Sports & Betting

  • October 15, 2021

    DOJ Tells 2nd Circ. FIFA, US Soccer Pleading Standard Wrong

    The U.S. Department of Justice told the Second Circuit a lower court set the bar too high when it found that a sports promoter must show an "agreement to agree" between FIFA and U.S. Soccer before it can allege an antitrust violation preventing the promoter from hosting games in the U.S.

  • October 15, 2021

    Polo Star Wants Court To Block Sales Of Cloned Horse

    An Argentine polo star renewed his request Friday for a Florida federal court to block a Texas geneticist from cloning his horse and selling it, arguing that discovery has produced new information about the geneticist's plans to sell more clones.

  • October 15, 2021

    Imminent NFL Race-Norming Deal To Be Sealed, For Now

    The anticipated agreement on how to remove controversial use of race-based norms from the NFL concussion settlement is nearing finalization, but it will be kept under seal, at least for now, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Friday after a request from the league, concussion class counsel Chris Seeger of Seeger Weiss LLP and attorneys for two Black former players.

  • October 15, 2021

    Hockey Fan Hit By Puck At MSG Can't Sue NHL, Rangers

    Madison Square Garden, the New York Rangers and the NHL ducked a suit Thursday from a fan struck by an errant puck when a New York state appeals court affirmed that the venue had gone far enough to protect the fan.

  • October 15, 2021

    3 Firms Construct SPAC Deal For $2.6B Philippines Casino

    The parent of Philippines-based casino and luxury resort Okada Manila will merge with a special-purpose acquisition vehicle in a transaction that features an enterprise value of $2.6 billion and was built by Baker McKenzie, Milbank and Schulte Roth, the companies said Friday.

  • October 15, 2021

    49ers Stadium Contractor To Pay Team $6M For ADA Liability

    The general contractor for Levi's Stadium has agreed to pay $6 million to the San Francisco 49ers for its alleged role in building a purported "disability access nightmare," two years after the NFL team inked a $24 million Americans with Disabilities Act class settlement over the venue.

  • October 15, 2021

    Tether To Pay CFTC $41M Over Stablecoin Reserve Claims

    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission said Friday that Tether will pay $41 million to resolve allegations that it misled the market about its namesake stablecoin being "fully backed" by U.S. dollars.

  • October 14, 2021

    Sports Co. Says Lacrosse Groups Biased Against Black Youth

    Radar Sports Management hit numerous lacrosse groups with a $35 million breach of contract lawsuit on Thursday in New York federal court, saying that it's entitled to millions for the groups' discriminatory tactics after Radar's team was barred from playing in a lacrosse tournament, purportedly to prevent Black youth from participating.

  • October 14, 2021

    IP Forecast: Amazon To Fight 'Jewish Stereotype' Claims

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright next week will hear an Israeli kitchen technology startup's allegations that lawyers for Amazon played on Jewish stereotypes to bias a Texas jury into finding that the retail giant didn't infringe patents on voice-ordering technology. Here's a look at that case — plus all the other major intellectual property matters on deck in the coming week.

  • October 14, 2021

    Former Vegas Riviera Hotel Land Parcel Sold For $120M

    The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's board of directors said it has unanimously approved the $120 million sale of a prime 10-acre land parcel on the Strip to a Chilean casino resort operator, who has agreed to develop the property as a hotel or resort.

  • October 14, 2021

    College Of NJ Students Can't Halt COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

    A New Jersey federal judge refused Thursday to block The College of New Jersey's COVID-19 vaccine mandate, rejecting five students' attempt to get around a U.S. Supreme Court ruling more than a century old on the grounds that the shots at issue are not actually vaccines.

  • October 14, 2021

    NCAA Athletes Want Wage Class Cert., Notice To Thousands

    More than 200,000 college student-athletes could opt in to a federal lawsuit against the National Collegiate Athletic Association if a judge approves a request from the proposed lead plaintiffs for the first stage of certification and notice.

  • October 14, 2021

    Ex-Olympic Skater May Get Bail In Virus Loan Fraud Case

    A New York federal judge said Thursday he'd grant bail for a Slovenian former Olympic figure skater charged with defrauding the federal COVID-19 economic relief program if the former coach guaranteeing the release package acknowledges the risks of backing someone from a country with no extradition.

  • October 13, 2021

    NFL Union's Pursuit Of Washington Probe Emails A Stretch

    Following the resignation of Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden over offensive emails leaked this week, the NFL players union is reportedly demanding the release of hundreds of thousands of other messages tied to an investigation of the Washington, D.C., team, but legal experts say such a broad request is likely out of reach.

  • October 13, 2021

    Interior Bets On Dismissal For Tribal Gambling Suit

    The Department of the Interior said it no longer has a role in a tribal gambling compact that has sparked outrage and lawsuits from a south Florida family gambling dynasty, and urged a D.C. court to dismiss their claims for lack of standing.

  • October 13, 2021

    Calif. Tribe Sues State Over Delayed Gaming Compact Talks

    The Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians has accused California and its governor in federal court of failing to negotiate a new gaming compact in good faith, saying the state wants to hamper its casino operations by repeatedly asking for unacceptable labor relations and other changes.

  • October 13, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Judge Splits Trials For Ex-USC Coach, Official

    "Varsity Blues" prosecutors will have to try a former coach at the University of Southern California separately from a onetime official at the Pac-12 school, a federal judge ruled Wednesday, finding that lumping them into one trial could be unfair.

  • October 13, 2021

    Ex-NBA Player Tony Allen Pleads Not Guilty In Fraud Case

    Retired NBA shooting guard Tony Allen, one of 18 former players charged with defrauding the league's health care plan through fake medical treatments, pled not guilty Tuesday and said through a lawyer he will "prepare his defense."

  • October 13, 2021

    Fried Frank, Cooley Craft SeatGeek's $1.35B SPAC Deal

    RedBall Acquisition Corp. will merge with events tickets marketplace SeatGeek to create a single publicly traded entity with an enterprise value of about $1.35 billion, the companies said Wednesday, in a transaction designed by respective legal advisers Fried Frank and Cooley.

  • October 12, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Verdict Takes Pressure Off Feds — For Now

    Prosecutors' clean sweep in the first trial over the "Varsity Blues" college admissions scheme gives them a road map for victory in future cases without needing to call a central witness who has been accused of stretching the truth, but it leaves the convicted parents with meaty appellate issues, experts say.

  • October 12, 2021

    DraftKings, SPAC Execs Face New Suit Over 3-Way Merger

    A DraftKings investor alleges company leaders deceived shareholders and hurt the online gambling company's prospects when they backed a three-way merger with a special purpose acquisition company and a company tied to illegal gambling and organized crime, according to a derivative suit filed Friday in New York federal court.

  • October 12, 2021

    Newcastle Drops £340M Sale Suit Against Premier League

    Newcastle United's former owner has dropped his lawsuit over the Premier League's blocking of a planned £340 million ($457 million) sale of the English football club to Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, following the league's approval of the takeover upon assurances the Saudi state won't control the club.

  • October 12, 2021

    Insurer Tees Off Golfing Injury Coverage Suits In Va.

    Atlantic States Insurance Co. told a Virginia federal judge Tuesday that it shouldn't have to defend a golf facility and its contractors against a customer's lawsuits alleging he was injured after a pipe in the ball-return system broke.

  • October 12, 2021

    Ex-Coach Gets 1st 'Varsity Blues' Deferred Prosecution Deal

    A former Wake Forest University volleyball coach will avoid trial over his role in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case after striking a rare deferred prosecution deal Tuesday that experts said may be intended as a government olive branch to other defendants still fighting charges.

  • October 12, 2021

    Ex-Yankee Drops Suit Over Historic Mickey Mantle Bat

    Former New York Yankee Joe Pepitone on Monday dropped a suit seeking to reclaim teammate Mickey Mantle's 500th home run bat from the Baseball Hall of Fame after the museum pointed out in federal court papers that he failed to list the item on a 2010 bankruptcy petition and argued it was never his to begin with.

Expert Analysis

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • Tips For Cos. On Ga. College Athlete Endorsement Law

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    Georgia recently joined many other U.S. states in adopting a statute enabling collegiate athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, but some of the law's restrictions diverge from typical expectations of celebrity endorsements and similar arrangements, so potential sponsors must proceed with caution, say attorneys at BCLP.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • College Athlete Employee Status Would Raise Novel Issues

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    A recent declaration that the National Labor Relations Board's office of general counsel now considers certain college athletes employees, if formally adopted by the NLRB, could bring new questions for colleges and athletes on workers' compensation, unemployment insurance, tax liability and more, says Mike Ingersoll at Womble Bond.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

  • What 9th Circ. Privilege Test Means For Dual-Purpose Advice

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    While the Ninth Circuit's recent ruling in In re: Grand Jury confirms that courts should use the primary-purpose test to determine whether communications with both legal and business purposes are shielded by the attorney-client privilege, questions on the application of the test remain, says Scott Tenley at Michelman & Robinson.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: United Natural Foods GC Talks Bottom Line

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    In prioritizing environmental, social and governance initiatives as strategic value drivers, corporate general counsel can leverage meaningful ESG progress to benefit both the business's bottom line and the wider world, says Jill Sutton at United Natural Foods.

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • How ABA Opinion Shifts Alternative Biz Structure Landscape

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion approving lawyers' passive investment in nonlawyer-owned firms eliminates a hurdle for law firms wishing to scale their practice through alternative business structures, but aspiring investors should follow a few best practices, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Vaccine Passport Efforts Need To Stay Mindful Of ADA Title III

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    As questions about vaccine passports' viability under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act prevail, companies should carefully explore whether requiring them of customers and patrons creates legitimate impediments to the full and equal access of public accommodations, say Charles Thompson and Anthony Guzman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: HPE Counsel Talk Effective Board Oversight

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    Governance teams can more effectively shape board oversight of environmental, social and governance issues by ensuring organizationwide agreement on the most relevant issues, building a materiality framework that reflects stakeholder input, and monitoring the integration of ESG into operations, say Rishi Varma and Derek Windham at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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