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  • October 19, 2018

    USA Gymnastics Says Safe Sport Act Abuse Suit Can't Stand

    USA Gymnastics urged a Massachusetts federal court Friday to toss a proposed class action alleging it has failed to report sexual abuse allegations to law enforcement as required by the Safe Sport Act enacted earlier this year, arguing that the law does not apply to suspicions learned before the law was passed.

  • October 19, 2018

    Foot Locker Board Accused Of Hiding Sales Struggles

    A Foot Locker Inc. stockholder has sued the company’s board of directors, saying the group hid knowledge that the retailer’s brick-and-mortar stores were suffering because of online competition, which led inflated stock prices to plummet when the truth came out.

  • October 19, 2018

    NCAA Athletes Rip 'Myth' Of Amateurism In Trial Closings

    NCAA athletes on Friday blasted the association's rules limiting athlete compensation in written closing arguments of a landmark antitrust trial, arguing that fans won't stop watching college sports if athletes are paid and amateurism is an "economically invalid" myth.

  • October 19, 2018

    Texas Justices Won't Revive Romo's Fantasy Expo NFL Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday declined to review a suit alleging the National Football League torpedoed a fantasy football convention associated with former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

  • October 19, 2018

    Getty Wants $2.8M in Legal Bills After Photo Copyright Win

    Two weeks after a federal judge dismissed a copyright lawsuit against Getty Images by saying the plaintiff had “nobody to blame but itself,” the photo licensing giant is demanding repayment of more than $2.8 million in legal bills.

  • October 19, 2018

    Jay Peak Receiver, Ex-Owner Ink Deal In $350M EB-5 Suit

    The receiver for the failed Jay Peak EB-5 project asked a Florida federal judge Friday to approve a settlement ending the suit against a former ski resort owner over a $350 million investment fraud scheme, calling the deal an "important step" in allowing the receiver to sell the property and compensate investors.

  • October 19, 2018

    Ex-Tennis Star's Tourney Ties Force Arbitration In WTA Suit

    A New York federal judge has said a former Romanian tennis star suing the Women's Tennis Association received enough personal benefit from the ownership of a Madrid tournament that he must adhere to his company's arbitration agreement with the tennis organization, even if he personally did not sign it.

  • October 19, 2018

    NJ Trampoline Park Revives Bid To Arbitrate Injury Claims

    A New Jersey state appeals court on Friday revived a trampoline park's effort to force arbitration of claims from a couple over their son's injury at the facility because a trial court failed to spell out its reasons for rejecting a defense bid to compel arbitration.

  • October 18, 2018

    Adidas Exec Didn't Take One Nickel Out Of Greed, Jury Told

    The former Adidas marketing boss charged with defrauding National Collegiate Athletic Association schools by paying young basketball stars on the sly didn't take any payout — not "one nickel" — for the alleged criminal conduct, his lawyer told a Manhattan jury on Thursday, rejecting prosecutors' assertion that he was motivated by greed.

  • October 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Impulsive, Casey Wasserman

    WeWork has reportedly taken 57,000 square feet on Broadway in New York, Impulsive Group is said to have dropped $20.8 million on a Florida resort and marina, and sports and entertainment mogul Casey Wasserman is reportedly looking to get $125 million for his Los Angeles home, which would be a record sale.

  • October 18, 2018

    FCC Gets Input On Autodialer Definition After 9th Circ. Ruling

    The FCC has received the first round of public comments on how it should apply restrictions on automatic telephone dialing systems under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the wake of the Ninth Circuit's decision in Marks v. Crunch San Diego, with businesses and industry groups largely advocating a narrow interpretation of the law.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-Microsoft Exec Profited Off Super Bowl Tickets, DOJ Says

    Microsoft’s former director of sports marketing and alliances has been indicted on wire fraud charges for selling $200,000 worth of Super Bowl tickets paid for by the software giant and pocketing a fraudulent $750,000 invoice, prosecutors announced Wednesday.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-USA Gymnastics CEO Charged With Evidence Tampering

    The former president and CEO of USA Gymnastics has been arrested in Tennessee after a Texas grand jury indicted him on charges of tampering with evidence during the federal investigation into convicted sexual abuser and former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

  • October 18, 2018

    Calif. VC Adviser Wins Nod For SEC Settlement

    A California federal judge signed off Wednesday on a deal cut by an investment advisory firm's founder with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a suit alleging he overcharged investors by $7 million to finance his own personal expenses and pet projects.

  • October 18, 2018

    Ex-F1 Boss Settles US Private Equity Firm's Bribery Claim

    Former Formula One chief executive Bernie Ecclestone has settled a U.K. lawsuit from an American private equity firm claiming he bribed a BayernLB official to ensure the German lender would sell its stake in the motor racing championship to a competing private equity company.

  • October 17, 2018

    Calif. Ruling Hamstrings NCAA’s Ability To Sanction Coaches

    A California judge’s recent decision to void a National Collegiate Athletic Association penalty that prevents coaches charged with serious rule violations from being hired at another school could hamstring the NCAA’s ability to penalize unethical conduct by coaches in the Golden State, which has the most Division 1 schools in the country.

  • October 17, 2018

    Hoops Trial Jury To Decide If Gov't Fraud Charges 'Flawed'

    Evidence that two former Adidas marketers and an aspiring agent defrauded National Collegiate Athletic Association schools by paying young basketball stars in secret is “overwhelming,” prosecutors told a Manhattan federal jury Wednesday, but the defense called the government’s theory of criminality “flawed.”

  • October 17, 2018

    Jaguars Owner Pulls £600M Wembley Stadium Bid

    Jacksonville Jaguars and Fulham Football Club owner Shahid "Shad" Khan Wednesday announced he has withdrawn his £600 million pound ($788 million) offer to buy London's Wembley Stadium, saying the deal did not have sufficient support on the board of the UK's Football Association.

  • October 17, 2018

    A High Court Milestone Stirs Hope Of Gender Parity

    After an emotionally fraught confirmation process with sexual misconduct allegations front and center, a new justice joins the Supreme Court bench and brings four female clerks with him. The hires bring gender parity to the court's clerkship ranks for the first time, but will the shift be long-lasting?

  • October 17, 2018

    Colombian Nationals Sentenced In Money Laundering Scheme

    Two Colombian nationals, one of them a former professional soccer player with Colombian Team America, have been sentenced to several years in prison for their role in a $1 million transnational drug money laundering scheme, the government said Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Need Litigation Finance? Don't Skip These 5 Steps

    Molly Pease

    The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.

  • A Holistic Approach To Client Retention

    Dan Tacone

    In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Setting The Odds On Massachusetts Gambling Legislation

    Katherine Guarino

    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy v. NCAA, Massachusetts has shown restraint with respect to expanding legalized gambling to include sports betting. However, the state Legislature is likely to seriously consider enacting a bill on sports betting in the 2019-2020 session, say Katherine Guarino and Warren Myers of Locke Lord LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Identifying Investment Contracts, From Chinchillas To Crypto

    Rikard Lundberg

    Because of the broad reach of the Howey test, investment contracts can arise in essentially any circumstance. Three recent enforcement actions illustrate the pitfalls of failing to identify an investment venture as involving the sale of securities, say attorneys with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.