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News July 21, 2015

LaVigne, Goudiss Quoted on Sports Investigations

New York Litigation partners Chris LaVigne and Alan Goudiss were quoted in a Law360 story, titled “Law Firms The Big Winners As Sports Investigations Explode.”

The story looked at increased activity in the field of sports investigations, including the NFL’s “Deflategate” and Ray Rice controversies and Penn State’s child molestation scandal.

LaVigne told Law360 that “When there is a crisis and it is in the public eye, the league wants to have an independent party come in, look at the facts and produce an independent report. That is very similar to corporations for example who if they get a whistleblower complaint or another allegation of wrongdoing want to have an independent party come in and do an investigation. … That is really part of a growing trend in white collar defense in general."

Added Goudiss, "A typical NFL franchise is worth billions of dollars and stands as a pillar in whatever community it sits in, so if you have untoward conduct by a player or someone in management or anyone other than the owner, it really does behoove the organization to bring in somebody who can get to the bottom of it, report to ownership and the decision makers and allow them to make whatever decisions or cleansing actions are necessary to maintain the image and marketability of the franchise.”