Sports & Betting

  • November 30, 2021

    Texas Justices Told To Ax New Trial In Football Field Fight

    The Texas Supreme Court was told during oral arguments on Tuesday that an intermediate appellate court wrongly ordered a new trial in a dispute between a school district, a company that makes artificial turf football fields and a contractor by failing to address any of five arguments that could have ended the case.

  • November 30, 2021

    Bridge Player Must Arbitrate Ban Challenge In US

    An Illinois federal court has sided with the United States Bridge Federation and agreed that professional bridge player Huub Bertens' challenge of his seven-year playing ban belongs before the American Arbitration Association, not the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

  • November 30, 2021

    Tough Mudder Ch. 7 Trustee Sues Co. Leaders For $20M

    A Chapter 7 trustee for extreme obstacle race venture Tough Mudder Inc. sued three directors and officers in Delaware's Bankruptcy Court late Monday, accusing them of self-dealing or duty breaches that scuttled a $20 million private deal and forced a "fire sale liquidation."

  • November 30, 2021

    Developer Asks 4th Circ. To Revive $500M Virus Coverage Suit

    A sports and entertainment real estate developer asked the Fourth Circuit to reverse a lower court's dismissal of its COVID-19 insurance suit, arguing that its policy with Affiliated FM did not require a structural alteration for its properties to receive coverage.

  • November 30, 2021

    Don King Ducks Contract, Conspiracy Claims Over Title Bout

    Legendary promoter Don King escaped a champion boxer's contract and conspiracy claims on Tuesday when a Florida federal judge tossed part of a suit alleging he schemed to get the fighter's title stripped.

  • November 29, 2021

    Lululemon, Peloton To Work Out Sportswear IP Fight In Court

    Athletic apparel maker Lululemon on Monday accused Peloton in California federal court of selling leggings and sports bras that infringe its patented designs, suing just days after the exercise equipment company filed its own suit in New York asking for a finding that it hadn't infringed any of Lululemon's patents.

  • November 29, 2021

    Trump-Era Hunting Rule Endangers Wildlife, Enviros Say

    An environmental nonprofit has sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over a Trump-era rule that expanded hunting and sport fishing in lands preserved for endangered species, claiming that this rule was enacted without adequately considering whether potential risks to wildlife go against federal law.

  • November 29, 2021

    Ex-Knicks Star, Wigdor Atty Accused Of 'Lies' In Assault Suit

    Sanctions should be imposed on former New York Knicks player Charles Oakley and his counsel from Wigdor LLP for using an assault lawsuit built on "bald-faced lies" to orchestrate a "smear campaign" against Madison Square Garden, a representative for the famed arena told a Manhattan federal judge Monday.

  • November 29, 2021

    Activists Redouble Efforts To Block Colo. Native Mascot Ban

    A group calling itself the Native American Guardian Association continued to spar with Colorado over the Thanksgiving Day weekend in a lawsuit aimed at stopping a statewide ban on Native mascots in public schools.

  • November 29, 2021

    Shearman Coaches Fenway Owner In Penguins Buy

    The owner of the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool F.C. has snagged a major interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team in a deal guided by Shearman & Sterling LLP and Reed Smith LLP, respectively, the groups announced Monday.

  • November 25, 2021

    Soccer Club Says Mishcon Cost It Appeal In Player Dispute

    A professional English soccer club that lost a long-running legal battle with a former player has said its case could have been salvaged if law firm Mishcon de Reya had acknowledged its alleged failure to correctly file an appeal.

  • September 07, 2021

    CORRECTED: Ex-NFL Players Reveal Alleged Drug System

    Former NFL players claiming that the league forced them to take painkillers to keep playing filed an unredacted version of their failed class certification bid Tuesday, a filing that reveals details of the NFL's alleged decades-long system for doling out various drugs — including Toradol, Vicodin, Valium and Ambien.

  • November 24, 2021

    Seminole Tribe Asks Judge To Stay Fla. Sports Betting Ruling

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida is asking a D.C. federal judge to immediately pause her ruling that rejected its request to intervene in a case that invalidated the tribe's gambling agreement with the state of Florida, saying the tribe's standing to participate warrants a review by the D.C. Circuit.

  • November 24, 2021

    3rd Circ. Tosses Ex-NFLer's Concussion Settlement Bid

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday backed the denial of a $1.5 million concussion settlement for former National Football League defensive end Amon Gordon, ruling that the ex-player improperly raised new arguments on appeal.

  • November 24, 2021

    Broker Can't Duck Suit Over Fake Golf Tournament Tickets

    A Georgia federal judge won't let a ticket broker escape claims alleging that it sold a golf travel agent fake passes to the Masters Tournament, rejecting arguments that the claims aren't specific enough.

  • November 24, 2021

    NFL, Rams Sign $790M Deal With St. Louis Over Move To LA

    The National Football League and the Los Angeles Rams have struck a $790 million deal to end a four-year-old lawsuit brought by the city and county of St. Louis over the Rams' 2016 relocation to Southern California, the municipalities announced Wednesday.

  • November 24, 2021

    Peloton Seeks Arbitration For Members' Sales Tax Claims

    Peloton urged a New York federal judge to compel arbitration in a proposed class action claiming that the company charged sales tax on its monthly membership subscriptions in three states that don't include such digital goods in their tax bases.

  • November 24, 2021

    Gambling Industry, Tribes Tally Effects Of Conn.'s New Law

    Connecticut and its two federally recognized Indigenous tribes are now seeing the first impacts of their early 2021 agreement to modernize legal iGaming and allow sports betting in the state. Here, Law360 Pulse speaks with several attorneys watching and participating in this process to see what it all means for the state and tribes.

  • November 23, 2021

    Olympic Skater Seeks To Ice Claim Of Fraudulent Token Sales

    Retired Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno asked a California federal court to toss allegations that a cryptocurrency company he co-founded violated U.S. securities laws and defrauded investors after raising close to $50 million in token sales.

  • November 23, 2021

    3 Firms Guide Men's Grooming Biz's $1B SPAC Merger

    Channing Tatum-backed men's grooming business Manscaped on Tuesday agreed to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company Bright Lights Acquisition Corp., a deal guided by three law firms that values the below-the-waist grooming products seller at $1 billion.

  • November 23, 2021

    Kobe Bryant's Widow Hits LA County For Crash Pics Defense

    A lawyer for Kobe Bryant's widow slammed Los Angeles County officials on Tuesday for a lack of "accountability" after they asked a court to find that sheriff's deputies did not violate her rights when they shared photos of the NBA star's fatal helicopter crash.

  • November 23, 2021

    Game Maker's Antitrust Case Sent Back To Drawing Board

    Game developer Wolfire will have to redo its proposed antitrust class action against online gaming giant Valve after a Seattle federal judge found the complaint does not adequately show that Valve's ability to charge a 30% commission is based solely on its alleged efforts to limit game distribution alternatives.

  • November 23, 2021

    DOJ Can't Use Wire Act On Nonsports Bets, Court Hears

    A gambling and lottery services giant asked a Rhode Island federal court on Tuesday to nullify a U.S. Department of Justice legal opinion that it says criminalizes internet-connected gambling under the Wire Act.

  • November 23, 2021

    NBA Team's Insurer Says Ruling Dooms Virus Coverage Bid

    Factory Mutual has urged a California federal judge to dismiss the Sacramento Kings' lawsuit demanding coverage for pandemic-related losses, arguing for the same conclusion a state appellate court reached recently against a hotel making a similar claim.

  • November 23, 2021

    Shaq Alleges Would-Be Pot Co. Squandered Investor Funds

    Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal alleged in a lawsuit in Los Angeles federal court that a cannabis venture in which he invested was mismanaged into a $1 million loss.

Expert Analysis

  • Without Leadership Buy-In, Law Firm DEI Efforts Stand To Fail

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    A law firm's diversity, equity and inclusion strategies need the full attention and support of its top leadership to succeed, and requiring the firm's key decision makers to join the DEI committee can make the difference, says Noble Allen at Hinckley Allen.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Self-Advocacy Tips For Attys

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    Female lawyers and lawyers of color have historically not been privy to the rules of the origination credit game, but they can employ various strategies to increase the chances of receiving the credit they are due, such as enlisting allies for support and tracking inequity patterns, says Marianne Trost at The Women Lawyers Coach.

  • A Real-World Guide To Staying Discovery In Federal Court

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    Pleas for stay of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are often rejected when motions to dismiss are pending due to a tenacious tangle of case law, imposing financial and administrative burdens on parties, but some unambiguous rules of thumb can be gleaned to maximize the chances of a discovery stay, says Amir Shachmurove at Reed Smith.

  • Mitigating Inflation's Impact On Commercial Contracts

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    As accelerating inflation threatens to turn many commercial contracts unprofitable for sellers, lessors and lenders, prospects of court relief are slim, but certain contract clauses and revisions can help, says Jonathan Hugg at Schnader Harrison.

  • Heed These Rules, Or Risk Your Argument On Appeal

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    Failing to meet the scattered requirements for appellate preservation can have dire consequences, so litigants must understand the relevant briefing rules, the differences between waiver and forfeiture, and the four components of a pressed argument in order to get their case fully considered on appeal and avoid sanctions or dismissal, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

  • What To Include In Orders Governing Remote Arbitration

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    When conducting remote arbitration, attorneys should negotiate written orders that spell out clear rules on technology accommodations, document handling, witness readiness and other key considerations to ensure parties' rights are protected and the neutral's time is not wasted, say Matthew Williams and Christina Sarchio at Dechert.

  • Preplanning For Brand, Sponsor Management Of Olympic TMs

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    Ahead of the 2024 summer Olympic Games, there are several important actions internal intellectual property groups of brand owners and sponsors should take to properly manage trademarks for Olympics properties, including developing a game plan to police infringement, says Jayne Durden at Anaqua.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: CBRE GC Talks Effective Compliance Emails

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    Good corporate governance requires communicating expectations for ethical conduct, but compliance emails need not be overly technical — a relatable story told in simple language with humility and respect can create internal communications that drive home the message, says Laurence Midler at CBRE.

  • The Hazards Of Female Lawyers Being 'Office Moms'

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    Female attorneys are frequently credited with being the "office moms" who do critical but undervalued work — from bringing birthday cakes to serving on diversity committees — but as lawyers return to offices, now is a good time for employers to rectify the gender imbalance that disadvantages women, say Ninth Circuit Judge Margaret McKeown and Fine Kaplan partner Roberta Liebenberg.

  • Discovery Immunity For Draft Expert Reports Lacks Clarity

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    Court rulings on whether — and when — drafts of expert reports are immune from discovery have been inconsistent, so the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure should be amended to better distinguish between draft and final expert reports, say attorneys at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • A Phased Approach To In-House Legal Tech Adoption

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    In-house legal departments that adopt new technologies too quickly often face frustration or failure, so to help ensure a smooth transition, companies should consider a multistep approach, depending on where they stand with respect to modernizing legal processes, says Tariq Hafeez at LegalEase Solutions.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: How Firms Can Redo Policies

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    To promote a more diverse and equitable workforce — not to mention better teamwork and higher profits — law firms must tackle common misconceptions about origination credit and design compensation systems that reflect four critical concepts about client relationships, says Blane Prescott at MesaFive.

  • How To Comply With ABA's New Language Access Guidance

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    Considering the American Bar Association's recent language access guidance for lawyers working with clients with whom communication is impeded, attorneys should carefully navigate social and cultural differences and take steps to maintain professional obligations, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Best Practices For Hiring And Integrating Freelance Lawyers

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    Law firms and legal departments that hire temporary attorneys for certain projects can make the most of their contract talent by ensuring the right fit at the time of recruitment, setting expectations among in-house team members, and being strategic about work distribution, says Leslie Firtell at Tower Legal Solutions.

  • Opinion

    NFL Should Have Monitored Emails To Prevent Hate Speech

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    The National Football League, now facing the fallout from recent reports that power brokers used hate speech in emails going back decades, should have taken proactive steps to monitor and police workplace communications, because all employers must weed out such discriminatory behavior — starting at the top, says Arash Homampour at the Homampour Law Firm.

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