Sports & Betting

  • June 01, 2020

    Ex-Met's 'Already Soiled' Reputation Sinks Defamation Suit

    Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra can't sue his onetime teammate Ron Darling for defamation, a New York state judge has ruled, saying Dykstra's "already soiled" reputation means he can't suffer any further harm from an account of a racist tirade that appears in Darling's recent book.

  • June 01, 2020

    US Soccer Seeks To Block New Prez From Sex Bias Suit

    The U.S. Soccer Federation asked a California federal court Friday to stop the organization's new president, a former U.S. Women's National Team player, from testifying in an upcoming trial on sex discrimination claims brought by current women's team members.

  • June 01, 2020

    NCAA Cedes IP Battle But Reignites Employee Status Debate

    With the NCAA set to allow college athletes to profit from their names, images and likenesses, the organization is treading carefully to avoid reopening the issue of whether athletes can be considered employees. But experts say that's easier said than done.

  • June 01, 2020

    Ga. Justices Reinstate Doc's Win In Hunter's Paralysis Suit

    The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday reinstated a defense verdict in a suit accusing a doctor of prescribing too much medication to a patient who later fainted, fell out of a deer hunting stand and became paralyzed, saying there was evidence to warrant jury instructions on risk assumption.

  • June 01, 2020

    Gov't Hoops Trial Witness Wants Out Of Adidas Civil Claims

    A financial manager who made an illicit payment to the father of a former University of Louisville basketball recruit and was a key government witness in a criminal case over the scheme urged a South Carolina federal court to toss related civil racketeering claims by Adidas in a lawsuit claiming the payment tanked the recruit's college basketball career.

  • May 29, 2020

    Rejected College Applicants Can't Sue Over 'Varsity Blues'

    A California federal judge tossed two putative class actions against the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" admissions cheating scandal and universities tied to the headline-grabbing case, ruling Friday that the rejected college applicant plaintiffs weren't particularly impacted by the scheme.

  • May 29, 2020

    Race Co. Can't Escape Suit Over 'Worthless' Insurance

    A Florida federal court struck back at Spartan Race Inc.'s calling it "ill-equipped" to hear a proposed class action accusing it of overcharging racers for "worthless" insurance, rejecting its bid to move or dismiss the suit and finding the company failed to show the fee was not a deceptive or unfair act.

  • May 29, 2020

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Pa. Ban On Gaming Contributions

    A federal appeals court on Friday agreed that a provision of Pennsylvania law barring campaign contributions from individuals holding ownership stakes in businesses with gaming licenses ran afoul of constitutional free speech protections.

  • May 29, 2020

    Law360's 2020 Sports & Betting Editorial Advisory Board

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2020 Sports & Betting Editorial Advisory Board.

  • May 29, 2020

    Okla. Gov. Wants Clarity On New Tribal Gambling Compacts

    Oklahoma's governor said those insisting he doesn't have the authority to renegotiate tribal-state gambling compacts are taking a position that doesn't line up with tribal sovereignty, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and state law, according to a motion filed Thursday that urged a federal court to clear things up.

  • May 29, 2020

    Top Golf, Ex-Workers Say BIPA Standing Ruling On Their Side

    Top Golf USA Inc. and a group of former workers have staked out opposing positions on whether the Seventh Circuit's recent ruling on federal standing in Illinois biometric privacy litigation helps or hurts the company's attempt to keep the dispute in federal court.

  • May 29, 2020

    1st 'Varsity Blues' Trial Date Remains Firm Despite Pandemic

    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty surrounding when and how jury trials will resume in Massachusetts, a federal judge said Friday the first "Varsity Blues" college admissions fraud trial is still slated to begin in late September.

  • May 29, 2020

    9th Circ. Urged To Rethink Asbestos Coverage Reversal

    A pool company has asked the full Ninth Circuit to rehear a case over whether it is responsible for homeowners' asbestos-related claims, arguing that a panel had misapplied California law by letting the company's previous owner off the hook for some of the liability.

  • May 29, 2020

    Judge Says 'Sorry' But Won't Toss Latest TopGolf FLSA Suit

    A federal judge in Texas on Friday apologized as he denied sports entertainment company TopGolf's bid to end what it called an "identical" proposed class action lawsuit to one it recently settled, brought by workers alleging the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act in paying employees.

  • May 29, 2020

    Fortnite Creator Beats 'Running Man' Dance IP Suit

    A federal judge on Friday tossed out a lawsuit claiming the creators of the video game Fortnite stole a "running man" dance from two former college basketball players, saying the case was a "square peg" being jammed into "round holes."

  • May 28, 2020

    DOE Says Trans-Inclusive Sports Policy Violates Title IX

    A Connecticut policy that allows transgender girls to compete on girls high school sports teams is unfair and violates the federal anti-sex discrimination statute Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education said Thursday in a first-of-its-kind decision that's likely to reverberate across state lines.

  • May 28, 2020

    Zion Williamson Says NCAA Eligibility Not Relevant To Suit

    NBA No. 1 pick Zion Williamson blasted his former agent's attempts to make him address allegations he received improper benefits while playing for Duke University, arguing such requests are uncalled for and irrelevant to the legal dispute over his decision to switch agents last year.

  • May 28, 2020

    Basketball League Calls Quinn A Qatar 'Spy' In Commish Case

    Heading into a fight over a seven-figure legal bill, a three-on-three basketball league co-led by entertainer Ice Cube filed a New York lawsuit Thursday accusing Quinn Emmanuel of being a "spy" for Qatar when it represented the organization known as Big3.

  • May 28, 2020

    2 Accused PED Suppliers Deny Horse Doping Charges

    Attorneys for a mother and daughter pair on Thursday denied accusations that their clients perpetrated a scheme to supply misbranded and adulterated performance-enhancing drugs for racehorses.

  • May 28, 2020

    Wynn Resorts Slips Investor Suit Over Ex-CEO's Sexual Abuse

    Wynn Resorts and several of its current and former executives dodged a proposed class action accusing the hotel and casino giant of covering up its former CEO Steve Wynn's sexual misconduct after a Nevada federal judge found on Wednesday that the company did not deceive its shareholders.

  • May 28, 2020

    NJ Justices Revive Class Action Over Gym 'Initiation Fee'

    The New Jersey Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a proposed class action against a health club over claims its "initiation fee" violated the state's Retail Installment Sales Act, finding the statute applies to services contracts and does not require such contracts to include a financing arrangement.

  • May 27, 2020

    9th Circ. Won't Revive Challenge To Calif. Tribe's Casino

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a lower court decision siding with the U.S. Department of the Interior in two California card rooms' suit challenging a proposed tribal casino on off-reservation land, saying the interior secretary didn't violate the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act when approving the project.

  • May 27, 2020

    Vince McMahon Out As XFL Ch. 11 Bidder, DIP Lender

    A Delaware judge gave her nod Wednesday to sale procedures and the continued use of lender cash collateral in the XFL's Chapter 11, with the league's controller Vince McMahon now out as potential bidder and debtor-in-possession lender.

  • May 27, 2020

    Defiant NJ Gym Sues To Invalidate Virus Shutdown Orders

    The New Jersey gym that gained national attention for defying Gov. Phil Murphy's COVID-19 shutdown of nonessential businesses has filed a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the executive orders, arguing they violate its constitutional rights.

  • May 27, 2020

    'Potterhead' Group Wants To End Warner Bros. TM Lawsuit

    A fitness-oriented charity group is asking a California federal judge to toss out a lawsuit that claims it violated Warner Bros.' "Harry Potter" trademarks by offering a "Potterhead Running Club."

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • 5 Tips For Drafting Effective Legal Billing Guidelines

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    To properly manage outside counsel, it's imperative for a company's legal department to implement and maintain rules on what they will and won't pay for, on staffing cases and requesting rate increases, and on how matters will be handled, says Chris Seezen at Quovant.

  • Reopening Sports Venues To Fans Poses Legal Hurdles

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    As the economy reopens, sports leagues planning to bring back games with fans in attendance will need to weigh not only important health and safety issues but also the accompanying business and legal risks, say Christopher Conniff and Nicholas Macri at Ropes & Gray.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • Pandemic May Speed Up Esports' Growth In Nevada

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    While the COVID-19 pandemic has shut down Nevada's traditional sports wagering market, video game contests can easily meet social distancing requirements, and Nevada regulators appear ready to embrace approval of wagers for these esports events, say attorneys at Dickinson Wright.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • Bridgegate Has The Potential To Upend A Raft Of Prosecutions

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent "Bridgegate" decision will undoubtedly create further hurdles for the government to prosecute schemes that are venal, deceitful and underhanded but in which the loss of money or property — while foreseeable — was not the objective, say Daniel Fetterman and Brian Choi at Kasowitz.

  • Contingent Fees A Great Option For Cos. During Downturn

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    In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • Opinion

    No Joy In Mudville For Minor League Baseball

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    While the possibility of Major League Baseball resuming games in July is certainly welcome news, the pandemic has thrown a beanball at the minor league clubs and the thousands of employees who depend on them for their livelihoods, says Kenneth Jacobsen, director of the sports law program at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

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