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    Top 6 Football Intellectual Property Cases

    Are you ready for some … intellectual property? With the National Football League and National Collegiate Athletic Association football seasons right around the corner, here are the top six gridiron IP suits of the past few years, ranked.

    Ex-NFL Players Say EA Can't Stay Likeness Suit For Justices

    Retired NFL players claiming Electronic Arts Inc. illegally used their likenesses in “Madden NFL” video games asked a California federal judge on Thursday to deny the company a stay for a U.S. Supreme Court appeal, saying they're not getting any younger while discovery waits.

    Plaintiff Slams USA Water Polo's Bid To Trim Concussion Suit

    The mother of a teenage water polo player told a California federal judge Monday not to dismiss a number of claims from her proposed class action that says the sport’s U.S. governing body has failed in its duty to address the “king of water polo injuries” — concussions.

    BREAKING: NJ Sports Betting Law Struck Down By 3rd Circ.

    New Jersey's Hail Mary pass to legalize sports gambling has again failed to withstand court scrutiny, with the Third Circuit on Tuesday finding that a state law allowing such betting at casinos and racetracks violates the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act of 1992.

    Attys Get $17.8M In EA, NCAA Player Likeness Deals

    A California federal judge approved $17.8 million in attorneys’ fees for the lawyers representing student-athletes who accused the NCAA and Electronic Arts Inc. of violating their publicity rights, in a pair of orders Wednesday approving $60 million in settlements.

    What NLRB's Northwestern Ruling Means For Student-Athletes

    After sitting on the Northwestern University case for more than a year, the National Labor Relations Board declined to address the substantive question of the football players’ employee status and dismissed the entire matter on jurisdictional grounds. Now the promise of federal labor law as a vehicle for change in college athletics is indefinitely stalled, says Jonathan Israel, a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP and former assistant general counsel at the NBA.

    Players, Parents Kick Soccer Concussion Suit To 9th Circ.

    Soccer players and parents behind a putative class action accusing FIFA and other governing bodies for the sport of failing to protect players from concussion risks will appeal to the Ninth Circuit a California district court’s dismissal of their suit.

    BREAKING: NLRB Sacks Northwestern Football Player Union Push

    The National Labor Relations Board decided Monday to dismiss a petition aimed at securing union representation for Northwestern University scholarship football players, unanimously declining to assert jurisdiction while stopping short of deciding whether the players qualified as "employees" under federal labor law.

    NCAA Can’t ‘Admit Defeat’ In $44M Fee Fight, Athletes Say

    A class of student-athletes who won an antitrust battle against the NCAA over the use of their likenesses blasted the organization’s bid to slash an award of $44 million in attorneys’ fees, telling a California federal judge on Monday that the NCAA can’t “admit defeat”

    USA Water Polo Seeks To Trim Row Over Concussed Players

    USA Water Polo Inc. asked a California federal judge Friday to trim a proposed class action brought by a player’s mother over its alleged failure to address concussions, arguing she lacks standing to pursue much of the relief she’s requesting because it would only affect future players.

    A Midyear Summary Of Labor Law Developments: Part 2

    Will the National Labor Relations Board allow the inclusion of jointly employed contractors or temporary employees in a bargaining unit with regular employees? Are German-style works councils the answer to labor's organizing woes? Are unions "cool" again? All of these are questions employers and their counsel should ask during the second half of 2015, say attorneys at McGuireWoods LLP.

    NCAA Is Delaying Discovery In Sex Bias Suit, Judge Told

    An attorney for a putative class of college athletes told a New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday that the National Collegiate Athletics Association is delaying discovery in a suit accusing it of discrimination against female athletes and that the case should move forward.

    A Look Back At Baseball's 93-Year Antitrust Exemption

    The first commissioner of baseball, the inventor of the modern base and Ty Cobb all have one thing in common beyond the game itself: They all played a role in the nearly century-long legal saga that landed the sport a special place in the eyes of antitrust law. Here, Law360 looks at how the national pastime won its immunity.

    Littler Trying To 'Deceive' Court, Ex-NCAA Athletes Say

    Former University of Pennsylvania athletes who are suing the NCAA saying they were temporary employees told an Indiana federal court Tuesday the defendants' counsel are trying to deceive the court by asserting they were not on notice that plaintiffs' claims were based on a Department of Labor fact sheet.

    Trial Aces: Boies Schiller's William Isaacson

    In an Oakland, California, courtroom last June, NCAA President Mark Emmert faced a tense cross-examination from Boies Schiller & Flexner LLP's William Isaacson, who represented student athletes in their antitrust suit against the NCAA.

    O'Bannon Tells 9th Circ. NCAA Can't Stop Antitrust Order

    College athletes told the Ninth Circuit on Monday not to delay a decision that allows them to be paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses, blasting the NCAA’s bid to stay the injunction as groundless and hyperbolic.

    An Update On Athlete Publicity Rights In Sports Broadcasts

    As cases involving an athlete's right of publicity in performance recordings — like the recent suits targeting ESPN — unfold, it will be interesting to see what effect, if any, signed releases of the athlete’s right of publicity have on the courts’ decisions and their copyright preemption analyses, say Robert Freeman and Erica Esposito of Proskauer Rose LLP.

    Push To Legalize Sports Betting In The US Gains Traction

    Sports betting in the U.S. has long been associated with organized crime and underground bookmakers, but with sentiments beginning to change, momentum is building for its legalization in what could be a cash cow for professional sports leagues. 

    The Top Sports Decisions Of 2015 So Far

    From a first-of-its-kind settlement with the National Football League for brain-related injuries to a big loss for the Redskins that could force the team to finally change its name, high-profile decisions dominated the sports landscape in the first half of 2015.

    The Next Big Concussion Case

    The National Football League, the National Hockey League and the NCAA have been sued by classes composed of thousands of players who have suffered the effects of concussions. But for at least three reasons, those lawsuits pale in comparison with a lawsuit on behalf of the millions of children who play soccer, says Ronald Katz, head of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP's sports law practice.

    4 BigLaw Attorneys The Sports World Can't Live Without

    When the major U.S. sports leagues are facing major antitrust cases, handling labor disputes or looking to land multibillion-dollar television deals, they lean on a select few BigLaw partners who know their businesses inside and out. Here, Law360 highlights four attorneys the leagues and their teams couldn't live without.

    Law Firms The Big Winners As Sports Investigations Explode

    Controversy is almost synonymous with sports these days, as athletes and organizations fight off charges of criminal conduct, cheating schemes and now even hacking between teams. And that's good news for lawyers.

    The Sports Cases To Watch In The Second Half of 2015

    Sports attorneys are keeping an eye on a few major court cases yet to be decided in 2015, with challenges involving pay for student-athletes and New Jersey's attempt to get in on legalized sports gambling still on deck. Here, Law360 breaks down the sports cases worth watching the rest of the year.

    FIFA Scores Dismissal in Soccer Concussion Class Action

    A California federal judge has dismissed a putative class action by soccer players and parents accusing FIFA and other governing bodies for the sport of failing to protect players from concussion risks, saying the court lacked personal jurisdiction over the international organization.

    Objector To $75M NCAA Deal Pushes For Personal Injury Class

    Former San Diego State football player Anthony Nichols proposed in Illinois federal court Wednesday a personal injury class he said would resolve an alleged conflict of interest that he claims should bar approval of a $75 million settlement between the NCAA and former athletes who’ve suffered concussions and neurological problems.