing him among Law360’s 2018 Sports MVPs.

  • December 13, 2018

    Ex-Sacramento Kings Exec. Admits To $13.4M Fraud Scheme

    A former chief revenue officer for the Sacramento Kings has agreed to plead guilty to taking $13.4 million from the team's sponsors for his own use by altering their sponsorship agreements without the team's knowledge.

  • December 13, 2018

    Former OU Football Player Gets 5 Years For $900K Fraud

    A former University of Oklahoma football player has been sentenced to five years in prison for defrauding victims out of $875,000 by convincing them to “invest” in sham apparel and nutrition companies and then pocketing the funds, prosecutors announced Thursday.

  • December 13, 2018

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2018

    With the U.S. Supreme Court opening the door to sports betting and criminal convictions stemming from a wide-ranging corruption probe into the dark underworld of college basketball, this year has seen some of the most significant sports law cases in years. Here, Law360 takes a look back at those cases and others that made 2018 such a big year for sports law.

  • December 13, 2018

    NY Court Tosses Amateur Hockey Player's Suit Over Fight

    A New York state appellate court has found an ice rink operator is entitled to summary judgment in a suit by an amateur hockey player injured when a referee intervened in a fight during a match, saying the player jumped into the fight knowing the risks.

  • December 13, 2018

    2 More Pa. Casinos Open Doors To Sports Betting

    Rivers and SugarHouse Casinos in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, respectively, became the second and third casinos to open sports betting in the state with a “soft launch” Thursday and Friday afternoons, testing the waters before a full rollout.

  • December 13, 2018

    MVP: Winston & Strawn's Jeffrey L. Kessler

    Winston & Strawn LLP’s Jeffrey L. Kessler has shown yet again why he’s one of the most feared and respected lawyers in sports over the past year, as he helped NFL players assert their rights to protest during the national anthem and spearheaded a landmark antitrust bench trial against the NCAA, securing him a place as one of Law360’s 2018 Sports MVPs.

  • December 12, 2018

    Centerplate Customer Takes 2nd Swing At Receipt Privacy Suit

    Sports concessions vendor Centerplate Inc. should have to face claims it violated the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act by printing customers’ full credit card numbers on receipts, a customer told the D.C. Circuit in a bid to revive her case.

  • December 12, 2018

    'SuperStarch' Maker Settles Suit Over Performance Claims

    The maker of sports drinks and bars advertised to contain the performance-enhancing “SuperStarch” has settled a proposed class action brought by an Illinois man who claimed the products actually impaired athletes by causing them gastrointestinal distress, according to an attorney who worked on the case.

  • December 12, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Launches Video Game, Esports Group

    Greenberg Traurig LLP on Tuesday announced the formation of its new video game and esports group, which is set to serve clients in the billion-dollar entertainment industry.

  • December 12, 2018

    USOC Says Time, Safe Sport Act Bar Ex-Gymnast's Abuse Suit

    The United States Olympic Committee told a Massachusetts federal court on Wednesday that it can't be held accountable for a former coach's alleged abuse of a onetime world champion gymnast, arguing she has misinterpreted the Safe Sport Act and that her remaining claims are time-barred.

  • December 12, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Fights 'Frivolous' Sanctions Bid In Home Build Suit

    A former New England Patriots linebacker urged a Massachusetts federal court Tuesday to ditch a bid for sanctions against him and his wife by a company accused of failing to build his dream house, saying the motion is a "frivolous" attempt to block testimony from key players in the breach-of-contract and copyright case.

  • December 12, 2018

    FanDuel's Hidden Arbitration Pact Preserves MDL, Users Say

    A user agreement was not conspicuous enough to compel FanDuel Inc. users to arbitration to settle multidistrict fraud claims, a Massachusetts federal judge was told Wednesday during a hearing over a suit saying FanDuel and DraftKings Inc. falsely told consumers their games could be won by average players.

Expert Analysis

  • Clarifying Multi-Embodiment And Single-View Design Filings

    Bradley Van Pelt

    Recently, two cases in the Federal Circuit have provided some certainty on polar-opposite design application issues: the consequences related to filing multiple embodiments, and those related to filing only a single view, say Bradley Van Pelt and Alisa Abbott of Banner & Witcoff Ltd.

  • Professional Athletes Should Beware Financial Fraud

    Kevin Muhlendorf

    Recent financial fraud cases brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal prosecutors around the country can hopefully serve as a warning to professional athletes and encourage caution when working with financial advisers, say Kevin Muhlendorf and Colin Cloherty of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • With China’s Sports Ambitions Come Sports Disputes

    Jeff Benz

    As China’s sports industry matures, it will likely see a growth in disputes that will need to be adjudicated fairly and efficiently. Foreign companies entering the industry should make sure their agreements contain alternative dispute resolution clauses, says Jeff Benz of JAMS.

  • Guest Feature

    The Subtle Art Of Fred Fielding

    Fred Fielding

    He was White House counsel to two presidents. When Reagan was shot, he explained the chain of command to a four-star general. And until a few years ago, many people still thought he was Deep Throat during the Watergate scandal. Fred Fielding of Morgan Lewis & Bockius may be the quintessential Washington insider. White and Williams attorney Randy Maniloff learned more.

  • 10 Tips For Law Firms To Drive Revenue Via Sports Tickets

    Matthew Prinn

    Many law firms have tickets or luxury suites at sporting events to host clients and prospects. Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group and Matt Ansis of TicketManager discuss some of the ways that firms can use those tickets effectively.

  • Inside Key ABA Guidance On Attorneys' Cybersecurity Duties

    Joshua Bevitz

    A recent opinion from the American Bar Association provides useful guidance on attorneys’ obligations to guard against cyberattacks, protect electronic client information and respond if an attack occurs, says Joshua Bevitz of Newmeyer & Dillion LLP.

  • Opening Comments: A Key Strategic Decision In Mediation

    Jann Johnson

    Opening comments by parties in mediation that are made with the proper content and tone can diffuse pent-up emotion and pave the way for a successful resolution. But an opening presentation can do more harm than good if delivered the wrong way, say Jann Johnson and William Haddad of ADR Systems LLC.

  • Walters Case Commands Tougher Cure For Gov't Misconduct

    Harry Sandick

    In U.S. v. Walters, a Second Circuit panel determined last week that professional gambler William Walters was not prejudiced by repeated FBI leaks of confidential grand jury information. There is a risk that the government may draw the wrong conclusion from this decision, say Harry Sandick and Danielle Quinn of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Opinion

    USA Gymnastics Should Dissolve Itself In Bankruptcy

    Ronald Katz

    USA Gymnastics, facing over 100 lawsuits as a result of the Larry Nassar sex molestation crimes, recently filed for bankruptcy to ensure its survival. However, rather than being preserved, the organization should be replaced by a government agency that can assume financial and moral responsibility, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.