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Sports & Betting

  • April 25, 2019

    The Complex Issues Attys Face In Guiding Casino M&A

    Although the U.S. Supreme Court has given states the power to legalize sports betting, trying to do a casino deal is still a gamble because of regulatory and licensing issues, plus the fact that not all states have made the leap to legalization.

  • April 25, 2019

    Ex-NFLer Can't Stop Contractor From Renting 'Dream Home'

    A Massachusetts federal judge late Wednesday declined to stop a family from moving into a former NFL linebacker's "dream home," a house he designed and the subject of a two-year copyright dispute with a local contractor, but admonished the builder for further complicating a messy lawsuit.

  • April 24, 2019

    Riddell Sacks Football Helmet IP Suit

    Riddell Inc. beat a rival sports company’s patent infringement suit on Wednesday when an Illinois federal judge ruled the design features of Riddell’s football helmets don’t infringe two patents held by its competitor, while a third patent was declared invalid.

  • April 24, 2019

    College Hoops Defendant Discussed Bribes By Ariz. Coach

    A University of Arizona basketball coach was again mentioned in a federal corruption probe when secretly recorded conversations of a defendant discussing an alleged plan to make illicit payments to a top recruit were played for a New York federal jury Wednesday.

  • April 24, 2019

    Ex-Texas Coach Admits Bribe From 'Varsity Blues' Mastermind

    The former men's tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin pled guilty in Boston federal court Wednesday to accepting bribes to pass off a student as a tennis recruit, including taking $60,000 in cash from the man behind the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme.

  • April 24, 2019

    Upper Deck Sues Liberty Mutual Over Antitrust Atty Pay

    The Upper Deck Co. sued Liberty Mutual Fire Insurance Co. in California federal court Wednesday, claiming the insurer hasn't followed through on covering Upper Deck in an antitrust lawsuit by rival trading card maker Leaf Trading Cards LLC.

  • April 24, 2019

    Fla. Tribe's Per Capita Casino Distributions Held Taxable

    The U.S. Tax Court held Wednesday that members of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida should have reported distributions they received from their tribe’s casino revenues as taxable income, finding no exemptions to this income from federal tax.

  • April 24, 2019

    Players Run Full-Court Press To Save Last NCAA Pay Suit

    Student athletes are pushing back against the NCAA’s efforts to snuff out a remaining U.S. district court case over limits on their compensation after the organization lost a multidistrict antitrust litigation in California federal court, saying the case can be litigated after appeals in the MDL run their course.

  • April 24, 2019

    Family Wins $4.4M In Honeywell Asbestos Bowling Balls Suit

     A Los Angeles jury has awarded a former bowling alley owner’s family $4.4 million in a suit against Honeywell after finding that asbestos supplied by the company as filler for bowling balls caused the owner’s mesothelioma and death.

  • April 24, 2019

    US Pushes $8M Deal For Cleanup Of Michigan 'Moonscape'

    The federal government on Tuesday urged a Michigan federal judge to approve an agreement that would force CMS Energy Corp. to pay $8 million for costs related to the cleanup of a concrete-dust covered site on Lake Michigan that resembled a "moonscape."

  • April 24, 2019

    Player Images In Fantasy Sports Could Be Next IP Battle

    Fantasy sports and gambling companies won an important victory against college athletes when the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that game statistics are newsworthy and therefore free to use. But the court's silence on a player’s right to his or her own image is likely to set up more legal battles over athletes’ publicity rights as sports betting continues to gain popularity.

  • April 24, 2019

    Major League Soccer Lures NFL Deputy GC As Top Atty

    The NFL’s former deputy general counsel will join Major League Soccer as its executive vice president and general counsel, as its longtime top lawyer moves into a commercial-side role, MLS announced Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2019

    Adviser Admits Paying NCAA Football Players In Hoops Trial

    A former financial adviser turned agent for federal investigators testified Tuesday in the New York federal trial of two men charged with funneling bribes to college basketball coaches that he had paid thousands of dollars to college football players, a bombshell admission that hints at wider corruption in college sports. 

  • April 23, 2019

    Ex-Met's Row With Rakuten-Owned Team Moves Ahead In Pa.

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has ruled that while Japanese holding company Rakuten Inc. is not liable in a suit brought by a former New York Mets player alleging the company broke its promise to sign him to a $700,000 contract with the baseball team it owns, the suit can continue against the team itself.

  • April 23, 2019

    Remorse Cuts Ex-NFL Player's Fraud Term To Under 3 Years

    A former NFL lineman shaved a year and a half off a potential four-year prison stay with a sincere expression of remorse Tuesday for embezzling $2.5 million in payments on home loans that were sold as government-backed securities, receiving a 32-month sentence instead.

  • April 23, 2019

    Ex-NFLer Looks To Block Builder From Renting Dream House

    Former New England Patriots linebacker Matthew Chatham has asked a Massachusetts federal court to prevent a contractor he hired to build his "dream house" from letting another family move in, saying it would violate a court order.

  • April 23, 2019

    Ex-USC Coach To Plead Guilty To 'Varsity Blues' Charge

    Former University of Southern California assistant women's soccer coach Laura Janke will plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge, the latest defendant to admit guilt in the nationwide admissions scandal known as "Varsity Blues," according to documents filed Tuesday.

  • April 23, 2019

    Sports Leagues' Push For 'Integrity Fees' No Slam Dunk

    Looking to cash in on the sports betting boom, MLB and the NBA are pushing state lawmakers to include so-called integrity fees, or royalties, in bills to legalize sports betting. They've had little success, however, and existing case law does not support the leagues' arguments that their games are protected intellectual property, experts say.

  • April 22, 2019

    US Soccer Federation Shuts Out Foreign Matches, Suit Says

    The U.S. Soccer Federation has repeatedly blocked a global promoter’s attempts at hosting international matches on U.S. soil in an abuse of its power designed to protect Major League Soccer, Relevent Sports LLC claimed in a suit filed Monday.

  • April 22, 2019

    Gov't Wants Jurors Told College Hoops Trial Not About NCAA

    Prosecutors urged the New York federal judge overseeing a trial set to get underway Tuesday over alleged corruption in college basketball to remind the newly empaneled jury that the case is not supposed to be a "referendum" on NCAA rules.

Expert Analysis

  • Rebuttal

    Jury Trials, Though In Decline, Are Well Worth Preserving

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    In a recent Law360 guest article, the author applauded the disappearance of jury trials as an inefficient, costly mechanism, but in doing so he overlooked the greater value of jury trials for our justice system, says Stephen Susman, executive director of the Civil Jury Project at NYU School of Law.

  • A Broader View Of The US Supreme Court Bar

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    During the past 15 years, three widely read articles bolstered by starstruck media have promulgated the incorrect perception — sorely in need of revision — that the U.S. Supreme Court bar is limited to a handful of elite lawyers, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Opinion

    Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

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    A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.

  • Sports Betting In The South: A Status Update On Gulf States

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    Eight months after Mississippi launched legal sports betting, attorneys with Jones Walker examine the legalization efforts underway in seven neighboring states.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.

  • Book Excerpt

    'Big Tech' Questions Echo Early Days Of US Corporate Law

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    The current calls to curb the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon recall an earlier time in American history, when the “bigness” of oil, steel and tobacco was front and center in national politics. And in those debates, the top lawyers of the day had a major voice, says John Oller, author of the new book "White Shoe."