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  • December 10, 2018

    New Nassar Abuse Probe Spotlights Institutional Failures

    The two organizations responsible for protecting young gymnasts from harm ignored and covered up credible allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar, acting as part of an "ecosystem" that gave him unimpeded license to abuse hundreds of children, a new Ropes & Gray LLP investigative report revealed Monday.

  • December 10, 2018

    Ret. Judge Tapped To Probe NFL Settlement Fraud Allegations

    The Pennsylvania federal court overseeing the landmark NFL concussion settlement appointed a retired judge Monday to serve as a special fraud investigator to dig into allegations that doctors and players were gaming the system, handing the league a quiet win on a request that had been embroiled in a firestorm of controversy just a few months ago.

  • December 10, 2018

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Sex Assault Suit Against NBA Star

    The Ninth Circuit declined Monday to sanction a woman who unsuccessfully sued NBA star Derrick Rose and his friends for $21.5 million for allegedly sexually assaulting her, but declined to revive the suit, defending a district court's decisions regarding what evidence to allow.

  • December 10, 2018

    Medical Device Exec Beats Charges Of Tipping Orioles Player

    Federal prosecutors have abandoned insider trading and perjury charges against medical device executive James Mazzo after two juries deadlocked on whether he intended to tip longtime Orioles third baseman Doug DeCinces to merger plans.

  • December 10, 2018

    FINA Has Stranglehold On Swimming Competitions, Suit Says

    Three international champion swimmers and the nascent International Swimming League have accused the Fédération Internationale de Natation, or FINA, of leveraging its power over access to the Olympics to crush the league's attempts to organize competitions.

  • December 10, 2018

    Wilson, Buyers Go To Bat For Louisville Slugger Settlement

    Wilson Sporting Goods Co. has reached a deal to provide replacement baseball bats to settle a contentious proposed class action in Illinois federal court by buyers who alleged that Louisville Slugger Prime BBCOR bats were defective and that the company denied and discouraged warranty claims.

  • December 10, 2018

    Greece Fights Enforcement Of €47.9M Contract Award

    Greece urged a New York federal court Monday to reject Leidos’ efforts to start pinning down the country's U.S. assets to enforce an award now worth €47.9 million stemming from the 2004 Olympics, saying the American security contractor’s arbitral award is tainted by a bribery and public corruption scandal and could be nixed.

  • December 10, 2018

    Stradling Nabs Ex-Sheppard Mullin M&A Partner

    Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth PC has hired a Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP partner with years of experience representing private equity firms, medical device makers and technology clients in mergers and acquisitions.

  • December 7, 2018

    Atty Asks To Stay In NFL Suit Despite Disciplinary Charges

    A California attorney has asked the Ninth Circuit to allow him to continue representing a former NFL cheerleader in her proposed class action against the league despite the fact that a judge with the state bar court has recommended that he be disbarred for exploiting an elderly client and his license has been listed as inactive.

  • December 7, 2018

    Sports Agency's Commission Suit Moved To Va. State Court

    A Virginia federal judge on Friday remanded a suit by Paramount Sports & Entertainment Management against a former agent over commissions back to state court, ruling the agent’s employment agreement precludes the case’s removal to federal court.

  • December 7, 2018

    7 Firms Guide €4.6B Sporting Goods Biz Buy

    Finland-based privately held special purpose vehicle Mascot Bidco Oy said Friday it has agreed to buy all of the issued and outstanding shares in sporting goods company Amer Sports Corp. for €4.6 billion ($5.2 billion) in a deal that will see an investor consortium indirectly own 100 percent of Mascot Bidco.

  • December 7, 2018

    Brand Battles: Harry Potter And The 'Wizarding' Trademark

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Warner Bros. faces a challenge to its efforts to register "Wizarding World," Maserati and Arizona State University both aim to block a trident logo, and Nestle seeks to "Crunch" a small food business.

  • December 7, 2018

    Live Nation, Ticketmaster Settle ADA Suit Over 49ers' Stadium

    San Francisco 49ers fans leading a class action in California federal court alleging the team's stadium does not meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards have settled their claims against Ticketmaster and Live Nation after three months of arbitration.

  • December 7, 2018

    Bank Slams Bid To Shelter Owner In Jay Peak Fraud Case

    People's United Financial Inc. asked a Florida federal judge Thursday to deny a receiver's bid to protect Ariel Quiros, allegedly the architect of a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud scheme involving Vermont ski resort Jay Peak, saying there is no legal basis to reward Quiros by sheltering him from further claims.

  • December 7, 2018

    Zumba Says Online Retailers Are Hawking Bootleg Merch

    Exercise company Zumba Fitness LLC has filed a suit in Florida federal court alleging a group of custom merchandise websites including well-known platforms Redbubble and Teespring are selling unauthorized products using its trademark brand name and logo.

  • December 7, 2018

    Russia Doping Chemist Seeks Pause In Athletes' Libel Suit

    A Russian scientist living in hiding after his claims of widespread state-sponsored doping led to severe penalties on Russia has asked a New York state court to halt a libel suit by three athletes until a Swiss arbitration court rules on their competition bans.

  • December 7, 2018

    Data-Driven Lawyer: Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe

    Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.

  • December 6, 2018

    Ill. Woman Gets 4 Years For $5M Ticket Fraud Scheme

    A Chicago woman who promised investors she could buy and resell big-time concert tickets at a profit was sentenced to four years in prison on Thursday, federal officials announced, as the only house she ever filled was her own with luxury items paid for by the $5 million she stole from her victims.

  • December 6, 2018

    Russian Olympic Committee Appeals Moscow Doping Ruling

    The Russian Olympic Committee announced Thursday that it has appealed a Moscow court’s decision that reportedly split with an international sport court’s ruling disqualifying a gold medal-winning bobsledder for doping at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • December 6, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: BYD, Travelport, Amer Sports

    BYD Co Ltd. is reportedly planning on taking its battery unit public by 2022, Elliott Management and Siris Capital Group are close to a deal to snap up Travelport Worldwide, and a group vying to take over Finnish sporting goods company Amer Sports Oyj is close to a deal.

Expert Analysis

  • Walters Case Commands Tougher Cure For Gov't Misconduct

    Harry Sandick

    In U.S. v. Walters, a Second Circuit panel determined last week that professional gambler William Walters was not prejudiced by repeated FBI leaks of confidential grand jury information. There is a risk that the government may draw the wrong conclusion from this decision, say Harry Sandick and Danielle Quinn of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP.

  • State Net

    More State Issues The Blue Wave May Shape In 2019

    Rich Ehisen

    In the second installment of this three-part legislative preview, Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal examines a number of issues that should keep state lawmakers occupied next year.

  • Opinion

    USA Gymnastics Should Dissolve Itself In Bankruptcy

    Ronald Katz

    USA Gymnastics, facing over 100 lawsuits as a result of the Larry Nassar sex molestation crimes, recently filed for bankruptcy to ensure its survival. However, rather than being preserved, the organization should be replaced by a government agency that can assume financial and moral responsibility, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • Insights From 2017-2018 High Court Term And What's Ahead

    Chad Eggspuehler

    Many expect the U.S. Supreme Court's new conservative majority to track rightward, while others wonder if any justices might assert a moderating influence as the new “swing vote.” The court’s recent decisions and upcoming docket provide the best clues about its trajectory, says Chad Eggspuehler of Tucker Ellis LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Ginsburg Reviews 'The Curse Of Bigness'

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg

    When reading Tim Wu’s new book, "The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age," lawyers, economists and historians will find its broad brush maddening, and the generalist reader will simply be misled, says D.C. Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg.

  • 5 Things You Should Know About New Rule 23 Amendments

    John Lavelle

    For the first time in 15 years, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, governing class actions, has been amended. There are five key changes that will likely impact future federal class action litigation and settlements, say John Lavelle and Terese Schireson of Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.

  • Stadium Development Can Breathe Life Into Urban Areas

    Maxine Hicks

    While stadiums have not been economically beneficial for local communities historically, new sports-oriented mixed-use projects built closer to urban areas — such as Atlanta's SunTrust Park — offer opportunities to revitalize underutilized properties and create true public-private partnerships, say Maxine Hicks and Andrew Much of DLA Piper.

  • Jurors Should Ask More Questions During Trials

    Matthew Wright

    Permitting jurors to submit written questions, or even to pose questions orally to witnesses on the stand, advances several important goals and promotes both fairness and efficiency, says Matthew Wright of McCarter & English LLP.

  • Calif. Ruling Dings Engagement Letter Arbitration Clauses

    Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer

    The California Supreme Court's recent decision in Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing has cast doubt on arbitration clauses in attorney engagement agreements, jeopardizing the efficient resolution of malpractice claims and fee disputes, say Sharon Ben-Shahar Mayer and Mark Drooks of Bird Marella Boxer Wolpert Nessim Drooks Lincenberg & Rhow PC.

  • 10 Things We Wish We Were Told When Going In-House

    Dana Lee

    Attorneys at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Perkins Coie LLP and the Healthcare Association of New York State reflect on lessons they learned the hard way when transitioning to in-house counsel positions.