Sports & Betting

  • October 11, 2019

    3rd Circ. Upholds Nike, Port Authority Wins In Title VII Rulings

    In two opinions Friday, Third Circuit panels upheld lower court rulings granting early judgment in favor of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and Nike Inc. in Title VII suits brought by two former employees that alleged discrimination and retaliation.

  • October 11, 2019

    Chancery Lets 1 Claim Survive In $40M Sporting Co. Sale Suit

    The Delaware Chancery Court dismissed all but one of six counts Friday in a suit accusing majority investors in a sporting and fitness goods manufacturer of unfairly pushing through a $40 million company sale that left the minority, including the company’s two founders, with nothing.

  • October 11, 2019

    Nike Ends Running Program In Wake Of Coach's Doping Ban

    Nike has abruptly shut down its professional long-distance running program, the Nike Oregon Project, less than two weeks after an American Arbitration Association panel hit the program's head coach with a four-year ban for doping charges, the company confirmed Friday.

  • October 11, 2019

    Chicago Man Ran Illegal Sports Gambling Business, Feds Say

    A Chicago resident ran an illegal gambling business and hid that work and related income in a bankruptcy proceeding he initiated to escape a $1.5 million civil judgment, according to charges federal prosecutors made public Friday.

  • October 11, 2019

    No Prison For 'Varsity Blues' Burrito Magnate Who Paid Cash

    Paying his “Varsity Blues” bribe in cash saved a frozen foods entrepreneur from spending time behind bars, as he became the first parent to plead guilty in the college admissions case and avoid prison time following a Friday afternoon hearing.

  • October 11, 2019

    Pa. Court Flags $700K Judgment Over Eagles Game Fight

    A Pennsylvania state appeals court on Friday reversed a $700,000 judgment awarded to a Dallas Cowboys fan who claimed the Philadelphia Eagles were negligent in providing security at their home stadium, ruling the team could not have anticipated a fight happening in the stadium bathrooms.

  • October 11, 2019

    Ex-NFLer Can't Avoid Depo In Disability Benefits Suit

    A Florida magistrate judge has ordered a former NFL lineman to give a deposition in his suit against the league's retirement and disability plans as they attempt to claw back $831,000 in benefits, while cutting out questions that have already been answered by other sources.

  • October 10, 2019

    NBA Backs Free Speech But Likely To Tiptoe With China

    A tweet by the Houston Rockets general manager in support of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong put NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in a lose-lose situation in trying to mend the league's lucrative relationship with China and still defend freedom of expression, a situation experts say will force NBA players and executives to tread carefully in commenting on China.

  • October 10, 2019

    Both Sides Seek Wins In 'Lotto' Web Domain Dispute

    The owner of an online gambling company urged an Arizona federal court Wednesday to grant him a win in his suit accusing an Italian sportswear company of hijacking registered internet domains, while at the same time the sportswear maker pushed for the man's claims to be axed.

  • October 10, 2019

    9th Circ. Rejects Latest NFL Bid To Derail 'Sunday Ticket' Suit

    DirecTV subscribers scored a win Thursday when the Ninth Circuit denied the NFL’s bid for a rehearing en banc on the court’s decision to revive an antitrust fight over the pay-TV service's "NFL Sunday Ticket."

  • October 10, 2019

    Judge Tosses Two Ex-Hockey Players' Concussion Suits

    The Minnesota federal judge who oversaw a $19 million settlement between the NHL and players who sued it for allegedly lying about concussions has tossed a pair of closely related suits, finding she does not have jurisdiction because neither player had enough of a connection to the North Star State.

  • October 10, 2019

    Ex-NFLer Stiffed Benefits Consultants On Fees, Suit Says

    A Florida consulting company is suing a former NFL player, saying in a state court complaint Thursday that he has failed to pay up on a $100,000 contract after the company helped him receive disability benefits from the league.

  • October 10, 2019

    Suit Claiming NFL Cheated Illinois Clinic Moved To Texas

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday sent to the Northern District of Texas a suit by an Illinois clinic claiming the National Football League told Cigna not to pay out on the league's health plan, arguing it should be consolidated with a similar case the clinic already has in that district.

  • October 10, 2019

    Rising Star: Quinn Emanuel's Ellyde Thompson

    Ellyde Thompson of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP crafted arguments to help two MLB players accused of buying performance-enhancing drugs overcome a news organization's First Amendment defense to their defamation claims, earning her a spot among sports and betting law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • October 09, 2019

    Lawmakers Urge NBA To Cut China Ties Over Hong Kong Row

    A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers urged the NBA on Wednesday to suspend its operations in China, marking the latest development in a fracas kicked off by a general manager's tweet last week in support of ongoing anti-government protests in Hong Kong.

  • October 09, 2019

    Motorcycle Club Must Face Port-A-Potty Death Suit

    The family of a man who died after being knocked over by a defective port-a-potty at a California motorcycle rally can sue the club that ran the event because it may have been grossly negligent to not post warning signs, a state appeals court has ruled.

  • October 09, 2019

    LA Rams Suit Could Shine Light On NFL Team Moves

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a bid by the Los Angeles Rams to pause a lawsuit over the team's contentious departure from St. Louis, in a dispute experts say could lift the curtain on the NFL's process for team relocations amid a slew of team moves in recent years.

  • October 09, 2019

    Worker, Mom 'Brazenly' Poaching Gaming Co.'s Customers

    Illinois' largest video gaming company has accused a marketing employee and his mother of funneling the business' customers to their own venture.

  • October 09, 2019

    US Women's Soccer Team Says Pay Rate Doesn't Add Up

    Soccer players on the U.S. Women's National Team have told a California federal court that if they had been paid at the same rate as the U.S. Men's National Team, they could have each made $2.5 million more.

  • October 09, 2019

    Suit Against USA Taekwondo Over Coach Sex Abuse Revived

    USA Taekwondo can't escape a suit by three athletes claiming it should have protected them from a coach who has since been convicted of raping all three while they were minors, a California appeals court has ruled, reversing a lower court's decision to let the organization off the hook.

  • October 09, 2019

    Rising Star: Proskauer's Krista Whitaker

    Krista Whitaker of Proskauer Rose LLP assisted the Miami Marlins with their $1.2 billion sale to a group led by New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, represented the Ivy League as it locked down a 10-year contract with ESPN and helped the NHL and MLS expand to new cities, landing her among sports and betting attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • October 08, 2019

    49ers To Settle Stadium Accessibility Suit For $24M

    The San Francisco 49ers have agreed to pay $24 million to settle a suit claiming the team’s home stadium doesn’t accommodate attendees with disabilities in a deal the plaintiff class is calling the largest ever of its type.

  • October 08, 2019

    'League Of Legends' Maker Raises A 'Riot' Over Rival's TM Use

    Video game developer and esports tournament organizer Riot Games Inc., the company behind the popular game "League of Legends," on Monday hit esports organizer Riot Squad Esports LLC with a trademark infringement suit alleging the rival is improperly exploiting the "Riot" mark for its own marketing purposes.

  • October 08, 2019

    Sports Orgs. Want 3rd Circ. To Rehear Sports Betting Bond

    The NCAA, NFL, NBA and other sports organizations on Tuesday asked the Third Circuit for an en banc review into a precedential decision last month allowing a New Jersey racetrack to recover a $3.4 million bond and potentially more from an injunction against taking sports bets that the split panel found was wrongfully handed down.

  • October 08, 2019

    Chicago Cubs Hit With IP Suit Over World Series Collectible

    A Chicago Cubs fan claimed Tuesday that the team infringed his copyrighted design with a sculpture that commemorates the team’s 2016 World Series victory and that he says is substantially similar to one he made to celebrate the Cubs’ 1984 season.

Expert Analysis

  • How Emotionally Intelligent AI Could Assist With E-Discovery

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    While artificial intelligence has already revolutionized the e-discovery field, the development of emotionally intelligent AI promises to explore data in an even more nuanced and human way, thereby further reducing the burden on legal teams, say Lisa Prowse and Brian Schrader at e-discovery services provider BIA.

  • Sports Gambling Compliance: Big Money Worth The Wager

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    As America teeters on the edge of a sports betting revolution, both prudent betting operators and the banks they use should roll out tailored compliance programs that effectively manage reputational, regulatory and business risks to avoid civil or criminal penalties, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Preventable Risks Your Law Firm May Be Overlooking

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    Although most lawyers are well-prepared to defend or justify the value of an insurance claim for clients, often law firms have not clearly identified their own potential liabilities, planned for adequate insurance or established prudent internal risk management practices, says Victor Sordillo at Sompo International.

  • 6 Ethics Tips For Attorneys Making Lateral Transfers

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    With lateral transfers between law firms on the rise, it is more important than ever for partners to understand the steps they must take to adhere to ethics rules and other requirements when making a transition, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

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    By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

  • The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

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    Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

  • Opinion

    True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

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    While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.

  • 2nd Circ. Ruling Holds Key Lessons On Harassment Probes

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    In Menaker v. Hofstra University, the Second Circuit’s opinion demonstrates how accused harassers who have been fired can successfully file Title VII discrimination complaints, and also that proper handling of harassment investigations can minimize liability for such claims, says Sarah Indrawes at McDermott.

  • Roundup

    Pursuing Wellness

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    In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.

  • What To Do When A Private Equity Firm Wants Your Business

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    With private equity firms clamoring to put an increasing supply of dry powder to work, business owners should come to the bargaining table prepared, and resist the temptation of a quick, off-market deal, say David Kaufman and Nathan Viehl at Thompson Coburn.

  • How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

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    While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Focus On Firm Holistic Health Training

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    Our most concerted efforts toward implementing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge, which we signed one year ago, have centered on educating attorneys and staff by including well-being components in firm trainings and professional development programs, says Andrew Glincher at Nixon Peabody.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

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    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

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    Judging A Book: Jackson Reviews 'When Should Law Forgive?'

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    Readers of Martha Minow's new book "When Should Law Forgive?" will be exposed to a refreshingly robust vision of justice that transcends myopic perspectives of wrongdoing and punishment, says U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia.