Sports

  • April 21, 2017

    Pepsi Center Owner Fights Deaf Fans’ Class Cert. Bid

    The owner of the Pepsi Center in Denver urged a federal judge Thursday against certifying a class of hearing-impaired people claiming the stadium violates the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing captioning on its scoreboard, saying it offers those patrons other aids and services.

  • April 21, 2017

    Insurer Wants Out Of Coverage In Rutgers Sex Assault Case

    One of two ex-Rutgers football players accused of sexually assaulting an intoxicated female student in an on-campus apartment in 2015 was hit with another suit Friday by his insurer, which declared its policy won’t cover him for this type of allegation.

  • April 21, 2017

    Brand Battles: Prince, Jägermeister, Wisconsin Badgers

    In Law360’s latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Prince's estate has no "Love" for a nonprofit that's trying to register the name of the late musician's own charitable group, Jägermeister tries to stop another buck, and the University of Wisconsin asks the board to block a "salacious and derogatory" reference to the school's starting quarterback.

  • April 21, 2017

    MMA Fighters Ask Court To Reschedule UFC Execs' Depos

    Mixed martial arts fighters accusing the UFC of illegally dominating the sport asked a Nevada federal judge to reschedule its depositions with two executives at the organization, arguing Friday that they can’t conduct depositions of the UFC’s former chief legal officer and current chief operating officer on such short notice.

  • April 21, 2017

    Sports Agency Wage Suit Will Remain Closed, Judge Says

    A New York federal judge on Friday declined a request by the CEO of a Pennsylvania sports agency to reopen a former executive’s lawsuit accusing the company of failing to pay his wages, saying the magistrate judge and attorneys involved in the case did not taint a settlement reached back in 2015.

  • April 21, 2017

    Ex-NFL Players’ Law Firm Asks For Cut Of Concussion Deal

    A California law firm representing 29 former NFL players in the multidistrict litigation over concussions and head injuries in the league has told the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the case that it is entitled to a priority lien of more than 20 percent of any recovery obtained by its clients.

  • April 20, 2017

    NCAA Seeks To Nix USC Football Player's Wage Class Action

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association asked a California federal judge Thursday to dismiss a former University of Southern California football player’s wage-and-hour suit on behalf of a putative class of student-athletes, saying at a hearing that the money teams generate and restrictions on players’ activities don't make the association an employer.

  • April 20, 2017

    Giants' Manning Issues 'Angry' Denial Of Memorabilia Fraud

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning firmly denied Thursday allegations that he defrauded sports memorabilia dealers, after a dealer's attorneys in a 3-year-old New Jersey lawsuit against the team said a 2010 email exchange with the team equipment manager proves Manning provided fake game-used helmets.

  • April 20, 2017

    CONMEBOL Wants TV Rights Suit Halted As Gov't Intervenes

    South America’s soccer confederation, known as CONMEBOL, asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to pause jurisdictional discovery in a suit accusing it and a slew of 21st Century Fox Inc. units of taking part in a bribery scheme to gain exclusive television rights to South American soccer games.

  • April 20, 2017

    NFL Concussion Attys Say Deal Advanced Class Action Law

    Attorneys on both sides of the landmark concussion settlement between the National Football League and former players highlighted the deal Thursday as a potentially new model for handling mass-tort claims in federal courts via class actions.

  • April 20, 2017

    Ex-Syracuse Basketballer Wins Pay Row With Italian Club

    Former Syracuse University basketball star Brandon Triche was awarded nearly $70,000 in back payments from an Italian basketball club that released him after he elected to have season-ending surgery against the team's advice and consent, according to a Basketball Arbitral Tribunal award released Tuesday.

  • April 20, 2017

    US Tennis Taps Aramark For US Open Retail Business

    Arena vendor Aramark will take over the retail responsibilities for U.S. Open Tennis Championships in New York, entering into a multiyear agreement with the U.S. Tennis Association Wednesday to provide merchandising services for the event.

  • April 20, 2017

    DraftKings, Others Fight Bid For Source Code In IP Suit

    Daily fantasy sports company DraftKings and a group of other gaming companies on Wednesday asked a Nevada federal court to deny a bid by two gambling technology companies to force them to produce their source code in Las Vegas as part of a patent suit, arguing they have already agreed to produce the code at their counsel’s offices pursuant to a prior agreement.

  • April 20, 2017

    Mark Cuban Looks To Duck UFC Antitrust Suit Subpoena

    Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban has urged a Texas federal judge to block a subpoena request related to a lawsuit by fighters suing the Ultimate Fighting Championship for illegal domination of the mixed martial arts sport, saying even though a television network he owns broadcast or promoted some mixed martial arts events, he has no vested interest in the case.

  • April 20, 2017

    Soccer Federation Sues Ex-Officials For Bribes, Kickbacks

    The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football has launched a lawsuit in New York federal court against a pair of former executives caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal, saying the men used their positions of power to accept numerous bribes and kickbacks and spent the soccer governing body’s funds on personal expenses.

  • April 19, 2017

    Equinox Tells DC Circ. Fake Gun Incident Tainted Union Vote

    Gym chain Equinox told the D.C. Circuit that union supporters "intimidated and coerced" employees into voting for a union and allowed a pro-union employee who was fired days prior for brandishing a realistic-looking plastic handgun to serve as an election observer, urging the appeals court to overturn a National Labor Relations Board decision that upheld the union vote.

  • April 19, 2017

    SportsDirect Acquires Eastern Outfitters In Ch. 11 Sale

    Eastern Outfitters LLC secured a Delaware bankruptcy judge’s approval Wednesday to hand off its business to SportsDirect.com Retail Ltd. for $105 million in debt take-backs and other consideration, in a deal that sends Eastern’s stores through their second Chapter 11 sale in less than a year.

  • April 19, 2017

    Northwestern Says Ex-Basketball Player Can't Prove Contract

    Northwestern University earlier this week told an Illinois federal court that a former basketball player cannot prove it breached a contract to provide him with special benefits beyond a scholarship in a lawsuit against the university and the NCAA over his alleged ouster from the team. 

  • April 19, 2017

    6th Circ. Says Horse Race Game Doesn't Infringe IP

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a ruling in favor of horse racing venue Kentucky Downs and gambling technology company Exacta Systems LLC in a lawsuit by a group of racetrack owners, saying the use of their track names in a video-based gambling system does not constitute trademark infringement.

  • April 19, 2017

    NFL Cheerleaders Defend Sufficiency Of Wage Plot Suit

    Lawyers for NFL cheerleaders who filed a proposed class suit in California federal court alleging wage suppression tactics by the league and 26 teams pushed back against a bid to dismiss, arguing Tuesday the complaint adequately alleges sufficient details to meet the pleading standard.

Expert Analysis

  • The Potential Lawsuits After Aaron Hernandez Suicide

    Jill Stanley Cohen

    At this point, most seem surprised by the recent suicide of ​Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end​ who was sentenced to life in prison for murder. It is likely that when the investigations are complete, Hernandez’s family will file a lawsuit. Let’s take a look at what cases arising from inmate suicide entail, says Jill Stanley Cohen of Cohen & Cohen PC.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

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    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • 9th Circ. Ruling Generates Copyright Preemption Confusion

    Simon Frankel

    The Ninth Circuit recently held that former college athletes could not assert a right of publicity to prevent the NCAA and its licensee, T3Media, from distributing images of the players. While the outcome of the case may be justifiable on the facts, the decision raises more questions than it answers, further muddying the already difficult terrain of copyright preemption under Section 301, say Simon Frankel and Neema Sahni of Coving... (continued)

  • Litigation Finance, Big Data And The Limits Of AI

    Christopher Bogart

    Theoretically, both better data and its better use should be able to improve results in litigation, and thus help litigation financiers allocate more capital to meritorious matters. However, while big data and artificial intelligence are intriguing additions to the litigation toolkit, they are far from turning litigation finance on its head, says Christopher Bogart, CEO of Burford Capital LLC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.

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    Counsel To Counsel: A Law Firm GC's Data Protection Duties

    Thomas W. White

    Increasingly, we see companies in all industries seeking to perform various levels of due diligence on our information security defenses. We received three times as many diligence requests from clients and prospective clients in 2016 as we did in 2015. Some clients even conduct their own penetration tests, says Thomas White, general counsel of WilmerHale.

  • Cheating And Gambling In Esports: Reform Is Needed

    Aaron Swerdlow

    In the early days of football, the sport experienced problems like the ones esports is now facing — it lacked uniform, specific rules and adequate enforcement. The wealthiest and most powerful entities in esports must coalesce around a shared governing body and anti-cheating rules, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Evaluating Positional Conflicts

    Nicholas A. Gravante Jr.

    What happens when attorneys come to their general counsel’s office with knowledge of a potential positional conflict? While the inquiry will depend on the rules governing the particular jurisdiction, there are a few general questions to consider from both business and legal ethics perspectives, say general counsel Nicholas A. Gravante Jr. and deputy general counsel Ilana R. Miller of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP.

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    Counsel To Counsel: 5 Challenges For A Law Firm GC

    John Koski

    Regardless of where we live and practice, regardless of whether trade deals succeed or fail, and regardless of whether the movement of people or capital is easy or difficult, our clients will still have needs or problems far away from home, says John Koski, global chief legal officer at Dentons.

  • Lawyers In Flow: Get Out Of Your Head And Into Your Case

    Jennifer Gibbs

    If Time Magazine is correct in that being a lawyer is one of the five worst high-paying jobs, it may be time for the legal profession to pull one from the playbook of musicians and professional athletes and seek to enter a state of “flow,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.