Sports & Betting

  • January 14, 2021

    Google Closes $2B Fitbit Deal Despite Ongoing Probes

    Google closed its $2.1 billion purchase of fitness tracking device maker Fitbit on Thursday despite ongoing probes of the deal's competitive effects by enforcers in the U.S. and Australia.

  • January 14, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Atty Turns To Private Practice & An A-Rod Suit

    The lead prosecutor in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, who prosecuted actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, has left the Boston U.S. attorney's office for a boutique litigation firm and is now suing another high-profile defendant: Alex Rodriguez.

  • January 14, 2021

    OCC Finalizes 'Fair Access' Rule In Last-Minute Push

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Thursday it has finalized its "fair access" rule limiting the ability of bigger national banks to stop lending to fossil fuel companies, gun makers and other politically controversial businesses, a move that's already being condemned by bankers and consumer advocates as midnight rulemaking.

  • January 13, 2021

    NCAA Tells Panel McNair Shouldn't Get New Defamation Trial

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association urged a California appellate panel Wednesday to block a new defamation trial for former University of Southern California assistant football coach Todd McNair, arguing that the lead juror should not have been disqualified after the verdict.

  • January 13, 2021

    Lawmakers Decry NCAA For Stalling On Name, Image Issue

    U.S. Sens. Cory Booker and Richard Blumenthal on Wednesday criticized the NCAA's decision this week to table proposals to relax its restrictions on athletes earning money from the use of their name, image and likeness, arguing it is evidence of why their "College Athletes Bill of Rights" needs to be passed.

  • January 13, 2021

    Olympic Swimmer Charged Following Capitol Riots

    Two-time U.S. Olympic swimming gold medalist Klete Keller was charged Wednesday in D.C. federal court for allegedly participating in the riots last week at the U.S. Capitol.

  • January 13, 2021

    New York City To End Trump Contracts After Capitol Invasion

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the city will end its concession contracts with the Trump Organization, blaming President Donald Trump for the "deadly insurrection" at the U.S. Capitol last week.

  • January 13, 2021

    Ex-Employee Drops Gender Bias Suit Against Bike Maker

    A former designer for Specialized Bicycle Components Inc. dropped a suit alleging a pattern of gender discrimination at the company, according to a one-page notice of voluntary dismissal filed Wednesday.

  • January 13, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: JP Morgan, F45 Training, Silverstone

    JP Morgan Investment Management has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $91.7 million, F45 Training is said to be leasing 44,000 square feet south of downtown Austin and Silverstone Senior Living is reportedly hoping to rezone a property in Wellington, Florida.

  • January 13, 2021

    Brown Rudnick Adds Experienced Trial Atty As Partner In NY

    Brown Rudnick LLP is continuing to expand its litigation practice, recently announcing the addition of an experienced partner from Spar & Bernstein PC who had established that firm's corporate business, sports and entertainment practice.

  • January 12, 2021

    NJ Track Operator Drops Bid For $150M In Sports Betting Row

    A New Jersey racetrack operator has reached an agreement with the NCAA and other sports leagues to drop a dispute over a $3.4 million bond and $150 million in damages stemming from the landmark case that made sports betting legal. 

  • January 12, 2021

    USA Taekwondo Coach Seeks To Toss Sex Abuse Claims

    USA Taekwondo's coach Steven Lopez has urged a Colorado federal judge to ax sexual exploitation and forced labor claims against him in a suit from female athletes, arguing that the women failed to provide any facts regarding the alleged sexual encounters within the applicable time period.

  • January 12, 2021

    Initial OK Of Women's Soccer Deal Only Resolves Part Of Suit

    A California federal judge on Monday gave initial approval of a settlement between the U.S. Soccer Federation and members of the women's national team on claims the women were provided worse travel accommodations and working conditions, but refused to allow the players an immediate appeal to revive equal pay discrimination claims before the settlement is finalized.

  • January 12, 2021

    NHL's Evander Kane Hits Bankruptcy With Over $26M In Debt

    San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, according to court filings showing the National Hockey League player has accumulated more than $26 million in debts and is facing six active legal disputes.

  • January 12, 2021

    Sports Leagues Risk Labor Unrest By Requiring Vaccines

    Professional sports leagues may soon have to consider whether to require COVID-19 vaccines for players, an issue legal experts warn could lead to another labor fight, though both the leagues and players have an interest in limiting outbreaks that have been disrupting seasons despite safety protocols.

  • January 12, 2021

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

    Surges in COVID-19 cases led to renewed restrictions in Delaware, Massachusetts and New York this past week, while the pandemic also steered new guidance for New Jersey public schools and a workforce development boost in Pennsylvania. 

  • January 11, 2021

    Ten IPOs Could Raise Nearly $5B As 2021 Gets Rolling

    At least 10 companies under the guidance of 14 law firms are readying initial public offerings that could raise nearly $5 billion combined this week, marking the new year's first burst of IPOs by operating companies after a banner 2020.

  • January 11, 2021

    Avenatti Nike Sentencing Delayed Until May Over Virus Surge

    A Manhattan federal judge agreed Monday to delay for the fifth time the sentencing of Michael Avenatti following his conviction for extorting Nike Inc. after the embattled attorney pointed out the dangers of the spiking coronavirus pandemic all over the country.

  • January 11, 2021

    Family Sues Over Houston Rockets Scout's Fatal Crash

    The widow of a longtime Houston Rockets scout who died in a bicycle accident in October filed suit on Monday alleging a construction company is responsible for his death because it failed to properly cordon off a sidewalk during a repair.

  • January 11, 2021

    Bowling Alley Won't Get A Ruling In Virus Coverage Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge Monday axed a Philadelphia bowling alley's suit seeking coverage from its insurer for COVID-19 related losses, holding that it is too early for federal courts to rule on an issue involving unresolved questions of state law that are pending in state courts.

  • January 11, 2021

    NJ Developer Accuses PGA Of Influencing Army To Nix Deal

    A New Jersey developer has slammed the PGA with a federal lawsuit alleging it leveraged favors to U.S. Army personnel to sink a proposed deal that would have given the builder ownership of a military site adjacent to a Jersey City golf club where the association holds tournaments.

  • January 11, 2021

    Kentucky Newspaper Beats 'Derby Pie' TM Case At 6th Circ.

    The Sixth Circuit ruled Monday that a Louisville, Kentucky, bakery claiming trademark rights to "Derby Pie" couldn't sue the city's main newspaper for using the treat's name in articles.

  • January 08, 2021

    Judge Denies WaPo's Bid To Unseal Hearing In Wilkinson Suit

    A Virginia federal judge rejected The Washington Post's request to open a hearing held Friday in the Washington Football Team's bid to seal certain documents in a now-dismissed case against litigator Beth Wilkinson, who is probing allegations of sexual harassment in the NFL team's front office.

  • January 08, 2021

    Ex-WWE Star Jeff Jarrett's Co. Settles IP Battle After Mistrial

    WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett's wrestling promotion and production company and Toronto-based Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions told a Tennessee federal judge Friday they have reached a settlement of their sprawling trademark case's claims and counterclaims following a mistrial in July.

  • January 08, 2021

    Pa. Panel Won't Revive Ex-College Athlete's Concussion Suit

    A Pennsylvania appellate panel won't revive an ex-college athlete's lawsuit accusing the NCAA of contributing to his development of a degenerative neurological disease by failing to warn him about concussions.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firm Merger Predictions For 2021

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    After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2020

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    Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on white privilege in BigLaw, the pandemic's outsize impact on female lawyers, and business development in a socially distanced world.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Producing A Podcast

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    Courtney Hudson and Megan Senese at Pillsbury offer tips on how law firms can utilize podcasts to deliver important legal insights to clients in a COVID-19 world, and how to make the process stress-free for participating lawyers and guests.

  • 5 Important E-Discovery Trends And Developments In 2020

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    The rapid adoption of varied remote communication and collaboration tools during the pandemic created new information preservation and privilege considerations this year, while courts and regulators offered some guidance on technology-assisted review and the movement of data across borders, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper and Boehringer Ingelheim.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Path To A More Diverse Bench

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    To close the diversity gap between the judiciary and the litigants that regularly appear in criminal courts, institutions including police departments, prosecutor offices and defense law firms must be committed to advancing Black and Latino men, says New York Supreme Court Justice Erika Edwards.

  • COVID-19 Has Broad Impact On Lost-Profit Determinations

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    The COVID-19 pandemic is already adding new complexities to damages calculations used in lost-profit claims litigation, even in cases in which the coronavirus is not the direct cause of the breach, say Neil Ashton and Michael Yachnik at StoneTurn.

  • Tips For Identifying A Culturally Competent Mediator

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    Attorneys can pick open-minded neutrals by taking a client's race, gender, sexual orientation and nationality into account, and by ensuring the mediator is able to communicate effectively across cultures, says Anelise Codrington at Swift Currie.

  • A Look At Spoliation Risk In The 11th Circ., By The Numbers

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    Attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland look at Eleventh Circuit opinions from the past five years to determine the odds of a spoliation finding, and how risks in the federal appeals court compare to those in the federal district and state courts of Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

  • COVID-19 Spurs Associates To Think Bigger — Like Partners

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    What is the firm's data on profit per partner? How do the rainmakers seal deals without pre-COVID-19 pricey dinners? Is the firm financially stable? These are the kinds of partner-level questions associates are now asking before choosing a new firm, which points to a major shift in the lateral landscape, say Kate Reder Sheikh and Rebecca Glatzer at Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Employer Vaccine Practices May Spur Bias, Consumer Claims

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    While federal and state anti-discrimination laws may not expressly prohibit employers from exclusively recruiting workers vaccinated for COVID-19 or advertising a safe workforce, those who do could face equal employment opportunity and unfair consumer practice claims, says Jen Rubin at Mintz.

  • Opinion

    GCs Are Uniquely Qualified To Lead Diversity Initiatives

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    As guardians of their companies' codes of conduct and ethical standards, general counsel have the ability to endorse changes that will help their corporations create more diverse and equitable workplaces, says Deborah Marson at Iron Mountain.

  • 3 Ways Defendants Can Nip Civil RICO Claims In The Bud

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    Federal courts across the country have rejected civil Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims at the pleading stage in several recent cases that illustrate how defendants can utilize specificity, distinct enterprise and proximate cause to head off allegations of racketeering, says Gopi Panchapakesan at Bird Marella.

  • 2020's Top Pa. Employment Law Changes, And What's Ahead

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    As Pennsylvania companies adjust to this year’s new sick leave laws, updated overtime standards and myriad COVID-19 regulations, they should keep an eye on issues like minimum wage requirements that were sidelined during the pandemic but may regain focus in 2021, says Stephanie Rawitt at Clark Hill.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: Reducing Implicit Bias In Courtrooms

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    With unconscious biases deeply embedded in the court system, judges must take steps to guard against the power and influence of stereotypes during jury selection, evidence admissibility hearings, bail proceedings and other areas of judicial decision making, says U.S. Circuit Judge Bernice Donald.

  • Navigating Atty Relationship Conflicts That May Imperil Cases

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    In light of recent American Bar Association guidance on conflicts of interest posed by social or intimate relationships between opposing counsel, lawyers must carefully consider whether any personal ties could lead to ethics violations that may affect the outcome of a case, say Thomas Wilkinson and Douglas Fox at Cozen O'Connor.

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