Sports & Betting

  • August 07, 2020

    Ex-NFL Players' Painkiller Suit Revived By 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a suit by former National Football League players alleging the league made them take opioids and other painkillers to get back on the field before they were healthy.

  • August 07, 2020

    NJ Gym's Atty Exits Virus Battle Over 'Strategy' Dispute

    A New Jersey gym's attorney pulled out Friday from its high-profile brawl with the state over COVID-19 restrictions after the lawyer said he refused to pursue a certain "litigation strategy" demanded by the business as it faces possibly more than $15,000 in daily sanctions for defying pandemic measures.

  • August 07, 2020

    Judge Hems In WilmerHale U. Mich. Abuse Investigation

    The University of Michigan may continue its investigation into sexual assault allegations against a former sports doctor but must receive court approval for any communications with potential victims, a federal judge ruled Thursday after plaintiffs raised concerns about the WilmerHale-led review.

  • August 07, 2020

    XFL Hands Off League To The Rock In $15M Ch. 11 Sale

    A $15 million offer from a group that includes actor and former wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got a Delaware bankruptcy judge's nod Friday as the winning bidder for the XFL's struggling assets, potentially salvaging another season of spring football.

  • August 07, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Backs Fitbit's PTAB Win On Pedometer Patent Claim

    The Federal Circuit has affirmed a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that invalidated one claim in a Blackbird Technologies LLC step-counting patent that was challenged by Fitbit Inc. and Wahoo Fitness, saying substantial evidence supports the board's conclusion.

  • August 07, 2020

    Former Angels Staffer Gave Tyler Skaggs Fentanyl, Feds Say

    A former communications director for the Los Angeles Angels has been accused of distributing fentanyl that may have caused the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs last year, according to a criminal complaint unsealed Friday in Texas federal court.

  • August 07, 2020

    WWE Can't Dodge Stock-Drop Suit Over Saudi Relationship

    World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. can't avoid a proposed investor class action, because investors have been persuasive in alleging that the company misled them about its souring relationship with Saudi Arabia, a New York federal judge has ruled.

  • August 07, 2020

    Employee Of 'Varsity Blues' Mastermind Strikes Plea Deal

    A former employee of William "Rick" Singer, the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" college admissions cheating scandal, agreed to plead guilty Friday after being charged with fraudulently taking online classes for students.

  • August 07, 2020

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

    The past week in London has seen a U.K. insurance technology company take aim at PwC after an acquisition went south, a major cruise line sue to curb travelers' insurance claims, and the U.K.'s criminal investigator file for civil recovery from a real estate company. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • August 06, 2020

    Start Date For First 'Varsity Blues' Trial Delayed Until February

    A Massachusetts federal judge in the "Varsity Blues" case on Thursday delayed the September start of the first group of parents facing trial until February after federal prosecutors and the parents both agreed they wanted the trial date pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

  • August 06, 2020

    Deals Rumor Mill: TikTok, Tencent, Japan Post

    A deal for TikTok could cost Microsoft up to $30 billion, Tencent aims to merge two of China’s top gaming-focused streaming companies, and Japan Post hopes to sell struggling Australian logistics business Toll Holdings. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week that you need to be aware of.

  • August 06, 2020

    Ex-PIMCO CEO Rips Solitary Quarantine In Admissions Case

    The former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Co. spent the first 29 days of his nine-month prison sentence in the "Varsity Blues" case alone in a 77-square-foot prison cell for nearly 24 hours per day due to the COVID-19 pandemic — a harsh sentence that prosecutors have acknowledged, but have not addressed, according to his latest bid for release into home confinement.

  • August 06, 2020

    Oakland A's Say Calif. Allows Toxic Releases Near Future Park

    The Oakland Athletics baseball team said Wednesday the California Department of Toxic Substances Control has endangered the community near its planned new stadium by allowing a metal shredder facility to release toxic chemicals into the air and water.

  • August 06, 2020

    Litigation Funder Seeks Sanctions In 'Gears Of War' Fee Row

    A litigation funder urged a Pennsylvania federal judge to sanction a solo practitioner and an attorney with Haines & Associates PC for continuing to claim fees for work on an unsuccessful bid to win compensation for an ex-NFL player who said his voice and likeness were used without his permission in the "Gears of War" video game.

  • August 06, 2020

    24 Hour Fitness Floats Senior Manager Bonuses In Its Ch. 11

    Gym chain 24 Hour Fitness told the Delaware bankruptcy court Wednesday it is seeking to pay 22 of its senior managers up to roughly $9 million in bonuses if certain performance benchmarks are met as the company moves forward with what has been a strife-ridden Chapter 11.

  • August 05, 2020

    Ex-WWE Star's IP Brawl Over Failed Venture Ends In Mistrial

    A Tennessee federal judge has granted a mistrial in a sprawling trademark suit concerning WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett's wrestling promotion and production company and its failed merger with Toronto-based Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions.

  • August 05, 2020

    Sandy Hook Families Say Remington Snubbing Them In Ch. 11

    Families of victims of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School rebuked Remington on Wednesday for leaving them off of its Chapter 11 bankruptcy creditors list, saying that damages they are seeking in litigation should be included.

  • August 05, 2020

    Kobe's Fame Doesn't 'Evaporate' Outside Of LA, Widow Says

    Kobe Bryant's widow says transferring venues would be pointless in her suit seeking to hold a pilot and helicopter company liable for the deaths of the basketball legend and their daughter, because Bryant's fame does not "suddenly evaporate" outside Los Angeles County.

  • August 05, 2020

    Risk Of Breaching Sanctions Adds To Ransomware Headache

    Companies facing extortion demands from cybercriminals have encountered a new form of risk in recent months over whether paying such a ransom could violate sanctions issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, industry attorneys say.

  • August 05, 2020

    Ex-NCAA Coach Faces Wrongful Death Suit Over Fatal Punch

    A former Wake Forest University basketball coach who was recently sentenced to probation for fatally punching a man in New York City is now facing a civil suit from the man's family.

  • August 05, 2020

    Europol Warns Banks Are Used To Launder Match-Fixing Cash

    Criminal networks that generate millions from match-fixing are channeling dirty money through banks and other payment systems, according to a Europol study published Wednesday.

  • August 04, 2020

    NCAA Can't Halt Ruling Uncapping Athlete Education Benefits

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday denied the NCAA's bid to pause an order striking down rules that limited the education-related benefits schools may offer athletes, following the organization's bid to have the U.S. Supreme Court take up the case.

  • August 04, 2020

    Ex-MSU Recruiter Suit A 'Collateral Attack,' Coach's Atty Says

    A lawsuit from an ex-Michigan State University football recruiter targeting counsel for the team's head coach is an impermissible "collateral attack" on a previous federal litigation in which the recruiter and his attorney were cited for misconduct, according to a Tuesday motion.

  • August 04, 2020

    CBS Says Fired Worker Can't Undo Deal To End Her Bias Suit

    CBS Sports on Tuesday urged a New York federal court to enforce a purported confidential settlement with a former employee who'd alleged race and gender discrimination, slamming her bid to reopen her case as a mere "change of heart" that can't nullify their agreement.

  • August 04, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Legal and enforcement battles related to the COVID-19 pandemic raged this week with cases continuing to surge in various regions, as the East Coast states divided their time between responding to the pandemic and preparing for Tropical Storm Isaias. 

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing Upward And Downward Trends In Legal Tech

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    Advances in legal technology are often accompanied by bombastic overstatements, but it is important to separate the wheat from the chaff by looking at where various technologies stand on the hype curve, says Lance Eliot at Stanford Law School.

  • Opinion

    ABA's New Guidance On Litigation Funding Misses The Mark

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    The American Bar Association should revise its recently approved best practices on third-party litigation funding as they do not reflect how legal finance actually works and could create confusion among lawyers, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • What Firms Should Ask Before Hiring Attorneys From Gov't

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    In the final year of any presidential administration, there is an undeniable appetite on the part of large law firms for government-savvy legal talent, but firms need to first consider how they will actually utilize their new star hire, says Michael Ellenhorn at Decipher.

  • The Ethics Of Using Chatbots For Legal Services

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    Delegating legal work to robots involves several risks, including running afoul of statutes dictating unauthorized practice of law, but with the right precautions, law firms can lawfully employ artificially intelligent chatbots that can imitate human conversations, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.

  • FIFA Ruling Brings New Risks For Development Bank Projects

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    After the Second Circuit's recent decision upholding FIFA officials' bribery convictions, foreign businesses with multilateral development bank-sponsored projects whose financing emanates from the U.S. must ensure they are not violating U.S. wire fraud statutes, even if commercial bribery is legal in the foreign country, says Joshua Ray at Rahman Ravelli.

  • Houston Rockets' Virus Coverage Claims Face Key Hurdles

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    The NBA's Houston Rockets' recent insurance coverage claims for interruption losses due to COVID-19 may not survive summary judgment or trial because of clearly worded policy requirements and the absence of direct physical damage, say Glenn Jacobson and Mark Binsky at Abrams Gorelick.

  • Opinion

    ABA Must Seize Opportunity To Respond To Bar Exam Chaos

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    The challenges of administering bar exams this year have put the future of the profession in jeopardy, but the American Bar Association at its ongoing annual meeting can adopt a resolution that would urge jurisdictions to take emergency actions with respect to licensure of new attorneys, says Nicholas Allard, former president of Brooklyn Law School.

  • How Pandemic Is Affecting The Pace Of Judicial Opinions

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    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way judges work, but how has it impacted the volume of work product they generate? Ben Strawn and Omeed Azmoudeh at Davis Graham investigate using data from the PACER federal courts registry.

  • 6 Steps For Law Firms Looking To Improve Their Culture

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    The COVID-19 crisis represents an inflection point for law firm culture, and smart firm leaders will take advantage of this moment to build innovation-welcoming environments that support partners, associates, business services teams and clients alike, say Jennifer Johnson at Calibrate Legal and Kathleen Pearson at Pillsbury.

  • Virtual Courts Amplify Lawyers' Corporate Spokesperson Role

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    Greater access to virtual court proceedings during the pandemic means an increased likelihood that legal arguments will jump from the courtroom to the court of public opinion, so counsel must tailor statements with the client's reputation in mind, says Mike Dolan at Finsbury.

  • Law Firms Must Note Pandemic's Outsize Impact On Women

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • The 'Rocket Docket' Show Goes On Despite Setbacks

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    After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Minors In Pro Esports Bring 3 Critical Legal Considerations

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    The burgeoning esports industry's domination by younger players, including minors, creates additional legal hurdles to plan and account for in the areas of education requirements, labor law restrictions and contract enforceability, say Ben Gipson and Ben Mulcahy at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Pandemic Lays Bare The Inequities Inherent In The Bar Exam

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    The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.

  • Understanding The 5 Stages Of Mediation In A Virtual World

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    Mediation is a process with defined stages, but the rise of virtual mediation may inject changes into each stage that may soon spread to in-person mediations and influence the expectations of participants, says Wynne Carvill at JAMS.

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