Entertainment & Sports Law

1025 ABA Journal Entertainment & Sports Law articles.

Former NFL players fail to move painkillers lawsuit forward

In the latest ruling regarding the NFL’s alleged “return-to-play” scheme, a federal judge held that retired players failed to prove that the league was responsible for handing out painkillers and…

Book chronicles how coach Pat Summitt supported teen’s Title IX quest to shoot baskets

In the 1970s, Tennessee was among about a half-dozen states that restricted the way high school girls could play basketball. Instead of playing “five-on-five” basketball, girls played on six-player teams…

US women’s soccer team files gender bias suit claiming unequal pay
Twenty-eight members of the U.S. women’s soccer team have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for alleged unequal pay and treatment.
In dueling suits, Kanye West alleges contract ‘servitude,’ while music publisher claims deal breach
Music publisher EMI has sued Kanye West for alleged breach of contract after the rapper filed his own suit referring to the expansive deal as “servitude” and asserting that it could bar his retirement.
At least 8 theaters drop ‘Mockingbird’ productions after producer of newer play threatens suit

Updated: At least eight theater companies throughout the United States have canceled productions of To Kill a Mockingbird because of litigation threats from the producer of a newer version of…

Former football players ran out of time to sue NFL, 9th Circuit says

Former NFL players who allege they were overmedicated and pressured to return to the field despite injuries that had not fully healed can’t sue the NFL for ending their careers…

Prominent 1970s musicians sue music companies for copyright infringement

A group of well-known 1970s musicians filed a pair of proposed class action lawsuits Tuesday, accusing Sony Music Entertainment Inc. and UMG Recordings Inc. of violating a provision of copyright…

Saints fans can’t force a missed-call do-over with a writ of mandamus, judge rules

A federal judge ruled Thursday that New Orleans Saints fans can’t use a writ of mandamus to compel NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to investigate a missed call that might have…

Two of Harvey Weinstein’s new lawyers once represented one of his accusers in criminal case

Two new lawyers defending movie producer Harvey Weinstein against sexual assault charges once represented one of his accusers in a drug possession case.

The lawyers, Jose Baez and Ronald S.…

Saints fans file suits over bad call in game against Rams; can NFL order a do-over?

New Orleans Saints ticket holders filed two lawsuits Tuesday over a failure to call a pass interference or roughness penalty against a Los Angeles Rams player in the NFC Championship…

In praying football coach case, 4 SCOTUS justices criticize 9th Circuit’s ‘highly tendentious’ reading of precedent

Four Supreme Court justices on Tuesday expressed concern about an appellate court’s views on teachers’ religious rights in the case of a praying football coach.

The justices said in a…

‘Fresh Prince’ actor, rapper and dancer sue makers of video game over popular dance moves

Updated: Actor Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton Banks on the ’90s TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, dancer Backpack Kid and rapper 2 Milly are suing the makers of…

Fake network voids choice-of-law deal, Roy Moore says in defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen

Former Alabama Chief Justice and failed Senate candidate Roy Moore claims his $95 million defamation suit against Sacha Baron Cohen doesn’t have to be tried in New York because of…

Gymnast-turned-lawyer who helped expose Nassar is honored, Christine Blasey Ford makes video tribute
A lawyer who was the first woman to publicly accuse gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault has been selected as Sports Illustrated’s Inspiration of the Year.
Cable network Court TV is planning a comeback

Court TV, the network that ran live coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, is planning to be back on the air in May 2019.

Katz Networks announced plans to revive…

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