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    Transfer Rule Not Bad For Competition, NCAA Tells 7th Circ.

    The NCAA shot back at a former college football player’s bid to revive an antitrust challenge to the rule requiring student-athletes who transfer to sit out their sport for a year, telling the Seventh Circuit that the rule is pro-competition and serves to protect amateurism in college sports.

    U. Of Tulsa, NCAA Hit With Concussion Class Action

    Former football players for the University of Tulsa hit the school, Conference USA and the NCAA with a proposed class action Thursday in Texas federal court, accusing the trio of letting them suffer repeated traumatic head injuries without proper medical care despite understanding the serious long-term repercussions.

    NJ Makes Final Pitch For High Court Sports Betting Review

    New Jersey and a thoroughbred group made a last-ditch effort Tuesday to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to review whether a federal law prohibiting state authorization of sports betting can prevent New Jersey from repealing its laws banning the practice, after the acting U.S. solicitor general told the justices the challenge was not worth their time.

    Court Extends Deadlines In NCAA Concussion Suit

    Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP announced Friday that it was publicizing a recent order by U.S. District Judge John Lee that extended the date by which class members can object to or opt out of the settlement that will provide a 50-year medical-monitoring program for student-athletes to screen for post-concussion syndrome and early-onset neurodegenerative disease that may have resulted from concussions or the accumulation of subconcussive hits while playing NCAA sports.

    JPML Consolidates 5 Turf Disputes In NJ, Despite Objections

    The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation agreed Thursday to consolidate five lawsuits over allegedly shoddy sports field turf in New Jersey federal court for convenience, over the objections of some who originally filed their cases in California and Minnesota.

    All Eyes On NFL After SG Weighs In On Sports Betting

    New Jersey's legal battle to allow sports betting is on life support now that the U.S. Solicitor General has advised the Supreme Court not to take the challenge to the federal prohibition on states allowing sports gambling, but the larger debate over legalization will continue as all eyes now focus on the NFL.

    Time For Calif. To Require Licensure Of Athletic Trainers

    On virtually an annual basis since 2002, California bills to require athletic trainer licensure have failed, either because they died in committee or were vetoed by the sitting governors. There is no principled justification for this, particularly when the other 49 states and the District of Columbia have adopted such laws, says Kevin Mayer of Crowell & Morning LLP.

    Dems Push Sports Betting Bill Amid NJ's High Court Challenge

    New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone led Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in unveiling legislation Thursday designed to roll back the 25-year-old prohibition on state authorization of sports betting, as the U.S. Supreme Court mulls whether to take up a challenge to the law.

    Solicitor Gen. Urges Justices To Reject NJ Sports Betting Case

    The acting U.S. solicitor general urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to not hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law that prohibits states from authorizing sports betting, dealing a blow to the state’s latest attempt to circumvent the statute on constitutional grounds.

    IP Considerations For The Esports Industry

    With recent developments in the gaming world, game developers, professional gamers and other players in the virtual reality and esports space should be mindful of how to protect their own intellectual property rights while not infringing on the rights of others, say Eric Ball and Kunyu Ching of Fenwick & West LLP.

    Why Hively Offers Limited Protection To LGBT Employees

    Does discrimination based on gender include sexual orientation? With its decision in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College, the Seventh Circuit recently said yes. But this answer won’t help everyone, says Phillis Rambsy of the Spiggle Law Firm.

    NJ Rep. Urges Solicitor General To Back Sports Betting Bid

    New Jersey Rep. Frank Pallone urged the acting U.S. solicitor general on Tuesday to throw his weight behind the state’s petition to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case against the National Collegiate Athletic Association and major sports leagues challenging a federal law that blocks most states from authorizing sports betting.

    NCAA Given 'Carte Blanche' On Transfer Rule, 7th Circ. Told

    A former college football player who was told by the National Collegiate Athletic Association that he would have to forgo a year of play if he wanted to transfer schools wants his lawsuit challenging the so-called year-in-residence rule revived, telling the Seventh Circuit on Monday that a lower court gave the NCAA "carte blanche" to violate antitrust laws.

    The Trick To Trademarking Micro-Moments In Sports

    One of the most interesting recent developments in the sports apparel industry is the commercialization of unexpected, instantly memorable happenings during a game. But the same characteristics that make these micro-moments so appealing also create the possibility for tremendous risk in the world of trademarks, says Ryan Hilbert of Holley & Menker PA.

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Penn State Coaches' Firing Suit

    The Third Circuit refused to revive a suit by college football coaching legend Joe Paterno’s son and another former Penn State University coach, ruling Tuesday the coaches couldn’t claim the school harmed their reputations in firing them after the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

    4 Key Takeaways For Attys From The AHCA

    House Republicans passed their long-promised bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, and the legislation will dramatically alter the U.S. health care system if it gets through the Senate intact — which isn't likely to happen, legal experts say. Here, experts discuss four key takeaways from the bill's passage and what lies ahead.

    Jackson Lewis Looks To Toss Ex-Coach's NJ Malpractice Suit

    EDITING - Jackson Lewis PC has urged a New Jersey state court to toss a malpractice suit from the former women's basketball coach at Kean University over the firm's representation of her during the NCAA probe that led to her removal from the team, claiming she has not adequately met discovery demands.

    UNC 'Sham' Classes Claims To Have A Tough Time In Court

    Former University of North Carolina athletes have gone after the school alleging they did not get the quality of education they were promised because they were pushed into “sham” or “bogus” courses, and their lawsuits highlight not only an issue that goes to the heart of the NCAA’s amateur athlete system but also the difficulty of raising it the issue in the courts.

    College Football Playoff Told To Spend More On Player Health

    The College Football Playoff should start investing some revenue distributed to football schools into player health and safety initiatives and predicating more school payouts on academic performance, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics said Monday amid a wave of lawsuits over head injuries in college sports.

    ACLU Says It Will Challenge NC Bathroom Law Repeal Bill

    The American Civil Liberties Union and other civil rights groups that had challenged North Carolina’s transgender bathroom law told a North Carolina federal court Friday they plan to expand their suit to target a March repeal bill, saying it “perpetuates many of [the same] harms” as its predecessor.

    UNC Athlete 'Sham' Classes Suit Tossed From Fed Court

    A North Carolina federal judge on Wednesday dismissed claims against the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill alleging the school diverted student-athletes into sham classes with no educational value, finding the school is protected from such claims in federal court as an entity of the state but that the claims may be viable in state court. 

    The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the judges, magistrate judges and, importantly, the clerks and staff of the EDVA continue to perform at an stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

    GWU Resident Advisers Are Employees, NLRB Director Says

    Resident advisers at George Washington University are employees under the National Labor Relations Board’s Columbia University decision and can vote for union representation, an NLRB regional director said Friday.

    NCAA Seeks To Nix USC Football Player's Wage Class Action

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association asked a California federal judge Thursday to dismiss a former University of Southern California football player’s wage-and-hour suit on behalf of a putative class of student-athletes, saying at a hearing that the money teams generate and restrictions on players’ activities don't make the association an employer.

    9th Circ. Ruling Generates Copyright Preemption Confusion

    The Ninth Circuit recently held that former college athletes could not assert a right of publicity to prevent the NCAA and its licensee, T3Media, from distributing images of the players. While the outcome of the case may be justifiable on the facts, the decision raises more questions than it answers, further muddying the already difficult terrain of copyright preemption under Section 301, say Simon Frankel and Neema Sahni of Covington & Burling LLP.