The North American Soccer League hit the United States Soccer Federation with an antitrust suit in New York federal court Tuesday, claiming that the organization arbitrarily revoked its Division II status and that it favors NASL’s rival Major League Soccer.
A Pennsylvania federal judge was warned during a hearing Tuesday about potentially unscrupulous behavior by attorneys, lenders and other entities who may be attempting to cheat former National Football League players out of claims on an uncapped settlement for head injuries.
Talk of the weather returned Tuesday to the Manhattan payday loan fraud trial of racer Scott Tucker and lawyer Timothy Muir, with Tucker’s defense team blaming a former manager for meteorological fibs that tricked callers into thinking the Kansas-based lending operation was on faraway tribal lands.
The author of the 2011 baseball novel “The Art of Fielding” has been hit with a copyright lawsuit in New York federal court alleging that he took significant portions of another author’s work and incorporated it in the book.
A California federal judge has kept alive allegations that a car restoration company’s president infringed trademarks belonging to the trust for the famous race car driver Carroll Shelby, saying the court has jurisdiction over the man.
The National Football League Players’ Association told a Texas federal judge Monday that the league must face its lawsuit challenging Dallas Cowboys’ running back Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, saying the fact the union sued before the arbitrator made his final decision is irrelevant.
A famous Las Vegas sports bettor alleging that sports commentary website Deadspin.com defamed him and his company told a New York bankruptcy court on Friday that the sale of Deadspin's bankrupt former parent, Gawker Media, does not protect the site’s now-owner from claims over continued publication.
Ohio State University on Monday said it hasn’t waived its sovereign immunity over claims that banners hung in the school’s football stadium with former football players’ images violate the Sherman and Lanham Acts, urging a federal court to toss the antitrust claims and send the case to state court.
Former NHL “enforcer” Michael Peluso on Friday hit back at motions to dismiss his Minnesota federal suit alleging the New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and insurance companies intentionally hid the dangers he faced from continued head injuries, arguing that his claims fall outside the exclusivity of workers’ compensation frameworks of the states.
A nonprofit policyholder advocacy group on Monday urged the full Ninth Circuit to ax a panel's decision that the Los Angeles Lakers aren't covered for class allegations that the team sent unwanted text messages to fans in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, saying the ruling flouts basic insurance law principles.
An effort by racer Scott Tucker to involve California's Yurok tribe in a lending operation fizzled amid tribal concern it would have no role in the business except to “exist,” the Yuroks' former lawyer told a Manhattan jury Monday in the criminal fraud trial of Tucker and his attorney Timothy Muir.
Great Divide Insurance Co. on Friday asked the Ninth Circuit to overturn a ruling that it must share the costs of defending a suit brought by two men assaulted at a San Francisco 49ers game, saying the district court misread a policy endorsement.
A class of student-athletes in multidistrict litigation against the NCAA over head injuries blasted a fee request from attorneys for the lead objector to their $75 million settlement on Friday, telling an Illinois federal court that the changes secured aren’t worth the $6 million the attorneys want.
A Texas federal judge on Monday said the National Football League cannot hold off his decision to pause Dallas Cowboys star Ezekiel Elliott’s six-game domestic violence suspension, handing the running back another legal victory that will keep him playing this season.
Prominent boxing promoter Main Events told a Florida federal court on Monday that a local gym it claims is knowingly using a confusingly similar name can't duck out of a trademark lawsuit by claiming the well-known name is now generic, arguing that the parties at this stage in the proceedings don’t have to dispute the facts.
Ice Cube's new 3-on-3 professional basketball league, Big3 Basketball, is not backing down from a court fight after rival upstart Champions League Inc. blamed it for its failure to launch in a lawsuit earlier this month, striking back Friday with its own lawsuit alleging the Champions League is falsely telling investors the Big3 stole its players.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC and a bankrupt Tampa-area surgeon asked a Florida federal court Friday to permanently dismiss the doctor's suit claiming the law firm improperly vetted his $19 million purchase of a local Arena Football League team, having reached a settlement.
The Federal Circuit on Friday upheld a decision that dismissed patent claims and sent to New Jersey state court a dispute over interactive sports software that was invented by a memorabilia dealer who is in a separate legal battle with the New York Giants.
One of three former South American soccer executives charged in the massive FIFA corruption dragnet urged a New York federal judge Friday not to grant the government’s bid for a semi-sequestered and anonymous jury, arguing that such measures have to be weighed against the potential they have to prejudice their upcoming trial.
A former executive with the San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks baseball teams who also founded a sports-focused private investment firm has joined Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP to help lead its global sports industry initiative, the firm said.
Last December, the World Anti-Doping Agency issued its final report on Russian doping. No athletes were proven guilty, yet hundreds were punished. The results in individual cases so far — 95 out of 96 athletes have been cleared of wrongdoing — clearly show that due process makes a huge difference, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.
Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.
In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has long been viewed as an economical alternative to litigation for parties seeking to protect their trademark rights. But if developments in four recent trademark cases are any indication, that may be changing soon, says Eric Ball of Fenwick & West LLP.
Some lawyers tend to be overly aggressive, regarding law practice as a zero-sum game in which there are only winners and losers. The best response is to act professionally — separating the matter at hand from the personalities. But it is also important to show resolve and not be vulnerable to intimidation, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.
Ben Brafman’s clients don’t need a lawyer — they need a magician. And for 40-plus years, the man has been pulling rabbits out of hats, most recently finding jurors able to sit fairly in judgment of Martin Shkreli, called “the most hated man in America.” Last month I visited Brafman to discuss his remarkable career, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams.
The range of possible and better fee agreements is wide. But such alternatives will become popular only if litigants confront the psychological tendencies shaping their existing fee arrangements, says J.B. Heaton, a partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott LLP.
This month, the Ninth Circuit affirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers were not entitled to coverage for a fan's class action alleging violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. This decision should not be seen to foreclose future TCPA defendants from obtaining D&O coverage, but it sends a staunch reminder to policyholders that they should carefully analyze the language of their policies, say attorneys with Hunton & Williams LLP.
As judges become better educated about the complexities of collecting electronically stored information, in particular the inefficacy of keyword searching, they are increasingly skeptical of self-collection. And yet, for many good reasons (and a few bad ones), custodian self-collection is still prevalent in cases of all sizes and in all jurisdictions, says Alex Khoury of Balch & Bingham LLP.
It’s safe to say that while demand ebbs and flows for legal services, there will never be a shortage of opinions about lateral partner hiring, which is positive for the industry, as anything with such vital importance to careers should attract significant attention. However, there is a unique mythology that travels with the discussions, says Dan Hatch of Major Lindsey & Africa.