Sports

  • May 26, 2017

    NFL Cheerleaders' Wage Plot Suit Tossed In Calif.

    A California federal judge dismissed football cheerleaders' lawsuit against the NFL and the majority of its teams over alleged wage-suppression tactics, saying Friday that the antitrust complaint was insufficient and failed to meet the pleading standard.

  • May 26, 2017

    Feds Say Billy Walters' Retrial Bid Is Doomed

    Manhattan federal prosecutors said in court papers Friday that prominent gambler Billy Walters' request for a new insider trading trial because former Dean Foods Chairman Tom Davis allegedly perjured himself is no more than a rehash of failed arguments presented during summation that is doomed without new evidence.

  • May 26, 2017

    UNC Answers Latest NCAA Allegations Over 'Sham' Classes

    The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill made public on Friday its response to the latest NCAA notice of allegations of sham courses for athletes, saying in the response that the classes in question were available to all students and any irregularities were academic in nature and not subject to NCAA enforcement.

  • May 26, 2017

    Riddell Football Helmet Buyers Drop Concussion Claims Suit

    The football helmet buyers who accused Riddell Inc. of misleading consumers by claiming it used special technology that could reduce the likelihood of concussions have agreed to drop their putative class action, according to a dismissal stipulation filed Thursday in New Jersey federal court. 

  • May 26, 2017

    Racetrack Exec Fights SEC Reconsideration Bid In Fraud Suit

    A former Texas racetrack executive found guilty of securities fraud urged a Florida federal judge Thursday to deny the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s request for a reconsideration of her final judgment, which leveled a civil penalty far below the $8 million sought by the agency.

  • May 26, 2017

    Golf Course Accuses Co. Of Infringing Tournament Mark

    An Ohio golf club that hosts an annual PGA Tour tournament filed suit against a newly formed company in Ohio federal court on Thursday, alleging that it is attempting to profit off of the goodwill generated from the club’s 40-plus years of hosting the tournament.

  • May 25, 2017

    UFC Says Fighters Already Have Text Messages They Seek

    The UFC on Wednesday hit back at a request by mixed martial arts fighters to turn over text messages from cellphones used by owner Dana White in their lawsuit accusing the organization of illegally dominating the sport, saying the fighters are asking for information they already have.

  • May 25, 2017

    $1.75M Athletic Tape False Ad Settlement Pitched To Judge

    A proposed class of people who bought “kinesio tape” for sport injuries asked a Massachusetts federal judge Wednesday to preliminarily approve a proposed $1.75 million settlement with the tape manufacturer over alleged false claims on the products’ packaging and advertising.

  • May 25, 2017

    'Color Run' Says Rival Co. Is Infringing Trademarks

    The company behind the popular “Color Run” races filed a trademark lawsuit Wednesday in California federal court against a group that offers similar paint-drenched runs under the name “My School Color Run.”

  • May 25, 2017

    Promoter Slams Yahoo March Madness Fee Win At 5th Circ.

    A promoter and prize insurer Wednesday asked the Fifth Circuit to reverse a more than $913,000 attorneys' fees award to Yahoo after it successfully defended against a suit over a scrapped $1 billion NCAA March Madness contest, saying the lower court misapplied state-court precedent.

  • May 25, 2017

    Dems Push Sports Betting Bill Amid High Court Challenge

    New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone led Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in unveiling legislation Thursday designed to roll back the 25-year-old prohibition on state authorization of sports betting, as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether to take up a challenge to the law.

  • May 24, 2017

    O’Melveny Adds IP Special Counsel In Silicon Valley

    O’Melveny & Myers LLP is bolstering its intellectual property and technology practice at its Silicon Valley office with the addition of a veteran advertising and marketing IP special counsel from DLA Piper, the firm announced.

  • May 24, 2017

    Charity Group’s NFL Fraud Suit Will Stay In Federal Court

    A Texas federal judge refused a nonprofit's request to send back to state court a lawsuit it brought against the National Football League alleging its Las Vegas charity event was wrongly moved by the league after concerns regarding its gambling rules were raised, holding the NFL hadn't missed the 30-day removal window.

  • May 24, 2017

    Hot Yoga Guru's Defiance Earns Arrest Warrant, $8M Bail

    A California judge issued an arrest warrant Wednesday for Bikram Choudhury with a bail of $8 million for defying court orders to turn over assets to satisfy a $6.7 million judgment the yogi's ex-attorney won against him in a sex harassment case, according to the ex-attorney’s legal team.

  • May 24, 2017

    Baylor U., Ex-Staffer Settle Title IX Retaliation Lawsuit

    A federal judge in Texas agreed Tuesday to dismiss a Title IX retaliation lawsuit by a former Baylor University student financial aid administrator alleging she was fired after reinstating the scholarship of a football player she said was wrongly accused of sexual assault.

  • May 24, 2017

    Cayman Soccer Official Pleads Guilty In FIFA Scandal

    The former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association and attaché to the CONCACAF president pled guilty to money laundering conspiracy in a New York federal court Wednesday, admitting he made wire transfers of bribe money received by the group’s president while avoiding knowledge of the money’s source.

  • May 24, 2017

    Dad-Son Duo Hit With Securities Suit Over $20M Turf Scheme

    An investor in a sports turf installation company has hit a father and son with an Illinois federal securities suit alleging they cheated investors out of $20 million through a scheme to boost the profits of another family-owned artificial turf supplier.

  • May 24, 2017

    Riddell Concussion Claims May Head For State Court Fight

    A state court fight could be looming for former NFL players who had claims against football helmet maker Riddell, the next step in a yearslong series of suits over concussions and head injuries.

  • May 24, 2017

    Solicitor Gen. Urges Justices To Reject NJ Sports Betting Case

    The acting U.S. solicitor general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to not hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law that prohibits states from authorizing sports betting, dealing a blow to the state’s latest attempt to circumvent the statute on constitutional grounds.

  • May 24, 2017

    St. Louis Org Must Hand Over NFL's Rams Seat License Docs

    A Missouri federal judge Tuesday granted a move by the Los Angeles Rams to force the turnover of documents in a lawsuit brought by former seat license holders over the team’s move from St. Louis, ruling that they are relevant to the litigation.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Time For Calif. To Require Licensure Of Athletic Trainers

    Kevin Mayer

    On virtually an annual basis since 2002, California bills to require athletic trainer licensure have failed, either because they died in committee or were vetoed by the sitting governors. There is no principled justification for this, particularly when the other 49 states and the District of Columbia have adopted such laws, says Kevin Mayer of Crowell & Morning LLP.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • IP Considerations For The Esports Industry

    Eric Ball

    With recent developments in the gaming world, game developers, professional gamers and other players in the virtual reality and esports space should be mindful of how to protect their own intellectual property rights while not infringing on the rights of others, say Eric Ball and Kunyu Ching of Fenwick & West LLP.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • A Better UDRP Standard For Personal Names: Part 2

    Roberta Horton

    The current standard embraced by virtually all Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy cases — that the claimant must show commercial use of her personal name to succeed — is simply too stringent. It should be expanded to protect prominent persons who do not market products or services in their own names, say Roberta Horton and Michael Kientzle of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Monetizing The Athlete Brand

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    In this short video, Arash Khalili of Loeb & Loeb LLP discusses the shift happening in athlete endorsement deals today, new strategies for monetizing the athlete brand through equity-based endorsements, and the advantages of these deals for both the athlete and the company.

  • A Better UDRP Standard For Personal Names: Part 1

    Roberta Horton

    The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy frequently provides a welcome remedy for trademark owners who fall victim to cybersquatters. But when a well-known individual's name is targeted, the UDRP generally affords protection only to those who can show that they have reaped commercial success through use of their names, say Roberta Horton and Michael Kientzle of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.