Attorneys for major professional sports leagues who spoke at a conference on Saturday showed that leagues are still not aligned on the issue of betting even as broader legalization now seems inevitable, while also showing unity on maintaining the integrity of games.
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Sports Leagues Differ On Betting After High Court Ruling

Attorneys for major professional sports leagues who spoke at a conference on Saturday showed that leagues are still not aligned on the issue of betting even as broader legalization now seems inevitable, while also showing unity on maintaining the integrity of games. Read more »

NFL Calls For Congress To Standardize Sports Betting

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday responded to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck federal restrictions on sports betting by urging Congress to establish uniform standards for the states that legalize the practice. Read more »

Cruise Co. Breaking Deal To Pay $76M For Calls, Class Says

Attorneys for people suing a Caribbean cruise marketing company over claims it made millions of unsolicited robocalls told an Illinois federal judge the company is violating the terms of their settlement agreement in an attempt to keep from paying its $76 million maximum. Read more »

Pizzeria Can Fire Worker Who Criticized Boss: NLRB Judge

A National Labor Relations Board judge has rejected charges that a Maryland pizzeria violated federal labor law by firing a worker who insulted his boss at a meeting, saying the worker was just voicing personal gripes rather than fighting for better work terms. Read more »

College Athlete Publicity Rights In Fantasy Issue Heats Up

Daily fantasy sports operators FanDuel and DraftKings on Friday told the Indiana Supreme Court they do not need permission to use the names, likenesses and statistics of college athletes in their pay-to-play contests, while the athletes said the opposite in a lawsuit that is raising the issue of who owns such information as fantasy sports, and now sports betting, spread across the country. Read more »


Construction Manager Cops To $3.4M Embezzlement Scheme

A former construction manager accused of embezzling millions of dollars from his Dallas-based employer admitted in a plea deal on Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice that he signed off on fraudulent invoices and agreed to pay back up to $3.4 million. Read more »


Exotic Dancers Denied Quick Win In Misclassification Suit

Exotic dancers did not demonstrate several of the companies that allegedly failed to pay them proper wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act were actually their employers or prove the dancers should not be classified as independent contractors, a Wisconsin federal judge ruled Monday. Read more »

NYC's Meatball Shop Hits Houston Eatery With TM Suit

The popular New York City eatery The Meatball Shop is suing over a restaurant at a Houston airport called The Magnolia Meatball Shop, saying it infringes the chain’s trademarks. Read more »

Atty Rips Timeshare Co.'s 'Attacks' In Contract Exit Suit

A lawyer for a former marketing executive blasted Westgate Resorts Ltd.'s renewed bid for sanctions against the two of them in its suit alleging the marketing firm illegally interferes in the timeshare development company’s contracts with owners, urging a Florida federal court Monday to stop any more “attacks” on counsel. Read more »

SD Shouldn't Get Quick Win Over Excise Tax, Tribe Argues

Federal Native American law precludes a state excise tax on contractors working on an Indian casino, the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe said in a recent reply brief, asking a federal court to reject South Dakota’s arguments in its tax dispute.   Read more »


Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC. Read more »



Why Smaller Firms Are More Keen To Enter The Cloud

Law offices adopted cloud-based solutions in greater numbers last year, but for the most part, smaller firms are leading the charge, with BigLaw's relative slowness attributable to a reluctance to abandon large IT infrastructures already in place and lingering concerns about security and cost. Read more »

Law Firms Are Doing Just Fine, And That's The Problem

Ten years after the Great Recession sent the legal industry reeling, the majority of law firms have stabilized, but by focusing more on survival than on innovation, firms have left themselves open to newer, less obvious threats to this tentative status quo, a new report says. Read more »

After Kozinski, 9th Circ. Sets New Workplace Policies

Months after the resignation of Ninth Circuit Judge Alex Kozinski following allegations of sexual harassment, the appellate circuit on which he sat rolled out a series of policy changes aimed at preventing workplace harassment for court employees, according to a statement Monday. Read more »


Atty Hopefuls With Criminal Records Face Hazy Paths Forward

Tarra Simmons had the sort of resume that might seem like she could sail through the bar application process, but her application was nearly denied because she also has a criminal record. Different states have a range of views on admitting attorneys with criminal records, and thanks to a lack of data and lack of transparency, such applicants can face an uncertain path forward. It’s an issue that’s getting increasing attention and leading some to seek reforms. Read more »

Ogletree Sex Harassment Row Likely Headed To Arbitration

A California judge on Monday tentatively ruled a Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner must arbitrate his suit alleging he was sexually harassed by a shareholder at his former firm, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC, saying Ogletree’s arbitration agreement holds up even if the suing attorney never signed it. Read more »

Calif. Bar Exam Pass Rate Still Falling, Hits Record Low

Only 27.3 percent of attorney hopefuls who took the California bar exam earlier this year passed, a record low, according to data released Friday by the State Bar of California. Read more »


15 Minutes With PepsiCo’s General Counsel

Dave Yawman didn’t give much thought to becoming the general counsel at PepsiCo, where he has worked for nearly 20 years, until the day after he was asked to fill the position in November. Here, he discusses the changes at the global food and beverage corporation during his tenure and the way discontent can lead to success. Read more »

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