Sports & Betting

  • February 01, 2024

    Ole Miss Player Brings Tossed Discrimination Suit To 5th Circ.

    A University of Mississippi football player who accused the school and its head football coach of kicking him off the team for taking a mental health break will take his case to the Fifth Circuit, after a federal judge tossed the lawsuit out.

  • February 01, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Aramco, Reddit IPO, Figure AI

    Saudi Arabia is planning a follow-on offering of state-run oil giant Saudi Aramco that could raise $10 billion, Reddit is being advised to pursue a $5 billion valuation in its coming IPO, and Microsoft and OpenAI are considering investing $500 million in a humanoid robotics startup. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

  • January 31, 2024

    Operators Of Texas College's Sports Website Punt Privacy Suit

    A Texas federal judge has tossed a putative class action accusing a pair of companies that run the athletics website for the University of Texas at Austin of unlawfully sharing video-viewing information with Facebook, finding that the plaintiff didn't qualify as a covered "subscriber" and calling on Congress to step in to resolve an emerging circuit split on the issue. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player, Reptile Co. Can't Toss Worker's Sex Abuse Suit

    A Colorado state judge rejected ex-NFL player Chadwick Brown's bid to toss claims that he sexually abused the now-former controller for his reptile shipping company, finding that she sufficiently alleged the former linebacker caused her severe emotional distress.

  • January 31, 2024

    Davis Polk, Latham Lead Amer Sports' Below-Range $1.4B IPO

    Amer Sports Inc., which owns the iconic brands Wilson tennis rackets and Louisville Slugger baseball bats, priced its initial public offering Wednesday at just under $1.4 billion, below its price range, represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • January 31, 2024

    Calif. Court Axes Appeal Over Clippers Signing Kawhi Leonard

    A California appellate court refused on Tuesday to revive a man's claims that he was bilked out of $2.5 million after helping the Los Angeles Clippers sign superstar Kawhi Leonard in 2019, saying there's no evidence of such an agreement between the man and team consultant Jerry West.

  • January 31, 2024

    House Hears TV's Struggles With Sports' Move To Streaming

    Sports fans are the "last bastion holding the pay TV system together," a House committee heard Wednesday morning at a hearing aimed at helping lawmakers grapple with the changing landscape of sports media as it begins to migrate onto streaming platforms.

  • January 31, 2024

    NFT Co. NBA Top Shot Wants To Block User's Privacy Suit

    The issuer and licensors behind non-fungible token marketplace NBA Top Shot told a California judge to toss a proposed class action over the platform's use of a tracker that passed user data to Meta Platforms Inc. since users agreed to certain information sharing when they logged onto the site and transactions on the platform are meant to be public.

  • January 31, 2024

    DraftKings Hacker Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    A Manhattan federal judge hit a 19-year-old man with a year-and-a-half-long prison sentence Wednesday for hacking DraftKings user accounts in a cyberattack that ultimately cost the sports-betting site more than $1 million, calling the case a "tragedy."

  • January 31, 2024

    Super League Co. Says UEFA 'Escalating' Antitrust Behavior

    The sponsor of the would-be European Super League accused the Union of European Football Associations of doubling down on allegedly anti-competitive behavior meant to suffocate its rival even after Europe's top appeals court deemed such conduct illegal.

  • January 31, 2024

    NCAA Sued By Tenn., Va. Over 'Anticompetitive' NIL Policies

    The attorneys general of Tennessee and Virginia have taken direct aim at the NCAA's policies on name, image and likeness, claiming in a federal antitrust suit filed Wednesday that by overriding state regulations and banning NIL for recruiting athletes, the NCAA "is thumbing its nose at the law.''

  • January 31, 2024

    Carlyle Co-Founder, Ripken Jr. Among Orioles $1.73B Buyers

    The Angelos family has agreed to sell a controlling stake in the Baltimore Orioles to a group of investors led by lifelong fan David Rubenstein, a native of the city and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, in a $1.725 billion deal led by three law firms, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • January 31, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Moves To Ditch Atty, Yank Plea

    A Seattle-based physician accused of generating false invoices for a group of NBA players to submit to the league's healthcare plan has asked a Manhattan federal judge to let him drop his attorney, citing a difference of opinion over his trying to back out of his plea agreement.

  • January 31, 2024

    PGA Tour Gains US Partners As Saudi Talks Drag On

    The PGA Tour has partnered with a group of investors that includes several owners of U.S. pro sports franchises in a deal worth up to $3 billion, an agreement reached while negotiations continue to complete its proposed merger with the Saudi-based investment fund that owns rival LIV Golf.

  • January 30, 2024

    Chancery Denies Dismissal Of $1.3B Paysafe De-SPAC Suit

    A stockholder challenge to the blank-check company deal that took payment platform Paysafe Group public in 2021 survived dismissal arguments Tuesday, in a from-the-bench Delaware's Court of Chancery finding that the case raised reasonably conceivable disclosure claims about the $1.3 billion deal.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fans Fight Commanders' Arbitration Bid Over Railing Collapse

    NFL fans suing the Washington Commanders told the Fourth Circuit that a lower court correctly denied an attempt to compel arbitration and that the district court's ruling was "properly based" on the facts of the case filed over injuries the fans sustained from a rail that collapsed in a stadium.

  • January 30, 2024

    Insurer Ordered To Pay Casino $55K In Attorney Fees

    An insurer must pay a Las Vegas casino and resort more than $55,000 in attorney fees after a Nevada federal judge sanctioned the carrier in September, ruling that the insurer failed to produce relevant portions of its claims manual during a COVID-19 coverage dispute.

  • January 30, 2024

    Houston Must Face Suit Over Councilman's Golf Cart Mishap

    An en banc panel of the Texas First District Court of Appeals found on Tuesday that the city of Houston is not immune in a suit alleging one of its council members ran over a man's foot with a golf cart, saying there's a factual dispute about whether the council member was using or operating the cart at the time.

  • January 30, 2024

    US Skating Team Gets 2022 Gold After Arbitration Ruling

    The International Skating Union on Tuesday declared that the U.S. is the retroactive winner of the 2022 Olympic gold medal for team figure skating, an announcement that comes one day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva violated Russian doping rules, making all her results since Dec. 25, 2021, invalid.

  • January 30, 2024

    Saudi Arabia's Lawyers Pressed On Subpoena Impasse

    Senators investigating Saudi Arabia's U.S. business ties have urged the kingdom to comply with their subpoenas, accusing the country's Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys of ducking their scrutiny on shaky legal grounds.

  • January 30, 2024

    Video Doesn't Clear Coach Of Assault Claims, Tenn. Panel Finds

    A Tennessee appeals court has reinstated a woman's claims that a rival high school's basketball coach assaulted her 14-year-old son during a brawl at the end of a game, saying video of the incident doesn't clear up what the coach's intent was.

  • January 29, 2024

    Phone Casino Game Maker Can't Seal CEO's Deposition

    A Washington federal judge refused Monday to seal parts of a deposition of High 5 Games LLC's CEO in a class action accusing the casino phone game developer of defrauding players, ruling that the company failed to show how public disclosure would cause "concrete harm."

  • January 29, 2024

    Walbro, Carter Carburetor Put Price-Hike Dispute To Rest

    First Brands Group subsidiary Carter Carburetor and manufacturer Walbro have reached an agreement to resolve claims that Carter improperly raised prices and canceled orders after acquiring Walbro's engine management division, according to a stipulation of dismissal filed in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

  • January 29, 2024

    Ariz. Asks High Court To Review Off-Campus Title IX Liability

    Arizona is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the full Ninth Circuit's split decision that revived a former University of Arizona student's Title IX complaint concerning her claims of assault by a member of the school's football team, arguing clarification is needed on liability for off-campus incidents.

  • January 29, 2024

    2 Firms Steer Flutter's Bid For Additional US Listing

    Shares of sports-betting company Flutter began trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange following a secondary listing steered by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP that could mark Flutter's first step toward moving its primary venue from London to New York.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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.

  • Series

    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.

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