Sports & Betting

  • December 11, 2020

    XFL Owner Gets Ch. 11 Plan Approval After Sale To 'The Rock'

    The former owner of professional sports league the XFL crossed the goal line in its Chapter 11 case Friday when a Delaware bankruptcy judge agreed to confirm its plan of liquidation following the August sale of its assets to a group led by actor and professional wrestler Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

  • December 11, 2020

    2 Firms Snag Co-Counsel Spots In Vail Ski Fees MDL

    A California federal judge has appointed Stueve Siegel Hanson LLP and Miller Schirger LLC to serve as co-lead counsel in multidistrict litigation against several insurance companies amid claims that skiers were not refunded their passholder fees when Vail Resorts closed its slopes indefinitely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • December 11, 2020

    Sports & Betting Group Of The Year: Latham

    Latham & Watkins LLP righted the ship for the U.S. Soccer Federation in its defense of pay discrimination claims brought by the players on the U.S. Women's National Team, leading the federation to an early win and earning it a spot among Law360's 2020 Sports & Betting Groups of the Year.

  • December 10, 2020

    Ticketmaster Customers Must Arbitrate COVID-19 Refund Row

    A customer accusing Ticketmaster and its parent Live Nation of failing to refund tickets for events disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic must arbitrate his claims, a California federal judge ruled from the bench Thursday, finding the online ticket sellers had made their terms of use easily accessible.

  • December 10, 2020

    Black Athletes Say NCAA Academic Rules Are Racially Biased

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Academic Performance Program disproportionately penalizes student-athletes at historically Black colleges and universities than at predominantly white schools, according to a racial bias lawsuit filed Thursday in Indiana federal court.

  • December 10, 2020

    Minor Leaguers Seek To Rep Current Players In Wage Suit

    Three current Minor League Baseball players asked Wednesday to intervene in a class action to represent other current players in seeking a ruling to prohibit Major League Baseball and its teams from paying minor leaguers unlawfully low wages after those claims were revived by the Ninth Circuit in the long-running litigation.

  • December 10, 2020

    Pa. Justices Say Jurors Should Hear Snow Tube Injury Case

    A unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court agreed Wednesday that a jury should be allowed to decide whether a ski resort's use of improvised speed-control mats that left a snow tuber paralyzed in an accident constituted gross negligence or recklessness.

  • December 10, 2020

    Raiders, NFL Tell 9th Circ. Oakland Can't Show Antitrust Injury

    The Las Vegas Raiders and the rest of the National Football League have told the Ninth Circuit that the city of Oakland has failed to demonstrate how the Raiders' relocation to Nevada and Oakland's resulting loss of potential tax revenue amounted to an antitrust violation.

  • December 10, 2020

    Incoming Second Gentleman Emhoff Joins Georgetown Law

    Douglas Emhoff, the husband of Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and incoming second gentleman, will be joining the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center, the university announced Thursday.

  • December 10, 2020

    Ex-NFLers Blast Union's 'Warm Bodies' Benefits Approach

    Two former NFL players suing to block cuts to their disability benefits have pushed back on the players union's bid to sack their suit, accusing the players association of dropping the ball by being satisfied as long as "warm bodies" oversaw their benefits plan.

  • December 09, 2020

    DC NFL Team Brings In Dechert In Wilkinson Suit

    Dechert LLP is representing the Washington Football Team in its bid to intervene in a now-dismissed lawsuit against the prominent sports attorney Beth Wilkinson, who is currently conducting a probe into alleged sexual harassment in the team's front office, to review documents set to be released for potential confidential or privileged information.

  • December 09, 2020

    Debevoise Alum Federal Judge Recuses From SEC Fraud Suit

    A New York federal judge on Wednesday recused herself from a securities fraud suit brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, saying that while her two decades as a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP do not pose any conflict right now, they may in the future.

  • December 09, 2020

    5th Circ. Urged To End Texas A&M '12th Man' Copyright Suit

    A Texas A&M employee has asked the Fifth Circuit to overturn a lower court and extend him immunity from a copyright infringement lawsuit alleging he published on the university's website part of a book about the school's "12th Man" tradition.

  • December 09, 2020

    Argentinian Polo Star Sues Company Cloning His Horses

    Argentinian polo star Adolfo Cambiaso sued an "amateur" geneticist in Florida federal court Tuesday, accusing him of stealing his polo ponies' genetic material and improperly producing and selling clones of the horses.

  • December 09, 2020

    Ex-NFLer Says Ill. Retailer Can't Profit From His Image

    Former National Football League wide receiver Terrell Owens has filed a lawsuit in Illinois state court accusing sports apparel company 500 Level of using his name, image and likeness without his permission and deceiving customers in the process.

  • December 09, 2020

    YogaWorks Reports $9.6M Bid For Assets In Ch. 11 Sale

    Yoga instruction company YogaWorks on Wednesday told a Delaware bankruptcy judge that it received a $9.6 million offer for its online business at an auction Monday, nearly doubling the stalking horse credit bid with which it came into Chapter 11.

  • December 08, 2020

    Coach Says 'Morally Corrupt' USA Diving Must Face Rape Suit

    A former Olympic diving coach has lodged a scathing critique of USA Diving's attempt to duck liability for her alleged assault by a fellow coach, accusing the national governing body of a "calculating" and "heartless" refusal to address sexual abuse.

  • December 08, 2020

    Brownstein Hyatt Adds Ski Exec To Natural Resources Group

    Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP has snagged a seasoned environment and energy attorney to join its natural resources department, pulling him back into law firm life after spending years as an executive and in-house counsel for Colorado ski resorts.

  • December 08, 2020

    Pro Soccer Union, CWA Strike Partnership Amid CBA Talks

    The union that represents players in the United Soccer League announced Tuesday a partnership deal with the Communications Workers of America, as the players association continues talks with the league over its first collective bargaining agreement.

  • December 08, 2020

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

    A spike in COVID-19 hospitalizations spurred action by governors across the country over the past week, who reinstated stay-at-home orders in California and Delaware and ordered health facilities to make more room for coronavirus patients in New York.

  • December 08, 2020

    Russian Developer Faces $4M Sochi Olympics Suit In UK

    A developer who built venues for the Sochi Olympic games is being sued in London by a former business partner for $4 million after he fled Russia following a criminal investigation by the state.

  • December 07, 2020

    Ex-Harvard Fencing Coach Hit With 'Varsity Blues' Indictment

    A Massachusetts federal grand jury indicted a former fencing coach at Harvard University and a Maryland businessman Monday with federal programs bribery and conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery in connection with a $1.5 million scheme to get the businessman's two sons admitted to the prestigious academic institution.

  • December 07, 2020

    Louisville Can't Escape NCAA Claims Over Fed Bribery Case

    The NCAA is pushing forward with severe sanctions allegations against the University of Louisville, according to documents released by the school Monday, in an infractions case targeting the university after an Adidas executive and consultant offered to pay the father of a former basketball recruit more than $100,000, a scandal at the center of the federal college basketball corruption investigation.

  • December 07, 2020

    'Varsity Blues' Trial Puts Older Lawyers At Risk, Court Told

    Responding to a judge's skepticism about their bid to delay trial during the pandemic, lawyers in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case said witnesses can't be adequately prepared via Zoom and warned that any move by the court to have older counsel withdraw from the case would raise constitutional and appellate issues.

  • December 07, 2020

    Ex-NFL Player Must Pay Fees To Langfitt Garner

    Former Dallas Cowboys safety Michael Downs has been ordered to pay some of his more than $500,000 award to his former attorneys, Langfitt Garner PLLC, for representing him in an ongoing concussion class action against the NFL.

Expert Analysis

  • NCAA Publicity Rule Raises Labor, Antitrust, Policy Issues

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    New NCAA rules allow student-athletes to profit off their names, images and likenesses but beg several questions regarding video game licensing, the unionization of players, antitrust lawsuits and federal preemption, say Deborah Gubernick and Michelle Emeterio at Snell & Wilmer.

  • 4 Ways Amicus Briefs Can Support An Overall Legal Strategy

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    The strategic use of amicus briefs can help an appellate court think about a case in a new way and lift an organization's own cause or reputation for legal thought, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • Famous Athlete Cases Offer Right Of Publicity Lessons

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    In light of a recent New York postmortem right of publicity bill and recording artists' backlash against unauthorized use of their music in politics, a look back at cases involving Michael Jordan, Pele and Muhammad Ali offers lessons on navigating misappropriation and the commercial speech doctrine, say Frederick Sperling and Brooke Clason Smith at Schiff Hardin.

  • Deciding Whether Co-Mediation Is Right For Your Case

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    Not every case requires more than one mediator, but engaging two mediators with different perspectives or expertise can significantly enhance the settlement process in certain disputes — and parties can choose from several co-mediation approaches, say Gail Andler and Cassandra Franklin at JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Black Law Firm Leaders On Improving Diversity In BigLaw

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    In this Law360 Diversity Snapshot series, five Black law firm leaders shared their memories of breaking into BigLaw and thoughts on how to increase minority representation in the legal industry.

  • Opinion

    Ariz. Law Firm Ownership Rule Change Is A Win For Clients

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    Arizona just became the first state to abolish an obscure ethics rule that prohibits nonlawyers from investing in law firms — a change that will lower legal service costs, encourage more innovation in the legal industry and improve access to justice, says William Marra at Validity Finance.

  • How To Write A Better Comment Letter On Agency Proposals

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    As the federal government prepares to unveil a revamped online portal for submitting comments on proposed rulemakings, several considerations can help the public provide better feedback to help agencies implement legislation and regulate our activities, say Matt Kulkin and Josh Oppenheimer at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • The Problem With Collectability In Legal Malpractice Cases

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    Attorneys are routinely immunized from malpractice actions when they represent plaintiffs pursuing claims that are not collectable, but an Illinois federal court's recent refusal to protect defense counsel in Newman v. Crane Heyman highlights inconsistency in collectability requirements, says Timothy Parilla at Palmersheim & Mathew.

  • Series

    BigLaw Cannot Reap Diversity Rewards Without Inclusion

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    BigLaw firms often focus on increasing their diversity numbers, but without much attention to equity and inclusion, minority lawyers face substantial barriers after they get their foot in the door, says Patricia Brown Holmes, managing partner at Riley Safer.

  • Series

    How Law Firms Can Hire And Retain More Black Attorneys

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    The pipeline of Black lawyers is limited, so BigLaw firms must invest in Black high school students, ensure Black attorneys receive origination credit and take other bold steps to increase Black representation in the industry, says Benjamin Wilson, chairman at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • Series

    Ideas For Closing BigLaw's Diversity Gap

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    If enough law firms undertake some universal diversity best practices, such as connecting minority lawyers to key client relationships and establishing accountability for those charged with spearheading progress, the legal industry could look a lot different in the foreseeable future, says Frederick Nance, global managing partner at Squire Patton.

  • Series

    BigLaw Needs More Underrepresented Attorneys As Leaders

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    Hiring more women, people of color and members of the LGBTQ community to BigLaw positions of power is the first key to making other underrepresented attorneys believe they have an opportunity for a path to leadership, says Ernest Greer, co-president at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Series

    Advancing Racial Justice In The Legal Industry And Beyond

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    In addition to building and nurturing a diverse talent pipeline, law firms should collaborate with general counsel, academics and others to focus on injustices within the broader legal system, says Jonathan Harmon, chairman at McGuireWoods.

  • Guest Feature

    Diversity Work Doesn't Have To Be Reserved For Partners

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    Serving on my firm's diversity committee as an associate has allowed me to improve access, support and opportunity for minority attorneys at the firm, while building leadership skills and fostering meaningful relationships with firm management and industry professionals, says Camille Bent at BakerHostetler.

  • Opponents In Idaho Trans Athletes Case May Face Sanctions

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    A recent Idaho federal court order temporarily blocking enforcement of the Fairness in Women’s Sports Act, which prohibits transgender female athletes from competing, made it obvious that defendants didn't meet federal pleading requirements, so they should expect sanctions and recommend the act's repeal, says Ronald Katz at GCA Law.

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