Sports & Betting

  • June 05, 2020

    Okla. State Issued 1-Year NCAA Tourney Ban For Bribery Case

    The NCAA on Friday banned Oklahoma State University from the men's college basketball tournament for one year and hit a former assistant basketball coach with a 10-year show-cause penalty after the coach pled guilty to accepting bribes in the federal college basketball corruption probe.

  • June 05, 2020

    NCAA Athlete Case Part Of Social Justice Push, Atty Says

    A recent Ninth Circuit decision striking down NCAA rules limiting education-related benefits for athletes could pave the way for more substantial changes to college sports amid a broader push for racial "fairness and justice" in America, one of the lead attorneys in the case told Law360.

  • June 05, 2020

    Developers Say Mich. Tribe Must Face Casino Contract Suit

    Two development companies suing the gaming authority of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians over the planned construction of new casinos told a Michigan federal court to ignore arguments from the tribe that it has sovereign immunity from the companies' claims for about $9 million, plus for future revenue from the projects.

  • June 05, 2020

    Texas High Court Declines Review Of Tony Romo's NFL Suit

    The Texas Supreme Court has for a second time rejected Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo's attempt to bring to a jury claims the NFL doomed his fantasy sports convention.

  • June 05, 2020

    Okla. High Court Urged To Settle Tribal Gaming Deal Dispute

    Oklahoma's legislative leaders urged the state's Supreme Court to weigh in on a dispute over whether Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he renegotiated gambling compacts with two Native American tribes to allow sports gambling.

  • June 05, 2020

    High Court Ruling May KO 2nd Circ. WWE Injury Appeals

    A Second Circuit panel looked ready Friday to apply recent Supreme Court guidance on timeliness of appeals in consolidated cases, after grouped suits claiming World Wrestling Entertainment hid the risks of head injuries were dismissed by a Connecticut federal judge.

  • June 05, 2020

    Intermedia Labs Hit With Suit Seeking HQ Trivia Sale Docs

    An Intermedia Labs Inc. investor has filed a lawsuit in Delaware Chancery Court seeking records related to the company's sale of the mobile application HQ Trivia to a private investor amid the company's financial struggles.

  • June 05, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Acento, 24 Hour Fitness, Time Equities

    Acento Real Estate Partners has reportedly landed $114 million in financing for three Baltimore-area multifamily properties, 24 Hour Fitness is said to be seeking a buyer ahead of a planned bankruptcy filing, and a Time Equities venture has reportedly halted construction of a Chicago condo tower over coronavirus concerns.

  • June 04, 2020

    Looting, COVID-19 Prolong Modell's Bankruptcy Pause

    A New Jersey bankruptcy judge agreed Thursday to another suspension of Modell's Sporting Goods Inc.'s Chapter 11 case, which was initially derailed by COVID-19-prompted store closures and is now complicated by the widespread unrest that followed the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

  • June 04, 2020

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    Inovio Pharmaceuticals says one of its suppliers is "holding hostage" the development of its COVID-19 vaccine, Amazon workers have accused the company of failing to follow laws and health guidelines at a New York fulfillment center, and a lawsuit comparing Massachusetts' governor to King George III challenges his decision to close businesses during the pandemic.

  • June 04, 2020

    Insurer Needn't Cover Builder's Dolphins Stadium Claims

    Berkley Assurance does not have to cover claims against its insured, Hunt Construction Group, in connection with Hunt's work on the Miami Dolphins stadium, a New York federal judge ruled Thursday.

  • June 04, 2020

    Bridgegate Ruling May Pave Way For NCAA Hoops Reversals

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to toss the convictions of two New Jersey officials in the Bridgegate scandal could provide three men convicted in the NCAA basketball corruption probe a lifeline in overturning their convictions at the Second Circuit, experts say.

  • June 04, 2020

    Converse, Workers Reach $1.9M Deal In Bag Check Suit

    A class of Converse workers is urging a California federal judge to preliminarily approve a $1.87 million settlement with the shoe company over claims that Converse failed to pay workers for time they spent clearing post-shift security checks.

  • June 04, 2020

    Man U Hits The Post On Shot To Bolster Sega TM Suit

    A London judge sent Manchester United back to the locker room Thursday in its trademark case against Sega, saying the club must rewrite its claim if it wants to sue the company for allowing others to modify a video game to display the club's crest.

  • June 03, 2020

    Bipartisan Pair Of Sens. Want More Disclosures On PPP Loans

    The Republican chairman of the U.S. Senate's small business committee joined with the panel's top Democrat on Wednesday to urge the Trump administration to disclose more details about the companies that receive Paycheck Protection Program loans from the Small Business Administration, saying more transparency is needed.

  • June 03, 2020

    Manatt Failed Promise To Sue Under Armour, Suit Says

    Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP was hired to pursue a false advertising and antitrust lawsuit against Under Armour, only to demand more money and ultimately abandon its client, according to a breach of contract and fraudulent inducement lawsuit filed Wednesday in New York federal court.

  • June 03, 2020

    2nd Circ. Affirms Pair's $2B Payday Loan Scheme Convictions

    The Second Circuit unanimously upheld the convictions of attorney Timothy Muir and his client, former racing driver Scott Tucker, for their roles in a $2 billion payday loan scheme, rejecting on Tuesday a tribal sovereignty defense that failed at trial.

  • June 03, 2020

    Ex-UAW Prez Cops To Role In $1M Embezzlement Scheme

    Former United Auto Workers President Gary Jones pled guilty in Michigan federal court Wednesday to charges he conspired with other high-ranking union officials to embezzle more than $1 million in workers' dues, which he used to fund golf outings and other extravagances.

  • June 03, 2020

    Big Fish Reaches $155M Deal To End Suits Over Slot Apps

    Big Fish Games has reached a $155 million settlement with consumers suing over its "ruinous" and "predatory" slot machine phone games, roughly three months after the consumers asked for class certification and a temporary injunction that would have put those games on ice.

  • June 02, 2020

    Baylor Must Provide Pepper Hamilton Docs In Sex Assault Suit

    Baylor University must hand over discovery related to a law firm's investigation of its Title IX policies and reforms after waiving work product protection by mentioning the investigation in its defense against 15 women's claims that the school negligently responded to sexual assault reports, a Texas federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • June 02, 2020

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

    While the nation's collective consciousness largely shifted this week from the COVID-19 pandemic to rage over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, state leaders grappling with sometimes violent protests still continued to map out life after the coronavirus.

  • June 02, 2020

    Sports Club Seeks Sanctions In Members' COVID-19 Suit

    Town Sports International, which operates Boston Sports Clubs and other gym chains, has moved to dismiss a proposed class action over its continued collection of membership fees during the COVID-19 epidemic, and said several frivolous filings in the case warranted sanctions.

  • June 02, 2020

    Battle Against Banks Over Fake Nikes Heads To 2nd Circ.

    A group that's trying to collect on a $1.8 billion counterfeiting judgment over fake Nikes is asking the Second Circuit to force six Chinese banks to pay millions of dollars over accusations that they enabled the sale of illegal goods by flouting U.S. court orders.

  • June 02, 2020

    Zion Williamson Must Discuss Duke Eligibility In Agent Suit

    NBA No. 1 pick Zion Williamson must answer questions about his NCAA eligibility while he played for Duke University as part of a lawsuit by a former agent over his decision to switch agents last year, a Florida judge ruled Tuesday.

  • June 02, 2020

    Mo. High Court Nixes Kan. City Chiefs' Taxes On Field Revamp

    The Kansas City Chiefs aren't liable for nearly $1 million in sales and use taxes on items used to renovate their football stadium, the Missouri Supreme Court ruled Tuesday, finding the team wasn't the purchaser of the goods in dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • 9th Circ. Antitrust Ruling Radically Changes NCAA Sports

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    While a victory for student-athletes, the Ninth Circuit's recent finding that the NCAA violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by restricting grant-in-aid may give schools with wealthy athletic boosters a distinct advantage and make it difficult to maintain a level playing field, say attorneys at Segal McCambridge.

  • Law Firms Must Beware Risks In Nontraditional Financing

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    Law firms in today's financial crisis may be looking at nontraditional arrangements such as portfolio funding or factoring to provide liquidity and cash support, but firms must first consider lawsuits brought against Pierce Bainbridge and other recent developments, says Katherine Toomey at Lewis Baach.

  • 2 Tested Alternatives To Unavoidable Court Delays

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    Those seeking resolution in commercial disputes that are stuck in an unavoidable but lengthy court backlog due to the pandemic must consider the advantages of arbitration and mediation over court proceedings, says former U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin now at Stroock.

  • Opinion

    Minn. Ruling Represents Sensible Stance On Legal Finance

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    The Minnesota Supreme Court's Maslowski v. Prospect Funding Partners decision this week reaffirms that the doctrine of champerty is archaic, impedes important litigation finance activity, and should be abolished in the handful of states where it remains alive, says Andrew Cohen at Burford Capital.

  • Opinion

    DOE Trans Student-Athlete Title IX Letter Appears Doomed

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    Due to three fatal factual errors, the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights' impending enforcement action letter — concerning a Connecticut transgender sports participation policy alleged to be in violation of Title IX — will likely be successfully challenged in court, says Ronald Katz at GCA Law.

  • Best Practices For A Paperless Law Practice

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    A significant challenge in practicing law remotely is the use and handling of documents without paper, because common digital tools such as email or even secure file transfer applications are problematic, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Address Racial Injustice With Radical Candor

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    The legal industry is uniquely positioned, and indeed obligated, to respond to the racial disparities made clear by the recent killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, but lawyers must be willing to be uncomfortable, says Tiffani Lee at Holland & Knight.

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Reopening Sports Venues To Fans Poses Legal Hurdles

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    As the economy reopens, sports leagues planning to bring back games with fans in attendance will need to weigh not only important health and safety issues but also the accompanying business and legal risks, say Christopher Conniff and Nicholas Macri at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

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