Sports & Betting

  • January 31, 2024

    Operators Of Texas College's Sports Website Punt Privacy Suit

    A Texas federal judge has tossed a putative class action accusing a pair of companies that run the athletics website for the University of Texas at Austin of unlawfully sharing video-viewing information with Facebook, finding that the plaintiff didn't qualify as a covered "subscriber" and calling on Congress to step in to resolve an emerging circuit split on the issue. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player, Reptile Co. Can't Toss Worker's Sex Abuse Suit

    A Colorado state judge rejected ex-NFL player Chadwick Brown's bid to toss claims that he sexually abused the now-former controller for his reptile shipping company, finding that she sufficiently alleged the former linebacker caused her severe emotional distress.

  • January 31, 2024

    Davis Polk, Latham Lead Amer Sports' Below-Range $1.4B IPO

    Amer Sports Inc., which owns the iconic brands Wilson tennis rackets and Louisville Slugger baseball bats, priced its initial public offering Wednesday at just under $1.4 billion, below its price range, represented by Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and underwriters counsel Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • January 31, 2024

    Calif. Court Axes Appeal Over Clippers Signing Kawhi Leonard

    A California appellate court refused on Tuesday to revive a man's claims that he was bilked out of $2.5 million after helping the Los Angeles Clippers sign superstar Kawhi Leonard in 2019, saying there's no evidence of such an agreement between the man and team consultant Jerry West.

  • January 31, 2024

    House Hears TV's Struggles With Sports' Move To Streaming

    Sports fans are the "last bastion holding the pay TV system together," a House committee heard Wednesday morning at a hearing aimed at helping lawmakers grapple with the changing landscape of sports media as it begins to migrate onto streaming platforms.

  • January 31, 2024

    NFT Co. NBA Top Shot Wants To Block User's Privacy Suit

    The issuer and licensors behind non-fungible token marketplace NBA Top Shot told a California judge to toss a proposed class action over the platform's use of a tracker that passed user data to Meta Platforms Inc. since users agreed to certain information sharing when they logged onto the site and transactions on the platform are meant to be public.

  • January 31, 2024

    DraftKings Hacker Sentenced To 1½ Years In Prison

    A Manhattan federal judge hit a 19-year-old man with a year-and-a-half-long prison sentence Wednesday for hacking DraftKings user accounts in a cyberattack that ultimately cost the sports-betting site more than $1 million, calling the case a "tragedy."

  • January 31, 2024

    Super League Co. Says UEFA 'Escalating' Antitrust Behavior

    The sponsor of the would-be European Super League accused the Union of European Football Associations of doubling down on allegedly anti-competitive behavior meant to suffocate its rival even after Europe's top appeals court deemed such conduct illegal.

  • January 31, 2024

    NCAA Sued By Tenn., Va. Over 'Anticompetitive' NIL Policies

    The attorneys general of Tennessee and Virginia have taken direct aim at the NCAA's policies on name, image and likeness, claiming in a federal antitrust suit filed Wednesday that by overriding state regulations and banning NIL for recruiting athletes, the NCAA "is thumbing its nose at the law.''

  • January 31, 2024

    Carlyle Co-Founder, Ripken Jr. Among Orioles $1.73B Buyers

    The Angelos family has agreed to sell a controlling stake in the Baltimore Orioles to a group of investors led by lifelong fan David Rubenstein, a native of the city and co-founder of The Carlyle Group, in a $1.725 billion deal led by three law firms, according to a Wednesday announcement.

  • January 31, 2024

    Doctor In NBA Fraud Case Moves To Ditch Atty, Yank Plea

    A Seattle-based physician accused of generating false invoices for a group of NBA players to submit to the league's healthcare plan has asked a Manhattan federal judge to let him drop his attorney, citing a difference of opinion over his trying to back out of his plea agreement.

  • January 31, 2024

    PGA Tour Gains US Partners As Saudi Talks Drag On

    The PGA Tour has partnered with a group of investors that includes several owners of U.S. pro sports franchises in a deal worth up to $3 billion, an agreement reached while negotiations continue to complete its proposed merger with the Saudi-based investment fund that owns rival LIV Golf.

  • January 30, 2024

    Chancery Denies Dismissal Of $1.3B Paysafe De-SPAC Suit

    A stockholder challenge to the blank-check company deal that took payment platform Paysafe Group public in 2021 survived dismissal arguments Tuesday, in a from-the-bench Delaware's Court of Chancery finding that the case raised reasonably conceivable disclosure claims about the $1.3 billion deal.

  • January 30, 2024

    Fans Fight Commanders' Arbitration Bid Over Railing Collapse

    NFL fans suing the Washington Commanders told the Fourth Circuit that a lower court correctly denied an attempt to compel arbitration and that the district court's ruling was "properly based" on the facts of the case filed over injuries the fans sustained from a rail that collapsed in a stadium.

  • January 30, 2024

    Insurer Ordered To Pay Casino $55K In Attorney Fees

    An insurer must pay a Las Vegas casino and resort more than $55,000 in attorney fees after a Nevada federal judge sanctioned the carrier in September, ruling that the insurer failed to produce relevant portions of its claims manual during a COVID-19 coverage dispute.

  • January 30, 2024

    Houston Must Face Suit Over Councilman's Golf Cart Mishap

    An en banc panel of the Texas First District Court of Appeals found on Tuesday that the city of Houston is not immune in a suit alleging one of its council members ran over a man's foot with a golf cart, saying there's a factual dispute about whether the council member was using or operating the cart at the time.

  • January 30, 2024

    US Skating Team Gets 2022 Gold After Arbitration Ruling

    The International Skating Union on Tuesday declared that the U.S. is the retroactive winner of the 2022 Olympic gold medal for team figure skating, an announcement that comes one day after the Court of Arbitration for Sport found that Russian Olympic figure skater Kamila Valieva violated Russian doping rules, making all her results since Dec. 25, 2021, invalid.

  • January 30, 2024

    Saudi Arabia's Lawyers Pressed On Subpoena Impasse

    Senators investigating Saudi Arabia's U.S. business ties have urged the kingdom to comply with their subpoenas, accusing the country's Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP attorneys of ducking their scrutiny on shaky legal grounds.

  • January 30, 2024

    Video Doesn't Clear Coach Of Assault Claims, Tenn. Panel Finds

    A Tennessee appeals court has reinstated a woman's claims that a rival high school's basketball coach assaulted her 14-year-old son during a brawl at the end of a game, saying video of the incident doesn't clear up what the coach's intent was.

  • January 29, 2024

    Phone Casino Game Maker Can't Seal CEO's Deposition

    A Washington federal judge refused Monday to seal parts of a deposition of High 5 Games LLC's CEO in a class action accusing the casino phone game developer of defrauding players, ruling that the company failed to show how public disclosure would cause "concrete harm."

  • January 29, 2024

    Walbro, Carter Carburetor Put Price-Hike Dispute To Rest

    First Brands Group subsidiary Carter Carburetor and manufacturer Walbro have reached an agreement to resolve claims that Carter improperly raised prices and canceled orders after acquiring Walbro's engine management division, according to a stipulation of dismissal filed in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

  • January 29, 2024

    Ariz. Asks High Court To Review Off-Campus Title IX Liability

    Arizona is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to review the full Ninth Circuit's split decision that revived a former University of Arizona student's Title IX complaint concerning her claims of assault by a member of the school's football team, arguing clarification is needed on liability for off-campus incidents.

  • January 29, 2024

    2 Firms Steer Flutter's Bid For Additional US Listing

    Shares of sports-betting company Flutter began trading Monday on the New York Stock Exchange following a secondary listing steered by Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP that could mark Flutter's first step toward moving its primary venue from London to New York.

  • January 29, 2024

    Sports Camp Organizer Gets 30 Mos. For 'Inexcusable' Scam

    A former youth sports camp organizer was sentenced Monday to two-and-a-half years in prison for what a judge called his "direct and inexcusable" scheme to steal parents' tuition payments through lies he made about hosting a Boston summer camp at Northeastern University. 

  • January 29, 2024

    2 More Charged In DraftKings 'Credential Stuffing' Hack

    Two more defendants have been charged in a scheme to hack user accounts on the fantasy sports and betting website DraftKings and use them to bilk $635,000, Manhattan federal prosecutors said Monday.

Expert Analysis

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    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Boosting IP Value With Publicity Machines

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    Mattel's history of intellectual property monitoring, including its recent challenge against Burberry over the "BRBY" trademark ahead of the "Barbie" film, shows how IP enforcement strategies can be used as publicity to increase brand value and inform potential collaborations, says Carly Duckett at Shepherd and Wedderburn.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • The NIL Legislation Race: CAEFA And Ted Cruz's Draft Bill

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    Christina Stylianou and Gregg Clifton at Lewis Brisbois compare legislation pertaining to the name, image and likeness rights of college student-athletes, including the College Athlete Economic Freedom Act and Sen. Ted Cruz's draft bill that would restrict an athlete's eligibility to compete if an NIL agreement violates their university's student code of conduct.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Anticipating The Impact Of 2 Impending New Title IX Rules

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    Two major amendments to Title IX — which the U.S. Department of Education is expected to finalize next month — would substantially alter the process schools must use for sexual discrimination complaints and limiting student participation in athletics based on gender identity, says Rebecca Sha at Phelps Dunbar.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Future Of NFTs Uncertain As SEC Takes Hawkish Approach

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent and first non-fungible token enforcement action against Impact Theory raises questions about the future of digital assets and the SEC's broad interpretation of securities law, and there will be no safe space for digital assets until courts or Congress clarify the issue, says Alex More at Carrington Coleman.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: How To 'Grow Up' IP With Fan Creations

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    As seen with the recent popularity of the "Barbie" movie, adults are increasingly engaging with child-oriented intellectual property — and previous legal battles between toy-makers and entertainers over fan creations offer lessons in determining when to fight infringement and when to embrace expanded target audiences, says Seokin Yeh at Cole Schotz.

  • A Closer Look At Another HBCU Race Bias Suit Against NCAA

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    The National Collegiate Athletic Association's Academic Performance Program has become a lightning rod for scrutiny, as seen in the recently filed class action McKinney v. NCAA — where statistics in the complaint raise questions about the program's potential discriminatory impact on student-athletes at historically Black colleges and universities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 'Blind Side' Family Case Is A Cautionary Tale For Attorneys

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    Former NFL player Michael Oher's recent allegations against Sean and Leigh Anne Tuohy that they never legally adopted him and tricked him into conservatorship — which paint a very different picture than the 2009 film "The Blind Side" — demonstrate the importance of attorney due diligence and safeguards against abuse of process, says Roland Weekley at Smith Gambrell.

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