Sports & Betting

  • March 07, 2024

    Petition Watch: Student Athletes, Oil Spills & Preemption

    The U.S. Supreme Court receives thousands of petitions for review each term, but only a few make the news. Here, Law360 looks at four petitions filed in the past three weeks that you might've missed: questions over whether student athletes have a business interest in being eligible to play college sports, how much oil is needed to qualify as an oil spill, whether an exemption to the Fourth Amendment applies to artificial intelligence and whether consumers can sue drug companies under state law for violating federal regulations.

  • March 07, 2024

    Atlanta Stadium Not Liable For Football Brawl, Ga. Court Says

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday upheld a trial court's ruling that Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium can't be held liable for injuries a woman sustained in a brawl at a 2017 college football game, but said the men she fought with will have to face her assault and battery claims.

  • March 07, 2024

    USA Swimming Wants Watchdog Org To Pay For Probe Case

    USA Swimming filed a lawsuit in Colorado state court Thursday against a sports nonprofit seeking indemnification for a Washington lawsuit over allegedly false sexual misconduct accusations against a minor swimmer, arguing that the nonprofit should have to pay for the litigation because it bungled an investigation into the misconduct allegations.

  • March 07, 2024

    11th Circ. Told Workers Unfairly Paid With Reduced Golf Rates

    Three men who were classified as volunteers at a Florida for-profit municipal golf course urged the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to reverse a lower court decision dismissing their lawsuit alleging they were denied fair wages after only being compensated with discounted fees on rounds of golf, saying they should get the chance to prove they were employees.

  • March 07, 2024

    Penn State Suit Sets Off Debate Over Trademarks' Function

    The Pennsylvania State University and sports apparel retailer Vintage Brand are locked in a legal battle that could force courts to reexamine how trademarks function in merchandise licensing and potentially make it harder to prevail on counterfeiting claims, according to attorneys.

  • March 07, 2024

    Nike, Others Score Win In 'Ballin' Campaign TM Suit

    A Texas federal judge has officially thrown out a graphic designer's trademark infringement suit against companies like Nike Inc., agreeing with a magistrate judge's decision that found his use of the mark "ballin" was minor.

  • March 07, 2024

    Va. Senate Leaves Proposed NBA, NHL Arena Out Of Budget

    The plan to build a $2 billion sports and entertainment complex to house the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals in the northern Virginia suburbs was derailed on Thursday, when it was left out of the upcoming budget approved by the state Senate's Finance and Appropriations Committee, leaving questions about if or when the project will be revived.

  • March 07, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Reddit, Cisco, LeBron James-PGA Tour

    Reddit's IPO could fetch a $6.5 billion valuation, European antitrust regulators are likely to approve Cisco's $28 billion acquisition of cybersecurity firm Plunk, and LeBron James is among parties interested in investing up to $3 billion combined to support the PGA Tour. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • March 07, 2024

    Feds Want 7 Years For Jaguars Worker Who Stole $22M

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida judge Thursday to sentence a former employee of the Jacksonville Jaguars to seven years in prison because he "betrayed" the football team when he embezzled $22 million to "live in the fast lane."

  • March 07, 2024

    Robinhood Teams With Rich Paul, Klutch To Expand To Sports

    Robinhood is partnering with Klutch Sports Group to help it extend its reach into sports, entertainment and media, with Klutch founder and CEO Rich Paul as its strategic brand adviser, the financial investment app announced Thursday.

  • March 07, 2024

    Bike Parts Co. Faces Sanctions Threat Over Court Shopping Bid

    A Georgia federal judge on Wednesday threatened to sanction a bike parts manufacturer after it attempted to relocate a patent infringement lawsuit to California, an effort the court said was based on "silence and selective speech" about its corporate ties to the Peach State.

  • March 06, 2024

    Ex-Northeastern Coach Gets 5 Years In Nude Photo Ploy

    A former Northeastern University track and field coach was sentenced by a federal judge to five years in prison Wednesday for a series of schemes to trick young women into providing him with nude or semi-nude photos that he used for his own gratification and shared for clout in online forums that traded in surreptitiously-obtained images.

  • March 06, 2024

    Varsity Brands Can't Nix Expert's Testimony In Cheer Suit

    Cheerleading supply company Varsity Brands won't be able to completely block the expert report of an economist hired by parents who have accused the company of working with others to raise the price of participating in competitive cheerleading, the Tennessee federal judge overseeing the case ruled Wednesday.

  • March 06, 2024

    Federal Lawmakers Want To Protect 172 Acres For Calif. Tribe

    Legislation introduced by two U.S. senators would place 172 acres into trust for a California tribe in an effort to bring its members back to its reservation where they can develop a permanent home.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feb. 2025 Trial Set In $1B Ronaldo Binance Promo Suit

    A Florida federal judge has set a February 2025 trial date and other pre-trial details for the proposed class action against soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo related to his role in promoting embattled crypto platform Binance.com, following the failure of the parties to file their joint scheduling reports.

  • March 06, 2024

    USA Swimming Can't Avoid Botched Probe Suit, Parent Says

    A parent criticized USA Swimming for trying to dodge liability in a lawsuit saying her young son was vilified and humiliated by false sexual misconduct allegations, arguing the national swimming governing body can't claim immunity because another organization investigated the allegations.

  • March 06, 2024

    Antisemitism Org. Slams Ex-Hockey Player's Defamation Suit

    An antisemitism watchdog group has said it should not have to face a former University of Michigan hockey player's defamation suit for calling him antisemitic after the student was caught spray-painting offensive graffiti in front of the campus' Jewish cultural center, arguing the group's speech is protected by the First Amendment.

  • March 06, 2024

    Sports Illustrated Betting Platform To Be Shut Down

    The turmoil at Sports Illustrated continued Wednesday as its partner 888 Holdings PLC announced that it was terminating its sportsbook agreement with the brand's parent company, saying the scale of operating costs in the United States has made the venture untenable.

  • March 06, 2024

    Gambling Ring Honcho Cops Plea After 13 Years On The Lam

    A man who helped run a multimillion-dollar online gambling ring has pled guilty after 13 years as a fugitive in Antigua, Boston federal prosecutors said.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feds Get More Time To Reply In Fla. Casinos Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday granted the federal government a 30-day extension to reply to two Florida casino operators' petition for a writ of certiorari that seeks to reverse a decision that found a compact allowing online sports betting off tribal lands is lawful.

  • March 06, 2024

    Wimbledon Champ Scores Significant Doping Ban Reduction

    Romanian professional tennis player Simona Halep has secured a victory in her appeal of a doping ban, with the Court of Arbitration for Sport reducing her period of ineligibility from four years to nine months because her violation was found to be unintentional.

  • March 06, 2024

    BowFlex Gets OK For $25M DIP, Plans On April Sale

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge on Wednesday gave BowFlex permission to draw on $25 million in Chapter 11 financing as the exercise equipment company heads for what it said will be an April asset sale.

  • March 05, 2024

    Court Has No Cause To Deny Casino Land Request, Tribe Says

    A Michigan tribe urged the D.C. Circuit to reverse a lower court's ruling blocking it from acquiring land for two casino developments, arguing there's no dispute it bought the land to generate gaming revenue and that the Supreme Court and Congress have recognized its endeavor.

  • March 05, 2024

    Parents Can't Get Redo Of Youth Soccer Concussion Suit

    A Maryland appeals court won't upend a win for a youth soccer club and others in a suit over a 14-year-old's concussion during practice, saying even if they violated state law by failing to provide information about concussions, the parents haven't shown any proof that this failure caused the injury.

  • March 05, 2024

    Gibson Dunn AI Leader On Weathering The AI Policy Blizzard

    Like a mountaineer leading a team through a snowstorm, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's artificial intelligence co-chair Cassandra L. Gaedt-Sheckter is guiding companies developing and using artificial intelligence through a blizzard of new laws and regulations coming online in Europe and the U.S., saying that assessing AI risks is the North Star to mitigating them.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Blind Side' Family Case Is A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys

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    Former NFL player Michael Oher's recent allegations against Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy that they never legally adopted him and tricked him into conservatorship — which paint a very different picture than the 2009 film "The Blind Side" — demonstrate the importance of attorney due diligence and safeguards against abuse of process, says Roland Weekley at Smith Gambrell.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • The NIL Legislation Race: CAPCA And The PASS Act

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    Christina Stylianou and Gregg Clifton at Lewis Brisbois compare the College Athletes Protection and Compensation Act and the Protecting Athletes, Schools, and Sports Act — two of the latest bills introduced to federally regulate publicity rights for the name, image and likeness of college student-athletes.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Pickleball Makes Waves In Fla. Real Estate, With Risks In Play

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    Pickleball's burgeoning popularity in Florida is catalyzing a transformation in the state's commercial real estate market, but investors must take steps to navigate legal challenges related to noise, insurance and community dynamics, says Emmanuelle Litvinov at DarrowEverett.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Opinion

    Has The NCAA Not Learned NIL Policy Lessons Of The Past?

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    The NCAA has applied its heavy hand — which has been slapped back by courts and legislatures — again, saying that colleges must comply with its name, image and likeness policies even if they conflict with state laws, but recent antitrust decisions might caution against its reasoning, says Kenneth Jacobsen at Temple University.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Questions On Kid Brands In Gambling Ads

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    A recent "Barbie" film marketing partnership with a casino raised some eyebrows as the iconic children's toy brand was being used to promote gambling in possible contravention of advertisement regulations for adult activities, but the campaign's particularities signal that the shtick may comport with responsible ad principles after all, says Abbey Block at Ifrah Law.

  • For Tribes, Online Gambling May Soon Be A Safe Bet

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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' proposed changes to the Indian Gaming Regulation Act would expressly allow tribes to execute compacts with states that enable online gambling and sports betting activities, strengthening tribes' ability to position themselves in the gambling industry despite protests from casino operators, says Blair Will at Hall Estill.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Will Spur Challenges To No-Action Letters

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent Clarke v. U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission decision that withdrawing no-action letters constitutes a final agency action subject to judicial review means federal agencies should expect more challenges to the practice, which has been criticized for failing to provide clear standards and enabling agencies to change course abruptly, say attorneys at Sidley.

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