Sports & Betting

  • 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 10, 2021

    Top 5 Criminal Justice Reforms Advocates Want Under Biden

    Joe Biden's election as president has sparked hope among criminal justice advocates and organizations that his administration will overhaul the U.S. criminal justice system and implement reforms they have been seeking for years.

  • 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.

  • January 08, 2021

    SEC's Direct Listings Expansion Could Invite New Risks

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent expansion of direct listings to allow the raising of capital will likely spur more companies to explore these alternatives to traditional initial public offerings, although such listings also pose certain risks that could limit their appeal.

  • January 08, 2021

    XFL Parent Looks To Lock Up $600K From Ex-Commish

    The XFL's bankrupt former corporate parent Alpha Entertainment LLC sought Thursday to secure a nearly $600,000 prejudgement remedy against ousted Commissioner Oliver Luck, arguing that its contract breach counterclaims over "problematic" player Antonio Callaway are an inevitable touchdown.

  • January 08, 2021

    NHL Player Owes $8M On Loan, Bank Says

    Centennial Bank hit National Hockey League player Evander Kane and his team, the San Jose Sharks, with a lawsuit Thursday in Florida federal court, claiming the player owes more than $8.3 million in principal and interest after defaulting on a loan issued to him for "business opportunities."

  • January 07, 2021

    DC NFL Team Slams Paper's Bid To Unseal Wilkinson Suit

    The Washington Football Team and a man who sued litigator Beth Wilkinson over her work investigating allegations of sexual harassment in the NFL team's front office opposed The Washington Post's request to open up a hearing to the public scheduled for Friday over the team's bid to keep much of the litigation under seal.

  • January 07, 2021

    Ironman Organizers Get Win In COVID-19 Cancellation Suit

    A Florida judge on Thursday ended a proposed class suit accusing the company behind Ironman triathlons of not refunding fees for races canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, ruling that the "no refunds" clause of the participant contract is both clear and not unconscionable.

  • January 07, 2021

    Judge Approves $4M Vox Deal To End Bloggers' Wage Suit

    A D.C. federal judge gave his final endorsement Thursday to a $4 million settlement deal between digital media company Vox Media Inc. and hundreds of bloggers and staff at its SB Nation sports website to end allegations that they were misclassified as independent contractors and robbed of overtime pay.

  • January 07, 2021

    Fla. Court Says Student Athlete Signed Away Injury Suit Hopes

    A split Florida appellate panel won't revive a student athlete's claims that his school board is to blame for injuries he sustained during a soccer game, ruling that his signature on a pregame release snuffs the negligence suit over a nearby cement barrier even if the school's saving grace was in small font.

  • January 07, 2021

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    Enterprise can't shake WARN Act liability over coronavirus layoffs, LA Fitness says its landlord can't demand full rent when the gym operator was prohibited from using its rented space, and the owners of the Philadelphia Union soccer team are among the latest to take their insurer to court over denied coverage for losses related to the pandemic.

  • January 07, 2021

    Trek Bicycle Sued Over Concussion-Preventing Helmets

    Trek Bicycle Corp. was hit with a proposed class action Thursday alleging it misleads consumers into believing its Bontrager WaveCel helmets protect against concussions more than the average helmet and that it conducted unreliable research for marketing purposes.

  • January 07, 2021

    UK Betting Giant Makes $342M Bid For Baltic Counterpart

    Entain, owner of U.K. betting giant Ladbrokes, lobbed a bid Thursday for Baltic-focused gambling company Enlabs in a deal valuing it at about $342 million (or 2.8 billion Swedish kroner), and that comes days after the British business rejected an $11.1 billion takeover offer from MGM Resorts International.

  • January 07, 2021

    Latham-Led Mobile Game Developer Playtika Preps $1.6B IPO

    Mobile gaming company Playtika said Thursday it's gearing up for an initial public offering guided by Latham & Watkins LLP that could bring in $1.6 billion if shares price at their expected midpoint.

  • January 06, 2021

    NY Gov. Floats Mobile Sports Betting Amid Virus' Budget Hit

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday unveiled a proposal to authorize online and mobile sports betting in the state in a reversal of his previous position, opening the door for massive expansion of the sports betting market in one of the largest states in the country. 

  • January 06, 2021

    Former USC Coach Denies 'Varsity Blues' Quid Pro Quo

    The University of Southern California's former water polo coach asked a federal judge on Tuesday to clear a slate of new charges against him in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case, citing flaws in prosecutors' latest indictment alleging a quid pro quo for slots at the elite school.

  • January 06, 2021

    DOI, Tribes Look To Dodge MGM Resorts' $300M Casino Suit

    The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have asked a D.C. federal court to toss an MGM Resorts lawsuit claiming the DOI's approval of changed tribal gaming agreements with Connecticut gave the tribes an unfair edge in casino competition.

  • January 06, 2021

    Judge OKs $8M Deal In Jay Peak EB-5 Fraud Case

    A Florida federal judge who presided over the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's action against Miami businessman Ariel Quiros over his failed Jay Peak EB-5 immigrant investor project gave preliminary approval on Tuesday to an $8 million settlement of an investor action concerning the same project.

  • January 06, 2021

    Philly Soccer Team, Stadium Owners Seek Virus Coverage

    The owners of the Philadelphia Union Major League Soccer team have sued a Chubb unit, alleging the insurer refused to honor its $192 million policy to cover COVID-19-related losses after their athletes caught the virus that physically infested its properties.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Law Firm Biz Development Tips For The Pandemic Era

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    Jessica Starr and Monica Ulzheimer at Alston & Bird look at four areas where business development and other law firm administrative teams can take a leadership role in driving practice growth at a time when attorney interactions with clients and peers are limited.

  • Rulings Show Limits Of Federal Agency Vacancy Law

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    Recent court decisions applying the Federal Vacancies Reform Act to invalidate improper presidential appointments of acting federal agency heads have had little evident impact, highlighting shortcomings in the law that could become more acute if the presidency and Senate are controlled by different parties, says Steven Gordon at Holland & Knight.

  • Avatar IP Considerations For Music-Gaming Integration

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    Before integrating music into video games using reproductions of artists as avatars, game publishers and entertainers should make a concerted effort to obtain appropriate permissions or licenses to minimize the risk of intellectual property and likeness rights infringement, say attorneys at Covington.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Must Drop The Billable Hour To Improve Diversity

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    Implementing pay structures that compensate attorneys for achieving clients' goals rather than measuring success based on hours billed is a necessary first step to keeping underrepresented attorneys in BigLaw, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital.

  • 8 Tips For Effective Oral Advocacy In Virtual Court Hearings

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    Jim Lofton at Lofton Legally Speaking explains why tightly constructed arguments, the right camera angle and good online behavior are crucial to a powerful virtual courtroom presentation.

  • A GC's Blueprint For Improving Legal Industry Diversity

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    General counsel are in a unique position to ensure that their partner law firms are giving significant case assignments to underrepresented attorneys, and to help future generations of lawyers access meaningful opportunities early in their education or careers, says Laura Schumacher, chief legal officer at AbbVie.

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