Sports & Betting

  • August 11, 2020

    Ex-SoulCycle Exec Says COVID-19 Used As Pretext To Fire Her

    A former SoulCycle executive accused the company Tuesday in New York federal court of offering "shifting, nebulous excuses" for retaliating against her for taking maternity leave, before finally landing on the COVID-19 pandemic as pretext to illegally fire her.

  • August 11, 2020

    FaceBank Files For IPO Following FuboTV Tie-Up

    Virtual entertainment company FaceBank Group on Tuesday filed for an initial public offering guided by Wilson Sonsini and Cooley LLP, just four months after it merged with sports-focused streaming service FuboTV and as sports games continue to face shutdowns over coronavirus concerns.

  • August 11, 2020

    NCAA Football Players Wield Collective Power Amid Virus

    As the major NCAA conferences consider canceling or postponing the football season due to the spread of COVID-19, players across the country have banded together to push for universal health protections as part of an unprecedented collective uprising that could ultimately shift the balance of power toward college athletes.

  • August 11, 2020

    Dean Foods Strikes Ch. 11 Deal Over Gambler's Restitution

    Milk producer Dean Foods told the Texas bankruptcy court Monday that it has reached a deal for its bankruptcy estate to get roughly $8.9 million in restitution from a professional gambler convicted of insider trading as part of an alleged scheme involving a former company officer.

  • August 11, 2020

    Supreme Court Won't Halt NCAA Education Benefits Ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday refused the NCAA's request to stay a ruling striking down the organization's limits on what education-related benefits schools can provide to athletes.

  • August 11, 2020

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

    Financial relief from public and private sources poured in over the past week for multiple populations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including Delaware and New Jersey renters, Garden State landlords and small businesses, and California small businesses.

  • August 11, 2020

    Google's Fitbit Bid Faces Varying Levels Of Data Concerns

    Google's deal for fitness tracking outfit Fitbit comes amid mounting global pressure to address the dominance of large technology firms. European watchdogs have already raised concerns, but it's not clear U.S. antitrust enforcers will follow suit.

  • August 11, 2020

    Feds Won't Seek Prison For Reported 'Varsity Blues' Tipster

    Federal prosecutors will not seek prison time for a California man who admitted to participating in a $164 million pump-and-dump scheme and also reportedly tipped off the government to the existence of the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case.

  • August 10, 2020

    MGM Units, Vegas Unions End COVID-19 Dispute

    Las Vegas casino unions and MGM Resorts announced on Monday that they have resolved a dispute centering on allegations that the resorts' "unreasonable" COVID-19 rules didn't protect employees.

  • August 10, 2020

    Texas Reps. Urge Senate To Take Up Tribal Gambling Bill

    A group of Texas lawmakers called for the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee to consider a bill that would allow two tribes to offer electronic bingo in the state, saying the legislation would generate much-needed jobs and revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • August 10, 2020

    Gibson Grabs Ex-Skadden Tax Partner For New York Office

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has announced that a former Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP partner joined the firm's New York office as a partner this month.

  • August 10, 2020

    Okla. Tribes Sue To Void Gov.'s Gaming Deals With Rivals

    Four Native American nations have sued Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and the federal government in D.C. federal court, seeking to void gaming compacts he signed with two other tribes after separate courts decided the governor didn't have the right to negotiate the deals.

  • August 10, 2020

    Creditors Ask For Hold On Bonuses In 24 Hour Fitness Ch. 11

    24 Hour Fitness' unsecured creditors have asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to delay considering the gym chain's request to pay up to $9 million in performance bonuses to its executives until the creditors can get more information on the proposal.

  • August 10, 2020

    BLM Spurs Employers To Look More Closely At Implicit Bias

    With the Black Lives Matter movement prompting a national conversation about racial justice and diversity, many employers are redoubling their efforts to keep unconscious bias from seeping into hiring, firing and promotion decisions.

  • August 10, 2020

    UK Tax Probes Into Soccer Pros Over Image Rights Skyrocket

    HM Revenue and Customs is investigating hundreds of professional soccer players over their tax affairs as the U.K.'s tax authority scrutinizes image rights deals it believes are being used to dodge tax, according to figures published Monday by accountants UHY Hacker Young.

  • 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. 

Expert Analysis

  • Lesser-Known Litigation Funding Best Practices For Attorneys

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent publication of third-party litigation funding guidance, Jiamie Chen and Dai Wai Chin Feman at Parabellum Capital outline some additional considerations, including the ethical limitations on single-case funding and the futility of economic prenegotiations between attorneys and their clients.

  • Opinion

    ADA Protects Lawyers With Disabilities, But We Must Do More

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    As an attorney with cerebral palsy, Danielle Liebl at Reed Smith says that while the 30-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act has protected her against discrimination, the legal industry must do more to accommodate lawyers with disabilities and make them more comfortable in self-identifying.

  • Perspectives

    Legal Deserts Threaten Justice In Rural America

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    Many small towns and rural counties have few lawyers or none at all, which threatens the notion of justice for all Americans and demands creative solutions from legislators, bar associations and law schools, says Patricia Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

  • 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.

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