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Sports & Betting

  • May 17, 2019

    Inventor Accuses Competitor Of Stealing Turf-Removal Device

    The inventor of a device for removing artificial turf from playing fields said a competing groundskeeping firm stole his design, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Pennsylvania.

  • May 17, 2019

    Linklaters Launches Global Cross-Practice Sports Group

    Global firm Linklaters LLP is launching a new cross-practice sports group intended to bring the wide range of expertise its various groups offer to clients in the sports sector.

  • May 17, 2019

    Ohio State Doctor's Abuse Was 'Open Secret,' Report Says

    A report by Perkins Coie LLP on allegations that a now-deceased Ohio State University sports doctor sexually abused and harassed student-athletes for decades concluded that the abuse was an “open secret” that involved at least 177 men but failed to spur action by the school.

  • May 17, 2019

    Fla. High Court Won't Review Beckham Stadium Sale Spat

    The Florida Supreme Court has blocked a Miami activist's bid to reverse the approval of a $9 million, no-bid sale of county-owned land to ex-soccer star David Beckham for the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium.

  • May 16, 2019

    NY Tribe, Town Look To Avoid Trial In Gambling Dispute

    The Cayuga Nation and the New York village of Union Springs told a federal judge Wednesday they don't want a bench trial in the tribe's suit challenging the village's anti-gambling ordinance, saying pleadings should be finished so the court can rule on the legal issues at the case’s core.

  • May 16, 2019

    Insurer Wants Out Of Stanley Cup TM Suit

    Frankenmuth Mutual Insurance Co. asked an Illinois federal judge Wednesday to declare that it has no duty to defend uninsured parties in a lawsuit accusing them of infringing trademarks for the Stanley Cup after its only insured in the case has settled.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ex-NFLers Lose Bid To Overturn Tighter Concussion Rules

    Attorneys for the thousands of retired NFL players covered by the league's landmark concussion settlement suffered a bruising defeat on Thursday when the Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the program denied their bid to overturn new, restrictive medical rules that many view as a gift to the NFL.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ex-MillerCoors VP Gets 3½ Years For $8M Fraud Scheme

    A former executive with MillerCoors LLC has been sentenced to 3½ years in prison for bilking his employer out of more than $8 million in a 10-year fraudulent scheme.

  • May 16, 2019

    Dick's Owes $1.2M For Massage Rollers, Suit Says

    A California sports equipment maker has filed suit against Dick's Sporting Goods Inc., claiming the retail chain failed to pay for more than $1.2 million worth of its massage devices and ripped off the patented design of the product to make its own.

  • May 16, 2019

    Sportsbooks Face Black-Market Competition, NJ Attys Told

    New Jersey's nascent sports betting industry has fetched $2.6 billion in wagers in just one year, but that success is tempered by illegal gambling websites that are cutting into the state's jackpot, regulators, attorneys and sportsbook operators said during the state bar association's annual meeting.

  • May 15, 2019

    Snow Sports Helmet Maker K2 Cleared Over Skiing Injury

    A Wisconsin federal jury has cleared helmet maker K2 of liability over a 2015 skiing accident in which a man wearing a K2 helmet suffered permanent brain damage.

  • May 15, 2019

    College Hoops Probe May Fall Short On Thwarting Corruption

    New York federal prosecutors wrapped up their college basketball corruption probe with more bribery convictions last week, but the investigation’s failure to expand beyond its initial scope tempers the potential impact it will have on alleged corruption throughout college sports.

  • May 15, 2019

    Nassar Accusers Say Nat'l Gymnastics Org Can't Elude Probe

    A group of athletes who have accused former sports doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse are arguing the National Gymnastics Foundation can't duck their information requests in their probe of the links between the foundation and the bankrupt USA Gymnastics.

  • May 15, 2019

    Ill. Appellate Court Mulls Revival Of NFL Players' Helmet Suit

    More than 50 former NFL athletes on Wednesday urged an Illinois appellate court to revive their lawsuit against helmet maker Riddell Inc., arguing at a hearing that a two-year statute of limitations hadn't expired because the clock shouldn't have begun ticking until they were diagnosed with latent neurodegenerative brain disease.

  • May 15, 2019

    Bowling Alley Heirs Owe $1.3M In Taxes, 6th Circ. Affirms

    A deceased Tennessee man’s estate was liable for $1.3 million in taxes owed by his defunct bowling company since asset transfers to another company were fraudulent, the Sixth Circuit said in a Wednesday affirmation of a U.S. Tax Court decision.

  • May 15, 2019

    Blank Rome Partner Confirmed To NJ's State Bench

    Blank Rome LLP partner Eric G. Fikry is taking his commercial litigation, gambling and employment law expertise to the New Jersey Superior Court bench, the firm announced Monday.

  • May 15, 2019

    Owners Of Horse DQ'd In Kentucky Derby Want 1st Place Back

    The owners of Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the Kentucky Derby before it was disqualified, are suing the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and its members, saying the "bizarre and unconstitutional" disqualification should be overturned and the horse redeclared the winner.

  • May 15, 2019

    Ex-MLB Pitcher’s Defamation Suit Strikes Out In 11th Circ.

    ESPN, the Associated Press and USA Today scored a win in a defamation suit by former MLB pitcher Neiman Nix on Wednesday, with the Eleventh Circuit ruling that a trial court was right to apply New York law and dismiss Nix’s suit for being filed too late.

  • May 15, 2019

    Georgetown Dismisses 2 Students Tied To 'Varsity Blues'

    Georgetown University said it dismissed two students Wednesday in connection with the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal, just hours after one of the students filed a lawsuit against the school.

  • May 14, 2019

    Latham Aided Covert Bid To Quash Stadium, Calif. City Says

    Latham & Watkins LLP helped orchestrate a campaign to kill a proposed arena for the Los Angeles Clippers, the city of Inglewood said Monday in a bid to subpoena the firm, whose client, the owner of historic concert venue The Forum, is suing the city over an alleged contract breach involving a key piece of land.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • Opinion

    NY Should Think Twice Before Legalizing Sports Betting

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    Instead of rushing to compete in sports betting with other states, New York state legislators should consider problems that have occurred in states that have legalized it, says Ronald Katz of GCA Law Partners.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • The 'Varsity Blues' Sentencing Battles To Come

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    Of the seven factors federal judges consider when sentencing defendants, three will be particularly interesting to watch in the college admissions bribery case, says Brooklyn Sawyers Belk of Weinberg Wheeler.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • How To Identify And Deal With Narcissists In Law

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    Given that a large swath of the legal profession may display some narcissistic tendencies, it is important for lawyers to know how to address the narcissist in the room — and it may be you, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle.