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    Litigating Likeness: 4 Big Publicity Rights Fights To Watch

    A California appeals court refused this week to revive a case filed by a "Goodfellas" actor who claimed his likeness was used without permission on the "The Simpsons," but there’s plenty more right of publicity action ahead in 2018. Here are four big cases to watch.

    A 2017 Roundup Of Calif. Anti-SLAPP Appellate Decisions

    California’s anti-SLAPP statute remains the strongest — and most frequently litigated — statute of its kind in the nation. Last year California’s state and federal appellate courts issued 34 published opinions and more than 169 unpublished opinions interpreting the statute. And the California Supreme Court twice reaffirmed the statute’s broad construction, says Thomas Burke of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

    High School Basketball Director Escapes Adidas Bribe Suit

    A New York federal magistrate judge on Friday agreed to throw out all charges against the director of an Adidas-sponsored high school basketball program named in a sprawling corruption lawsuit involving the apparel brand and high-level National Collegiate Athletic Association universities.

    Syracuse, Lacrosse Coach Must Face Ex-Player's Injury Suit

    A New York appellate court has refused to dismiss a former Syracuse women's lacrosse player's suit accusing head coach Gary Gait of recklessly throwing a ball that struck her in the head, finding that a standard waiver she signed assuming risk of injury wasn't enough to shield Gait from being sued.

    NCAA Conference Chief Opposes Miss. Campus-Carry Bill

    The commissioner of the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference said Wednesday he opposes a bill in the Mississippi Legislature that would allow some firearms in public places, saying the legislation could harm intercollegiate athletic events in the state.

    Sports Group Of The Year: Proskauer

    For its accomplishments steering the $1.2 billion sale of the Miami Marlins to completion and representing Los Angeles in its successful bid to host the 2028 Olympics, the sports group at Proskauer Rose LLP nabbed a spot as one of Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.

    Final OK Of NCAA Concussion Deal Again Stalls Over Notice

    The judge overseeing concussion litigation against the NCAA in Illinois federal court again delayed final approval of a $75 million settlement after learning Tuesday — for the second time — that thousands of current and former student-athletes have yet to be notified of the deal.

    Sports Group Of The Year: Gibson Dunn

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP’s sports practice set itself apart from the pack in 2017 by taking on some of the biggest sports cases, including a challenge to the federal sports wagering law, while simultaneously helping clients secure a major broadcasting deal and an Olympic bid, earning a spot as one of Law360's Practice Groups of the Year.

    Ex-USA Gymnastics Doc Gets 40 To 125 More Years In Prison

    A Michigan state judge on Monday sentenced former USA Gymnastics national team doctor Larry Nassar to 40 to 125 years in prison related to his guilty plea on multiple sexual abuse charges, tacking on even more time to the 40 to 175 years he's already been given for various acts committed against young female gymnasts.

    Sports Personal Injury Cases To Watch

    Whether to athletes on the field or fans filing into stadiums, injuries are often a major part of sports, leading to an abundance of litigation for the sports industry. Here, Law360 takes a closer look at some of the major personal injury and tort litigation that could have an impact on the sports industry this year.

    Olympics Bring Trademark Considerations For Athletes

    The Olympics have the unique ability to catapult a relatively unknown name into global celebrity. Athletes suddenly have a "brand" to sell — and to protect with trademarks, says Michael Rueda of Withers Bergman LLP.

    Gaming Group Says $4.8B To Be Illegally Bet On Super Bowl

    Americans are expected to bet $4.76 billion on the Super Bowl between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, but almost every dollar will be wagered illegally, according to a report released Tuesday blasting federal sports betting restrictions.

    NCAA, Notre Dame Say Football Concussion Suit Time-Barred

    An Ohio appellate court was wrong to revive part of a former Notre Dame University football player’s concussion lawsuit, the school and the NCAA said Friday, arguing that all of his claims are time-barred.

    Nassar Conviction Sparks House Probe Into Abuse In Sports

    A bipartisan U.S. House of Representatives committee opened an investigation into sex abuse in organized sports on Friday, the same day Michigan State University’s athletics director stepped down amid ongoing fallout over former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse conviction.

    MSU’s Legal Troubles Not Over After Prez Resigns

    Although Michigan State University’s president resigned late Wednesday amid scandal over former team physician Larry Nassar’s conviction for sexual abuse, the university’s legal troubles aren’t yet over, and in fact, the way the president resigned could set the school up for further liability.

    Ex-USA Gymnastics Doc Sentenced To 40 To 175 Years

    Former USA Gymnastics national team doctor and Michigan State University faculty member Larry Nassar, who pled guilty to multiple sexual abuse charges, was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison by a Michigan state judge Wednesday after testimony from more than 150 athletes who say they were abused by him.

    NCAA Scores Default Victory In Basketball Tourney TM Suit

    An Indiana federal judge on Thursday put a permanent stop to a video game creator’s infringement of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “March Madness” and “Final Four” trademarks, siding with the NCAA after he and his company failed to respond to the complaint on time.

    Ex-USC Player Cites 'Economic Realities' To Revive Wage Suit

    A former University of Southern California linebacker lobbed another bid to convince the Ninth Circuit to revive his wage and overtime class action against the NCAA and the Pacific-12 Conference, arguing the “economic realities” of the case prove that players are being underpaid.

    JPML OKs Transfer Of Concussion Suit To NCAA MDL

    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has approved the consolidation of a proposed class action against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Atlantic Coast Conference with the ongoing concussion MDL in Illinois federal court.

    Key New Jersey Cases To Watch In 2018

    High-profile New Jersey cases are poised for key developments in 2018, when the U.S. Supreme Court may decide on the state’s bid to legalize sports betting and the Third Circuit ponders appeals by former public officials facing prison for their roles in the infamous George Washington Bridge lane closures.

    White Collar Cases To Watch In 2018

    The coming year will see a slew of corruption trials in New York, continued criminal cases against college coaches and apparel company representatives, and the U.S. Department of Justice's continued pursuit of big cases overseas.

    Sports Cases To Watch In 2018

    Though several high-profile cases including the sprawling FIFA corruption probe and Ezekiel Elliott’s suits over his suspension wrapped up in 2017, the new year isn’t without its sports cases to watch. Here, Law360 takes a look at five cases sports fans and litigators alike are going to want to tune in to next year.

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2017

    With the NFL's suspension battle with Ezekiel Elliott, a lively FIFA corruption trial and a showdown over the fate of sports gambling at the U.S. Supreme Court, this past year in sports law provided plenty of drama and intrigue off the field. Here, Law360 looks back at some of the major cases that grabbed the headlines in 2017.

    Will New Jersey’s Bet On Sports Gambling Pay Off?

    Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Christie v. NCAA, considering New Jersey's bid to permit sports gambling at the state's casinos and race tracks. There appears to be a very real possibility that the Supreme Court will find some of the state's Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act unconstitotional, say David Apfel and Brian Burgess of Goodwin Procter LLP.

    MVP: Davis Wright's Kelli Sager

    Davis Wright Tremaine LLP’s Kelli L. Sager secured a victory establishing that a website’s rights under federal copyright law to sell official NCAA photos preempted the publicity rights of two former Division III college basketball players, earning her a spot among Law360’s 2017 Media & Entertainment MVPs.