Two former Purdue University football players on Thursday hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big Ten Conference with a proposed class action alleging the organizations didn’t tell them about the risks of repeated head trauma from which they now suffer.
Two former Division III college basketball champions urged the Ninth Circuit on Friday to revive their proposed class action against a website that sold official NCAA photos, arguing the Copyright Act doesn’t bar them from pursuing their name and likeness rights in NCAA-copyrighted photos.
In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the NCAA targets one of its own top conferences over its "March Madness" mark, Monster Energy takes on Cornell University over the name of a newly developed apple, and Google faces a fight to register a so-called motion mark.
A former City University of New York basketball coach and athletics official was charged on Tuesday in New York federal court with pocketing $600,000 in gym rental fees intended for Baruch College, a school still shaken by an NCAA violations scandal.
A former University of Southern California linebacker objected Tuesday to a proposed $208.7 million deal to settle monetary claims in the antitrust suits contesting the NCAA’s caps on athlete scholarships, arguing in California federal court that the settlement releases state labor law claims that weren’t even covered in the litigation.
North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday offered his latest proposal for nixing the state’s infamous law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, a plan that includes tougher penalties for crimes that occur in restrooms.
Maryland could be the next state to join the push to legalize sports betting as state lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow those with state gaming licenses to take wagers on sports contests should it pass a voter referendum and a federal ban be removed.
Forces are coming together for a showdown over the U.S.'s anti-sports-betting policies after the U.S. Supreme Court made a surprise choice last month not to immediately deny New Jersey's challenge to a federal ban on sports betting, instead inviting President Donald Trump's administration to weigh in on the controversial issue.
Covington & Burling LLP’s sports group in 2016 successfully represented the U.S. Olympic Committee in an antitrust challenge over its advertising restrictions and helped long-standing client the NFL fight off allegations of Americans with Disabilities Act violations, earning a spot among Law360’s Sports Groups of the Year.
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP represented a number entities across the global sports industry, including helping successfully lobby the New York state legislature to legalize daily fantasy sports as well as guiding professional athletes and unions to some big wins, landing the firm among Law360’s Practice Groups of the Year.
Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., head of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, on Thursday ripped a recent memorandum issued by National Labor Relations Board general counsel Richard Griffin deeming college football players as employees under federal labor law, saying he should either rescind the memo or quit.
Northwestern University and the National Collegiate Athletic Association on Tuesday urged an Illinois federal judge to trim the suit against them over allegedly anticompetitive rules requiring college athletes to wait a year to play after transferring schools, arguing that federal courts have long found that eligibility rules like the one being challenged are "procompetitive."
The NCAA and Pac-12 Conference asked a California federal judge to dismiss a proposed wage-and-hour class action on Friday, arguing that both federal and state law have already determined that student-athletes are not employees and making it impossible for the governing bodies to be employers under labor laws.
The University of Louisville responded to NCAA allegations against its men's basketball program and head coach Rick Pitino after the governing body found that a team staffer paid for adult entertainment to entertain recruits on campus, seeking leniency and arguing that the monetary value and recruiting benefits were small.
Jenner & Block LLP notched a major victory in 2016 with the reinstatement of a $48 million jury verdict it secured for Capitol Records and other music companies and obtained the dismissal of a copyright infringement suit against Jay Z, placing among Law360’s Media & Entertainment Practice Groups of the Year.
New York could be the next state to challenge a federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting as New York Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow, who chairs the Racing and Wagering Committee, told Law360 he plans float a sports betting legalization bill this month, a move that will likely land the state in federal court.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday asked for the U.S. Solicitor General's opinion about whether it should take up New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law that prohibits states from authorizing sports betting.
Attorneys for a class of student-athletes in multidistrict litigation with the NCAA over concussion-related health concerns are seeking $15 million in fees on the heels of early approval of a $75 million settlement, according to a request filed in Illinois federal court on Friday.
With the U.S. Supreme Court set to consider Friday whether to hear New Jersey’s challenge to a 25-year-old federal law prohibiting states from authorizing sports betting, pressure to change the law will only continue to build — regardless of how the court rules.
A group of former college football players hit the National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Big 12 Conference with another proposed class action over head injuries and concussions in the sport, this time alleging in Indiana federal court that the organizations breached a contract with players that required them to warn student-athletes of potential risks and take adequate steps to protect players from head injuries.
Hammering home federal courts' reluctance to find that college athletes are employees, the Seventh Circuit on Wednesday refused to rethink a decision involving UPenn athletes despite the students' argument that the ruling effectively put them in the same category as prison laborers.
The Seventh Circuit refused Wednesday to rethink its ruling that University of Pennsylvania student-athletes cannot be considered employees based on their college sports participation, in a potentially fatal blow to their attempt to pursue Fair Labor Standards Act class claims for minimum wage.
Pennsylvania’s highest court said Wednesday it would not hear arguments over a ruling that revived claims against the NCAA over the sickle-cell-related death of a Slippery Rock University student during an intense basketball practice.
New Jersey and its horse racing industry group have again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review the federal ban on sports betting in the Garden State, arguing that the restriction undermines state sovereignty.
With minor league baseball players trying to save a wage-and-hour class action against Major League Baseball, college student-athletes continuing antitrust claims against the NCAA, and the NFL and its teams facing suits alleging they pump players full of painkillers, 2017 should prove to be another busy year for sports litigators.