Sports & Betting

  • May 19, 2022

    'Varsity Blues' Course-Taker Avoids Prison After Cooperating

    A woman who took online classes for high school clients of the "Varsity Blues" mastermind won a time-served sentence on Thursday after arguing that she played a minor role in the college admissions and test cheating scheme, and later cooperated with the government's investigation.

  • May 19, 2022

    Ex-Celtic Davis Faces Bail Review In NBA Health Fraud Case

    A Manhattan federal judge said Thursday she will review a bail package for retired Boston Celtics center Glen "Big Baby" Davis after he allegedly violated his conditions of release yet again in the NBA health plan fraud case.

  • May 19, 2022

    Meta Logo Suit May Test How Virtual TM Disputes Unfold

    As companies race to establish their brands in the metaverse, a new lawsuit alleging that Meta's infinity-loop logo is too similar to a Swiss blockchain company's logo could illuminate whether courts are going to play by different rules in the virtual space, attorneys say.

  • May 19, 2022

    Families In FanDuel, DraftKings MDL Seek $335K In Fees

    Families suing online sports betting sites FanDuel and DraftKings in sprawling multidistrict litigation asked a Boston federal judge on Wednesday to approve a negotiated $335,000 sum in fees to the Heninger Garrison Davis LLC attorneys who shepherded their claims to settlement.

  • May 18, 2022

    Steve Wynn Gambles On Who's A Foreign Agent Under FARA

    Former casino mogul Steve Wynn's decision to fight the Justice Department's civil suit alleging he failed to register as a foreign agent of China over a Trump-era lobbying effort is a sign that the GOP megadonor is betting that a court will find he didn't violate the Foreign Agents Registration Act, experts tell Law360.

  • May 18, 2022

    Ex-NFL Player Fights ERISA Classification In Texas Trial

    A retired Super Bowl-winning running back implored a Texas federal judge Wednesday to ignore red herring arguments he believes an NFL retirement plan will present to avoid liability for allegedly violating federal benefits law by denying him placement in a higher benefits class.

  • May 18, 2022

    Gibson Dunn Denied $300K Fee In Contract Dispute, For Now

    A New York federal judge denied Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's bid for more than $300,000 in attorney fees, agreeing Tuesday with the co-founder of a soccer promotion company run by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross that the firm's request is premature because the employment dispute between the one-time business partners is not over.

  • May 18, 2022

    Insurer Wants Yankees Broadcaster Suit Axed Or Moved To NY

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. said a COVID-19 coverage lawsuit from the broadcaster of New York Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games should either be tossed or moved from Delaware federal court to the dispute's "center of gravity" in the Empire State.

  • May 18, 2022

    Not 'Fake Equal Pay': Soccer CBA Hailed As Game-Changer

    The U.S. Women's National Soccer Team is finally on equal footing with their male counterparts thanks to landmark new collective bargaining agreements announced Wednesday that experts say provide a framework for other similarly structured organizations to even out pay disparities.

  • May 17, 2022

    'Meme Coin' Maker Wants Failed Sponsorship Lawsuit Nixed

    The creator of digital assets known as "Let's Go Brandon meme tokens," named for a phrase that went viral among detractors of President Joe Biden, filed a motion Tuesday to permanently dismiss a proposed class action accusing the project of manipulating investors, arguing the suit wasn't properly served and the plaintiff's own statements contradict his allegations.

  • May 17, 2022

    7th Circ. Probes Liberty Mutual's Nassar Defense Fees Payout

    A Seventh Circuit panel pushed a Liberty Mutual unit Tuesday to address why it paid more than $1.4 million toward defense costs incurred by USA Gymnastics during investigations into sexual abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar if it believed a lower court erred when it ordered the insurer to reimburse those legal fees.

  • May 17, 2022

    Sidley Hauls In Sports Industry Duo From O'Melveny

    Sidley Austin LLP has snagged new co-chairs for its entertainment, sports and media industry group from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where they served in a similar capacity.

  • May 17, 2022

    Key Rulings And Cases As COVID Claimed 1M American Lives

    COVID-19's death toll in the U.S. now surpasses 1 million lives, researchers said Tuesday. The fatalities have been a dark backdrop to wide-ranging litigation over failures to protect thousands of older Americans, extraordinary assertions of government power and a historic overhaul of the nation's health insurance system.

  • May 17, 2022

    Ex-NFLers Win Restitution Cutbacks In Benefits Fraud Case

    A Kentucky federal judge on Monday revised the government's "unduly complicated" restitution scheme for a group of former NFL players convicted in a multimillion-dollar health care fraud.

  • May 17, 2022

    Willkie Adds Loeb & Loeb Entertainment Partner In LA

    Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP has expanded its 9-month-old Los Angeles office by adding a Loeb & Loeb LLP entertainment transactional attorney as a partner, the firm said Monday.

  • May 16, 2022

    More Ex-NFL Players Plead Guilty in Health Care Scheme

    Two more former NFL players this month pled guilty to their involvement in a scheme to defraud the league's player health reimbursement plan, the Texas Department of Insurance announced.

  • May 16, 2022

    Houston Rockets Owner Reneged On Drink Deal, Suit Says

    A beverage company hit Houston Rockets owner Fertitta Entertainment Inc. with a breach-of-contract suit alleging Fertitta reneged on a promise to buy and distribute the company's drinks as part of a sponsorship deal with the basketball team.

  • May 16, 2022

    Peloton, NordicTrack Maker Settle Fitness Tech Patent Spats

    Peloton and NordicTrack product maker iFIT said Monday they've reached a settlement that will put to rest litigation between the rival fitness companies, which have been duking it out over patents covering home exercise technology for years in several legal forums.

  • May 16, 2022

    Supreme Court Urged To Revisit Libel 'Malice' In ESPN Row

    A Michigan appellate judge implored the U.S. Supreme Court to untangle the "morass" of defamation law and rein in the "ever-expanding" and "nearly insurmountable" actual malice test, as the court revived a gymnastics coach's libel suit against ESPN.

  • May 16, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Elon Musk kept himself in the spotlight with a cold-feet tweet, a Delaware municipality defended its ordinance on the disposal of fetal tissue, and a law firm got taken to task for leaving too many details out of a court filing. In case you missed any of it, here's a wrap-up of the news last week out of Delaware Chancery Court.

  • May 16, 2022

    Fox Rothschild Faces New DQ Bid In Athlete Startup Case

    A startup seeking to "tokenize" and sell shares of professional athletes said Fox Rothschild LLP should be disqualified from representing investors in a $1 million fraud lawsuit against the company, claiming the firm was "preparing to file the current complaint" while simultaneously representing those now being sued.

  • May 16, 2022

    Seton Hall Kicks Off 3-Day Gaming Law Bootcamp

    Seton Hall University School of Law's third annual gaming law "bootcamp" kicked off on Monday, beginning the three-day event aimed at teaching best practices to sports betting and gaming industry professionals and offering networking opportunities.

  • May 13, 2022

    Foot Locker, Hotel Co. Virus Coverage Suits Fail In La. Courts

    A Louisiana state appellate court declined Foot Locker's attempt to keep its COVID-19 coverage suit against Zurich American Insurance Co. in the Bayou State, while a federal Louisiana judge dismissed a separate suit from a hotel management company against its insurers.

  • May 13, 2022

    Florida Real Estate Roundup: Eden Multifamily, Nuveen, Pulte

    JLL announced Friday that it has been tapped by the Barron Collier Companies to lease Manatee County Logistics Center, a 563,451-square-foot, Class A industrial park that is set to break ground this month in Bradenton.

  • May 13, 2022

    Soccer Promoter Blasts Gibson Dunn's $300K Fee Request

    A co-founder of the soccer promotion company run by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross urged a New York federal judge on Friday to deny Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP's "outrageous" bid to recoup more than $300,000 in attorney fees in an ongoing employment row.

Expert Analysis

  • Overcommunicate With Your Summer Associates This Year

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    2022 summer associates have had limited opportunities for professional interactions due to the pandemic, so supervising attorneys should prioritize intentional overcommunication by emphasizing importance of tone and content of emails, sharing feedback immediately, and more, says Julie Schrager at Faegre Drinker.

  • Nev. Case Highlights Settlement Authority Dilemmas For Cos.

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    A Nevada federal court's recent decision in Ceja v. The Vons Companies illustrates the pitfalls of misinterpreting a court order requiring a representative with full settlement authority to be present at negotiations, and is a reminder to consider that courts differ as to what full settlement authority means in practice, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • From Baseball To Blockchain: The Right Of Publicity In NFTs

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    Much like baseball trading cards, nonfungible tokens derive value from the right of publicity that creates a collectible product, and these rights may provide a valuable alternative to copyrights in addressing the problem of counterfeit NFTs, says Daniel Lifschitz at Johnson & Johnson.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • Calif. College Athlete Pay Bill May Lead To Employment Issues

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    While California’s College Athlete Race and Gender Equity Act may have a difficult time passing, it could open the door for an argument that players at academic institutions should be deemed employees, and schools must examine and prepare for the potential challenges that could be triggered by compensating college athletes, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • The Growing Complexity Of Commercial Rights Issues In NFTs

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    Purchase rights solutions lag the rapid growth of nonfungible tokens as investments, and until this issue is resolved, issuers and purchasers of NFTs will need to grapple with the challenges of applying traditional contract law principles to a technology based on decentralization, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

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