Sports & Betting

  • December 07, 2022

    US Inventor Inc. Tells Justices To Allow IP Suits After PTAB Ax

    US Inventor Inc. has backed a jump rope maker who is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Federal Circuit precedent blocking suits over patents wiped out by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, arguing standards for invalidating patents at the PTAB are "substantially different" from those of federal court.

  • December 07, 2022

    Golf Antitrust Battle Heats Up As Discovery Deadline Looms

    With an antitrust trial between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf more than a year off, the two golf organizations' squabble has so far focused on the disclosure of key documents, including those regarding the flagship Tour's alleged efforts to nudge out its Saudi-backed competitor.

  • December 07, 2022

    Ex-NFL Teammates Aim To Block Revival Of Cannabis Suit

    Two former Atlanta Falcons teammates claim the lawsuit against them by a cannabis cultivator should not be reinstated because attempts by the company's new attorney to reverse the suit's dismissal aren't enough to override the "flagrant misconduct" that got the previous attorney thrown off the case.

  • December 07, 2022

    Little League Seeks Dismissal, Again, In Texas Sex Abuse Suit

    Little League Baseball is asking to be removed from an amended Texas federal lawsuit that accuses one of its coaches of sexually abusing at least eight children involved in the program, arguing plaintiffs have failed to show how negligence or breach of fiduciary duties was responsible for the alleged abuse.

  • December 07, 2022

    Harvard Bribe Middleman Didn't Take A Cut, Jury Hears

    A fencing instructor who prosecutors say acted as the middleman in a bribery scheme between a Harvard University coach and a wealthy businessman was not paid for his illegal services, a Boston jury heard Wednesday as defense lawyers sought to attack his credibility.

  • December 07, 2022

    Horseracing Authority Given Too Much Power, 6th Circuit Told

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday weighed a constitutional challenge to the regulatory power held by a private entity tasked with establishing certain horseracing rules, as states and industry organizations urged a panel to find the law that created the entity takes too much power away from the Federal Trade Commission.

  • December 06, 2022

    MLB's Sanctions Bid Strikes Out With Magistrate Judge

    A New York federal magistrate judge said she thinks MLB's lawyers don't have the goods yet to sanction Sportvision's newer owners for filing an ongoing patent lawsuit over the league allegedly breaking a lucrative licensing deal.

  • December 06, 2022

    Ex-Harvard Coach Eyed $7.5M In Fencing Scheme, Jury Hears

    A former Harvard University fencing coach demanded a windfall $7.5 million payment after recruiting the son of a wealthy businessman to the Ivy League school, a Boston federal jury heard on the first full day of testimony Tuesday in the admissions bribery trial.

  • December 06, 2022

    FTC To Test Meta's Future Reality In VR Merger Fight

    The Federal Trade Commission is set Thursday to kick off the biggest courtroom test yet of its Biden-era efforts to ramp up antitrust enforcement as the agency tries to convince a California federal judge to temporarily block Meta's proposed purchase of virtual reality app developer Within Unlimited.

  • December 06, 2022

    ArentFox Schiff, Latham & Watkins Guide $100M SPAC Deal

    Infrared Cameras Holdings Inc., advised by Latham & Watkins LLP, will merge with blank-check company SportsMap Tech Acquisition Corp., led by ArentFox Schiff LLP, in a deal that values the thermal camera provider at $100 million, according to a Tuesday statement.

  • December 06, 2022

    Former Grizzlies Guard Avoids Jail In NBA Health Plan Case

    A Manhattan federal judge on Tuesday allowed former Memphis Grizzlies guard Anthony Wroten to avoid prison for filing a bogus $100,000 claim with the NBA Players' Health and Welfare Benefit Plan but directed the 29-year-old to take a financial literacy class.

  • December 06, 2022

    Judge Rejects Baseball Bat Makers' IP Suit Dismissal Motion

    A Florida federal judge has adopted the recommendations of a magistrate judge to deny a motion to dismiss or transfer a lawsuit alleging that a sports equipment maker infringed a trademark owned by ex-MLB player Yoenis Cespedes, saying there were no timely objections to the magistrate judge's ruling.

  • December 06, 2022

    King & Spalding Adds Ex-CLO, WNBA Owner As Partner In LA

    King & Spalding LLP said Tuesday it has hired a former in-house legal department leader to join its trial and global disputes group as a partner in Los Angeles.

  • December 06, 2022

    DLA Piper Adds Litigation, Media Partners In DC And LA

    DLA Piper has added two partners to its litigation and media, sports and entertainment practices, both of whom have experience with financial law, the firm announced Monday.

  • December 06, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: TSMC, High Street, Baltimore Pickleball

    Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing reportedly plans to increase its investment in Arizona from $12 billion to $40 billion, High Street Residential is reportedly close to breaking ground on a Southern California multifamily project, and Baltimore Pickleball Club is said to be leasing 12,000 square feet in Maryland.

  • December 05, 2022

    FTC, Meta To Face Off In 36-Hour Antitrust VR Merger Hearing

    A California federal judge laid out ground rules Monday for an upcoming seven-day evidentiary hearing over the Federal Trade Commission's antitrust bid to block Meta Platforms Inc.'s planned purchase of virtual reality app developer Within Unlimited Inc., giving each side roughly 18 hours to present its case.

  • December 05, 2022

    Jay-Z, Caesars, SL Green Put Up Times Square Casino Bid

    Rapper Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter, his record label Roc Nation, gaming company Caesars Entertainment Inc. and real estate investment trust SL Green Realty Corp. are collaborating on a bid to build a casino that aims to revitalize Times Square, the companies announced Monday.

  • December 05, 2022

    DC Circ. Clashes On Who Can Challenge Rule Withdrawal

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel refused Monday to allow an outside interest group to intervene and seek en banc rehearing of its decision that agencies cannot simply withdraw a proposed regulation after it has been subject to public inspection.

  • December 05, 2022

    6th Circ. Blocks Street Vendors' Bid To Sell Near Detroit Arena

    The Sixth Circuit said street vendors wanting to peddle their products near the arena home to Detroit's pro hockey and basketball teams were out of luck, affirming the city's win over a trio of vendors.

  • December 05, 2022

    NJ Sports Club Says Landlord Lured Customers Away

    A New Jersey sports club is suing its former landlord in New Jersey federal court for breach of contract and fraud, saying it used confidential information about customers to lure them into membership with a competitor, which also happened to be the new tenant.

  • December 05, 2022

    Colo. Panel Says Gym Membership Doesn't Bar Abuse Suit

    A Colorado appeals panel revived a mother's suit against a gym over a tennis coach's sexual abuse of her minor child, finding the lower court erred in determining a membership agreement had released the fitness firm from liability.

  • December 05, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware popped the champagne on two notable retirements last week while disputes continued in court over the value of a certain rapper's cognac brand. Newly filed suits targeted Peloton, TransUnion, AT&T, Warner Bros. Discovery, and TradeStation, among others, and a vice chancellor bounced a lawsuit from a basketball legend to an outside referee.

  • December 05, 2022

    Michael Avenatti Gets Another 14 Years For Client Theft

    Michael Avenatti was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a California federal judge Monday for stealing from four clients — to be served after the five-year federal sentence he's currently serving — and was ordered to hand over approximately $8 million in restitution to his victims and $3 million to the IRS.

  • December 05, 2022

    Bribery Or 'Rush To Judgment'? Harvard Fencing Case Opens

    A Boston jury on Monday heard dueling narratives about the relationship between a former Harvard University fencing coach and a wealthy businessman, with the government claiming the executive paid $1.5 million to get his two sons into the Ivy League school while the defense slammed prosecutors for a "rush to judgment."

  • December 05, 2022

    Ex-Fox Sports Execs Can Get Perkins Coie Docs In FIFA Case

    Two former Fox Sports executives caught up in the FIFA corruption scandal can subpoena Perkins Coie LLP and PwC in search of documents the men say could aid their defense, a New York federal judge has ruled.

Expert Analysis

  • Pros And Cons Of NY's New Student-Athlete NIL Law

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    The New York Collegiate Athletic Participation Compensation Act, recently signed into law, authorizes student-athletes to receive compensation for using their name, image and likeness for endorsements without forfeiting their eligibility to compete, but there are significant concerns that NIL laws do not sufficiently regulate the industry, says Kevin Fritz at Meister Seelig.

  • Nonstatutory Labor Antitrust Exemption Risk In Sports Unions

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    Given the increased focus on union organizing across all industries, sports leagues and other multiemployer groups should be mindful of the unresolved breadth of the nonstatutory labor exemption — which can allow individuals to bring antitrust claims during the bargaining period — as they navigate a rapidly changing legal landscape, say attorneys at Latham.

  • Why NIL Policy Isn't A Game Changer For Int'l Students

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    While it's been over a year since the NCAA's groundbreaking policy change allowing paid sponsorships, most international student-athletes will be unable to benefit until U.S. government agencies clarify the immigration consequences, says Gabriel Castro at BAL.

  • 3 Pricing Trends In Law Firm Use Of Litigation Funding

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    As BigLaw firms increasingly include litigation funding as a financing option for clients, internal pricing groups are taking the lead on standardizing and centralizing firm processes, and aggregating risk budgets, says Brendan Dyer at Woodsford Group.

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • Building Better Brand Deal Agreements For Influencers

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    Attorneys can help independent content creators and social media influencers who are offered corporate marketing partnerships negotiate better terms and avoid unexpected liability by knowing common pitfalls in brand deal agreements, says Julian Sarafian at For Creators by Creators.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • Metaverse Game Investing Is High Risk With Little Regulation

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    Although gaming is the fastest-growing sector of the metaverse, the digital asset industry does not presently face the same federal oversight as traditional investments like stocks and bonds, so investors should consider five factors when assessing their individual level of risk, says Brett Sager at Ehrenstein Sager.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • How Employers Can Prevent And Remedy Antisemitism

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    The Brooklyn Nets' recent suspension of Kyrie Irving for espousing antisemitism is a reminder that employers must not tolerate discrimination in the workplace, and should should take steps to stop and abate the effects of the antisemitism, says Amy Epstein Gluck at FisherBroyles.

  • DC Commanders Suit May Expand Consumer Protection Law

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    The D.C. attorney general’s recent toxic workplace suit against the Washington Commanders alleges violations of the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act, and if it is successful, it could have profound implications for companies in a variety of circumstances, say Gonzalo Mon and Paul Singer at Kelley Drye.

  • Partnership Tips For Cos. And Celebs After Ye-Adidas Fallout

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    Adidas' recent decision to terminate its relationship with Kanye West after he made antisemitic comments shows that when entering into brand partnerships, corporations should consider due diligence and risk mitigation, and celebrities should identify critical advisers, says Sekou Campbell at Culhane Meadows.

  • Questions To Ask Before Making A Lateral Move As Partner

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    Law firm partners considering lateral moves should diligently interview prospects — going beyond standard questions about compensation to inquire about culture, associate retention and other areas that can provide a more comprehensive view, says Lauren Wu at VOYLegal.

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