Sports & Betting

  • January 15, 2021

    Houston Astros, MLB Sued For Pulling Plug On Affiliate Team

    A Houston Astros' affiliate on Thursday slammed the Major League Baseball team and league for allegedly pulling the plug on their affiliation with the minor league team without notice, hitting the MLB with a $15 million suit over the decision.

  • January 15, 2021

    Ex-NFLer's Family Says Nursing Home On Hook For Fatal Fall

    The family of a former Pittsburgh Steelers player has filed suit against his nursing home in Pennsylvania state court, saying the facility is responsible for his death after he fell down a staircase attached to his room and was found by staff 14 hours later.

  • January 15, 2021

    New DOL Opinion Letters Tackle Tip Pooling

    Businesses can make tipped and nontipped workers share tips so long as they pay all of them the full minimum wage, and they must include mandatory service charges when calculating overtime, the U.S. Department of Labor said in opinion letters released on Friday.

  • January 15, 2021

    Davis Polk, Latham Guide Game Maker Playtika's $1.9B IPO

    Mobile gaming company Playtika began trading on the Nasdaq Friday after pricing an upsized $1.9 billion initial public offering that was guided by Latham & Watkins LLP and Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.

  • January 15, 2021

    U.S. Figure Skating Pays $1.45M To End Sex Abuse Suit

    A former skater has reached a $1.45 million settlement with the U.S. Figure Skating Association after alleging in a lawsuit the organization did not protect him from a coach who sexually abused him as a minor, an attorney for the skater told Law360 on Friday. 

  • January 15, 2021

    Geneticist Tries To Dodge Cloning Suit From Polo Star

    A Texas geneticist accused of stealing the DNA of an Argentinian polo star's horse and selling clones of it has asked a Florida federal judge to toss the suit, arguing that the court does not have jurisdiction over him and his companies because of their minimal connections to Florida.

  • January 15, 2021

    2nd Circ. Won't Rehear Remand Of CFPB's RD Legal Case

    The Second Circuit has denied a request by litigation funder RD Legal to rehear a panel decision that remanded fraud claims by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and New York state, giving the agency a chance to revive the lawsuit before the same district court that tossed it on constitutional grounds.

  • January 15, 2021

    1st Circ. Upholds Ban On Cockfighting In Puerto Rico

    The First Circuit said Thursday that cockfighting is not constitutionally protected speech, finding that a recent law banning the blood sport in Puerto Rico didn't overstep the federal government's authority to regulate commerce between states.

  • January 15, 2021

    2nd Circ. Upholds NCAA Hoops Trio's Bribery Convictions

    The Second Circuit on Friday upheld the convictions of two Adidas basketball marketers and an aspiring agent for defrauding certain Adidas-sponsored universities by paying recruits to steer them to those schools, keeping in place a win for Manhattan federal prosecutors in one of two trials stemming from their college hoops corruption probe.

  • January 14, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Parent Giannulli Seeks COVID-19 Home Release

    Clothing designer Mossimo Giannulli asked a Massachusetts federal court to release him from his 5-month "Varsity Blues" college admissions scandal prison term into home confinement, citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and his 56 days confined in solitary quarantine while behind bars.

  • January 14, 2021

    Ex-NFL Player Must Pay Fees To Former Counsel

    Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Billy Ray Smith Jr. was ordered Thursday to pay a portion of his $1.8 million award to both his current and former counsel for their work in representing him in an ongoing concussion class action against the NFL.

  • January 14, 2021

    Winstead Reps Arizona State Univ. In $115M Sports Arena Deal

    Winstead PC announced Thursday that it represented Arizona State University in the negotiation and documentation of a new $115 million multiuse arena that will serve as the home of the institution's men's ice hockey, wrestling and women's gymnastics teams.

  • January 14, 2021

    NJ AG Warns Sportsbooks Against Delaying Withdrawals

    The New Jersey Attorney General's Division of Gaming Enforcement on Wednesday threatened sportsbooks with regulatory action over complaints that some are delaying bettors' requests to withdraw funds from their online betting accounts and in some cases soliciting bettors to put the funds into new wagers.

  • January 14, 2021

    Sports Court Report Cites 'Brazen' Russian Data Tampering

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland has released its full 186-page decision after moving last month to slash Russia's ban from international competition from four years to two, describing "brazen" alterations to anti-doping test data under its watch.

  • January 14, 2021

    Michelman & Robinson Barred From NFLer's Contract Suit

    A California federal judge has disqualified an attorney and his law firm from representing an NFL player who is suing his agent, saying the attorney has insider knowledge that he appears to already be using in the case.

  • January 14, 2021

    Ex-UCLA Soccer Coach Pleads Guilty Again In 'Varsity Blues'

    The former head coach of the UCLA men's soccer team pled guilty Thursday for a second time in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, facing a judge again after her November ruling and a U.S. Supreme Court decision upended his first guilty plea.

  • January 14, 2021

    Lawsuit Was Lobbed At Wilkinson To Avoid 'Media Frenzy'

    In a previously sealed filing made public late Wednesday, David P. Donovan laid out the reasons he filed a lawsuit against litigator Beth Wilkinson related to her probe of alleged sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team's front office, saying he wanted to keep everything related to the case secret to avoid potential lawsuits and a "media frenzy." 

  • January 14, 2021

    Deals Rumor Mill: Lucid Motors, Deutsche Telekom, GTCR

    Lucid Motors may enter into a SPAC merger valued at around $15 billion, Deutsche Telekom hopes to sell T-Mobile Netherlands for up to €5 billion ($6.1 billion), and Wells Fargo could sell its asset management business to a group of private equity firms including GTCR. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • January 14, 2021

    Google Closes $2B Fitbit Deal Despite Ongoing Probes

    Google closed its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracking device maker Fitbit on Thursday despite ongoing probes of the deal's competitive effects by enforcers in the U.S. and Australia.

  • January 14, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Atty Turns To Private Practice & An A-Rod Suit

    The lead prosecutor in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, who prosecuted actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, has left the Boston U.S. attorney's office for a boutique litigation firm and is now suing another high-profile defendant: Alex Rodriguez.

  • January 14, 2021

    OCC Finalizes 'Fair Access' Rule In Last-Minute Push

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Thursday it has finalized its "fair access" rule limiting the ability of bigger national banks to stop lending to fossil fuel companies, gun makers and other politically controversial businesses, a move that's already being condemned by bankers and consumer advocates as midnight rulemaking.

  • January 13, 2021

    NCAA Tells Panel McNair Shouldn't Get New Defamation Trial

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association urged a California appellate panel Wednesday to block a new defamation trial for former University of Southern California assistant football coach Todd McNair, arguing that the lead juror should not have been disqualified after the verdict.

  • January 13, 2021

    Lawmakers Decry NCAA For Stalling On Name, Image Issue

    U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday criticized the NCAA's decision this week to table proposals to relax its restrictions on athletes earning money from the use of their name, image and likeness, arguing it is evidence of why their "College Athletes Bill of Rights" needs to be passed.

  • January 13, 2021

    Olympic Swimmer Charged Following Capitol Riots

    Two-time U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday in D.C. federal court for allegedly participating in the riots last week at the U.S. Capitol.

  • January 13, 2021

    New York City To End Trump Contracts After Capitol Invasion

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city will end its concession contracts with the Trump Organization, blaming President Donald Trump for the "deadly insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

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    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

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    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

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    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • 6 Advertising Law Trends To Watch In 2021

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    For the world of advertising, 2021 will bring new challenges and considerations shaped not only by the ongoing pandemic, but also by new legal developments regarding social media, cannabis and consumer privacy, say Jason Gordon and Casey Perrino at Reed Smith.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

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    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

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    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • FCPA Can Guide Foreign Parties' Anti-Doping Act Compliance

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    Foreign corporate sponsors and other parties that could be held liable under the recently passed Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act for enabling doping in international competition involving U.S. athletes should look to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act as a guide to the new law's extraterritorial reach, say Bradley Henry and Mariah Vitali at Michelman & Robinson.

  • Minimizing Disruption To Clients During Law Firm IT Upgrades

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    For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.

  • Tips For Drafting Effective Amicus Briefs

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    Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • 5 Trends That Will Influence E-Discovery In 2021

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    Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.

  • Key Issues In High Court's Review Of NCAA Antitrust Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of NCAA v. Alston — a case in which the Ninth Circuit struck down rules restricting education-related pay and benefits for student-athletes as an unreasonable restraint of trade — could change the landscape of college sports and the NCAA's ability to govern, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How Relationship Partners Can Draft Winning RFP Responses

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    With law firms likely to see longtime clients roll out requests for proposal amid cost-cutting strategies this year, relationship partners can ensure they don't lose their clients by taking five critical actions during the response process, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory.

  • Law Firm Merger Predictions For 2021

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    After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

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