ALBANY, N.Y. - Citing evidence that a defendant acted outside the scope of its licensing agreement with a plaintiff, as well as evidence that the defendant used a trademark identical to that of a plaintiff, a New York federal judge on March 22 granted partial summary judgment in a dispute over sports protective eyewear (Halo Optical Products Inc. v. Liberty Sport Inc., No. 14-282, N.D. N.Y., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41084).
SEATTLE - Employees of an Indian high school did not violate Washington state's youth sports concussion law by permitting a 16-year-old student who suffered a stroke while playing in a football game to play football that year or by failing to remove him from the game after he suffered two hits to the head, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Feb. 28 (Daphne Ingram, et al. v. United States of America, by and through the Department of the Interior, et al., No. 14-35359, 9th Cir., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 3655).
SAN JOSE, Calif. - After the owners of a restaurant where a televised event was allegedly illegally broadcast failed to respond to claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other claims, a California federal judge on Nov. 28 entered a default ruling in favor of a production company (J&J Sports Productions Inc. v. Manuel Gonzalez, et al., No. 5:16-cv-02284, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163717).
INDIANAPOLIS - Plaintiffs' claims against medical providers that administered a contaminated steroid that caused fungal meningitis are subject to the provisions of the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act (MMA), the state Court of Appeals ruled Nov. 7, rejecting the state compensation fund administrator's argument that the claims sound in general negligence (Stephen W. Robertson, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Insurance, as Administrator of the Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Anonymous Clinic, et al., and Stephen W. Robertson, Commissioner, Indiana Department of Insurance, as Administrator of the Indiana Patient's Compensation Fund v. Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center of Northern Indiana, et al., No. 71A03-1512-CT-2199, Ind. App.; 2016 Ind. App. LEXIS 402).
SAN FRANCISCO - A California federal judge on Oct. 13 refused to enter a default ruling in favor of a sports production company on its claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and other causes of action in relation to the alleged unlawful broadcast of a boxing match, finding that it failed to plead sufficient facts to support a finding that a restaurant owner was liable (J&J Sports Productions Inc. v. Yolanda K. Crawford, No. 16-cv-01744, N.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 142038).
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A California federal judge on Sept. 16 partially granted a sports promotion company's motion to strike affirmative defenses to its claims for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and conversion, but refused to strike a defense in relation to standing to sue (Joe Hand Promotions Inc. v. Willie Henry Williams, a/k/a William Henry, et al., No. 2:14-cv-02663, E.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127513).
CINCINNATI - The Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Sept. 13 affirmed that there is no coverage for a college lacrosse player's fatal injury because it falls squarely under sports participants and athletic participants policy exclusions (Underwriters Safety and Claims Inc., et al. v. Travelers Property Casualty Company of America, et al., No. 16-5143, 6th Cir.).
MINNEAPOLIS - Attorneys for the National Hockey League on July 26 submitted to the NHL concussion injury multidistrict litigation a letter from the league's commissioner to a U.S. senator in which the commissioner told the lawmaker that there is insufficient evidence linking chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) to hockey or other contact sports (In re: National Hockey League Players Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL No. 14-2551, D. Minn.).
CHICAGO - A former National Football League (NFL) player sued a helmet maker in Illinois state court on July 7, claiming that the helmet maker led players to believe that their helmets would protect them from head injury (Paul Hornung, et al v. BRG Sports LLC, et al., No. 2016-L-006686, Ill. Cir., Cook Co.).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on June 13 granted a broadcast company's motion for summary judgment on claims for violation of various broadcast laws and the California unfair competition law (UCL), finding that the owner of an establishment unlawfully broadcast a program for which it did not hold the license (J&J Sports Productions Inc. v. Leticia Ayala, et al., No. 14-07005, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76800).
NEW YORK - A federal judge in New York on June 7 appointed a pension fund as lead plaintiff in a securities class action lawsuit, ruling that the fund has met all statutory requirements to serve as lead plaintiff (Juan Francisco Nieves, as trustee of the Gonzalez Coronado Trust, v. Performance Sports Group Ltd., et al., No. 16-3591, S.D. N.Y.).
ST. LOUIS - A federal judge on June 3 remanded to Missouri state court a slip-and-fall suit brought by a professional football player because his claims against a football team, a football stadium and the company that owns the stadium do not come from a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) (Reginald Bush v. St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, et al, No. 4:16-cv-250, E.D. Mo.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 72518).
LOS ANGELES - A California federal judge on May 26 granted summary judgment on numerous claims asserted by a commercial distributor of sporting events for violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) and violation of certain broadcasting laws, ordering the owner of an establishment who unlawfully broadcast a program to pay damages (Joe Hand Promotions Inc. v. Danny Kim, No. 14-05951, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 69413).
CHICAGO - The lead objector to the settlement between a class of former college athletes and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) on May 24 told the NCAA concussion multidistrict litigation judge that a joint motion filed by the NCAA and settling plaintiffs goes too far by asking the court to approve the release of all personal injury claims resulting from participation in a "single NCAA-sanctioned sport at a single-NCAA member school" (In Re: National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL No. 2492, N.D. Ill.).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A stipulated judgment of noninfringement of a design patent was based upon an erroneous claim construction and must be vacated, the Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled April 19 (Sport Dimension Inc. v. Coleman Company Inc., No. 15-1553, Fed. Cir.; 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 6992).
INDIANAPOLIS - Three student athletes failed to show that their participation on university sports teams renders them employees of the university for which they play, an Indiana federal judge ruled Feb. 16 in dismissing the students' claims that they are owed wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) (Gillian Berger, et al. v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, et al., No. 14-1710, S.D. Ind.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 18194).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Feb. 4 consolidated three dockets comprising more than 80 lawsuits against the nation's two largest online daily fantasy sports (DFS) contest operators in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, with the panel finding centralization appropriate for discovery purposes despite some variance in the claims over insider trading, illegal gambling and bonus fraud (In Re: Daily Fantasy Sports Litigation, No.2677; In Re: DraftKings Inc., Fantasy Sports Litigation, No. 2678 and In Re: FanDuel Inc., Fantasy Sports Litigation, No. 2679, JPMDL; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13292).
WASHINGTON, D.C. - An August 2015 Federal Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals reversal of findings by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board that a proposed "nonhuman paw print" trademark would cause confusion in the marketplace will stand, thanks to a denial Jan. 25 by the U.S. Supreme Court of a petition for certiorari (New Millennium Sports S.L.U. v. Jack Wolfskin Ausrustung Fur Draussen GmbH & Co. KGAA, No. 15-660, U.S. Sup.).
LOS ANGELES - After finding that a restaurant and its owners violated Title 47 U.S. Code Section 605 when it unlawfully broadcast a program in its establishment, a California federal judge dismissed claims for conversion and violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL) as moot and awarded the owner of the distribution rights to the program $14,700 in damages (J&J Sports Productions Inc. v. Juventino Aguilar, et al., No. 14-03268, C.D. Calif.; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6663).
FRESNO, Calif. - After the owners of a restaurant failed to respond to allegations that they unlawfully broadcast a television program in their establishment in violation of California's unfair competition law (UCL), a California federal magistrate judge on Jan. 8 recommended that a default ruling be entered in favor of the owner of the rights to the program (J&J Sports Productions Inc. v. Raquel Ortiz Reyes, individually and d/b/a Los Reyes Mexican Food; RAUL REYES, individually and d/b/a Los Reyes Mexican Food, No. 1:15-cv-01036, E.D. Calif.; 2016 Dist. LEXIS 3205).
DETROIT - Allegations that the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Detroit Sports Commission committed trademark infringement by including the phrase "Welcome to the D" on various banners and signs promoting several high-profile sporting events were rejected Dec. 7 by a Michigan federal judge (Mark Kassa v. Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and Detroit Sports Commission, No. 15-13153, E.D. Mich.; 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 163334).
PASADENA, Calif. - The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on Dec. 7 affirmed a lower federal court's ruling that insurers have no duty to defend their insured against underlying claims that it infringed on privacy rights in violation of the Song-Beverly Act of 1991, California Civil Code Section 1747.08(a)-(b) (Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp. v. Zurich American Insurance Co., et al., No. 13-56249, 9th Cir.; 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 21185).