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Pro-Golfer Phil Mickelson Pays $1M to SEC to Settle Civil Insider Trading Claims, But Escapes Criminal Charges in Light of Newman

On Thursday, May 19, 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York announced the arrest of renowned sports bettor William “Billy” T. Walters on an alleged years-long insider trading scheme conducted...more

A New Normal? Challenges to Market Definition Find a Foothold at 12(b)(6) Stage

Recent federal court opinions dismissing cases under Rule 12(b)(6) may provide an early off-ramp for antitrust defendants where a roadblock has often existed. Courts are increasingly dismissing cases at the 12(b)(6) stage for...more

Three Point Shot - March 2016

California Court to PGA Tour Caddies: You'll Get Nothing and Like It! As the full swing of the PGA season rounds the corner, and with the azaleas blooming at Augusta, the trusted confidants of golf's premier players...more

New Complaint Highlights Continuing Battle over Pay Disparity by Gender in Sports

On March 31, 2016, came word that members of the U.S. National Women’s Soccer Team are filing a discrimination complaint against the U.S. Soccer Federation on the grounds that they are paid less than their male...more

Market Definition Failure Dooms Golf Caddies’ Antitrust Class Action Against PGA Tour

An antitrust class action lawsuit brought by golf caddies against the Professional Golf Association will not be afforded a mulligan after a federal district court dismissed their complaint with prejudice. A putative class of...more

Pro Golf Caddies’ “Bib Claims” Against PGA Scored A Triple Bogey

According to an ESPN analyst, the PGA Tour “treats its caddies like outside dogs.” In apparent sympathy with the caddies’ plight, Judge Vince Chhabria of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California cited...more

PGA takes timid steps to join the growing social media world

During a 2010 review of the sport of golf, Jalen Rose — a former 13-year NBA star turned ESPN sports analyst — urged the PGA to “move forward and embrace social media to the max,” noting that PGA.com’s Facebook page only had...more

SEC Brings Another Insider Trading Case Tied To Golf

Golf is becoming a recurring theme in insider trading cases. Last month the SEC brought an insider trading action against a group of golf friends. That action, detailed here, was supported by a series of e-mails among the...more

Restructuring The Private Club

Private golf clubs are facing a tidal wave of challenges, from the prolonged economic downturn, to an aging population unable to continue playing the game, to a general decline in demand for golf, to financial hardships...more

Tengberg, Celentino, and Bistrow Author Article on Restructuring Private Golf Clubs

Partners Van A. Tengberg, Christopher Celentino, and Mikel R. Bistrow authored an article in the July 2013 issue of Golf Inc. Monthly titled, “Restructuring the Private Club: How to Deal With Refundable Membership Liability.”...more

A Right to Match Can Provide Multiple Benefits

A client recently forwarded me an article about a lawsuit that Oakley brought against Nike and golf wonder-boy Rory McIlroy. In that suit, Oakley claims that as part of its endorsement agreement with McIlroy it had a right...more

Brandmarking: Thoughts On The Creation, Protection, And Enforcement Of Brand Identity - June 4, 2013 • Volume 2, Number 1

In This Issue: - DON’T FALL FOR THIS CHINESE DOMAIN NAME SCAM: Sooner or later (probably sooner – I’ve seen a flurry of these recently), someone in your organization is going to get an ominous-sounding email...more

The Tiger Woods Controversy And Compliance Lessons

We have a guest post today from Jim Boeckman, focusing on compliance lessons from the recent Tiger Woods rule controversy. ...more

Putt-Putt Has No Miniature Trademark Rights

With all the golf coverage of the Masters Tournament and the coveted Green Jacket, this past weekend, it seemed particularly appropriate to report on a recent trademark case involving the miniature variety of golf: Putt-Putt,...more

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