Sports & Betting

  • February 05, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Says Judge Was Wrong About Loofahs

    The Federal Circuit has vacated a lower court ruling that Infinity Headwear & Apparel LLC did not infringe a manufacturer's loofah patent, sending the case back for further proceedings.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-DraftKings VP Gets Noncompete Suit Back Into State Court

    A former DraftKings executive who is fighting noncompete agreements the company is trying to enforce after he left for its rival Fanatics can take his lawsuit back to state court, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, Delaware's chancellor gave us 55 billion reasons to keep an eye on the First State in a case involving Tesla CEO Elon Musk's pay package, while the court of equity also took on cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence, space flight and country music.

  • February 05, 2024

    Dartmouth Men's Hoops Players Get OK For Union Vote

    A National Labor Relations Board official on Monday said players on Dartmouth College's men's basketball team are employees and can vote to unionize, teeing up a test of college athletes' organizing rights.

  • February 05, 2024

    Chancery Scuttles Skechers Stockholder Derivative Suit

    A Delaware Court of Chancery judge has allowed executives of comfort shoe company Skechers USA to beat feet out of a stockholder suit accusing top brass of using corporate aircraft for personal trips, at a cost to the company.

  • February 05, 2024

    NCAA Athletes Seek Cert. In Payouts Case Sparked By Alston

    Current and former college athletes suing the NCAA over claims they were stiffed on payments authorized by the U.S. Supreme Court in its recent Alston decision moved on Friday to certify a class numbering tens of thousands of student-athletes, saying this is a "prototypical case for class certification."

  • February 05, 2024

    NIL Suit Heats Up: 'NCAA Defends A World That Doesn't Exist'

    The states of Tennessee and Virginia have ripped the NCAA's defense of its name, image and likeness rules by ridiculing the organization's claim of protecting athletes against professionalism, exploitation and classification as employees, which the states said "defends a world that doesn't exist.''

  • February 05, 2024

    NFL Pro Pushed Miss. Officials To Harass Woman, Suit Says

    A Mississippi woman has accused law enforcement and a county prosecutor, among others, of callously helping an NFL player intimidate her after they had a yearlong sexual relationship, as part of a campaign to stop the plaintiff from publicly disclosing the relationship.

  • February 05, 2024

    A-Rod's SPAC Solidifies Satellite Mobile Phone Co. Merger

    Just over a month after signing a nonbinding letter of intent to merge, Goodwin Procter LLP-advised satellite-to-phone business Lynk Global Inc. and Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Slam Corp., the blank-check company of former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, have entered into a definitive agreement to merge in a $800 million deal.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ex-Broker Loses 2nd Circ. Appeal In Sports Crypto Scam Case

    The Second Circuit on Monday affirmed a jury verdict convicting a former securities broker of stealing over $600,000 from investors who believed he was creating a sports-themed cryptocurrency.

  • February 02, 2024

    Med Biller Who Posed As NBA Star, NFL Atty Gets 12 Years

    A Long Island medical biller was sentenced to 12 years in prison Friday after being convicted of bilking over $600 million from insurance companies through fraudulent billing submissions and impersonating NBA star Marcus Smart and the NFL's general counsel.

  • February 02, 2024

    MGM Challenges Mich. Tax For Ill. Riverboat Sale

    An MGM subsidiary argued in a lawsuit filed Friday in Michigan state court that it doesn't owe the state taxes for the sale of the company's 50% stake in a riverboat casino that didn't touch its operations in Michigan, contesting corporate income tax and penalties the state assessed.

  • February 02, 2024

    Ohio Gov. DeWine Backs NCAA's College Prop Bet Ban Idea

    Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has called for a change in gambling rules in the Buckeye State to prohibit "prop bets," or wagers dealing with specific players' performance in sporting events such as their total touchdowns, from being placed on collegiate-level athletes, citing threats made to those athletes by gamblers.

  • February 02, 2024

    NCAA Hoopster Reinstated As Judge Questions Transfer Rule

    A New Jersey federal judge late Friday reinstated a Rutgers basketball player whom the NCAA had suspended for 15 games, ruling that the organization cannot keep him off the court using a now prohibited transfer eligibility rule and that he had shown that doing so would cause him irreparable harm.

  • February 02, 2024

    New England Patriots App Harvests Users' Data, Suit Claims

    A Massachusetts man has hit the New England Patriots with a proposed class action alleging the team's app surreptitiously tracks and shares users' personal information, including location data accurate to within 40 feet, in violation of federal video privacy laws.

  • February 02, 2024

    New Fanatics Exec Sues To Block DraftKings Noncompetes

    A DraftKings executive who left to accept a position at rival Fanatics has sued his former employer, claiming his noncompete agreements contain provisions that are illegal and unenforceable.

  • February 02, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Adds Entertainment, Sports Pro In LA

    An entertainment attorney with more than 40 years of experience representing high-profile artists, studios and filmmakers has moved his practice to Fox Rothschild's Los Angeles office.

  • February 02, 2024

    Diamond Sports Inks 2024 Broadcast Deals With 3 MLB Teams

    Bally Sports Network will broadcast the upcoming major league baseball season for The Cleveland Guardians, The Texas Rangers and The Minnesota Twins, its parent company told a Texas bankruptcy court Friday, with the renegotiated telecasting deals coming weeks after it announced a plan to emerge from bankruptcy.

  • February 02, 2024

    Off The Bench: NIL In Court, $3B Golf Deal, Angelos Sells O's

    In this week's Off The Bench, the NCAA's legal woes mount as two states lob antitrust claims against its name, image and likeness payment rules, the PGA Tour secures a $3 billion investment as talks with LIV Golf trudge on, and the Angelos family sells its stake in the Baltimore Orioles.

  • February 02, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Simpson, Wachtell Lipton

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Rise Growth Partners receives a $250 million investment, a group of investors led by Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein acquires a controlling stake in MLB's Baltimore Orioles, The Cigna Group sells multiple Medicare businesses to Health Care Service Corp., and WillScot Mobile buys McGrath RentCorp.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-Server's Injunction Bid Not Valid, NJ Trump Golf Club Says

    A Trump Organization-owned golf club has called on a New Jersey state court to dismiss a former server's request for an injunction as she seeks to void a nondisclosure agreement she claims an attorney induced her to sign after the server accused a manager of sexually harassing her.

  • February 01, 2024

    NCAA Punishes Ex-Ala. Baseball Coach In Gambling Scheme

    The NCAA on Thursday penalized former University of Alabama baseball head coach Brad Bohannon with three years probation and a $5,000 fine for violating betting and ethics rules by knowingly sharing insider information with someone he knew was betting on one of his games.

  • February 01, 2024

    5 Mass. Rulings You Might Have Missed In January

    Massachusetts justices in Suffolk County's Business Litigation Session weighed in on the impact of a major ruling involving Robinhood Financial, a proposed class action on overdraft fees charged by a credit union, and two pandemic-related cases. Here are five January decisions that might have flown under the radar.

  • February 01, 2024

    U. Of Tenn. Athletic Director Rips NCAA's NIL Rules, Probe

    University of Tennessee Athletic Director Danny White blasted the NCAA over its policies regarding name, image and likeness compensation for athletes on Thursday, criticizing the governing body's investigation of the school for using NIL to recruit prospects and accusing it of using the university "as an example for their own agenda.''

  • February 01, 2024

    Golf's Existential Crisis Just Got A $3 Billion Jolt

    The restructuring of professional golf began to take shape this week with a $3 billion outside investment for the PGA Tour, leaving attorneys and academics with even more questions about the flagship promotion's already murky negotiations with its Saudi-backed rival LIV Golf.

Expert Analysis

  • 7 NIL Considerations For Brand Deals With Student-Athletes

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    While the constantly changing laws, rules and regulations for name, image and likeness in collegiate athletics are difficult to navigate, the benefits of a brand's successful NIL marketing campaign can outweigh the challenge of traversing this complex framework, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Knicks Suit Shows Need For Leagues To Protect Big Data

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    The New York Knicks' recent lawsuit alleging a former employee took trade secrets to the Toronto Raptors shows sports leagues — both professional and amateur — should prepare for future litigation in this realm, given the growth of analytics and statistics in front offices, says Kevin Paule at Hill Ward Henderson.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: The UK

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    Following Brexit, the U.K. has adopted a different approach to regulating environmental, social and governance factors from the European Union — an approach that focuses on climate disclosures by U.K.-regulated entities, while steering clear of the more ambitious objectives pursued by the EU, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Why 7th Circ. Libel Ruling Is Crucial For The Media

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    As more defamation plaintiffs attorneys argue that allowing a published statement to remain online after additional evidence of falsity emerges equates to actual malice, the Seventh Circuit's recent National Police Association v. Gannett opinion should be lauded by the media and online publishers as a favorable decision, say attorneys at Vedder Price.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Diamond Sports Cases Shed Light On Executory Contracts

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    Recent Texas bankruptcy cases involving telecast fees payable by Diamond Sports to certain Major League Baseball teams provide a window into the dynamic relationship that can develop between debtors and counterparties under some executory contracts, say Joseph Badtke-Berkow and Robin Spigel at Allen & Overy.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • A Look At Competition Enforcers' 2026 World Cup Game Plan

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    Ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup, competition authorities of the host nations, the U.S., Mexico and Canada, have recently launched a joint initiative to police collusive schemes, setting an example for other countries' cross-border collaboration — so companies pursuing tournament opportunities should take note, say Carsten Reichel and Will Conway at Norton Rose.

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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.

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