• November 17, 2017

    David Boies Could Be Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones' Hail Mary

    Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones appears to have few legal options in his boiling feud with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, but with star litigator David Boies on his team, he has a shot at scoring points for his cause — and defending himself against possible sanctions for his outbursts, lawyers tell Law360.

  • November 17, 2017

    Judge Halts Post-Trial Patent Re-Examination Bid

    A federal judge granted an emergency restraining order on Thursday to bar sportswear maker Seirus Innovative Accessories, facing a $3.4 million judgment in a trial against Columbia Sportswear North America Inc. over jacket lining patents, from rebooting the California court fight in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • November 17, 2017

    Powersports Co. Velocity Gets OK To Tap $25M Of Ch. 11 Loan

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge gave Velocity Holding Co. Inc. the nod Friday to tap $25 million of its post-petition financing that the motorsports parts and apparel company hopes will help fund a rework of its more than $400 million in debt that ultimately proposes a handover to first-lien creditors.

  • November 17, 2017

    Michael Vick's Creditors Finish With Nearly Full Recovery

    Creditors of former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, who went into bankruptcy after a prison stint for participating in a dog-fighting ring, received their final distribution Thursday and received almost all of what they were owed, according to the liquidating trustee.

  • November 17, 2017

    SEC Settles Ponzi Scheme Suit Against Ex-NFLer, Biz Partner

    A Massachusetts federal judge greenlit a deal Friday resolving the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s allegations that a former NFL player, his business partner and three companies they founded together ran a $31.7 million Ponzi scheme that involved convincing investors they were helping provide short-term loans to professional athletes.

  • November 17, 2017

    Rams Win Bid To Arbitrate Seat Fight With St. Louis Org.

    A Missouri federal judge on Friday ruled that the Rams NFL team can arbitrate a dispute with the St. Louis Regional Convention and Visitors Commission related to consolidated suits against the team over its move to Los Angeles that allegedly breached fans’ personal seat license agreements.

  • November 17, 2017

    Mass. Duo Admit To Sports Betting, Money Laundering

    Two men have admitted to running a sports betting, money laundering and loan sharking setup out of a Springfield, Massachusetts, sports bar, the state attorney general said Friday.

  • November 17, 2017

    Century Casinos Prices $30M Offering For Racetrack

    Century Casinos Inc. has priced a $30.2 million public offering to fund the construction of a new racetrack in the capital of Alberta, Canada, the company said Friday in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • November 17, 2017

    Australian Tribunal Again OKs $4.8B Tabcorp-Tatts Merger

    The Australian Competition Tribunal on Thursday has for the second time approved Tabcorp Holdings Ltd.’s proposed AU$6.37 billion ($4.84 billion) cash-and-stock takeover of rival Tatts Group Ltd., paving the way for the two gambling businesses to form a single industry giant with an enterprise value of AU$11.3 billion.

  • November 17, 2017

    Judge OKs NCAA's $209M Antitrust Deal, Attys Get $45M

    A California federal judge said Friday she’ll grant final approval to the NCAA and 11 athletic conferences’ $209 million deal with student-athletes and grant class counsel's request for nearly $45 million in fees, costs and expenses, partially resolving suits over allegedly anti-competitive caps on student scholarships.

  • November 17, 2017

    Claims Servicer Fights To Manage NFL Concussion Awards

    A claims management service assisting former NFL players with a settlement in multidistrict litigation over brain injuries urged a Pennsylvania federal court Thursday to allow the ex-players to pay a portion of their awards to third-party lenders and claims services providers, saying the court lacks jurisdiction over the nonparties.

  • November 17, 2017

    Taxation With Representation: Andrews, Mayer, Jones, Delaby

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Marathon Petroleum dropped down $8.1 billion in assets to its master limited partnership, Caesars Entertainment acquired Centaur for $1.7 billion, Shanghai Pharma snapped up the China business of Cardinal Health for $557 million, and OMERS bought Trescal in a $788.6 million deal.

  • November 16, 2017

    FIFA Witness Estimates He Agreed To Pay $160M In Bribes

    A former sports media and marketing executive estimated Thursday during cross-examination in the FIFA corruption trial that he and his company had agreed to pay around 30 individuals approximately $160 million in bribes to control South American soccer marketing rights, the revelation of which provided a clearer picture of the scope of alleged corruption in international soccer. 

  • November 16, 2017

    Caesars Drops $1.7B On Indiana Gaming Operator

    Caesars Entertainment Corp. said Thursday it will acquire Centaur Holdings LLC in a $1.7 billion cash deal that adds Indiana’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino to the hospitality giant’s portfolio, a month after Caesars’ operating company emerged from bankruptcy.

  • November 16, 2017

    SEC Nears Deal With Jay Peak Owner In $350M EB-5 Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicated Thursday that it is close to a settlement with Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros in its suit against him over his role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit.

  • November 16, 2017

    NJ Says Entire Sports Betting Ban Should Be Struck Down

    New Jersey told the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday that the entire federal statute banning sports betting violates the Tenth Amendment, reiterating, along with a thoroughbred horse owners and trainers group, its call for the high court to overturn a Third Circuit decision upholding the ban.

  • November 16, 2017

    Rams Fans Lose Bid For Info On Seat License Pricing

    A proposed class of Rams fans whose season tickets were canceled when the NFL team moved to Los Angeles can’t force the team to hand over documents related to pricing of personal seat licenses at its new stadium, a Missouri federal court ruled Wednesday, saying the fans have been unresponsive to the team’s latest records search.

  • November 16, 2017

    Ex-Squire Patton Boggs Atty, Prosecutor Joins Nelson Mullins

    A former federal prosecutor and Squire Patton Boggs LLP attorney, who represents a client in the FIFA corruption scandal and has prosecuted New Jersey officials for public corruption, has joined Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • November 16, 2017

    WADA Says Russian Anti-Doping Agency Still Not Compliant

    The Russian Anti-Doping Agency will remain noncompliant with the global anti-doping code after failing to fulfill two criteria following an independent investigation into a state-sponsored doping ring, the World Anti-Doping Agency said Thursday in Seoul, South Korea.

  • November 16, 2017

    NFL Wants Hernandez CTE Suit Paused For MDL Ruling

    The National Football League urged a Massachusetts federal court Wednesday to pause a lawsuit filed by Aaron Hernandez’s daughter over his late-stage chronic traumatic encephalopathy pending a panel decision about whether to transfer the case to multidistrict litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Olympic Committee Should Allow Russians To Compete

    Ronald Katz

    Now that the World Anti-Doping Agency has decided that Russia is not in compliance with the World Anti-Doping Code, the International Olympic Committee will decide whether Russian athletes can compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Based on the Olympic Charter, the Russian athletes should be allowed to participate, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Being There: Defending Depositions

    Alan Hoffman

    Defending depositions is challenging. The lawyer is the only shield and protector for the witness and the client. The rules of engagement are less than clear, and fraught with ethical perils. Difficult judgment calls often must be made in the heat of battle. This is where lawyers really earn their keep, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Gov't Use Of Travel Act To Charge Corruption Might Backfire

    Elizabeth Capel

    Federal prosecutors may be hoping that Travel Act charges against the NCAA basketball coaches and others avoid the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrowing of federal corruption statutes. But by using state corruption laws in these cases, federal prosecutors risk having McDonnell v. U.S. extend to state crimes and crippling local corruption prosecutions everywhere, say Elizabeth Capel and Brandon Fox of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.