Sports & Betting

  • April 12, 2021

    ITC Clears Garmin and Fitbit in Philips Patent Case

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday terminated an investigation into Garmin and Fitbit Inc. that looked into whether the companies infringed two patents from Philips, according to a notice from the agency.

  • April 12, 2021

    Ex-LA Rams Employee Settles 'Trash Talk' Suit

    Former New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung and an ex-Los Angeles Rams employee told a California federal court Monday that they have reached a settlement in the employee's defamation lawsuit over a "trash talk" text message that was posted online.

  • April 12, 2021

    Ex-CBS Worker, Atty Held In Contempt In Race Bias Dispute

    A New York federal court on Monday held an ex-CBS Corp. employee and her former attorney in contempt of the court, finding that both have "blatantly disregarded" their discovery obligations in the yearslong race discrimination dispute. 

  • April 12, 2021

    Women's Soccer Players Prep Appeal After Partial Deal OK'd

    A California federal judge signed off Monday on the U.S. Soccer Federation's settlement with members of the women's national team over unequal travel accommodations and working conditions, giving players the green light to launch a closely watched appeal of their axed pay discrimination claims.

  • April 12, 2021

    3 Firms Drive $1.7B Purchase Of Golf Cart Maker By PE Firm

    Private equity firm Platinum Equity will pay roughly $1.7 billion to purchase golf cart maker Club Car from industrial product manufacturer Ingersoll Rand, the companies said Monday, in a deal steered by Simpson Thacher, Morgan Lewis and Wilkie Farr.

  • April 12, 2021

    Golf Travel Co. Says Broker Sold Fake Masters Passes

    An Arizona company that sells golf travel packages says a ticket broker committed fraud and cost it $1.5 million in refunds by selling fake passes to The Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, for 2018 and 2019.

  • April 12, 2021

    Ex-NFLer Settles 'Dream Home' IP Case Before Trial

    After four years of contentious litigation, a former New England Patriots linebacker and the builder he said tried to violate his copyright on a "dream home" settled Monday just hours before a bench trial was set to kick off.

  • April 09, 2021

    PTAB Fee Bias Claim Finds Little Traction At Fed. Circ.

    A Federal Circuit panel on Friday seemed unlikely to rule that Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges are biased toward instituting patent challenges based on how they're compensated and how the agency is funded.

  • April 09, 2021

    Most Texans QB Accusers Ordered To ID Themselves

    Two Houston state judges have ordered more than a dozen of the women who have filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson to reveal their identities.

  • April 09, 2021

    Arizona Coyotes Settle Ex-Employee's OT Claims

    The Arizona Coyotes have settled claims that the National Hockey League team misclassified a former premium seating manager and failed to pay overtime, the ex-employee said in a filing in federal court.

  • April 09, 2021

    NFL Moves To Sack Suit Over Super Bowl Livestream Crash

    The National Football League told a New York federal judge that it is not liable for claims from international fans whose livestreams crashed during the 2020 Super Bowl because they bought their subscriptions from third parties.

  • April 09, 2021

    Taxation With Representation: Fried Frank, White & Case, Weil

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, U.K.-based LumiraDx goes public with a $5 billion valuation, Israeli digital investigations support business Cellebrite inks a $2.4 billion merger, and Topps Inc. is valued at $1.3 billion.

  • April 09, 2021

    Fla. Vaccine Passport Ban May Be Spoiling For Court Fight

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' swift move to ban so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports is likely to invite legal challenges, with businesses, including major players such as the Miami Heat and Norwegian Cruise Line, already making plans for such programs to draw back cautious customers, experts told Law360.

  • April 08, 2021

    Nike Resolves Bad Blood With Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' Seller

    Nike Inc. settled a trademark dispute on Thursday with a Brooklyn-based artists collective over claims that consumers would be duped into thinking the company is affiliated with Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes," which feature the Nike swoosh logo, with the art collective agreeing to recall the sneakers.

  • April 08, 2021

    Ex-Steelers Blocked From 'Race Norming' Talks, For Now

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion settlement Thursday told a pair of former Pittsburgh Steelers players who alleged the "race-norming" settlement process discriminates against Black players that she is awaiting a report from mediation between the NFL and class counsel Seeger Weiss LLP before allowing them to intervene.

  • April 08, 2021

    Pac-12 Schools Hit Sportswear Makers With TM Suit

    The members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Pac-12 Conference accused two apparel companies specializing in sports-branded clothing of incorporating and using their trademarks without permission.

  • April 08, 2021

    Swimming League Suit's Discovery Brawl Irks Calif. Judge

    A California federal judge grew irritated Thursday at lawyers fighting over depositions in an antitrust suit over Olympic swimming, telling them the case had "spun out of control" and to wrap up the contentious discovery.

  • April 08, 2021

    Texans QB Seeks Court Order To ID Sex Assault Accusers

    Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson is asking a Texas state court to order the growing number of women who have anonymously filed sexual misconduct lawsuits against him to come forward with their identities as the cases continue to garner widespread media attention.

  • April 08, 2021

    Attys Flagged For Fights In Ex-NFLer's 'Dream Home' IP Suit

    A federal judge about to referee a trial over a former NFL linebacker's "dream home" expressed frustration Thursday with a blitz of last-minute motions and years of lawyer spats in what has been a messy copyright suit.

  • April 08, 2021

    2nd Circ. Eyes Resentencing After Talk Of Boxer's Nationality

    The Second Circuit appeared likely Thursday to order resentencing for a noted boxer convicted of scheming with a Russian crime boss, because of statements the sentencing judge made about the boxer's national origin that appear to run afoul of controlling law.

  • April 07, 2021

    The Name's Not Bond: Mass. Court Takes On Casino Rules

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday heard oral arguments in two class actions accusing Boston-area casinos of shortchanging blackjack winners, with the high court focusing on the game's fairness — and asking for a little help with the rules for those who aren't famed fictional gambler James Bond.

  • April 07, 2021

    Ex-Northeastern Track Coach Charged Over Nude Photo Ploy

    A former track and field coach at Northeastern University in Boston on Wednesday was charged over a purported ruse to trick female student-athletes through bogus social media accounts into sending him nude or partially nude photographs of themselves.

  • April 07, 2021

    NY Legislature OKs $4.3B Tax Hikes On Biz And Wealthy

    The New York Legislature approved a revenue budget bill Wednesday that includes $4.3 billion in tax increases on high-earners and large corporations as part of a proposed $212 billion state budget. 

  • April 07, 2021

    USA Taekwondo Ruling Seen As Aid For Sex Abuse Survivors

    The California Supreme Court's adoption of a two-part test to determine whether a governing organization can be sued for a person's injuries caused by a third party bodes well for athletes who have suffered sexual abuse by coaches because it makes it easier to assert a duty of care on local and national sports organizations, plaintiffs attorneys say.

  • April 07, 2021

    App Development Biz AppLovin Seeks $30B Valuation In IPO

    Mobile app marketing and development business AppLovin is seeking a valuation of more than $30 billion for an initial public offering that could raise $2 billion and is guided by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati PC and Fenwick & West LLP — one of three to launch their IPOs on Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Modernize Amateurism In College Sports

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    Recent U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in a case challenging the NCAA’s freedom from antitrust constraints — together with proposed federal legislation and U.S. Golf Association rules favorable to student-athletes — signal a coming, needed sea change in the definition of amateurism in college sports, says Geoffrey Lottenberg at Berger Singerman.

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

  • 4 Effective Ways To Prioritize Client Advocacy

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    To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.

  • Remote Law Firm Culture Should Prioritize Associate Training

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    Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Virtual Litigation May Unravel The Narcissistic Lawyer

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    The virtual courtroom limits a narcissistic lawyer's ability to intimidate witnesses and opposing counsel, boast to clients or engage in grandstanding — an unexpected benefit of the global pandemic as some aspects of remote litigation are likely here to stay, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • ABA Remote Work Guide Raises Bar For Atty Tech Know-How

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion on lawyers' ethical duties of competence and confidentiality when working remotely should be viewed as part of a larger movement by which attorneys are being exhorted to develop competence in 21st century technology, say Jennifer Goldsmith at Ironshore and Barry Temkin at Mound Cotton.

  • Lateral Hire Conflict Screening Lessons From DLA Piper Case

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    While a Texas federal court recently denied a motion to disqualify DLA Piper from representing Apple in a patent dispute after the law firm hired an attorney who formerly represented opponent Maxwell, the case is a reminder that robust conflict checks during lateral hiring can save firms the time and expense of defending disqualification motions, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.

  • Key Enforcement Risks For SPAC Parties Amid SEC Scrutiny

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent attention to special purpose acquisition companies could beget a wave of enforcement inquiries scrutinizing parties involved at any SPAC transaction stage, from sponsors to operating companies, targets, underwriters and broker-dealers, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • 3 Cybersecurity Questions To Ask Before A Remote Mediation

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    Lawyers preparing to mediate or arbitrate a case through videoconference should take steps to ensure they and their alternative dispute resolution providers are employing reasonable security precautions to protect digital client data and conform to confidentiality obligations, say F. Keith Brown and Michael Koss at ADR Systems.

  • What Cos. Need To Know Before Entering Nascent NFT Market

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    In light of the ill-defined legal and regulatory landscape surrounding nonfungible tokens, companies considering an entrance into the fledgling market should carefully consider the implications with respect to trading, platform operations, consumer protection and portfolio management, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Decoding The Fine Print On Nonfungible Token Licenses

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    As the nonfungible token industry grows, creators and rights holders need to understand the NFT marketplaces' terms of use and consider how NFTs will be handled under existing and new agreements, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • A Uniform Mediation Act Primer As States Continue Adoption

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    With Georgia expected to soon become the 13th jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Mediation Act and with more states likely to follow suit amid widespread trial delays, practitioners should familiarize themselves with the act's conflict disclosure requirements and the boundaries of its confidentiality provisions, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Safeguarding Privileged Communications In A Remote World

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    With the pandemic ushering in remote collaboration tools, counsel must revisit fundamentals of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, study cases involving email and other recent technologies, and follow 10 best practices to protect confidentiality, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Recent Rulings Reinforce DOJ's Global White Collar Reach

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    Recent federal court decisions allowing minimum nexus to serve as a basis for U.S. prosecution of white collar crimes occurring mainly abroad will facilitate the U.S. Department of Justice's aggressive pursuit of foreign parties when the government believes that American victims or other national interests are at stake, say Kara Brockmeyer and Douglas Zolkind at Debevoise.

  • 4 Areas Of Cyberattack Vulnerability For Law Firms

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    Recent data breaches involving Goodwin and Jones Day show that cyberattacks are very real threats to the legal profession, especially in the era of remote work, so law firms should revisit common business practices that expose them to unnecessary risks, says Ara Aslanian at Inverselogic.

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