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  • August 21, 2018

    Rams Can't Force St. Louis' LA Move Suit Into Arbitration

    A Missouri appeals court Tuesday refused to force the City of St. Louis’ state lawsuit against the Los Angeles Rams over the team’s 2016 move away from the city into arbitration, saying the suit is about the NFL’s rules and not the team’s agreements with the city.

  • August 21, 2018

    Champions League Drops Contract Suit Against B3 Basketball

    Startup basketball league Champions League Inc. on Tuesday withdrew its claims against rival Big3 Basketball LLC, the day after Big3 asked the court to dismiss Champions’ claims for missing a court deadline for revising its complaint.

  • August 21, 2018

    Student-Athletes Have New Playbook In Bid To Flip O'Bannon

    A class of student-athletes will attempt to upend the NCAA's amateurism system in a bench trial next month, challenging the notion that paying them a share of the millions of dollars college football and basketball generate each year will put a dent in the massive popularity of the sports.

  • August 21, 2018

    Ex-FIFA VP Asks For 6-Month Sentencing Delay

    Jeffrey Webb, a former FIFA vice president ordered to forfeit $6.7 million for his role in international soccer’s massive bribery scandal, asked a New York federal judge Monday to postpone his scheduled September sentencing for six months.

  • August 21, 2018

    Texas High Court Urged To Enter El Paso Historic Site Row

    A local historian asked the Texas Supreme Court to order the El Paso clerk to place an ordinance rezoning a downtown area that is slated to be demolished for an arena as a historic site on the ballot at the next general election, arguing that a decision by her and the city council to take no action circumvents the municipal charter.

  • August 20, 2018

    Calif. Fund Adviser Overcharged Clients By $7M, SEC Says

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed suit in California federal court Monday alleging a San Francisco-based investment advisory firm’s founder financed millions of dollars worth of personal pet projects by overcharging investors in the venture capital funds he managed.

  • August 20, 2018

    MSU Seeks To Pause Nassar Claims After 51 New Accusations

    Michigan State University on Friday asked a Michigan federal court to halt claims against it and related individuals by more than 300 accusers of former faculty member and sports physician Larry Nassar after 51 new accusers stepped forward following a $500 million settlement.

  • August 20, 2018

    Ex-NFL Alumni Worker Says She Was Fired After Harassment

    A former chapter coordinator for the NFL Alumni Association has filed suit against the group and its former CEO Joe Pisarcik, claiming she was fired in retaliation for turning down Pisarcik’s sexual advances.

  • August 20, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Reverses Rejection Of Shoe Design Patent App

    The Federal Circuit on Monday reversed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision rejecting an application for a patent on the design of a shoe bottom, finding the board misapplied the law on indefiniteness in the context of design patents.

  • August 20, 2018

    Ex-NFL Players Can't Sue EA Over 'Madden' Game As A Class

    A California federal judge has ruled that retired players cannot collectively sue Electronic Arts Inc. for featuring them in Madden NFL video games without authorization, a major victory for the game maker after years of litigation.

  • August 17, 2018

    Cooley Adds Ex-Boies Schiller Trial Partner In NY

    Cooley LLP said Thursday that it has hired a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP trial partner with experience representing financial institutions and sports and entertainment clients in securities and antitrust litigation, as well as in international and domestic arbitrations, bolstering its offerings in New York.

  • August 17, 2018

    NCAA Hits Ex-Assistant Hoops Coach With 6-Year Ban

    The NCAA on Friday handed down a six-year suspension to a former University of Louisiana at Monroe assistant men's basketball coach and put the school on probation for two years after finding the coach did online coursework and took exams for a pair of basketball players.

  • August 17, 2018

    Chicago Cubs Ripped Off Souvenir Design, Suit Claims

    A Michigan man on Friday told an Illinois federal court that the Chicago Cubs stole his design for a souvenir of the team’s 1984 National League Eastern Division championship for its souvenir of the team’s 2016 World Series win.

  • August 17, 2018

    Brand Battles: Hershey, Unilever, 'Game of Thrones,' NFL

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Hershey and Unilever try to break the "Ice," HBO tries to burn an application for a mythical dragon word from "Game of Thrones," and the NFL's New Orleans Saints defend the city's area code.

  • August 17, 2018

    Soccer Federation Docs Will Show Antitrust Plot, League Says

    The North American Soccer League has asked a New York federal court to compel the U.S. Soccer Federation to produce documents and text messages from before 2008, saying the records will prove an alleged antitrust conspiracy against the league.

  • August 17, 2018

    Insurance Co. Must Cover Contractor In Sports Complex Row

    A Texas federal judge has ordered Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. to cover a contractor in a lawsuit alleging a breach of contract in the construction of a sports complex, ruling that the policy's exclusions don't free the insurer because a subcontractor may be responsible for the alleged damage.

  • August 17, 2018

    NCAA Reforms Fail To Fix Basketball's Corruption Problem

    The NCAA recently enacted a set of sweeping reforms that provide modest benefits to the small percentage of student-athletes who pursue a professional basketball career, but experts say the changes do not adequately address the serious issues at the center of a federal corruption probe into college basketball.

  • August 16, 2018

    Memorabilia Dealer Barred From Using Sports Photogs' Work

    A Wisconsin federal judge barred a memorabilia dealer from using photos from a pair of sports photographers in a wide-ranging copyright infringement lawsuit, telling the dealer that he must stop selling and destroy photos left in his possession.

  • August 16, 2018

    Legal Funder Wants Fraud Suit Stayed After CFPB Ruling

    RD Legal Funding, the litigation funder accused of gouging NFL players and 9/11 responders who were loan customers, asked a Manhattan federal judge Wednesday to press pause on the suit as the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau appeals its surprise ejection — or to greenlight a broader appeal.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

Expert Analysis

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Sports Teams Need A TCPA Game Plan

    James Sammataro

    For professional sports franchises, texting is a wonderful fan-engagement tool. But it is also a potential legal hazard, as illustrated by several recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions. If you want your fans screaming at the refs and not at you, heed five TCPA lessons, say attorneys with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Opinion

    Coach Contract Sexual Misconduct Clauses Are Concerning

    Scott Bernstein

    A clause added to The Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer's contract, requiring him to report any known violations of the school’s sexual misconduct policy, may seem noncontroversial. However, because schools often define sexual misconduct too broadly, this type of provision could cause lasting harm to innocent student-athletes, say Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon of KaiserDillon PLLC.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • A Look At Ex-Coach's Amicus Brief In On-Field Prayer Case

    Ronald Katz

    Although retired Florida State University football coach Bobby Bowden's brief in Kennedy v. Bremerton urges the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit decision banning prayer on the football field after games, the brief inadvertently lays out the problems of mixing religion and sport at a public school, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.