Lawyers Request Their Cut of Reebok Antitrust Settlement

NFL apparel customers in a class action suit against Reebok, Inc. were awarded a $4.75 million settlement for their claims that Reebok’s exclusive licensing deal with the NFL violated antitrust laws. Now, the lawyers representing the class of plaintiffs in the case would like their cut.  On July 18, attorneys from The Katriel Law Firm PC and Krause Kalfayan Benink & Slavens LLP petitioned a federal judge in California for $1.52 million in attorney’s fees for their work, in addition to reimbursement for over $847,000 in out-of-pocket expenses — mostly for expert witnesses. The requested amounts, which the firms call “inherently reasonable,” are for 2,800 hours of work spanning four years of litigation, at rates of up to $750 per hour. In fact, the firms claim they are requesting less ...
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Kanye West Versus Taylor Swift — The Saga Continues

iStock_000066108429_XXXLarge The newest chapter in the Taylor Swift and Kanye West feud stems from the release of video footage on Kim Kardashian’s Snapchat account. In Kanye’s latest album, The Life of Pablo, he released a song titled “Famous,” which made a reference to Swift. Upon release, Swift was publicly outraged at the song’s content and denied giving Kanye permission to use the specific lyrics West used in the song. This disagreement prompted Kim Kardashian to defend West by posting recorded videos on her Snapchat between Swift and Kanye purporting to show Swift giving Kanye permission to use Swift’s name in the lyrics of a song. Unfortunately for Kim and Kanye the recording of the phone conversation may be illegal. California, where the recording allegedly took place, has what is known as ...
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Roundhouse Kick: WWE Slammed with Lawsuit over Head Trauma Injuries

lawsuit Dozens of former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) wrestlers have locked the WWE and its chairman, Vince McMahon, in a legal chokehold, alleging that the WWE failed to protect the wrestlers from the risks of repetitive head injury. On Monday, July 18, 2016, over fifty (50) wrestlers joined in filing a class action lawsuit with the federal court in New Haven, Connecticut. The WWE is the latest professional sports organization to face head trauma litigation, joining the NFL and NHL The complaint alleges that the WWE failed to give wrestlers notice that even under the best of circumstances, properly performed wrestling moves were likely to cause long-term neurological problems as a result of head trauma. According to the former wrestlers, the organization and its chairman did not properly care for ...
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NFLAA Attempts to Limit Damages in Former Player’s Lawsuit

The National Football League Alumni Association (NFLAA) is attempting to limit potential damages in retired player Earl Christy’s lawsuit against the organization. Christy, a former player for the New York Jets, claimed last November the NFLAA conspired with developer Mark Bouldin to cut Christy out of a deal which would have paid him nearly $1.2 million per year. Christy says he introduced Bouldin to NFLAA President Joe Pesarchik and helped facilitate an agreement between Bouldin and Pesarshik to build 32 assisted living facilities around the country using the NFLAA brand. The contract between Bouldin and Christy stipulated their agreement could be terminated for any reason with 30 days’ written notice. The NFLAA is claiming because of that, damages should be limited to the 30 days’ worth of potential commissions lost ...
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Federal Judge Pre-Approves NCAA Concussion Settlement

US Currency: Stack of fifty dollar bills on scattered bills, close-up On Thursday, July 14, 2016, an Illinois federal judge granted preliminary approval of a $75 million settlement for concussion-related personal injury claims brought by a class of student-athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee said he expects the settlement to be finalized next year after further resolution of issues between the two parties. Seventy million of the settlement will be used to fund a 50-year medical monitoring program to screen student-athletes for head injuries. The remaining $5 million will go to a fund examining prevention, treatment, and effects of concussions. Steve Berman, the lead attorney representing the class of student-athletes, said this is a “historic settlement” that will benefit an estimated 4.4 million current and former student-athletes. Berman said the certainty, safety, and ...
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Trademark Fight Over Kardashians Cosmetics Line

COPYRIGHT Following the Kardashians Intellectual Property suit that accused Hillair Capital Investments LLC and its subsidiary, Haven Beauty Inc., of trademark infringements, Haven in turn is now suing the Kardashian sisters for failing to promote the cosmetic line as was agreed. According to court papers, Hillair was awarded the assets of Boldface Licensing + Branding Inc., the Kardashian’s licensing company, after it became insolvent. These assets included a five year license deal to use — subject to approval by the Kardashians — their trademarks in connection with cosmetics products. The Kardashians claim that Haven has not paid them royalties since February, but continues to use their likeness and images. Beginning July, the Kardashians sent a cease and desist letter to Haven to stop using their images. Haven, on the other hand, alleges that for ...
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Ex-MLB Pitcher and Florida Fitness Specialist Claims MLB Attempted to Ruin His Business

On July 14, 2016, former Major League Baseball pitcher Neiman Nix filed suit in a New York federal court on allegations the MLB tried to kill his businesses. Nix alleges that through purposeful actions to harm his reputation, telling clients and prospective clients he was involved in performance-enhancing drugs, and hacking his social media account, his business’ character has been destroyed. Nix played five season with the Milwaukee Brewers and various minor league teams before retiring in 2003 due to a series of arm injuries. He used his professional athletic experience and understandings about his arm injuries to devise training methods designed to prevent similar arm injuries. In 2006, he opened the American Baseball Institute which was a player development academy for those with MLB aspirations. More recently, in 2012, ...
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Lance Armstrong Lashes Back at Government

iStock_000024942944_Large Lance Armstrong is disputing a demand that he pay back more than $32 million the government alleges he took from the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). The government claims the contract between Armstrong and USPS was predicated on a “contractual promise to play fair and abide by the rules — including the rules against doping,” according to U.S. attorney Ronald Machen Jr., and that Armstrong broke that promise by using performance enhancing drugs. Armstrong fought back by saying the government failed to show he had a hand in the 42 invoices which the government claims makes up over $32 million in total sponsorship payments made by the USPS to Armstrong. Armstrong claims the evidence is “crystal clear” that he had no role in submitting the invoices to the government or in ...
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Deflategate Flattened as Brady Officially Drops Legal Fight

476131714 In a stunning turn of events, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady announced that he is officially dropping his legal battle against the NFL over Deflategate. On July 15, 2016 on Brady’s verified Facebook account he announced that he is not going to proceed with the legal process indicating he will not ask the Supreme Court to take up the case. Recently, on July 13, 2016 the Second Circuit denied his request to rehear their earlier decision to reinstate his four-game suspension for his alleged part in a scheme to deflate footballs before a 2015 playoff game. In his post, Brady expressed his appreciation to all those who supported him while acknowledging this process has been challenging. This decision not to continue forward with his challenge to the NFL’s suspension ...
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Brady’s Quest to Vacate Four-Game Suspension is Running Out of Air as Second Circuit Denies Request for Rehearing

476131714 On July 13, 2016, the Second Circuit denied New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL Player Association’s request for a rehearing in their deflategate case. In the end, this decision came as no surprise for a case that has dominated both legal and sports headlines ever since the NFL handed down a four-game suspension to Brady for his alleged role in deflating footballs against the Indianapolis Colts in a 2015 playoff game. Previously, the Second Circuit voted 2-1 to uphold the four-game suspension after it was previously vacated by the lower trial court for lack of notice to Brady this conduct could lead to a suspension. The panel considered Brady’s request to review that decision and rehear the case, but in one short order from the court denied ...
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