Sports & Betting

  • March 11, 2024

    Denver Sportscaster Says Kroenke Punished Him For Rehab

    A Hispanic Denver sports broadcaster opened up to a Colorado federal jury Monday about his substance abuse struggles and stint in a drug rehabilitation center, laying out how he was subsequently treated differently by management for Altitude Sports & Entertainment LLC and its parent company, pro sports empire Kroenke Sports & Entertainment LLC.

  • March 11, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player Knocked Colo. Woman Unconscious, Suit Says

    A Colorado woman has accused a former NFL player of knocking her unconscious when he tried to stop her from leaving a party last spring, several months before he pled guilty to criminal charges stemming from brandishing a gun on the Las Vegas Strip.

  • March 11, 2024

    3rd Circ. Unsure Of Reasons To Halt Del. Assault Weapon Ban

    A Third Circuit panel seemed to lean toward letting Delaware keep its ban on so-called assault weapons and extended magazines during arguments Monday, with Judge Stephanos Bibas pressing gun rights advocates on their claim the ban should have been blocked solely on the grounds that a Second Amendment violation may have taken place.

  • March 11, 2024

    Entire Deadspin Staff Cut After Site's Sale To European Firm

    All existing employees of sports blogging site Deadspin have been laid off after finding out Monday that the blog's owner, private equity-backed G/O Media Inc., has agreed to sell the site to European firm Lineup Publishing for an undisclosed price.

  • March 11, 2024

    Court Mulls Fees, Potential Sanctions In NFL Poaching Case

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has ordered sports agency powerhouse CAA to pay legal fees to a rival shop for slow-walking discovery in a case over the alleged poaching of former NFL wide receiver Kenny Golladay, holding off on firmer penalties until trial.

  • March 11, 2024

    NJ Hoops League Treated Black Father Unfairly, Suit Says

    A New Jersey man is suing the Mount Olive Basketball Association in federal court alleging it did not impose any penalties on white individuals involved in a spat over a coach's conduct that got him banned from attending his children's basketball games.

  • March 11, 2024

    CBD Co. Says Investors' Fraudulent Intent Claims Fall Short

    Canopy Growth Corp. is urging a New York federal court to throw out claims that it misled investors about the prospects of a sports nutrition subsidiary, saying the proposed class action fails to establish a motive for the alleged fraud or that the cannabis company was aware that any statements it made were false.

  • March 11, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery became a hot topic in New Orleans last week as litigators and judges at an annual convention acknowledged the First State's corporate law preeminence is under scrutiny. Back home, the court moved ahead on disputes involving Meta Platforms, Abercrombie & Fitch and Donald Trump.

  • March 08, 2024

    SF Giants Don't Owe Penalties To Stadium Staff For Late Pay

    The San Francisco Giants defeated claims that they owed ballpark concessionaires accrued wages after each work assignment, as a California state appeals court ruled that an amendment to a termination pay law retroactively nullified a worker's claims. 

  • March 08, 2024

    Dartmouth Hoops Union Could Touch Off Legal Madness

    A recent vote by the Dartmouth College men's basketball team to form a union could set the stage for the next round of litigation in shaping the rights of collegiate athletes, but experts told Law360 some steep obstacles could stand in the way of a breakthrough ruling that turns student athletes into full-fledged employees.

  • March 08, 2024

    Ill. Justices Give Hockey Player's Disability Suit Another Shot

    A former high school hockey player can pursue disability discrimination claims against youth hockey organizations that barred her for having depression, as the Illinois Supreme Court ruled Friday that the organizations' action amounts to barring someone from a public space under the state's Human Rights Act.

  • March 08, 2024

    League Of Legends Maker Facing $1B Suit Over FTX Promos

    League of Legends video-game maker Riot Games has been hit with a potential billion-dollar class action accusing the company of fraud and conspiracy for its alleged role in helping deceive investors of the collapsed FTX cryptocurrency exchange platform.

  • March 08, 2024

    Kaiser Doesn't Want To Underwrite Seattle Soccer Site

    Kaiser Foundation Health Plan says a real estate company is trying to make the health insurer "a de facto financier" of a massive development plan that includes a Seattle Sounders FC soccer training facility, according to a complaint filed in Washington state court.

  • March 08, 2024

    School Can't Halt Basketball Championship Over Disputed Call

    A New Jersey appellate panel on Friday denied a local school board's emergency request to halt a high school championship basketball on Saturday, holding that the state's interscholastic athletic association's regulations do not allow for the appeal of a game official's call.

  • March 08, 2024

    Off The Bench: Dartmouth Union, Iowa Betting Case Folds

    In this week's Off The Bench, Dartmouth College men's basketball players vote to unionize over the school's objections, a probe into Iowa State University athletes' gambling activities fizzles amid warrantless search allegations, and a Wimbledon champion gets her doping suspension reduced. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • March 08, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Seeks Leniency For $22M Theft

    A former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee who pled guilty to embezzling $22 million from the team over a three-year period made a remorseful request to a Florida federal judge for a sentence that does not include prison time.

  • March 08, 2024

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

    This past week in London has seen Barclays initiate legal proceedings against top Russian private bank JSC Alfa-Bank; Lex Greensill, founder of the collapsed Greensill Capital, suing the U.K.'s Department for Business and Trade; Wikipedia's parent company hit with a libel claim; and a sports journalism teacher filing a data protection claim against Manchester United FC. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 08, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Fried Frank, Latham

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, Viavi acquires Spirent, Cadence Design Systems purchases Beta Cae Systems International, and United Rentals buys Yak.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

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    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

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    In A 'Barbie' World: Boosting IP Value With Publicity Machines

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    Mattel's history of intellectual property monitoring, including its recent challenge against Burberry over the "BRBY" trademark ahead of the "Barbie" film, shows how IP enforcement strategies can be used as publicity to increase brand value and inform potential collaborations, says Carly Duckett at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

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    ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • The NIL Legislation Race: CAEFA And Ted Cruz's Draft Bill

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    Christina Stylianou and Gregg Clifton at Lewis Brisbois compare legislation pertaining to the name, image and likeness rights of college student-athletes, including the College Athlete Economic Freedom Act and Sen. Ted Cruz's draft bill that would restrict an athlete's eligibility to compete if an NIL agreement violates their university's student code of conduct.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Anticipating The Impact Of 2 Impending New Title IX Rules

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    Two major amendments to Title IX — which the U.S. Department of Education is expected to finalize next month — would substantially alter the process schools must use for sexual discrimination complaints and limiting student participation in athletics based on gender identity, says Rebecca Sha at Phelps Dunbar.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Future Of NFTs Uncertain As SEC Takes Hawkish Approach

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent and first non-fungible token enforcement action against Impact Theory raises questions about the future of digital assets and the SEC's broad interpretation of securities law, and there will be no safe space for digital assets until courts or Congress clarify the issue, says Alex More at Carrington Coleman.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

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    In A 'Barbie' World: How To 'Grow Up' IP With Fan Creations

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    As seen with the recent popularity of the "Barbie" movie, adults are increasingly engaging with child-oriented intellectual property — and previous legal battles between toy-makers and entertainers over fan creations offer lessons in determining when to fight infringement and when to embrace expanded target audiences, says Seokin Yeh at Cole Schotz.

  • A Closer Look At Another HBCU Race Bias Suit Against NCAA

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    The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Academic Performance Program has become a lightning rod for scrutiny, as seen in the recently filed class action McKinney v. NCAA — where statistics in the complaint raise questions about the program's potential discriminatory impact on student-athletes at historically Black colleges and universities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • '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.

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