Sports & Betting

  • January 25, 2024

    Former NFL Player Takes Second Shot At Retirement Benefits

    A retired NFL player is making another run at the football league's retirement plan Wednesday in Texas federal court, saying that he wasn't given the chance to follow through with the plan's administrative process and that the pension's leadership unfairly denied him access to the plan's benefits.

  • January 25, 2024

    Caps, Wizards Owner Defends Plan To Move Teams To Virginia

    Billionaire Ted Leonsis defended his plan to move the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals from the District of Columbia to a sprawling entertainment district planned for Alexandria, Virginia, on Thursday, stressing that the move will not alienate fans or impose new economic burdens.

  • January 25, 2024

    Del. Gets Fees, Remand In Suit Over Ammo Stolen At Cabela's

    A Delaware federal judge has granted the state's bid to remand a case seeking to enforce a subpoena against Cabela's Inc. to get information about 500,000 rounds of ammunition purportedly shoplifted from one of its stores to determine if Delaware firearms laws were violated.

  • January 25, 2024

    NJ Justices Keep Up Trend Of Virus Suit Wins For Insurers

    In turning back an Atlantic City casino's $50 million bid for pandemic loss coverage, New Jersey's top court kept in line with the vast majority of courts deciding such suits, while shutting the door to Garden State policyholders seeking virus coverage, experts say.

  • January 25, 2024

    Vince McMahon Abused, Trafficked Ex-WWE Staffer, Suit Says

    Vince McMahon pressured a former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. employee into sex in exchange for a job, pushed her into sexual relations with other WWE executives and employees, circulated explicit photos and videos of her inside and outside the company, then forced her out with a nondisclosure agreement and millions in hush money, the ex-staffer alleged in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Connecticut federal court.

  • January 25, 2024

    Entain Says Sports Biz Concealed Probes During €850M Sale

    Entain PLC's Dutch subsidiary says the owners of a sports betting business failed to mention that the company was being investigated for violating gambling regulations, and therefore was worth less than the €850 million ($926 million) Entain agreed to pay for it.

  • January 24, 2024

    Parent Co. Of NBA's Jazz In Talks To Bring NHL Team To Utah

    The parent company of the National Basketball Association's Utah Jazz is in talks with the National Hockey League about possibly bringing a professional hockey team to the state as it vies to become host of the 2034 Winter Olympic Games, according to a Wednesday statement from the company.

  • January 24, 2024

    Bid To Swap Chevron For An Old Standby Raises Doubts

    Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court debated whether a World War II-era doctrine encouraging courts to strongly consider agency statutory interpretations could replace the court's controversial so-called Chevron doctrine that requires judges to defer to those interpretations if a statute is ambiguous.

  • January 24, 2024

    Wash. Judges Worry Abuse Tort Could 'Open Floodgates'

    Washington appellate court judges expressed reservations Wednesday about recognizing domestic violence as an ongoing tort in a woman's suit accusing a former National Football League player of abuse, with one judge saying the move could give divorce attorneys a tool they would misuse in contentious cases.

  • January 24, 2024

    Ohio Senate Greenlights Ban On Youth Gender-Affirming Care

    The Ohio Senate on Wednesday voted to override Gov. Mike DeWine's veto of a bill that would restrict gender-affirming care for transgender youths and ban transgender girls from participating in female sports. 

  • January 24, 2024

    Minor League Baseball Fan Must Arbitrate Broken Nose Suit

    A woman whose nose was broken by a line-drive ball at a Minor League Baseball game must arbitrate her case alleging that the stadium was unsafe, a Tennessee federal judge said Tuesday, because the parties mutually agreed to be bound by an arbitration clause on her ticket.

  • January 24, 2024

    Nuggets' Parent Co. Says Host's New Allegations Are Too Late

    The parent company of the NBA's Denver Nuggets and sports broadcaster Altitude Sports and Entertainment have urged a Colorado federal court to bar new allegations related to the recent layoff of a Hispanic sportscaster who is suing the companies for discrimination, arguing it's too close to the upcoming trial date.

  • January 24, 2024

    NY AG, Ski Operator Move For Quick Wins In Antitrust Case

    New York enforcers and a Syracuse-area ski operator have both told a state court there's no need for trial in an antitrust case over the purchase and closure of a nearby resort, with the sides pushing opposing arguments about the ski market and the reach of state antitrust law.

  • January 24, 2024

    Tort Report: Helicopter Crash Settlement Sets US Record

    A key medical malpractice ruling issued by Ohio's top court and a record-setting helicopter crash settlement lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • January 24, 2024

    Litigation Funder Accuses Law Firm Of Fraudulent Home Sale

    Arguing for an early win on a claim of fraudulent transfer amid a $3 million fee suit against a New Jersey law firm, litigation funder Balanced Bridge Funding LLC is alleging Mitnick Law Office purchased, then sold a beach house at a discounted rate to principal Craig Mitnick during the firm's supposed insolvency in 2018.

  • January 24, 2024

    Bilt Rewards Valued At $3.1B After $200M Investment

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP-advised Bilt Rewards, an operator of rent-focused loyalty programs, announced Wednesday that a recent $200 million equity investment has skyrocketed the company's valuation to $3.1 billion, and that its board of directors has welcomed two new members with experience leading American Express and the NFL.

  • January 24, 2024

    UK Billionaire Joe Lewis Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

    British billionaire Joe Lewis pled guilty in Manhattan federal court Wednesday to helping his girlfriend and private jet pilots trade on insider information, and agreed to pay $50 million for separate regulatory reporting violations.

  • January 23, 2024

    NCAA Seeks Pause Of Colo. Suit Amid Consolidation Review

    The NCAA and various conferences have asked a Colorado federal judge to pause a proposed class action filed by a group of athletes hoping to share in the profits of televised sports matches, while a multidistrict litigation panel mulls a motion to transfer the case.

  • January 23, 2024

    Ex-NFL Player Fights Recommendation To Toss Benefits Case

    A former NFL player has urged a Texas federal court to reject the recommendation by its magistrate judge to throw out his suit seeking the highest tier of benefits for injuries that ultimately ended his career, saying it fails to take a holistic approach to his injuries, which is a "repugnant" practice that disregards the violent nature of the game.

  • January 23, 2024

    Dwayne Johnson Secures IP Rights To 'The Rock' In TKO Deal

    Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Dwayne Johnson on Tuesday obtained all the intellectual property rights associated with "The Rock" trademark and was named to WWE parent company TKO Group Holdings Inc.'s board of directors, the company announced.

  • January 23, 2024

    Sunday Ticket Trial Delayed, NFL Wants Prior Cases Kept Out

    A California federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial for a class action against the National Football League's Sunday Ticket broadcast package, moving the start of the trial to June 6 during a status conference Tuesday.

  • January 23, 2024

    Team Sales Not Assured Despite James Dolan Assault Suit

    Although recent history features multiple examples of professional sports team owners being forced out after allegations of misconduct, legal experts say there's no guarantee that James Dolan, executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Sports, will be punished by the NBA or NHL after he was accused of sexual assault in a federal lawsuit.

  • January 23, 2024

    Feds Want 2 Years For NBA Accountant Fraudster

    Prosecutors have asked a Manhattan federal judge to sentence a financial planner to at least two years in prison for participating in a scheme to defraud NBA players out of millions of dollars, saying he helped to abuse the players' trust for profit.

  • January 22, 2024

    NLRB Pushes USC Official On Control Over Athletes' Lives

    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday picked up its case-in-chief after a monthlong break in a hearing before an agency administrative judge over whether certain University of Southern California student-athletes are employees, with an NLRB attorney quizzing a university official about USC's control over its athletes' lives. 

  • January 22, 2024

    Sex Toy Patent Owner's Arguments Fail To Satisfy PTAB

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has found that all challenged claims of Shenzhen Svakom Technology's patent for interactive sex toys are invalid, as they rely too much on earlier inventions and would be anticipated and obvious.

Expert Analysis

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • The NIL Legislation Race: CAPCA And The PASS Act

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    Christina Stylianou and Gregg Clifton at Lewis Brisbois compare the College Athletes Protection and Compensation Act and the Protecting Athletes, Schools, and Sports Act — two of the latest bills introduced to federally regulate publicity rights for the name, image and likeness of college student-athletes.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Pickleball Makes Waves In Fla. Real Estate, With Risks In Play

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    Pickleball's burgeoning popularity in Florida is catalyzing a transformation in the state's commercial real estate market, but investors must take steps to navigate legal challenges related to noise, insurance and community dynamics, says Emmanuelle Litvinov at DarrowEverett.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Opinion

    Has The NCAA Not Learned NIL Policy Lessons Of The Past?

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    The NCAA has applied its heavy hand — which has been slapped back by courts and legislatures — again, saying that colleges must comply with its name, image and likeness policies even if they conflict with state laws, but recent antitrust decisions might caution against its reasoning, says Kenneth Jacobsen at Temple University.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • Series

    In A 'Barbie' World: Questions On Kid Brands In Gambling Ads

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    A recent "Barbie" film marketing partnership with a casino raised some eyebrows as the iconic children's toy brand was being used to promote gambling in possible contravention of advertisement regulations for adult activities, but the campaign's particularities signal that the shtick may comport with responsible ad principles after all, says Abbey Block at Ifrah Law.

  • For Tribes, Online Gambling May Soon Be A Safe Bet

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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' proposed changes to the Indian Gaming Regulation Act would expressly allow tribes to execute compacts with states that enable online gambling and sports betting activities, strengthening tribes' ability to position themselves in the gambling industry despite protests from casino operators, says Blair Will at Hall Estill.

  • Caregiver Flexibility Is Crucial For Atty Engagement, Retention

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    As the battle for top talent continues post-pandemic, many firms are attempting to attract employees with progressive hybrid working environments — and supporting caregivers before, during and after an extended leave is a critically important way to retain top talent, says Manar Morales at The Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Will Spur Challenges To No-Action Letters

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    The Fifth Circuit's recent Clarke v. U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission decision that withdrawing no-action letters constitutes a final agency action subject to judicial review means federal agencies should expect more challenges to the practice, which has been criticized for failing to provide clear standards and enabling agencies to change course abruptly, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • NC Sports Betting Law May Bring New Blockchain Frontier

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    North Carolina's new law that allows online and retail betting on professional, college and esports sports events has provided the blockchain industry with an opportunity to prove that its technology is better than that of traditional financial systems by listing cryptocurrencies as an accepted asset to wager, says Samir Patel at Holland & Knight.

  • In-Office Engagement Is Essential To Associate Development

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    As law firms develop return-to-office policies that allow hybrid work arrangements, they should incorporate the specific types of in-person engagement likely to help associates develop attributes common among successful firm leaders, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Perspectives

    A Judge's Pitch To Revive The Jury Trial

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    Ohio state Judge Pierre Bergeron explains how the decline of the jury trial threatens public confidence in the judiciary and even democracy as a whole, and he offers ideas to restore this sacred right.

  • The Court's Likely Game Plan For TM Suit Against LIV Golf

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    Joseph Walsh at Harness IP examines the key factors a New Jersey district court will likely consider in the trademark infringement suit Cool Brands v. LIV Golf, including the strength of the plaintiff's mark, whether the mark was adopted to intentionally compete and relative pricing of each product sold under their respective brands.

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