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Sports & Betting

  • June 19, 2019

    Germany’s Historic Race Track Was Sold Fairly, EU Court Says

    A European court Wednesday affirmed that the closely watched sale of Germany's most famous race track Nürburgring was on the up-and-up, shutting down complaints from an unsuccessful bidder and a motorsport trade association that the process was unclear and unfair.

  • June 19, 2019

    GE Must Do More To Clean Up Ill. Golf Course, Justices Told

    An Illinois golf course on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its argument that the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act requires General Electric Co. to do more to clean up contaminated groundwater around its former manufacturing facility than what the state has prescribed.

  • June 19, 2019

    Evenly Split Pa. Justices Affirm Axing Triathlon Death Suit

    An evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a decision that a liability waiver inked by a man who died while participating in the Philadelphia Triathlon prevented his widow from pursuing wrongful death claims against the event’s organizers.

  • June 19, 2019

    Carrie Underwood, NBC Sued Over Sunday Night NFL Song

    Carrie Underwood and NBC are facing a copyright lawsuit that claims the new theme song to the "Sunday Night Football" NFL broadcast was ripped off from a little-known track.

  • June 19, 2019

    High School Runners Say Transgender Policy Violates Title IX

    Three female high school track athletes have filed a Title IX complaint with the U.S. Department of Education alleging the Connecticut high school sports governing body’s policy that lets transgender students compete in sports based on their gender identity deprives other female students of equal opportunities to compete and win.

  • June 19, 2019

    EU Court Rejects Expansion Of Adidas 3-Stripe Trademark

    A European Union court on Wednesday rejected Adidas AG's efforts to secure broader trademark rights to its closely guarded three-stripe mark, ruling the sought-after design wasn't distinctive.

  • June 18, 2019

    Full Caster Semenya Decision Shows CAS Panel Struggle

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Tuesday released its full reasoning from a decision announced last month to uphold controversial rules limiting the level of testosterone female athletes can have to compete in certain track events, revealing that the panel found the preponderance of scientific evidence backed the rules despite serious questions. 

  • June 18, 2019

    Black Ridge Hit With Suit Over Sports And Entertainment Deal

    Investors in Black Ridge Acquisition Corp. filed a proposed class action in Delaware federal court Thursday accusing the company of acquiring two esports and entertainment assets of Ourgame International Holdings Inc. based on an incomplete proxy statement that's missing some key financial indicators.

  • June 18, 2019

    Universities Hit With New 'Varsity Blues' Class Action

    More than two dozen rejected college applicants have filed a proposed class action in California federal court against the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" admissions cheating scandal and eight universities tied to the headline grabbing case, claiming they were unfairly denied freshman spots while others bribed their way in.

  • June 18, 2019

    Football Helmet Maker Says Ex-Player's Suicide Suit Too Late

    Football helmet manufacturer Riddell Inc. told a Texas federal court a former high school football player's family waited too long to file suit alleging that a defect in the design of its helmets led the player to kill himself after suffering brain trauma.

  • June 18, 2019

    Mark Cuban Urges 5th Circ. To Stop SEC 'Forum Shopping'

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and two hedge fund managers have told the Fifth Circuit that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is depriving investors of their constitutional right to a jury by filing lawsuits before the agency's own administrative law judges.

  • June 18, 2019

    Avenatti To Face Fall Trial In $20M Nike Extortion Case

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday set a November trial date for embattled attorney Michael Avenatti over allegations he tried to extort more than $20 million from Nike Inc. in exchange for keeping quiet about claims of employee misconduct at the sportswear company.

  • June 18, 2019

    Riddell Rival Wants New Trial Over Football Helmet IP

    Helmet maker Schutt Sports asked an Illinois federal court Monday to slash a jury's $5 million award and wipe out a finding that the company willfully infringed two of Riddell Inc.’s Revolution football helmet patents or else grant it a new trial.

  • June 18, 2019

    'Clear Sailing' Atty Fees Doom Defective Headphones Deal

    A California judge has shot down a deal to end a Pasadena man's lawsuit over allegedly defective Plantronics headphones, saying a "clear sailing" attorney fee arrangement and broad liability releases caused the court to doubt the settlement's fairness. 

  • June 18, 2019

    NCAA Ref Calls Foul On Dismissal Of Death Threats Suit

    An NCAA referee is asking the Sixth Circuit to take up his case against a Kentucky radio station and two of its hosts, saying the hosts' alleged deliberate incitement of fans to attack his roofing business and send him death threats should not be protected by the First Amendment.

  • June 17, 2019

    Sports Betting Will Break Free Of Casinos As States Cash In

    As online sports betting proliferates, operators of these platforms are often hamstrung by state laws requiring them to partner with traditional brick-and-mortar casinos and racetracks, yet such partnerships may soon fall by the wayside as experts say they hinder the development of the burgeoning new industry.

  • June 17, 2019

    Fitbit Looks To Gut $7M Fees Request In Sleep-Tracker Deal

    Fitbit has asked a California federal court to slash a $7.3 million fees request from Fitbit customers' class counsel in a suit over a sleep-tracking function on fitness devices that allegedly didn't work as advertised, calling the amount "excessive, unsupported and disproportionate" to the class' recovery.

  • June 17, 2019

    NJ Justices Won't Tackle Out-Of-State Bets On Horse Races

    The New Jersey Supreme Court won't review a suit by a former attorney challenging the New Jersey Racing Commission's decision that state residents can't make electronic bets while outside the state.

  • June 17, 2019

    Second Look Frees Insurer From Covering Faulty Work Claims

    A Texas federal judge has ruled Mt. Hawley Insurance Co. does not have to defend a contractor joint venture from a lawsuit over allegedly faulty work on a San Antonio-area sports complex, reversing the court’s previous decision after taking another look at the case.

  • June 17, 2019

    Yamaha Sinks Suit Over WaveRunner Warnings At 3rd Circ.

    The Third Circuit on Monday upheld a finding that a New Jersey woman who was severely injured in a WaveRunner accident offered no evidence at trial that Yamaha Motor Corp. had placed warning labels on the personal watercraft where riders couldn't see them.

  • June 17, 2019

    Mass. Mayor Sues Barstool Sports For Lying To Get Interview

    Somerville, Massachusetts, Mayor Joseph Curtatone hit Barstool Sports and one of its radio hosts with a lawsuit Monday for violating the state's wiretap statute by recording an interview with him during which the host pretended to be a columnist from the Boston Globe.

  • June 17, 2019

    DraftKings' Geolocation Tech Draws Patent Suit

    A gambling technology company hit DraftKings with another patent suit, this time alleging in Delaware federal court that the daily fantasy sports and betting operator is infringing its patents for software that verifies the age and location of users to ensure they are in a state where the activity is legal.

  • June 17, 2019

    NJ Justices Won't Review Gym Worker's Race Bias Suit

    The New Jersey Supreme Court has declined to review a lower court's finding that a former fitness club manager has to arbitrate her racial discrimination claim because she agreed to alternative dispute resolution when signing her employee contract, according to an order made public Monday.

  • June 17, 2019

    Ropes & Gray Client OKs Rep Of Fellow 'Varsity Blues' Parent

    Ropes & Gray LLP received the blessing of one of the two parents it is representing in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme to take on multiple clients in the same case, following a hearing Monday morning in Massachusetts federal court.

  • June 14, 2019

    FanDuel Says Cryptocurrency Co. Stiffed It $100K

    Fantasy sports online platform FanDuel has filed suit in New York state court accusing cryptocurrency provider GameCredits Inc. of failing to pry open its real-life wallet and pay $100,000 it owes FanDuel for a promotional campaign centered on soccer's 2018 World Cup.

Expert Analysis

  • Tax-Wise, Moving To LA Isn't A Slam Dunk For Kawhi Leonard

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    Kawhi Leonard, who recently helped the Toronto Raptors win their first NBA Championship, is now a free agent considering returning home to play in Los Angeles. Adam Scherer of Crowe Soberman discusses how, contrary to popular belief, Leonard's tax bill won't be substantially lower if he were to play in California.

  • The Fight Over DOJ's New Wire Act Opinion Continues

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    While the New Hampshire Lottery Commission secured an early victory this month in the court battle over the U.S. Department of Justice's drastic November 2018 shift on the Wire Act, the gambling industry remains stranded in limbo, say Christopher Tellner and Katharine Fogarty at Kaufman Dolowich.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Can Improve Their Job Interviews

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    When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Fateful Phone Call

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    When I was growing up, my mother was always the more mild-mannered parent. But during a trans-Atlantic phone call in 1991, when I told her I wanted to go to culinary school instead of law school, she started yelling — at a volume I had never heard from her, says Jason Brookner of Gray Reed.

  • Law Firms Can Do Better With Their Mentoring Programs

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    There are a few practical, proactive steps law firms can take to create a mentoring program that pays dividends — instead of creating a mediocre program that both parties see as an obligation, says Kate Sheikh of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • The Latest Developments In Criminal Cases Against Execs

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    This spring, there was some noteworthy news in white collar government investigations impacting executives, including the first successful prosecution in the opioid bribery scheme and the first criminal charges for failure to report under the Consumer Product Safety Act, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • 'Rocket Docket' Justifies Its Name For 11th Straight Year

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia “rocket docket” is still the fastest federal civil trial court in the country despite some recent trends causing its median time to trial to grow to 13.2 months, says Robert Tata of Hunton.

  • 10 Labor And Employment Considerations In Esports

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    As new companies enter the esports space — which could reach revenues of $1.1 billion in 2019 — the importance of proactively addressing potential labor and employment issues is highlighted by the industry’s unique characteristics, say Jonathan Stoler and Daniel Masakayan at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • Native American Law And Policy: Midyear Report

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    Attorneys at Akin Gump explain ​the significance of ​10 recent developments in ​Native American ​law and policy as we approach the halfway point of 2019.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

  • Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

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    What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

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    There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

  • Keys To Communicating A Law Firm's Mission

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    Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.