• January 19, 2018

    New MLB Collusion Rumors May Reveal Bigger Issues

    With the Major League Baseball free-agent market the quietest it has been in years, rumors that the teams may be colluding with one another to avoid offering big contracts have begun to swirl, but experts say a grievance may be hard to prove as the economics of baseball have changed. 

  • January 19, 2018

    Counsel Scores $2M In Fees From Trump Fla. Golf Club Spat

    Counsel for members of a golf club owned by President Donald Trump landed a fee award of $2.1 million in Florida federal court Friday, following the class’ win of a $5.7 million refund triggered by the club’s change in ownership when Trump took over Jupiter Golf Club LLC.

  • January 19, 2018

    NCAA Scores Default Victory In Basketball Tourney TM Suit

    An Indiana federal judge on Thursday put a permanent stop to a video game creator’s infringement of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “March Madness” and “Final Four” trademarks, siding with the NCAA after he and his company failed to respond to the complaint on time.

  • January 19, 2018

    Expert Ups Suggested Fee Cap In NFL Concussion Deal

    A court-appointed expert brought in to address several questions surrounding attorneys’ fees in the uncapped NFL concussion settlement updated his recommendations on Friday, telling a Pennsylvania federal court that additional information from class counsel convinced him to raise the cap from 15 percent to 22 percent.

  • January 19, 2018

    Record Cos. Sue Music App Over 'Massive' Infringement

    Sony, Warner Bros. and other major labels repped by the Record Industry Association of America hurled copyright claims against Fit Radio LLC in Georgia federal court on Thursday, alleging that the music app is committing "massive scale" infringement.

  • January 19, 2018

    Honduran Soccer Exec Gets 2.5 Years For Money Laundering

    A former soccer club executive and minister to Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández on Friday was sentenced to nearly 2 1/2 years in prison after he copped to trying to launder drug money through a Florida real estate deal.

  • January 19, 2018

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen a dispute between a Dubai commodities trading firm and a foreign exchange trader, a contract suit against the Bank of Georgia, and a Swiss asset manager sue retailer L.K. Bennett, its founder and its former private equity owners. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 19, 2018

    Golden State Warriors, Fans Will Arbitrate App-Spying Suit

    The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors and a proposed class will mediate claims that the team secretly recorded private conversations through a smartphone app, according to a joint filing that was approved in California federal court Friday.

  • January 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Liquidation Office, Romspen, Drive Shack

    The New York Liquidation Bureau is reportedly leasing more than 43,000 square feet in Manhattan, Romspen US Mortgage has reportedly loaned $23.5 million for a Florida townhome construction project, and golf center operator Drive Shack is hoping to build a facility in Fort Lauderdale.

  • January 19, 2018

    Brand Battles: Green Bay Packers Tackle 'Titletown' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Green Bay Packers grapple with a newspaper giant over the nickname "Titletown," Sonic Drive-In tries to stop a craft brewer's "Sonic" cocktail, and Iceland protects its name against an unauthorized vodka brand.

  • January 19, 2018

    Rams Ticket Holders Urge Court To Force Owner's Deposition

    A proposed class of Rams fans who had their season tickets canceled when the NFL team moved to Los Angeles urged a Missouri federal court Thursday to force team owner Stan Kroenke to appear at a deposition after he declined to appear as requested.

  • January 19, 2018

    Ban On Female Athletes With High Testosterone Suspended

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday announced that it had suspended a controversial rule on hyperandrogenism in international athletics for another six months, allowing women to compete as female athletes who would otherwise be barred due to high testosterone levels.

  • January 19, 2018

    Post-Stampede Ban Lifted On Senegalese Soccer Club

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Wednesday overturned a five-year ban prohibiting a Senegalese soccer club from fielding a team, a suspension handed down in the aftermath of a stampede in a cup final that left at least eight people dead.

  • January 18, 2018

    NCAA Council Pushes Back Vote To Revamp Transfer Rules

    The NCAA Division I Council on Wednesday voted to push back a potential vote on whether to move forward with a proposal to change a transfer rule to allow athletes to play immediately after transferring, an issue that has been at the center of multiple lawsuits against the NCAA.

  • January 18, 2018

    USA Gymnastics Ends Deal With Karolyi Ranch Center

    USA Gymnastics on Thursday said it has ended its relationship with the Karolyi Ranch training center, one of the locations where former team doctor Larry Nassar is alleged to have molested gymnasts, an announcement that came amid a sentencing hearing in which Nassar pled guilty to sexual abuse charges.

  • January 18, 2018

    11th Circ. Frees Paul Weiss From Suit By Ex-Dolphins Coach

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday agreed to ax a suit by former Miami Dolphins coach Jim Turner against attorney Ted Wells and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP over an investigative report examining a culture of bullying inside the team, saying that the statements in the report cannot be considered defamatory.

  • January 18, 2018

    Stadium Can't Apply Reduced VAT To Tours: Top EU Court

    The operator of an Amsterdam sports arena can’t apply a reduced value-added tax rate to the cost of tours, the European Union’s top court ruled on Thursday, finding that a portion of the tour featuring access to a museum wasn’t a separate cultural service that warranted a lower rate.

  • January 18, 2018

    Google Rules Undercut Decency Law Immunity, D.C. Circ. Told

    The owner of a D.C.-based sportswear retailer urged a D.C. Circuit panel Thursday to revive her $5 million suit against Google over allegedly defamatory blog posts hosted by the web giant, saying Google abandoned its immunity under the Communications Decency Act by failing to enforce its own content standards and keeping the blog online.

  • January 18, 2018

    PTAB Nixes Claims In Half-Pipe Water Ride Patent

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday found that all but one claim in a Surf Waves Ltd. patent for a half-pipe water ride were invalidated as either anticipated or obvious in light of prior art, saying that Pacific Surf Designs Inc. had shown a "preponderance of the evidence" that 19 of the asserted claims were unpatentable.

  • January 18, 2018

    4th Circ. Formally Tosses Redskins Trademark Ruling

    Seven months after the U.S. Supreme Court effectively decided the case, the Fourth Circuit on Thursday vacated an earlier decision that revoked the Washington Redskins’ trademark registrations.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Ways To Improve The Anti-Doping Legal Process

    Ronald Katz

    Procedures for dealing with doping are not well established and are not at all uniform from sport to sport. The current situation is chaotic — it is not known until the last minute who will be competing and it is not known for years who actually medaled in the competitions. A new system is needed, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency

    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.

  • The Enneagram And The Practice Of Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Study of the Enneagram personality typing system can provide attorneys with better insights into themselves, and into those they interact with professionally, including clients, opposing counsel and judges, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • 5 Things To Watch For In FCPA Enforcement This Year

    David Simon

    After much hand-wringing in 2017 about whether Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement would diminish radically under President Donald Trump, it’s now safe to say that all signs point toward continued and vigorous enforcement, say attorneys with Foley & Lardner LLP.