Sports & Betting

  • September 24, 2021

    Jury Hears USC Coach Never Heard Of 'Varsity Blues' Recruit

    A former assistant coach for the University of Southern California's women's basketball team told a Boston jury Friday she never heard of a purported recruit who prosecutors say got into the school as part of the "Varsity Blues" admissions scheme.

  • September 24, 2021

    FanDuel Fine Print For Users Dooms Ill. Man's Suit

    An Illinois resident suing FanDuel for allegedly feeding bettors false information did not help his case by citing terms of service specifically disclaiming liability for inaccurate intel, an Illinois federal judge said Thursday as she tossed the man's proposed class action.

  • September 24, 2021

    White NY Sportscaster Must Arbitrate Race Bias Case

    A New York federal court held that an arbitration clause in a former SportsNet New York commentator's employment contract preempted him from suing the network over his claims that he was pulled off a panel and later fired because he is white.

  • September 24, 2021

    Colleges Eye Appeal After Athletes OK'd To Pursue Wage Suit

    Five universities are seeking to immediately appeal a Pennsylvania federal judge's ruling that allowed a proposed class of student athletes to sue for minimum wage pay, arguing Thursday that other courts have clearly held that college players are not employees.  

  • September 24, 2021

    Ex-Blue Jays Pitcher Drops Sign-Stealing Suit Against Astros

    Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Michael Bolsinger on Thursday dropped his trade secrets suit against the Houston Astros accusing the Major League Baseball team of sending his career to the showers by stealing his pitching signals, according to a notice filed in Texas state court.

  • September 24, 2021

    Cousin Of Ticket Fraudster Avoids Prison For Role In Scam

    A Manhattan federal judge on Friday sentenced a former compliance professional to a year of home confinement for using a sports and theater ticket resale business to funnel money away from its investors and toward his now-incarcerated cousin.

  • September 24, 2021

    Saxena White Can't Lead FIFA Suit After Robbins Geller DQ

    A New York federal judge who disqualified Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP from securities litigation related to the FIFA corruption scandal on Thursday rejected Saxena White PA's request to take over the case, chastising the firm for seeking continued advice from Robbins Geller.

  • September 24, 2021

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen two energy drink giants lock horns, Standard Chartered sued by the state of Wisconsin and IBM take aim at a Swiss software company. Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K. 

  • September 23, 2021

    Judge Says OSU 'Failed' Abuse Victims But Suits Are Too Late

    Ohio State University and the legal system "failed" hundreds of students who suffered "unspeakable sexual abuse" at the hands of a school doctor, a federal judge said Wednesday, even as he dismissed four Title IX suits on the grounds they were filed too late.

  • September 23, 2021

    St. John's Fired Hoops Coach For Leave Request, Suit Says

    A former St. John's University assistant men's basketball coach sued the university and head hoops coach in New York federal court Thursday alleging he was fired in retaliation for seeking medical leave and other accommodations for a heart condition during the pandemic.

  • September 23, 2021

    Author Seeks 5th Circ. Redo Of Texas A&M Copyright Case

    An author and his publisher want the full Fifth Circuit to rethink a panel decision that let Texas A&M University's athletic department dodge copyright claims accusing it of publishing a book excerpt about the school's "12th Man" tradition on its website without permission.

  • September 23, 2021

    'Varsity Blues' Kids' Choice Of Sport Didn't Matter, Jury Hears

    A hedge fund founder accused of bribing his daughters' way into top schools as fake athletic recruits was told by the mastermind of the "Varsity Blues" scheme that one child's choice of sport "doesn't matter" and said the other could be a sailor even though she "hates sailing," jurors heard Thursday.

  • September 23, 2021

    MVP: Quinn Emanuel's Stephen Neuwirth

    Stephen Neuwirth, head of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's antitrust practice, clinched a $100 million appellate victory for the Washington Nationals and represented minority owners of the Washington Football Team in a multifaceted legal battle, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Sports & Betting MVPs.

  • September 22, 2021

    NCAA Can't Score Dismissal Of Athletes' Wages Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge dismissed a proposed wages class action Wednesday filed by college athletes against multiple universities but denied dismissal for the National Collegiate Athletic Association, saying the athletes plausibly alleged the regulatory body is their joint employer under the Third Circuit's four-factor "Enterprise test."

  • September 22, 2021

    Dapper Labs Raises $250M And Scores NFT Deal For Soccer

    Nonfungible-token platform Dapper Labs on Wednesday announced a $250 million funding round that gives it a $7.6 billion valuation as well as a partnership to bring NFTs to Spanish soccer league LaLiga.

  • September 22, 2021

    Hard Rock Cheating Claims To Go Before NJ Regulators

    A New Jersey federal judge on Wednesday said state gaming officials should weigh in on potential regulatory violations before a craps player keeps pursuing his suit alleging the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City cheated him out of more than $650,000 by purportedly using marked dice.

  • September 22, 2021

    Ojibwe Tribes Say Wisc. Wolf Hunt Steps On Treaty Rights

    Six Ojibwe, or Chippewa, tribes have asked a Wisconsin federal judge to halt an upcoming gray wolf hunt in the state, saying the hunt would violate their treaty rights by allowing non-Indians to kill too many wolves.

  • September 22, 2021

    Fla. Businesses Push For Early Win In Tribal Gambling Suit

    Two Florida gambling businesses have urged a D.C. federal judge to grant them an early win in their suit seeking to block the U.S. Department of the Interior's approval of an online gambling compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe, saying the deal is illegal.

  • September 22, 2021

    Taekwondo Olympic Medalist Can't Escape Sex Abuse Claims

    A Colorado federal judge said Steven Lopez, a two-time Olympic gold medalist with USA Taekwondo, can't dodge claims from two former athletes that he groomed, exploited, sexually abused and raped them, saying that there are genuine disputes of material fact involved.

  • September 22, 2021

    MVP: Covington's Michael Hill

    Michael Hill, of Covington & Burling LLP's commercial and corporate transactional practice, quarterbacked the NFL's media distribution agreements with a quintet of major media companies totaling more than $110 billion, earning him a spot as one of Law360's 2021 Sports and Betting MVPs.

  • September 22, 2021

    Ill. Justices Weigh Ex-NFL Star's Bid To ID Alleged Defamers

    Illinois Supreme Court justices on Wednesday questioned whether an internal investigation privilege asserted by an Exelon subsidiary unfairly kept a Pro Football Hall of Fame member who did business with the company from learning the identity of an employee who accused him of sexual harassment.

  • September 22, 2021

    Don King Hits Back At Claim He Undercut Champ's Title Bid

    Fight promoter Don King on Tuesday asked a Florida federal judge to knock out a contract suit alleging he schemed to get a boxer's title stripped, saying one of the contracts at issue was never signed and that the pugilist should be suing boxing officials for his loss.

  • September 22, 2021

    Boston Bruins Event Co. Can't Take Down Stagehand Pay Suit

    An event company behind the Boston Bruins Fan Fest during the National Hockey League team's 2019 playoff games must face claims it failed to pay wages to hired stagehands and shirked duties to contribute to union retirement and education plans, a Massachusetts federal judge said Tuesday.

  • September 21, 2021

    San José State Univ. Pays $1.6M In DOJ Title IX Settlement

    San José State University agreed Tuesday to pay sexual assault victims $1.6 million and improve its Title IX office after the U.S. Department of Justice found the California school buried its head in the sand for years amid reports an athletic trainer was harassing and groping female students.

  • September 21, 2021

    Pro Poker Player, Borgata Casino End Suit Over Suicide Joke

    A professional poker player's suit demanding that the Borgata casino pay him at least $1.25 million after his joke about jumping from a window went awry has come to a close in New Jersey federal court, with the parties voluntarily dismissing all claims.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • How ABA Opinion Shifts Alternative Biz Structure Landscape

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion approving lawyers' passive investment in nonlawyer-owned firms eliminates a hurdle for law firms wishing to scale their practice through alternative business structures, but aspiring investors should follow a few best practices, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Vaccine Passport Efforts Need To Stay Mindful Of ADA Title III

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    As questions about vaccine passports' viability under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act prevail, companies should carefully explore whether requiring them of customers and patrons creates legitimate impediments to the full and equal access of public accommodations, say Charles Thompson and Anthony Guzman at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: HPE Counsel Talk Effective Board Oversight

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    Governance teams can more effectively shape board oversight of environmental, social and governance issues by ensuring organizationwide agreement on the most relevant issues, building a materiality framework that reflects stakeholder input, and monitoring the integration of ESG into operations, say Rishi Varma and Derek Windham at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Leidos GC Talks Social Responsibility

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    Recent criticisms of corporate commitments to stakeholders such as employees and communities — implicitly opposing environmental, social and governance initiatives — are fundamentally flawed and display a serious misunderstanding of contemporary investor priorities and dynamics, says Jerald Howe at Leidos.

  • Lessons In Crisis Lawyering 20 Years After 9/11

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    Dianne Phillips at Holland & Knight recounts her experiences as in-house counsel at a liquefied natural gas company in the tumultuous aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and details the lessons she learned about lawyering in a crisis, including the importance of careful forethought and having trusted advisers on speed dial.

  • Why Structured Data Is Increasingly Important To Your Case

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    During discovery, legal teams often overlook structured data — the rows of information found in financial ledgers and similar corporate systems — and consider it secondary to emails and other anecdotal evidence, but this common mistake could mean litigators are missing key elements of a dispute, say consultants at Alvarez & Marsal.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: AIG Counsel Talks SEC Risk Alert

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    As the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission responds to the changing landscape on environmental, social and corporate governance investing, including with its recent risk alert, it is imperative that the regulator take a measured approach, says Kate Fuentes at AIG.

  • What The Nondebtor Release Bill Means For Chapter 11 Filings

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    Proposed legislation prohibiting nonconsensual third-party releases in Chapter 11 plans would likely eliminate the use of bankruptcy restructurings as vehicles for large tort settlements, among other impacts on case administration and exculpation rights, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • What The Judiciary's Font Recommendations Can Teach Us

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    The D.C. Circuit's recent soft prohibition on Garamond and the ensuing debates about courts' font preferences should serve as a helpful reminder of a larger point — every departure from convention in legal writing carries some level of risk, says Spencer Short at Stradley Ronon.

  • How Court Ruling, DOE Guidance Change DeVos' Title IX Rule

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    A Massachusetts federal court's recent ruling in Victim Rights Law Center v. Miguel Cardona, striking down a controversial provision of the Trump administration's Title IX regulations, and subsequent Department of Education guidance will have a significant, immediate impact on Title IX investigations at higher education institutions nationwide, say attorneys at Hunton.

  • Opinion

    Admission Of Error In Caster Semenya Case Is Long Overdue

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    Because the scientific underpinning of a causal relationship between testosterone and athletic performance has now disappeared, Olympic gold medal-winning intersex runner Caster Semenya should be allowed to compete in international meets immediately and should be compensated for the losses she sustained while banned, says retired attorney Ronald Katz.

  • Opinion

    NFL Concussion Settlement Still Underestimated 5 Years Later

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    Since the Third Circuit affirmed the NFL concussion class action settlement in 2016, claimants have received awards two to 10 times higher than many recent plaintiff-favorable multidistrict litigations, in contrast to early criticisms that few would qualify for compensation and awards would be minuscule, says attorney Brad Sohn.

  • How The 'Rocket Docket' Continues To Roar Through COVID

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    While the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is no longer the nation's fastest civil trial court, it continues to keep litigation moving efficiently, with pandemic protocols resulting in new benefits for litigants, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

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