Sports

  • April 24, 2018

    NJ Rock Wall Co. Objects To Attys Fees For Injury Judgment

    Counsel for a rock wall parts manufacturer told the New Jersey Supreme Court on Tuesday that it should not have to pay attorneys’ fees in a product liability action under the so-called offer-of-judgment rule because a jury award against the business was less than the proposed settlement amount.

  • April 24, 2018

    Attys Say Fraud Claims Just Cover For Delays In NFL Deal

    A group of four law firms representing players in the landmark $1 billion NFL concussion settlement has stepped up attacks against the program’s claims administrator, accusing it of a “Machiavellian strategy” to delay desperately needed payouts for players by “falsely accusing” the attorneys of fraud.

  • April 24, 2018

    Cheerleaders Will Drop Bias Claims If Goodell Agrees To Meet

    Two former NFL cheerleaders told the league Tuesday they're willing to end discrimination claims in exchange for a good-faith meeting with league commissioner Roger Goodell aimed at improving treatment and management of cheer squads.

  • April 24, 2018

    Armstrong Case Shows Whistleblowers Are Key To Doping Fix

    Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong’s recent agreement to pay $5 million to settle claims he defrauded the government by doping while racing under a U.S. Postal Service sponsorship is being labeled a victory for the government and, according to experts, may show how an expansion of whistleblower laws could be used to root out doping in sports.

  • April 24, 2018

    BofA Fights Sanctions Bid In Suit Over Allegedly Shady Docs

    Bank of America NA and its counsel from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP fought the prospect of sanctions Monday in a suit by a former business loan customer, telling an Arizona federal judge the now-defunct Sport Collectors Guild is rehashing rejected arguments in an effort to pursue the argument that the bank falsified documents.

  • April 23, 2018

    MLBers Say Al Jazeera Won't Hand Over Info In Libel Suit

    Major League Baseball players Ryan Zimmerman and Ryan Howard made another swing for financial records showing how much money Al Jazeera invested in a controversial 2015 documentary accusing them of using performance-enhancing drugs, saying on Friday the documents will help their defamation case by showing the media company's drive for profits outweighed their journalistic ethics.

  • April 23, 2018

    Streaming IP Owner Can't Get Review Of Abstractness Finding

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up the appeal of the owner of several media streaming patents who argued lower courts jumped the gun when they dismissed an infringement suit against pro sports leagues on the grounds the patents were for abstract ideas.

  • April 23, 2018

    Miami Slams Marlins' 'Sour Grapes' Push For Arbitration

    Miami asked a Florida federal court Friday to deny a "sour grapes" bid by the Marlins to dissolve a state court finding that international arbitration can’t be used in a dispute over the government’s piece of the baseball team’s $1.2 billion sale, saying the federal court shouldn't get involved and calling the team "state court losers."

  • April 23, 2018

    Brooklyn Nets Slap Ex-Headphone Sponsor With TM Suit

    The Brooklyn Nets LLC sued Monster Inc. for trademark infringement in New York federal court Friday, claiming the California company breached a sponsorship agreement under which Monster was designated the official headphone and speaker sponsor of the professional basketball team.

  • April 23, 2018

    Romo's Co. Can't Revive Suit Against NFL Over Fan Confab

    A Texas appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a suit alleging the National Football League interfered with a football fan convention organized by a promotion company with ties to former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, ruling Friday the league was justified in enforcing its gambling policy.

  • April 20, 2018

    NJ Won't Join FCA Suit Over Turf Sold To Schools, Towns

    New Jersey has declined to intervene in a False Claims Act suit brought by former FieldTurf USA Inc. executives alleging that the company knowingly sold defective artificial field turf to schools and towns but concealed the defects from the consumers.

  • April 20, 2018

    Brand Battles: Monster Fights 'Cleveland Monsters' Team

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Monster Energy Co. picks a fight with Cleveland's professional hockey team over a rebranded name, the New York Yankees and several other Major League Baseball teams launch new cases, and AARP gets angry about an acronym.

  • April 20, 2018

    NHL Teams, Insurers Renew Bid To Nix Head Injury Suit

    The New Jersey Devils and St. Louis Blues hockey teams and their insurance companies renewed their calls for a Minnesota federal court to dismiss concussion claims from former NHL “enforcer” Michael Peluso on Thursday, two months after both sides asked to put the case on hold.

  • April 20, 2018

    Lauded Trial Lawyer Billy Martin Joins Barnes & Thornburg

    Well-known in both the civil and criminal arenas, William “Billy” Martin has been named a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Washington, D.C., office, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • April 20, 2018

    Eli Manning, Giants Shed RICO Claims In Memorabilia Suit

    A New Jersey judge on Thursday tossed racketeering claims in a wide-ranging suit alleging New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning defrauded sports memorabilia dealers, finding there was no illicit enterprise, but said certain contract claims and other allegations will go to trial next month.

  • April 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Brookfield, Acadia Realty Trust, Edens

    Brookfield is said to have leased Manhattan space to health care data firm IQVIA and nonprofit MDRC, Acadia Realty Trust has reportedly sold a New York development site for $26 million, and retail landlord Edens is said to have sold two Florida Publix-anchored shopping centers to a company owned by Miami Heat minority owner Raanan Katz.

  • April 20, 2018

    Fitbit Investors' $8.25M Atty Fee Bid 'A Little Rich,' Judge Says

    A California federal judge on Friday approved a $33 million class action settlement resolving allegations that Fitbit Inc. hid problems with its fitness trackers and artificially inflated its stock price, but held off on awarding $8.25 million in attorneys’ fees, saying the amount “might be a little rich for this case.”

  • April 19, 2018

    NCAA Says 'Spiritual Coercion' Case Backs Wage Suit Denial

    The NCAA on Wednesday urged the Ninth Circuit to look at a recent decision denying a wage suit over a televangelist whose followers were allegedly coerced into volunteering for his church’s for-profit restaurant, citing it as further reason not to revive a proposed wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California football player.

  • April 19, 2018

    Fla. Hotel, Golf Club Hit With ADA Suit Over Website

    The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club in Florida was hit Thursday with a lawsuit alleging it is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website fails to comply with requirements under the law.

  • April 19, 2018

    'Inherent Risks' Caused Skier's Injury, Not Resort Negligence

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a suit alleging a ski resort’s negligence caused a skier to break his leg after he fell over trenches created by a resort vehicle, finding the ruts it made in the terrain were simply an “inherent risk” of downhill skiing.

Expert Analysis

  • A Closer Look At NCAA's 'Dancing With The Stars' Decision

    Ronald Katz

    Although many people may disagree with the NCAA's decision to permit college basketball star Arike Ogunbowale to participate in the popular television program "Dancing With the Stars," it is consistent with NCAA bylaws — for four reasons, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • NASCAR Drone Countermeasures May Be Illegal

    Joshua Turner

    Law enforcement officials and private entities should view NASCAR's endorsement of DroneGun radio jammers skeptically and investigate the legality of drone countermeasures before deploying them. Otherwise, they may find themselves trying to outrun a visit from federal authorities, say Joshua Turner and Sara Baxenberg of Wiley Rein LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.

  • NFL Cheerleader's Title VII Claim May Face Legal Hurdles

    David Lisko

    A recent gender discrimination claim made by a cheerleader for the New Orleans Saints football team is the first (at least in the modern era) brought under Title VII by an NFL cheerleader and raises a number of unique issues and legal challenges, say David Lisko and Paul Punzone of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • Finance-Savvy Millennials Are Shifting Business Of Law

    Michael Perlich

    The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.

  • What’s Next For Embedded Tweet Copyright Case

    Marcus Chatterton

    If the Second Circuit affirms the Goldman v. Breitbart decision that embedded content may constitute copyright infringement, it will create more burdens on publishers and journalists, and it may invite some creative defenses under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, says Marcus Chatterton of Balch & Bingham LLP.

  • Opinion

    Attorney-Client Privilege Is Alive And Well

    Genie Harrison

    The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.