Sports & Betting

  • June 11, 2021

    3rd Circ. Cuts Oral Arguments On Player's Settlement Denial

    A Third Circuit panel abruptly called off oral arguments set for later this month in an appeal by a former National Football League player demanding more transparency on whether his initially approved concussion settlement payout was ultimately denied because of the controversial use of "race-norming" to assess payout claims.

  • June 11, 2021

    Rising Star: Holland & Knight's David J. Lisko

    David J. Lisko of Holland & Knight LLP advised multiple Major League Baseball teams over the past year on evolving state and federal COVID-19 regulations and coordinated their pandemic responses, earning him a spot among the sports and betting attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 11, 2021

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen Ukraine's bank deposit protection scheme sue a bank in Liechtenstein, streaming platform Twitch take aim at a viewing bot, and law firm Kennedys files for an injunction against Hiscox.

  • June 11, 2021

    Skadden, Kirkland Steer $3.2B Sports E-Retailer's SPAC Deal

    Germany's Signa Sports United, an e-commerce platform for sports equipment and apparel, will go public at a $3.2 billion enterprise value by merging with a private equity-backed special purpose acquisition vehicle, the companies said Friday, in a deal built by Skadden and Kirkland.

  • June 11, 2021

    Olympics Cancellation Could Cost Insurers Up To $3B

    The global insurance industry could face a financial hit of up to $3 billion if the Tokyo Olympics is canceled next month, adding to the woes of event insurers already reeling from the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • June 10, 2021

    Ex-Michigan Football Coach Ignored Abuse, Son Says

    The son of legendary former University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler said Thursday he was sexually abused by a former university doctor who a recent WilmerHale report found engaged in sexual misconduct on "countless occasions" over nearly four decades with the school and that he told his famous father, who did nothing to stop it.

  • June 10, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Face A Texas Jury Over Voice IP

    Amazon is set to be the next tech titan to appear in front of the busiest patent judge in the country as U.S. District Judge Alan Albright is scheduled to kick off a jury trial over claims Alexa infringes voice technology patents owned by an Israeli kitchen technology startup. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • June 10, 2021

    'Weak' Bid To Move MLB All-Star Game Eviscerated By Judge

    An increasingly frustrated New York judge on Thursday called ball after ball as a conservative business group made its pitches for her to move Major League Baseball's All-Star Game back to Georgia, ultimately denying the request and prompting the league's attorney to tell the judge she made his case for him.

  • June 10, 2021

    CryptoPunk NFT Sells For Record $11.7M In Sotheby's Auction

    A non-fungible token of digital artwork called a "CryptoPunk" sold for $11.7 million at auction, a record price for a piece from the CryptoPunk collection, art house Sotheby's said Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Ex-NHLer Fired For Podcast Joke Can't Sue For Discrimination

    An NHL-player-turned-NBC-analyst who was fired for making off-color comments about a female co-worker on a podcast cannot sue for sex discrimination simply because he's a man, a New York federal judge said Thursday.

  • June 10, 2021

    Facing Prison, Avenatti Says 'Epic Fall' Was Bad Enough

    Disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti told a Manhattan federal judge his "epic fall" from grace and "brutal punishment" in solitary confinement should spare him a lengthy prison term for scheming to extort Nike.

  • June 10, 2021

    Deals Rumor Mill: Robinhood, Flipkart, Sportradar

    Robinhood is pushing its IPO to next month, Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart could raise $3 billion or more at a roughly $40 billion valuation, and Swiss sports data analyst Sportradar is dropping SPAC merger plans to pursue a traditional IPO. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • June 10, 2021

    5th Circ. Wary Of Clinic's Bid To Revive NFL Benefits Suit

    A Fifth Circuit panel appeared unswayed Thursday by a medical clinic's argument to revive its Texas federal lawsuit against the National Football League for allegedly telling Cigna not to pay claims for players who used its services.

  • June 10, 2021

    Feds Fight To Corral 'Varsity Blues' Trio In Boston Trial

    A bid by three parents charged in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case to move their trial from Boston to Los Angeles is nothing more than "thinly disguised, late-stage forum shopping," prosecutors said Wednesday.

  • June 09, 2021

    NCAA Prez Hints Antitrust Suits Slowed Name, Image Reforms

    NCAA president Mark Emmert told federal lawmakers Wednesday "no good deed goes unpunished" in asking for limited antitrust protection to implement rules to allow athletes to benefit monetarily from their names, images and likenesses, noting the organization is already facing at least two lawsuits over its proposals to change such rules.

  • June 09, 2021

    Baylor Cleared In Former Athlete Sex Assault Trial

    A Houston jury on Wednesday cleared Baylor University of negligence and fraud charges lodged by a former student-athlete who claimed the university's "culture problem" led to her alleged sexual assault by fellow student-athletes in 2017.

  • June 09, 2021

    Dems Target Men's World Cup Funds In Soccer Pay Equity Bill

    Over a dozen Democratic senators announced a bill Wednesday that would yank federal funds from the 2026 men's soccer World Cup, which the U.S. is set to co-host, if U.S. Soccer does not agree to provide "equitable pay" to its men's and women's teams.

  • June 09, 2021

    Activision Facing Jury Trial In 'Call of Duty' Copyright Case

    Video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc. is facing a jury trial over accusations that it stole a character in "Call of Duty" from a professional wrestler's persona, after a Texas federal judge ruled that such copyright plaintiffs have a right to a jury trial.

  • June 09, 2021

    ESW-Backed Trading Software Firm's Ch. 11 OK'd In Del.

    Bankrupt asset management and trading software business Adara Enterprises Corp. secured confirmation of its Chapter 11 plan in Delaware on Wednesday, under which it will restructure $13 million in debt and give top creditor ESW Holdings control of the company.

  • June 09, 2021

    StubHub Owner Tries To Block Class In COVID-19 Refund Suit

    Ticket reseller Viagogo has opposed a Florida woman's bid to certify a nationwide class of ticket buyers who accuse the company of refusing to refund tickets for events canceled due to the pandemic, telling a Florida federal court it will be burdened by individual issues and the suit's aims may conflict with class members' desires.

  • June 09, 2021

    English Soccer Clubs Fined £22M For Breakaway Bid

    Six English soccer clubs on Wednesday were hit with a £22 million ($31 million) fine after rocking the sports world and sparking antitrust concerns when they announced plans to join a breakaway league in direct competition with the top European league.

  • June 08, 2021

    Ex-Atty Ducks Prison For Football-Related Stock Scheme

    A former Illinois attorney on Tuesday avoided prison time after being accused of a scheme to fraudulently convert corporate debt into stock and falsely inflate the value of a company he secretly controlled through bogus statements involving a gaming company and the National Indoor Football League.

  • June 08, 2021

    NFL-Union Panel To Fund $1M In Studies Of Pot For Pain

    The NFL and NFL Players Association joint pain management committee said Tuesday it was funding grants totaling up to $1 million to support research for alternatives to opioids for pain treatment, including cannabis and CBD, with the group's lead doctor saying the effectiveness of cannabis for treating pain needs more scientific study.

  • June 08, 2021

    9th Circ. Nixes $1.3B Award In AMG Case After Justices' Order

    The Ninth Circuit Tuesday officially vacated its 2018 decision to uphold a $1.3 billion award against pro race car driver Scott Tucker's loan companies after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Tucker and ruled that the Federal Trade Commission lacked authority to seek the penalty.

  • June 08, 2021

    11th Circ. Says White Coach's Race Bias Suit Falls Short

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday held that a Georgia district court wrongly kept alive a white former football coach's lawsuit alleging school board members didn't renew his contract because of his race, finding the coach's complaint was too light on details.

Expert Analysis

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • TM Litigation Lessons From Nike-Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' Fight

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    Though recently settled, Nike's curious trademark infringement dispute with the New York design studio behind rapper Lil Nas X's controversial "Satan Shoes" suggests that brand owners should draft complaints promptly, even if imperfectly, and evaluate first-sale doctrine exceptions, says James Major at Stradley Ronon.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • Firms Should Use Surveys To Make Smart Legal Tech Choices

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    The utility of legal technology innovations may be limited without clear data and objectives from the outset, but targeted surveys can provide specific insights that enable law firms to adopt the most appropriate and efficient tech solutions, says Tim Scott at Frogslayer.

  • Don't Forget Due Diligence In Race For Lateral Associate Hires

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    Amid high demand for associates and aggressive competition to attract talent, law firms should take three key steps to conduct meaningful prehire due diligence and safeguard against lateral hiring mistakes that can hurt their revenue and reputation, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • Addressing Environmental Justice As Part Of ESG Initiatives

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    Recent calls for racial equity and government regulators' increasing focus on social and environmental concerns make this a good time for companies to integrate environmental justice into their environmental, social and governance efforts, say Stacey Halliday and Julius Redd at Beveridge & Diamond, and Jesse Glickstein at Hewlett Packard.

  • Lessons In Civility From The Alex Oh Sanctions Controversy

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    Alex Oh’s abrupt departure from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and admonishment by a D.C. federal judge over conduct in an Exxon human rights case demonstrate three major costs of incivility to lawyers, and highlight the importance of teaching civility in law school, says David Grenardo at St. Mary's University.

  • Crypto's Enviro Costs Present Challenges For Companies

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    As the value and popularity of cryptocurrency and other digital assets burgeon, their hidden environmental costs will attract increasing scrutiny — potentially forcing companies to reconcile their desire to embrace new technology with their publicly professed sustainability goals, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Opinion

    Biz Record Admissibility Rule Must Adapt To An ESI World

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    The federal rule that permits the use of business records as evidence must be amended to address the unreliability of electronically stored information and inconsistent court frameworks on email admissibility, say Josh Sohn and Nadia Zivkov at Stroock.

  • Opinion

    Justices Must Weigh Class Cert. Denial Stats In Goldman Case

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    In resolving the issues presented in Goldman Sachs v. Arkansas Teacher Retirement System, the U.S. Supreme Court should consider the infrequency with which class certification is denied in securities class actions, and the high costs inflicted on publicly traded companies and their investors, say Jared Gerber and Allison Kim at Cleary.

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