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  • November 14, 2018

    DraftKings Expands With 2 Land-Based Retail Sportsbooks

    DraftKings this week said it will open a pair of retail sportsbooks in New Jersey and Mississippi, continuing its expansion from a daily fantasy sports app company into a full sportsbook as states begin to legalize sports betting.

  • November 14, 2018

    NHL Exec Discusses Hockey’s Big Bet On Sports Gambling

    The National Hockey League is looking to forge more sports betting partnerships following a pair of deals with MGM Resorts and FanDuel, Chief Revenue Officer Keith Wachtel told Law360, as the NHL looks to expand the type of bets placed on hockey games while other leagues remain on the sidelines.

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-NFL Player Fights Bid To Trim Disability Benefits Suit

    Former NFL player Tyrone Keys is fighting an effort from league benefit plans to trim the majority of an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit he filed after they tried to claw back about $831,000 in disability payments, saying he has properly backed his claims.

  • November 14, 2018

    Fox Affiliate Sued Over Photo Of NFL Player's Fiancée

    Photography agency Polaris Images Corp. has hit Tribune Broadcasting Co. with a copyright infringement suit in New York federal court over a Fox affiliate's use of a photograph of the late NFL player Aaron Hernandez's pregnant former fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.

  • November 14, 2018

    Phillips Nizer Brings In Prominent Sports Atty As Partner

    Phillips Nizer LLP has brought in prominent corporate transactional attorney Edward Schauder as a partner in its New York office, adding sports to the firm’s intellectual property practice.

  • November 13, 2018

    NHL Ends Concussion MDL With $19M Tentative Settlement

    The National Hockey League has agreed to pay nearly $19 million to end multidistrict litigation brought by more than 300 retired players alleging they endured long-term problems from head trauma suffered on the ice, a deal some experts said fell short of expectations after the league put up a stiff defense.

  • November 13, 2018

    FIFA Cooperator Dodges Prison For Bribery Scheme

    Eduardo Li, a former FIFA official and president of the Costa Rican Football Federation, avoided a prison term Tuesday after copping to racketeering and corruption charges, due to his cooperation with New York federal prosecutors in their wide-ranging corruption probe into international soccer.

  • November 13, 2018

    Int'l Tennis Federation Establishes New Ethics Body

    The International Tennis Federation has approved a new Code of Ethics and created a new Ethics Commission, a move the federation said was a "key pillar" of its strategy to protect the sport’s long-term popularity.

  • November 13, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Affirms Ax Of Darts-Refereeing Patent Under Alice

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday ruled a patent covering a refereeing system for darts games was invalid under the U.S. Supreme Court’s Alice test, solidifying Arachnid 360 LLC’s victory in a patent suit brought by a rival electronic dartboard maker.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-CEO Accused Of Tipping Oriole Reaches $1.5M SEC Deal

    The former CEO of a medical optics firm accused of passing insider information to a former Baltimore Orioles player reached a $1.5 million deal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to papers filed in California federal court Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Insurer Says Sports Bar Not Covered In Customers' Crash Suit

    Atlantic Casualty Insurance Co. filed suit Tuesday against a sports bar it insures to avoid paying for an underlying suit by four customers over an intoxicated patron who crashed his car into the Cincinnati-area bar, telling an Ohio federal court that several exclusions apply to bar coverage.

  • November 12, 2018

    NCAA Argues Fans ‘Overwhelmingly Oppose’ Paying Athletes

    The NCAA defended its rules limiting athlete compensation in a landmark antitrust California federal bench trial on Friday, arguing that college sports fans value amateurism and “overwhelmingly oppose” paying student athletes.

  • November 9, 2018

    Golden State Warriors Sued For Retaliation, Failure To Pay OT

    The National Basketball Association’s Golden State Warriors are facing a suit in California federal court from a former group ticket salesman who claims the team fired him for complaining about withheld pay and disability discrimination.

  • November 9, 2018

    Brand Battles: Adidas, Ohio State, 'Black Panther,' Yankees

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Adidas picks a fight with Ohio State University over a stripe on football helmets, Disney's Marvel aims to block a "Wakanda Wine Fest," and the New York Yankees say a "WS NY" brand could be mistaken for something related to the World Series.

  • November 9, 2018

    Gibson Dunn Launches Gaming Practice After High Court Win

    Months after securing a U.S. Supreme Court decision that felled a major barrier to sports betting, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP said Thursday it was launching an international betting and gaming practice.

  • November 9, 2018

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Vinson, Wachtell

    In this week’s Taxation With Representation, Thoma Bravo inks a $950 million deal with Broadcom Inc. for Veracode, Newell Brands sells off its fishing business and memorabilia manufacturer for $2.5 billion, Western Gas Partners nabs Anadarko Petroleum Corp. midstream energy assets for $4 billion, and Edenred SA buys Corporate Spending Innovations for $600 million.

  • November 9, 2018

    As Pirates Settle, Net Installer Last Defendant In Foul-Ball Suit

    The Pittsburgh Pirates reached a settlement with a woman injured by a foul ball at PNC Park in 2015, attorneys said Friday, but a jury trial under a new judge in state court scheduled to get underway Wednesday will determine the liability of the company that installed the allegedly defective safety netting behind home plate.

  • November 8, 2018

    Africa Women's Cup Ruling Appealed To Arbitration Court

    Kenya's soccer association has asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to overturn a decision allowing Equatorial Guinea to compete in the upcoming Africa Women's Cup of Nations tournament after the rival country was previously banned from the competition for allegedly fielding an ineligible player.

  • November 8, 2018

    Ex-Soccer Execs Unlikely To Owe FIFA $28M, Judge Hints

    A federal judge indicated in a Brooklyn courtroom Thursday that she does not believe criminal law supports forcing two convicted soccer officials to compensate FIFA for $28 million it spent investigating widespread corruption after they were arrested.

  • November 8, 2018

    Net Installer Wants Judge Off Pa. Foul Ball Injury Suit

    The company that installed safety netting at the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park wants a new state court judge for the upcoming case of a woman injured by a foul ball behind home plate, alleging improper communication between the current judge and one of the woman’s attorneys.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Open The Federal Courthouses

    David Oscar Markus

    Forget about cameras, reporters in the Manafort trial were not even permitted in the courtroom with their phones, tablets or computers. That meant no live reporting on Twitter and no emails to the newsrooms with updates. In a world focused on information and news as it happens, this is unacceptable, says trial attorney David Oscar Markus.

  • 'High Availability' — A Key Term In Law Firm IT Strategy

    Jeff Norris

    While most law firm executives and partners may instinctively want to tune out terms like "high availability" and "disaster recovery" — concepts that IT managers usually worry about — there are five reasons you should lean in and wrestle with the vocabulary, say Jeff Norris of Managed Technology Services LLC and Greg Inge of information security consulting firm CQR.

  • The 'Post-Fact' Jury In The 'Fake News' Era

    Ross Laguzza

    The "fake news" phenomenon is ever more prominent in the political arena — but not in the jury box. At a trial, jurors don’t have to rely on the media or any other source to tell them the facts and issues, since they have a front-row seat to the action, says Ross Laguzza, a consultant at R&D Strategic Solutions LLC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • Sports Teams Need A TCPA Game Plan

    James Sammataro

    For professional sports franchises, texting is a wonderful fan-engagement tool. But it is also a potential legal hazard, as illustrated by several recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act class actions. If you want your fans screaming at the refs and not at you, heed five TCPA lessons, say attorneys with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Opinion

    Coach Contract Sexual Misconduct Clauses Are Concerning

    Scott Bernstein

    A clause added to The Ohio State University head football coach Urban Meyer's contract, requiring him to report any known violations of the school’s sexual misconduct policy, may seem noncontroversial. However, because schools often define sexual misconduct too broadly, this type of provision could cause lasting harm to innocent student-athletes, say Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon of KaiserDillon PLLC.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.