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  • September 21, 2018

    ​​​​​​​9th Circ. Heats Up TCPA Debate With Broad Autodialer Take

    The Ninth Circuit's decision Thursday to endorse an extremely broad definition of what constitutes an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act opens the door not only for more litigation to thrive under the statute, but also for the U.S. Supreme Court or Federal Communications Commission to step in and deliver some long-sought clarity, attorneys say. 

  • September 21, 2018

    Judge Probes NCAA VP On Athlete Pay Rules At Trial

    A California federal judge on Friday repeatedly questioned an NCAA vice president on the specifics of its pay rules during a landmark antitrust trial over the association's limits on student compensation, pointing to apparent discrepancies between financial aid limits the NCAA has imposed on its various conferences.

  • September 21, 2018

    Brand Battles: Red Sox Aim To Strike Out 'Green Monstah' TM

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Boston Red Sox talk about New England accents in an effort to shut down a reference to Fenway Park, Discovery Channel picks a fight with Alibaba, and Anheuser-Busch targets a "Bud" mark.

  • September 21, 2018

    Golden State Warriors Name David Kelly Chief Legal Officer

    The Golden State Warriors have announced that David Kelly, in his eighth season with the organization, has been promoted from general counsel to chief legal officer for business and basketball.

  • September 21, 2018

    Cadwalader Asks For Court's Help With Settlement Talks

    A week before trial is scheduled to begin, Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft told a New York state court on Friday that there is still the potential to settle a legal malpractice suit brought by Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder but that the court must step in to ensure decision makers will be at the table.

  • September 21, 2018

    Armstrong Doping Whistleblower Appeals Denial of Damages

    The whistleblower who started a successful False Claims Act suit against cyclist Lance Armstrong's former team said Friday he will appeal the D.C. District Court’s decision to deny him $32 million in damages for his part in exposing the alleged fraud.

  • September 21, 2018

    Fitness Device Co. Seeks Treble Damages In $6.8M IP Row

    The company behind TRX exercise equipment Thursday told a California federal court it should get treble damages on a 2017 $6.8 million patent and trademark infringement verdict against Woss Enterprises LLC, saying Woss continues to sell infringing products.

  • September 20, 2018

    9th Circ. Saves Gym TCPA Suit After DC Circ. Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday revived a proposed class action accusing gym chain Crunch San Diego LLC of spamming members' cellphones with promotional text messages, finding that a recent D.C. Circuit decision led to an expanded definition of an autodialer under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • September 20, 2018

    OSU Exec Defends Amateurism Amid Coach Salary Scrutiny

    Ohio State University athletic director Eugene Smith defended NCAA rules limiting student compensation during a landmark antitrust trial Thursday in California federal court, testifying that paying athletes would force the department to cut certain sports, while conceding that the school's coaches collectively earn more than $30 million in salaries and benefits annually.

  • September 20, 2018

    DC Bill Bets On Sports Gambling To Fund Child Care, Arts

    A Washington, D.C., council member has introduced a bill to legalize sports betting in the nation’s capital, wagering that an influx of gambling tax revenue would help fund early-childhood care and humanities initiatives throughout the district.

  • September 20, 2018

    Coast Guard Sued Over River Closure Near Trump Golf Club

    A Washington, D.C., canoeing club Thursday told a Maryland federal court that a Coast Guard rule barring a stretch of the Potomac River to the public whenever President Donald Trump visits Trump National Golf Club is unnecessary and was pushed through without proper notice.

  • September 20, 2018

    WADA Restores Russian Anti-Doping Agency, With Conditions

    The World Anti-Doping Agency's executive committee voted Thursday to reinstate the Russian Anti-Doping Agency three years after it was declared noncompliant following reports of widespread doping in Russian athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, over criticism from other anti-doping organizations.

  • September 19, 2018

    Cuban Pledges $10M After Mavericks Probe Finds Harassment

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban will donate $10 million to organizations supporting women in sports and combating domestic violence after an independent investigation corroborated 20 years of allegations of sexual harassment and assault in the Mavericks organization, the NBA announced Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    PTAB Denial Of Nike Shoe Patent Amendment Prompts Debate

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has once again refused to allow Nike Inc. to amend a footwear patent that was challenged by rival Adidas AG, in a decision Tuesday that prompted a debate among judges about the standard for determining what is a reasonable number of substitute claims.

  • September 19, 2018

    Player Balks At NCAA's Confidentiality Bid In Wage Suit

    A former Villanova University football player said Wednesday the school and the NCAA are trying to force him to agree to a blanket confidentiality agreement to keep nonpublic documents set to be handed over as part of his lawsuit alleging college players must be paid minimum wage out of the hands of the press. 

  • September 19, 2018

    Feds Say $364M Consumer Debt Scam Duped Attys, Bankers

    Three men have been arrested for allegedly scamming investors including lawyers, bankers, investment advisers and professional athletes in a $364 million scheme offering high returns on consumer debt, federal prosecutors and securities regulators announced in Maryland on Wednesday.

  • September 19, 2018

    FIFA Bans 3 Officials For Life Following Corruption Pleas

    The international soccer governing body FIFA on Wednesday said its independent ethics committee is imposing lifetime bans on three former officials who copped to various crimes as part of the U.S. government's sprawling crackdown on bribery in international soccer.

  • September 19, 2018

    Under Armour Ducks Investors' Stock Price Manipulation Suit

    A Maryland federal judge on Wednesday dismissed all claims against Under Armour and its underwriters in a consolidated action alleging the sports apparel company deliberately misled investors to inflate its stock price, ruling that a pension fund's claims under the Securities Act were time-barred and that another fund failed to state claims under the Exchange Act.

  • September 19, 2018

    Uber Driver Sues Jameis Winston Over Alleged Groping

    A female Uber driver whose accusation of groping led to Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston’s three-game suspension filed a lawsuit in Arizona federal court Tuesday against the NFL player.

  • September 19, 2018

    MGM Resorts To Lease Hard Rock Site, Buy Assets For $275M

    MGM Resorts International is buying the operating assets of a Hard Rock property in the Cleveland metro area from MGM Growth Properties LLC for roughly $275 million and will lease the property from MGM Growth, the companies announced Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Why The World Anti-Doping Agency Must Be Replaced

    Ronald Katz

    On Thursday, the World Anti-Doping Agency ended Russia's suspension for doping​, causing an uproar among athletes and drug prevention administrators because of what they believe is insufficient punishment​. But there is a much deeper problem — WADA enabled the Russian doping, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners LLP.

  • When Athlete’s Name Is 'Advertising Idea' Without Trademark

    Gregory May

    The Massachusetts high court recently found that a shoe manufacturer’s use of a runner’s name potentially triggered advertising injury insurance coverage, even though the name had not acquired secondary meaning or trademark status. The Holyoke v. Vibram decision is notable because of the court's focus on the intent of the athlete's family business, says Gregory May of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Trends In Hashtags As Trademarks

    Marc Misthal

    Can hashtags be “locked down” the way that clients want? And is trademarking them worth it? Recent cases and direction from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office are starting to outline the registrability and enforceability of hashtag trademarks, says Marc Misthal of Gottlieb Rackman & Reisman PC.

  • Tips For Tech Cos. Developing Event Sponsorship Deals

    Leon Medzhibovsky

    IBM recently partnered with the U.S. Open to offer tennis fans a digital experience. This type of deal offers numerous benefits, but companies seeking to leverage their innovative technology in exchange for sponsorship packages should be aware of certain legal issues, say Leon Medzhibovsky and Airina Rodrigues of DLA Piper.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • In Calif., Questions Remain On Law Firm Conflict Waivers

    Richard Rosensweig

    In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.