• September 19, 2017

    US Soccer Hit With Antitrust Suit Over League Decision

    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.

  • September 19, 2017

    Ex-NFLers Facing Potential Deception In Concussion Claims

    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.

  • September 19, 2017

    Racer Blames Manager For Weather Fibs At $2B Fraud Trial

    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.

  • September 19, 2017

    'The Art Of Fielding' Author Accused Of Stealing Book Idea

    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.

  • September 19, 2017

    Car Restoration Co. Founder Can't Duck Trademark Suit

    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.

  • September 19, 2017

    NFL Players’ Union Says Elliott Suspension Suit Has Legs

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Deadspin Story Not Protected By Gawker Sale, Bettor Says

    A famous Las Vegas sports bettor alleging that sports commentary website 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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Ohio State Seeks To Punt Ex-Player’s Suit To State Court

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Ex-NHLer Fights Team, Insurer Bids To Bench Head Injury Suit

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Lakers Get Support In Bid To Undo TCPA Coverage Loss

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Atty Tells Jury Tribe Grew Wary Of Racer's Payday Loan Plan

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    49ers Insurer Asks 9th Circ. To Overturn Game Attack Ruling

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    NCAA Concussion Class Blasts $6M Fee Request

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Bar On NFL’s Suspension Of Elliott Will Remain, Judge Says

    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.

  • September 18, 2017

    Boxing Promoter Slams Fla. Gym's Dismissal Bid In IP Suit

    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.

  • September 15, 2017

    Ice Cube's Big3 Basketball Hits Rival With Defamation Suit

    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. 

  • September 15, 2017

    Buchanan, Doctor Settle Suit Over Arena Football Team Buy

    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.

  • September 15, 2017

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Toss Of Interactive Sports Patent Claims

    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.

  • September 15, 2017

    Soccer Exec Slams Feds' Anonymous Jury Bid For FIFA Trial

    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.

  • September 15, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Scores Ex-Padres Exec To Helm Sports Group

    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.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Will WADA Learn From Due Process Mistake?

    Ronald Katz

    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.

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    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.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    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.

  • 4 Cases That Will Guide The Future Of TTAB Proceedings

    Eric Ball

    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.

  • Opinion

    Dealing With Difficult Lawyers

    Alan Hoffman

    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.

  • Shkreli Trial And Other Magic Tricks: A Chat With Ben Brafman

    Randy Maniloff

    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 Psychology Of Hourly Fee Arrangements

    J.B. Heaton

    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.

  • Insurers Win Series Against Lakers In TCPA D&O Shootout

    Lawrence Bracken II

    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.

  • Self-Collection In E-Discovery — Risks Vs. Rewards

    Alex Khoury

    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.

  • 6 Common Lateral Partner Myths Debunked

    Dan Hatch

    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.