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Sports & Betting

  • April 19, 2019

    Casino Co. Says Lies Led To Shutdown Of Sports Betting App

    A U.S. casino chain has filed suit in Delaware alleging a British technology company lied that it owned the code in an online gaming platform, resulting in the unexpected shutdown of the chain's brand-new sports book app at the beginning of March.

  • April 19, 2019

    Pepper Hamilton Faces Sanctions Push Over Baylor Docs

    Several women suing Baylor University have asked a Texas federal court to sanction Pepper Hamilton for failing to hand over documents from its investigation into the school’s handling of sexual assault allegations, saying that after years of attempting to stall, the firm should have to pay $5,000 a week until it hands over the information.

  • April 19, 2019

    Brand Battles: Stonewall Inn, March Madness, 'Star Wars'

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the famous Stonewall Inn aims to block an LGBTQ group from locking down "Stonewall" marks, the NCAA wants to block a "Motor City Madness" mark and Lucasfilm goes for another fictional deep-dive about "Star Wars."

  • April 19, 2019

    Pair Can't Call Top Coaches To Testify In Hoops Bribes Case

    Two top men's college basketball coaches, University of Arizona's Sean Miller and Louisiana State University's Will Wade, cannot be called to testify by two hoops consultants accused of paying bribes to other coaches, a Manhattan federal judge said Friday.

  • April 19, 2019

    Gibson Dunn Ups The Ante On Gambling After High Court Win

    Gibson Dunn, the law firm that led the fight to overturn a federal ban on sports betting, has launched a revamped practice group focused on sports betting and gambling, positioning itself to take advantage of the rapidly expanding, newly legal market.

  • April 19, 2019

    NCAA Referee Passes Death Threats Suit To 6th Circ.

    An NCAA men's basketball referee on Friday turned to the Sixth Circuit after his suit accusing two Kentucky radio hosts of inciting death threats and negative reviews of his business was dismissed under First Amendment protections.

  • April 18, 2019

    2 Commissioners Rip FTC's 'Made In USA' Settlements

    Two commissioners of the Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday disavowed the agency's settlements with sporting goods companies that allegedly sold imported equipment under a "Made in USA" label, saying the “no money, no fault” agreements won’t deter rule breakers. 

  • April 18, 2019

    Rafting Center Settles Suit Over Brain-Eating-Amoeba Death

    A wrongful death suit accusing a whitewater rafting facility in North Carolina and others of causing an Ohio woman’s death after she contracted a rare brain-eating amoeba has been settled, according to documents filed in North Carolina federal court.

  • April 18, 2019

    Ex-NFLers' Painkiller Claims Against League Fall Short Again

    NFL players accusing the NFL of giving them painkillers to get them back into the game without regard for their long-term health had their suit shot down a second time by a California federal judge Thursday, who ruled they couldn't show how the relevant drug laws applied to the league.

  • April 18, 2019

    Iowa Sports Betting Bill Passes Senate, Now In House

    The Iowa state Senate has advanced a bill to allow sports betting in the state, voting 31-18 with support from both parties to pass the bill and send it into the House of Representatives, which read it Thursday morning.

  • April 18, 2019

    The Big Picture: How #MeToo Is Changing The Legal Industry

    As fallout from the #MeToo movement continues to reverberate throughout the legal industry, law firms are eagle-eyeing old attitudes and the judiciary is looking more closely at disciplinary mechanisms. Here, Law360 provides continuing coverage of the movement.

  • April 18, 2019

    NFL Says City Of Oakland Can't Sue Over Raiders Relocation

    The Oakland Raiders and the NFL have pushed a California federal court to toss claims made by the city that the league broke antitrust laws and breached its own constitution by allowing the Raiders to leave for Las Vegas, saying the city doesn’t have any standing to file the suit.

  • April 18, 2019

    State Lotteries Look To Join Sports Betting Game

    Commercial casinos and online gambling operators are eager to get a piece of the burgeoning legal sports betting market, but state lotteries may provide the easiest path, setting up a game of political tug-of-war in some state legislatures and sparking concerns that governments could be taking on too much financial risk.

  • April 17, 2019

    Upstart Football League Files For Ch. 7 After Abrupt Shutdown

    The Alliance of American Football has officially thrown in the towel, the fledgling football league announced Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2019

    9th Circ. Affirms $42M Fee Award In NCAA Damages Deal

    The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday cleared the way for a nearly $209 million settlement between athletes and the NCAA over claims it unlawfully capped compensation, affirming a $42 million fee award despite objections from a former Division I football player.

  • April 17, 2019

    Escape Hatch Remains For Judges Accused Of Misconduct

    Recent changes empowering judicial authorities to conduct institutional reviews of alleged misconduct after a judge retires are a step in the right direction, advocates say, but do they go far enough?

  • April 17, 2019

    Tough 'Varsity Blues' Prosecution Tactics Level Playing Field

    Beefed-up money laundering charges for the parents accused in the college admissions scandal and target letters sent to their children highlight how "bare-knuckle" white collar prosecution tactics once reserved for organized crime or drug cases are now being used to level the playing field against traditionally hard-to-convict wealthy defendants, experts said.

  • April 17, 2019

    Feds Drop Conviction For Ex-MLB Player's Stock Tippee

    Federal prosecutors dropped insider trading charges that resulted in a conviction two years ago, ending the case against a friend of former MLB player Doug DeCinces and leaving the former Orioles third baseman as the only one of five people charged to face a rap.

  • April 17, 2019

    Pa. Could Launch Online Sports Betting Within Weeks

    Pennsylvania could soon join its neighbor New Jersey in the online sports betting arena as the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has authorized an operator to begin testing its platform in the next two to three weeks, with others soon to follow, the board told Law360 on Wednesday.

  • April 17, 2019

    Cigna Won't Have To Hand Over Docs In NFL Health Plan Suit

    A Texas federal judge on Wednesday shot down a medical clinic's bid for documents from Cigna about the insurer's handling of an NFL health benefits plan, saying the clinic can't invoke an exception to attorney-client privilege.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Jury Trials Are In Decline For Good Reason

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    A recent Law360 article reported on federal judges bemoaning jury trials' nationwide decline, but these laments are unfounded as jury trials have been replaced by better alternatives, says J.B. Heaton of J.B. Heaton Research.

  • Sports Betting In The South: A Status Update On Gulf States

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    Eight months after Mississippi launched legal sports betting, attorneys with Jones Walker examine the legalization efforts underway in seven neighboring states.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Circuitous Path To The Law

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    Instead of going to college after high school, I followed in my father’s footsteps and became an electrician. Later I became an electrical engineer, and then an IP attorney. Every twist and turn along the way has made me a better lawyer, says Joseph Maraia of Burns & Levinson.

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    Judging A Book: Conrad Reviews 'The Jury Crisis'

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    In "The Jury Crisis," jury consultant and social psychologist Drury Sherrod spotlights the vanishing jury trial, providing a fascinating canary-in-the-coal-mine warning for lawyers, litigants and society at large, says U.S. District Judge Robert Conrad of the Western District of North Carolina.

  • Revamping Your Approach To Client Development

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    As a former general counsel for both public and private companies, my advice to law firm attorneys who want to attract and keep clients is simple — provide certain legal services for free, says Noel Elfant, founder of General Counsel Practice.

  • What Lawyers Must Know Before Acting As Escrow Agents

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    The moment an attorney agrees to serve as an escrow agent for a client, the attorney assumes some of the most important obligations in the legal profession. Significantly, these obligations potentially extend to third parties who are not clients, say Scott Watnik and Michael Contos of Wilk Auslander.

  • Freelance Attorneys Are An Asset To In-House Legal Teams

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    With recent technological advances and a broader acceptance of flexible work arrangements, the opportunity for freelance attorneys is greater than ever, as is the value that this freelance workforce can create for companies, says Ben Levi of InCloudCounsel.

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    'Big Tech' Questions Echo Early Days Of US Corporate Law

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    The current calls to curb the power of Google, Facebook and Amazon recall an earlier time in American history, when the “bigness” of oil, steel and tobacco was front and center in national politics. And in those debates, the top lawyers of the day had a major voice, says John Oller, author of the new book "White Shoe."

  • German Ruling Is Delaying US Olympic Athlete Sponsorships

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    A recent German court decision on International Olympic Committee marketing rules affects only German athletes but is having a ripple effect — the U.S. Olympic Committee marketing rules for 2020 are now in limbo, awaiting IOC guidance, say Marie Moyle and David Lisko of Holland & Knight.

  • Equal Pay Day And The US Pay Equity Landscape

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    April 2 was Equal Pay Day, symbolizing how far into the current year women must work to reach the same level of compensation that men earned in the prior year. With this in mind, Dan Forman of Carothers DiSante discusses recent Equal Pay Act lawsuits and what to expect in this area going forward.