Sports & Betting

  • March 14, 2024

    DraftKings' Employment Feud With Former VP Heats Up

    The battle between DraftKings and one of its former vice presidents intensified in Massachusetts federal court Thursday, with the online sportsbook sharpening its allegations of corporate espionage and the erstwhile executive calling to wipe out the suit entirely.

  • March 14, 2024

    DraftKings Gets PTAB To Ax Claims In 5 Gaming Patents

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found a host of claims across numerous peer-to-peer gaming patents weren't valid, handing a win to challenger DraftKings Inc. as part of a larger intellectual property fight.

  • March 14, 2024

    NLRB Certifies Dartmouth Men's Basketball Player Union

    Dartmouth College must bargain with its men's basketball team after the National Labor Relations Board certified the players' recent landmark vote to unionize with the Service Employees International Union on Thursday, but a legal challenge looms.

  • March 14, 2024

    NFL Had Ample Cause To Deny Disability Benefits, Court Says

    A Texas federal judge has tossed a former NFL player's suit against the league for denying him permanent disability benefits, following the recommendation from a magistrate judge who determined that, although injuries ultimately ended his football career, eight different doctors had said he was capable of working.

  • March 14, 2024

    University Must Face Softball Coach's Pay Bias Claims

    A Hawaii federal judge wouldn't entirely toss a female university softball coach's wage inequality suit against the school, ruling the two male coaches she referenced as being paid more for the same job cast doubt on the university's claim she was paid fairly.

  • March 14, 2024

    NBA Ref Fired Over COVID Vax Refusal Can Get Benefits

    A Manhattan federal court ruled that an NBA referee who was fired for refusing to get the COVID-19 vaccine for religious reasons can get his retirement benefits, rejecting the league's contention that the prospect of his reemployment made him ineligible.

  • March 14, 2024

    Ore. Skateboard Church Denied Tax Break Over Late Purchase

    A tax-exempt Oregon church serving Portland skateboarders is not entitled to a property tax exemption because it did not own its property before the statutory deadline for commencing its charitable activities, the Oregon Tax Court has decided.

  • March 14, 2024

    Financier Denies Misusing Proceeds In Mike Ashley Dispute

    Financier Amanda Staveley has denied misusing a £10 million ($12.8 million) loan provided by former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley to pay a consultant, saying it was a legitimate brokerage payment to secure the takeover of the English football club.

  • March 13, 2024

    Cowboys Owner Defeats Alleged Daughter In Defamation Suit

    The remaining portion of the defamation case filed against Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones last year by a woman claiming to be his daughter was tossed Wednesday by a Texas federal judge, who sided with Jones' claim that references to the woman's actions as a "shakedown attempt" did not constitute malice or reckless disregard for the truth.

  • March 13, 2024

    Peloton Beats Wiretapping Suit Over Chat Feature, For Now

    Peloton defeated, for now, a proposed privacy class action alleging it uses third-party software to eavesdrop on its website users' communications via its chat function after a California federal judge found the plaintiff doesn't assert that any chat contents were intercepted or that personal, sensitive information was shared.

  • March 13, 2024

    Workers Say Dick's Hid Existence Of Sales Commissions

    Dick's Sporting Goods withheld sales commissions and breached contractual obligations to inform sales workers of their eligibility for commissions, a group of workers alleged in a proposed class action filed in Wisconsin federal court.

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-NFLer Faced Racism As School Superintendent, Suit Says

    A former NFL player was subjected to racism as the first Black superintendent of schools in Wayland, Massachusetts, and was forced out of his job when he took steps to address it, according to a suit filed Wednesday in state court.

  • March 13, 2024

    3 Mo. Men Face Gun Charges Over Super Bowl Parade Shooting

    Prosecutors unveiled federal firearms charges against three men Wednesday following an investigation into the mass shooting that occurred during the Kansas City Chiefs' Super Bowl parade and celebration last month.

  • March 13, 2024

    KKR Leads $500M HarbourView Music-Backed Financing

    HarbourView Equity Partners said Wednesday it has secured about $500 million in debt financing through a music asset-backed securitization led by KKR, which will be used to further expand HarbourView's music investment capabilities. 

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-TopGolf Worker Claims Unfair Firing Over Wage Complaint

    A former food service worker for an Alabama TopGolf facility was fired after a manager cursed at and threatened to physically assault her for using profanity in complaining about earning subminimum wages, according to a suit filed in federal court.

  • March 13, 2024

    Beckett Collectibles Says Steph Curry Suit Filed Too Late

    Beckett Collectibles has asked a Texas federal court to toss a complaint by Alt Platform over the alleged alteration of a rookie Steph Curry trading card, arguing the statute of limitations has run on the lawsuit's sole claim of negligent misrepresentation.

  • March 13, 2024

    Patriots Owner Flags $2M Lien On 'Useless' Skydiving Facility

    The real estate business of New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft asked a Massachusetts judge to discharge a $2 million mechanic's lien on a defunct indoor wind tunnel and skydiving attraction at a shopping center next to the football team's stadium.

  • March 12, 2024

    Pilates Giant Xponential Hid Studio Closures, Investor Says

    Executives and directors of fitness brand franchiser Xponential were hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging the company was damaged when media reports uncovered that Xponential had concealed from investors that dozens of its fitness studios had permanently closed and most of its brands were operating at a monthly net loss.

  • March 12, 2024

    2 Miami Police Employees Plead Guilty To COVID Relief Fraud

    Two former Miami Police Department employees, one of whom is the sister of ex-Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem, have pled guilty to felony charges for their roles in separate COVID-19 relief fraud schemes, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Roberto Clemente's Family Appeals Puerto Rico TM Loss

    The family of the late MLB Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente is asking the First Circuit to revive trademark claims against Puerto Rico for the unauthorized use of the former Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder's image on license plates and vehicle registrations.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Gets 6.5 Years For $22M Embezzlement

    A Florida federal judge sentenced former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee Amit Patel to six years and six months in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty last year to embezzling more than $22 million from the team that was eventually used for online gambling.

  • March 12, 2024

    Barstool Sports Hit With Copyright Suit Over Wildfire Video

    A videographer has accused Barstool Sports Inc. of using his footage of the Marshall fire in Superior, Colorado, on its Instagram page without his permission, according to a lawsuit filed in New York federal court.

  • March 12, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Golf Course Volunteers Aren't Owed Pay

    The Eleventh Circuit agreed with a lower court's dismissal of a wage lawsuit brought by attendants at a golf course owned by Palm Beach County, Florida, saying Tuesday that the workers were not owed wages under federal labor law because they knew they signed up for volunteer positions.

  • March 12, 2024

    Detroit Tigers Say Age Bias Suit Should Be Thrown Out

    The Detroit Tigers urged a Michigan federal court to throw out a suit from two former scouts who said they were fired as part of a systemic push to get rid of older employees, saying both men are included in a similar proposed class action in Colorado.

  • March 11, 2024

    NFL QB Dak Prescott Sues Over Alleged $100M Extortion Plot

    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott filed a lawsuit Monday in Texas state court accusing a woman of trying to extort $100 million by falsely claiming the football player sexually assaulted her.

Expert Analysis

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    ESG Around The World: Japan

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    Japan is witnessing rapid developments in environmental, social and corporate governance policies by making efforts to adopt a soft law approach, which has been effective in encouraging companies to embrace ESG practices and address the diversity of boards of directors, say Akira Karasawa and Landry Guesdon at Iwata Godo.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • How ESG Is Taking Women's Soccer To The Next Level

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    Several elite soccer teams sharpened their competitive edges for the 2023 Women's World Cup by focusing on environmental, social and governance issues at home, demonstrating that many industries can use the principles of ESG investing to identify opportunities to increase growth, improve performance and address stakeholders' desires, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • What An NCAA Drug Test Change Could Mean For Cannabis

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    If the NCAA follows through with its decision to remove cannabis from its banned list of substances, it will affect college athletes, athletic directors, public relations employees, and marketing departments at universities and colleges, and it will have a significant economic effect on the cannabis industry, say Stanley Jutkowitz and Sydney Jenkins at Seyfarth.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • The Case For Culture Assessments In Sports Programs

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    As hazing allegations against collegiate sports teams and subsequent lawsuits become more prevalent, culture assessments can be implemented as a critical tool to mitigate risks including hazing, lack of gender equity and racism in athletic programs, say attorneys at Squire Patton.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

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    ESG Around The World: European Union

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    As the EU makes ESG regulation a priority, companies — both those based in the EU and others just doing business there — need to keep abreast of myriad new legislation that has either already taken effect or will in the near future, as noncompliance could result in fines, damages and director liability, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • A Breakdown Of The New Florida Digital Privacy Law

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    The recently signed Florida Digital Bill of Rights has higher jurisdictional thresholds than other state data privacy laws, and incorporates unique provisions that expand opt-out rights, protect children online and prohibit government officials from moderating content, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Tossed FIFA Bribery Convictions May Spur New DOJ Offense

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    After a New York federal court vacated the bribery convictions of two defendants in the U.S. Department of Justice’s sprawling FIFA probe, prosecutors may continue to pursue foreign commercial corruption through other means, albeit with some limitations, say attorneys at Cleary.

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