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For Wrigley Field Street Vendors, It’s Win or Go Home

The Chicago Cubs are rolling into the playoffs, putting the finishing touches on a historically dominant regular season with over 100 wins. Cubs fans (like me) even dare to dream that the century-plus long championship...more

Northern District of California “Shuts Out” Minor League Ballplayers’ Experts

Minor league baseball players took a swing at class certification, and they missed—badly. In Senne v. Kansas City Royals Baseball Corp., et al., minor league baseball players across the country asserted wage and hour...more

Business Litigation Alert: "Business Lessons from the Database Hack of the Houston Astros"

Christopher Correa, a former scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, was recently sentenced to almost four years in prison for hacking the Houston Astros player-personnel database. While it seems far-fetched that hacking would...more

Baseball Hacking Scandal Leads To 4-Year Sentence And MLB Investigation

On Monday, July 18, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas sentenced former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa to nearly four years in prison for the hacking of the Houston Astros’...more

Are Professional Athletes Covered Under New Overtime Rules?

Last week, a federal district court judge in California declined to certify a collective action claim by minor league baseball players who alleged they had not been paid overtime as required under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

Hit by the Pitch: Federal Judge De-Certifies FLSA Class Action of Minor League Baseball Players

In a 100+ page opinion, federal Magistrate Judge Joseph Spero of the Northern District of California refused to grant the Plaintiffs’ motion to certify a class of minor league baseball players and instead granted the baseball...more

Ex-Cardinals scouting director sentenced to serve time in jail for Astros database hacking

Back in January, we wrote about the ex-Cardinals Scouting Director pleading guilty to hacking the Houston Astros database. Now, this week, Christopher Correa, former scouting director and director of baseball development, was...more

Major League Baseball investigating Cardinals-Astros hacking

Promptly following the sentencing of Christopher Correa on July 18, 2016, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announced that Major League Baseball (MLB) is looking further into the hacking incident involving...more

When Stealing in Baseball Can Land You in Jail: Computer Fraud Sentencing Announced in MLB Case

Although stealing bases, and even signs, in baseball may be part of the game, stealing another team’s trade secrets can land you in federal prison, as one executive recently learned the hard way. As we previously...more

[Event] Continuing Legal Education and Chicago Cubs Rooftop Event - August 11th, Chicago, Illinois

Join Freeborn & Peters LLP for an afternoon of Continuing Legal Education classes followed by an evening of baseball hosted by the firm's Litigation Practice Group....more

Put me in coach, I’m ready to play … now without smokeless tobacco

Last week, the oldest of the four major professional American sports leagues began its 147th season. Long before current day Major League Baseball (MLB) was founded in the late 1860’s, baseball was played. And virtually...more

The Ritual of Renewal on Opening Day

The ritual of renewal that is Opening Day can be both transformative and defining. While it offers the opportunity for a new beginning, it is also invites reflection as to where we have been and where we are headed. And that...more

Recent Changes to the Trade Embargo May Facilitate Cuban Baseball Players Being Able to Legally Play for MLB Teams

Last week, President Obama authorized the elimination of a ban on Cuban access to the international banking system, which in turn would allow a Cuban national to make a living in the United States without requiring that...more

Criminal Sanctions in a Trade Secret Dispute

Just a few days after the Major League Baseball season opens next month, former St. Louis Cardinals scouting director Chris Correa will attend a sentencing hearing where he faces to up to five years in prison, a $250,000...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Because Panel Not Impartial

On November 4, 2015, the New York Supreme Court vacated an arbitration award concerning the right to televise baseball games on the ground that the arbitration panel was not impartial. The arbitration involved the Baltimore...more

MLB Computer Hacking Scandal – The Intersection of Compliance and Cyber Security

Sorry but I have to begin this blog post with a short prescript on the passing of Glenn Frey. The Eagles were such a huge part of my teenage and college years that I am compelled to write about Glenn Frey and the band he...more

Arbitration Award Overturned Under The FAA Because The Panel Was Not Impartial

The New York Supreme Court vacated the award entered in an arbitration of television rights between Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (“MASN”), the Baltimore Orioles, the Commissioner of Baseball (“MLB”) and the Washington...more

Former Cardinals Scouting Director pleads guilty to hacking the Astros’ database

Last Friday, Chris Correa, the former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals, pleaded guilty in federal court in Texas for unlawfully accessing the Houston Astros’ database, which included scouting and draft...more

Former Cardinals Scouting Director Pleads Guilty to Hacking Astros’ Computer Systems

Economic espionage and computer hacking can touch all industries and business types. Computer hacking is a federal crime, and federal prosecutors are aggressively targeting cases involving the unauthorized access of a...more

Garçon to FanDuel: Check please!

What are a veteran NFL player’s name, image, and likeness worth in the burgeoning (but recently beleaguered-by-lawsuits) daily fantasy sports gaming industry? NFL wide receiver Pierre Garçon’s putative class action lawsuit...more

Win At All Costs?: A Glimpse Into Trade Secrets In The Sports And Entertainment Industry

It is one of those magical times during the year when sports fanatics can enjoy three major American sports all at the same time: the MLB playoffs are in full swing; the NFL season has finally kicked off; and the NHL saw the...more

MLB Strikes Out in Acquiring

October—the month of seasonal changes, crunching leaves, artificial pumpkin flavoring, and, for sports fans, the October Classic. As survivors of the never-ending major league baseball regular season battle for World Series...more

Premises Liability Claims at the Ballpark

When you attend a baseball game with your family, are you at risk of sustaining a serious injury? If you do get hurt, can you bring a premises liability lawsuit, alleging that the owner of the stadium or the team was...more

Louisville Slugger and the Flying Dutchman

Honus Wagner (aka the Flying Dutchman) was one of early baseball’s great players. He was actually among the original five inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936 – along with Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, and...more

MLB FanFest Volunteers Strike Out at Second Circuit Under FLSA’s Seasonal Amusement or Recreational Establishment Exemption.

Last week, the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court decision in Chen v. Major League Baseball Properties, Inc., et al., holding that FanFest—a five-day interactive baseball theme park organized in conjunction with Major...more

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