Sports & Betting

  • November 25, 2020

    NJ Gym Can't Halt Civil Case Over Flouting Virus Shutdown

    A New Jersey gym facing an enforcement order and hefty fine after defying Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19 shutdown orders can't get a civil lawsuit against it paused while the gym's owners battle criminal charges, a state judge has ruled.

  • November 25, 2020

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    Ahead of the long weekend, when Americans are most known for gathering and traveling, Thanksgiving-minded governors laid down more restrictions as COVID-19 cases continued surging over the past week.

  • November 25, 2020

    Sport Supplement Co., Owner Plead Guilty Over Steroids

    The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that a North Carolina man and his sport supplement company pled guilty to a felony charge for illegally distributing steroids with the intent to defraud consumers and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and agreed to forfeit $1.2 million.

  • November 25, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Judge Tells Attys To Prep For Trial Or Withdraw

    Lawyers for parents in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case need to be ready for a trial with adequate precautions or else withdraw from the case, a federal judge in Massachusetts said Wednesday, responding sharply to four defendants' request for a seven-month delay amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  • November 25, 2020

    Ex-Soccer Exec May Face Jail And Sanctions Over Tweets

    A former executive at Fulham Football Club faces sanctions and possible jail time after a judge ruled on Wednesday that he had breached an injunction against disparaging the Premiership soccer team, which he had accused of corruption on Twitter. 

  • November 25, 2020

    Allen & Overy Sued For £12M Over London Stadium Deal

    The owners of London's former Olympic stadium say they are owed almost £12 million ($16 million) by Allen & Overy, blaming the law firm's drafting of a lease with a top English soccer club for leaving them exposed to an expensive dispute over extra seating at the ground.

  • November 24, 2020

    Beth Wilkinson Hit With Lawsuit Amid NFL Harassment Probe

    A dustup involving litigator Beth Wilkinson and her probe of alleged sexual harassment in the Washington Football Team's front office spilled into federal court this month, as a lawsuit aimed to block information tied to a confidentiality agreement from being disclosed.

  • November 24, 2020

    New Washington Football GC Joins Team Amid Turmoil

    Since last summer, the professional football team in Washington, D.C., has taken on a new name, a new coach, a new radio broadcast crew and a new president. Now it's adding a new general counsel.

  • November 24, 2020

    NFL Retirement Plan Faces New Suit Over CBA Disability Cuts

    Three former NFL players hit the league's retirement and disability benefits plans with a proposed class action alleging the retirement plan unlawfully shifted benefits between the plans, a move that set up the league and the players union's controversial agreement to cut disability benefits for potentially hundreds of retired players in the labor agreement reached earlier this year. 

  • November 24, 2020

    CEO Presses Removal Of Judge Who Worked At Debevoise

    The head of a memorabilia auction company has redoubled his effort to convince a New York magistrate judge to bow out from a securities fraud case, objecting to the judge's refusal to exit the litigation because he worked for Debevoise & Plimpton LLP during the 1980s.

  • November 24, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Goldman Properties, Greenberg

    Lennar has reportedly paid $29 million for 43.7 acres in Florida, Goldman Properties is said to have dropped $5.2 million on two Miami properties, and investor Scott Greenberg is reportedly hoping to build a Chicago arena where as many as 80 people could gather to play virtual reality games.

  • November 24, 2020

    Judge Won't Bar Killed Witness' Info From Ex-NFLers' Trial

    A Kentucky federal judge on Tuesday refused to block the use of testimony linked to the cellphone of a slain cooperating witness in an upcoming health care fraud trial against former NFL players.

  • November 24, 2020

    TTAB Says Golf Clubs And Apparel Aren't Related

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board says apparel is not a closely related product to golf clubs, meaning a "Driven Golf" trademark can coexist with a similar "Driven" mark owned by golf powerhouse Ping.

  • November 24, 2020

    Washington Football Team Snags New General Counsel

    The Washington Football Team will bring on Covington & Burling LLP attorney Damon Jones as its staff's new general counsel, according to Jones.

  • November 24, 2020

    NHL Blocks Father's Suit Over Son's Brain Trauma Death

    An Illinois federal judge on Tuesday tossed out a father's lawsuit alleging the NHL's promotion of fights led to his son's eventual death, saying the Labor Management Relations Act preempts most of his claims and the remaining two should be litigated in state court.

  • November 24, 2020

    Baylor Prez Avoids Deposition In Campus Sex Assault Suit

    Baylor University's president won't have to sit for a deposition in a lawsuit over an alleged sexual assault on campus, a Texas appellate court ruled Tuesday, determining the plaintiff failed to demonstrate the president had any "unique or superior knowledge of discoverable information."

  • November 23, 2020

    NBA Star Seeks Docs To See If Judge's Son Presents Conflict

    New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson said attorneys for his former agent suing him for $100 million over their breakup are refusing to produce information needed to assess whether a related matter involving Morgan & Morgan might present a conflict for the Florida state court judge overseeing his case, since the judge's son is a partner with that firm.

  • November 23, 2020

    WWE General Counsel Among Executives Let Go

    Despite a solid third-quarter financial report, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. has dismissed three executives, including general counsel and corporate secretary Brian Nurse.

  • November 23, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Judge Says Admissions Slots Not Property

    College admissions slots at the center of the "Varsity Blues" case don't qualify as property for federal wire fraud charges, a Massachusetts federal judge said Monday, applying the U.S. Supreme Court's May decision overturning the Bridgegate convictions to the university officials indicted in the high-profile admissions and testing scandal.

  • November 23, 2020

    TTAB Says REI's 'Co-Op' Can Be A Trademark

    The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board is allowing outdoor retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. to register the term "Co-op" as a trademark for bicycles, despite the fact that the term describes the "cooperative" structure of the company.

  • November 23, 2020

    Race Car Driver Hamilton Cleared Of Patent Infringement

    U.S. District Judge Alan Albright has cleared Formula One superstar Lewis Hamilton in a patent lawsuit over the "Halo" cockpit safety system, which the patent owner said the driver personally infringed by driving racing cars that included the device.

  • November 20, 2020

    NFL Retirement Plan Beats Ex-Player's Benefits Suit

    The National Football League's retirement plan beat a former linebacker's benefits lawsuit on Friday, with a New York federal judge ruling that the ex-player for the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts sued way too late.

  • November 20, 2020

    Women Suing Baylor Say 'Enough Is Enough' In Docs Fight

    A group of women suing Baylor University over its response to sexual assault reports has shot back against the school's claims that their bid for sanctions was "draconian," urging "severe and immediate" consequences for the school for allegedly stonewalling document requests.

  • November 20, 2020

    Brand Battles: LeBron Dunks On Carnival Over 'King James'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, basketball star LeBron James wants to block a "King James" application filed by cruise company Carnival — plus three other cases you need to know.

  • November 20, 2020

    OCC Pitches Rule Requiring Banks To Provide 'Fair Access'

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency on Friday floated a proposed rule that would limit big banks' ability to turn away fossil fuel companies, gun manufacturers and other "politically controversial" businesses, citing concerns about the banking system being misused to advance ideological agendas.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Contract Litigation Indicates Limits Of COVID-19 Defenses

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    Although there has not yet been a decision on the merits, a wave of COVID-19 litigation concerning force majeure, impossibility and frustration of purpose in New York indicates that using pandemic-related excuses to avoid contractual obligations may be limited, says Seth Kruglak at Norton Rose.

  • Ethics Reminders As Employees Move To Or From Gov't

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    Many organizations are making plans for executives to go into government jobs, or for government officials to join a private sector team, but they must understand the many ethics rules that can put a damper on just how valuable the former employee or new hire can be, say Scott Thomas and Jennifer Carrier at Blank Rome.

  • A Key To Helping Clients Make Better Decisions During Crisis

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    As the pandemic brings a variety of legal stresses for businesses, lawyers must understand the emotional dynamic of a crisis and the particular energy it produces to effectively fulfill their role as advisers, say Meredith Parfet and Aaron Solomon at Ravenyard Group.

  • NY Auto-Renewal Law Raises Compliance, Litigation Concerns

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    A new law in New York that requires businesses to obtain consumer consent for automatic contract renewals could warrant extensive revisions to existing terms and conditions, and courts could eventually create a private right of action if they follow California’s trend of permitting individuals to sue under separate statutes, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • Avoiding Copyright Liability For Tattoo Depiction In Media

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    Two recent diverging copyright decisions concerning Take-Two video games' depiction of professional athletes' tattoos provide guidance on strategically using the implied license and fair use defenses when digital reproductions may infringe copyrighted tattoos, says Rowley Rice at Munger Tolles.

  • Ethics Considerations For Law Firms Implementing AI

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    Richard Finkelman and Yihua Astle at Berkeley Research Group discuss the ethical and bias concerns law firms must address when implementing artificial intelligence-powered applications for recruiting, conflict identification and client counseling.

  • Picking The Right Location And Tools For Virtual Courtrooms

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    Attorneys should consider the pros and cons of participating in virtual court proceedings from home versus their law firm offices, and whether they have the right audio, video and team communication tools for their particular setup, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Beware Atty Ethics Rules When Reporting COVID-19 Fraud

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    Attorneys considering blowing the whistle on False Claims Act violations by recipients of COVID-19 relief may face a number of ethical constraints on their ability to disclose client information and file qui tam actions, say Breon Peace and Jennifer Kennedy Park at Cleary.

  • Looking For Judicial Activists? Check The Footnotes

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    U.S. Supreme Court nominees typically face intense questioning over potential judicial activism, but a better way to gauge judges' activist tendencies may be to look at the footnotes in their opinions, say Christopher Collier at Hawkins Parnell and Michael Arndt at Rohan Law.

  • Best Practices For Legal Technology Adoption

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    The pandemic has accelerated the need to improve the practice of law through technology, but law firms and in-house legal departments must first ensure they have employee buy-in and well-defined processes for new digital tools, say Dan Broderick at BlackBoiler and Daryl Shetterly at Orrick.

  • The Pandemic's Long-Term Impact On Law Firm Operations

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    Brian Burlant at Major Lindsey looks at how pandemic-era remote work has changed the way law firms operate — from shifts in secretarial functions to associate professional development — and explains why some alterations may be here to stay.

  • Opinion

    Lack Of Access To Remote Court Proceedings Is Inexcusable

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    Blanket rules that bar recording or dissemination of remote public court proceedings impede presumptive common law and First Amendment right of access, greatly expand courts' powers over nonparties, and likely run afoul of U.S. Supreme Court precedent, says Matthew Schafer at ViacomCBS.

  • What The Sports Industry Can Expect Under Biden

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    At the start of President-elect Joe Biden's administration, the sports industry should be prepared to comply with significant policy changes on hot-topic issues like COVID-19 management, immigration, and equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace, says Elizabeth Polido at Morgan Lewis.

  • Opinion

    Why Attacks On Trump's Election Lawyers Are Problematic

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    The vilification of Jones Day and Porter Wright for their involvement in President Donald Trump's election lawsuits is an attack on lawyers' duty to advocate for their clients' causes fearlessly and zealously within the bounds of the law, says Pierce O'Donnell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Avoiding 6 Common E-Discovery Production Pitfalls

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    Vanessa Barsanti and Sarah Mahoney at Redgrave explore how attorneys can prevent collateral discovery disputes by efficiently overseeing the electronic document review process and ensuring the integrity of the information provided to opposing counsel.

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