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    NY Looking To Test Sports Betting Ban, Wagering Chair Says

    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. 

    Justices Want Solicitor General's Take On NJ Sports Betting

    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.

    Student-Athlete Attys Seek $15M In NCAA Concussion Deal

    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.

    As Justices Weigh Cert For NJ, Sports Betting Push Surges

    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.

    NCAA Breached Protective Duty, New Concussion Suit Says

    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.

    Another Big Blow To Student-Athletes Eyeing Employee Status

    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.

    7th Circ. Won't Rethink Penn Athletes-Not-Employees Ruling

    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.

    Pa. Justices Snub Appeal Over NCAA's Place In Death Suit

    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.

    NJ Again Urges High Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    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.

    Sports Cases To Watch In 2017

    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.

    NC Pols Don't Undo Bathroom Law Despite Apparent Deal

    North Carolina lawmakers were unable to follow through on a plan Wednesday to repeal the state’s infamous law requiring transgender people to use public bathrooms and other facilities that correspond to the sex on their birth certificates, just days after incoming Gov. Roy Cooper had brokered a potential deal to scrap the law.

    Reigniting The Debate Over Student-Athletes As Employees

    The 2017 College Football Bowl season has begun. However, the battle on the gridiron is not the only struggle college student-athletes currently face, as a recent memorandum from the National Labor Relations Board appears to have resparked the debate over whether student-athletes are “employees” under the NLRA, says Shar Bahmani of Squire Patton Boggs.

    The Biggest New Jersey Cases Of 2016

    Federal and state appeals courts in 2016 delivered a quintet of key rulings in New Jersey's employment, legal malpractice, gaming and health care spaces, bolstering aggrieved workers looking to sue, jury award overrides and continued coverage for firm partners while again shooting down the state’s sports-betting plans. Here’s a look at five notable opinions that helped shape the Garden State’s legal landscape this year.

    BREAKING: NC Poised To Nix Trans Bathroom Law, Incoming Gov. Says

    Incoming North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said Monday that a deal has been reached in which state lawmakers will fully repeal the state’s now-infamous law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms corresponding to the sex on their birth certificates.

    The Biggest Sports Cases Of 2016

    With the NFL prevailing over New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in a legal fight over his Deflategate suspension and the Third Circuit once again foreclosing New Jersey’s attempt to legalize sports betting, 2016 has had its fair share of blockbuster sports cases that kept lawyers in the industry busy across the country. 

    Leagues Say No Call To Review NJ Sports Betting Rejection

    The NCAA and major professional sports leagues told the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday there is “no reason” not to reject New Jersey’s arguments that a federal sports betting ban unconstitutionally restricts states, saying the arguments have been rejected by every federal court to hear them, including in three separate Third Circuit opinions involving the same parties.

    NCAA Can't Halt Football Wage Suit After 7th Circ. Ruling

    A California federal judge said Wednesday the NCAA and Pac-12 Conference cannot delay a putative wage-and-hour class action by a former University of Southern California linebacker despite a possible motion to dismiss based on a recent Seventh Circuit decision that student-athletes are not “employees,” finding that case is “not controlling.”

    Ex-Player’s Notre Dame Concussion Suit Revived In Ohio

    The Ohio Court of Appeals has partially revived a former Notre Dame University football player’s concussion suit against the university and the National Collegiate Athletic Association, saying the nature of his injuries means the lower court was mistaken to dismiss his case as time-barred.

    USPTO Refuses Las Vegas 'Golden Knights' TM Application

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office refused an application by the National Hockey League’s Las Vegas expansion franchise for a trademark for the nickname Las Vegas Golden Knights, citing a “likelihood of confusion” with the registration for the Golden Knights of The College of Saint Rose.

    Innovative Corporate Counsel: Donald Remy

    While most GCs have to deal with their share of litigation, few must do so under such unrelenting public scrutiny as the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its general counsel Donald Remy, whose litigation and transactional successes of the last year have landed him among Law360’s 2016 Innovative Corporate Counsel.

    Ex-NCAA Player Can’t Appeal Partial Toss Of Antitrust Suit

    An Indiana federal judge on Tuesday refused to grant a former football player’s attempt to appeal a recently dismissed claim in his antitrust suit against the NCAA over its scholarship restrictions and transfer rules, ruling that the other claim in the suit must be adjudicated before any appeal.

    7th Circ. Won't Declare UPenn Athletes As Employees

    The Seventh Circuit held Monday that two University of Pennsylvania student-athletes’ participation in college sports does not make them school employees, a death knell for their proposed class action claiming they deserved minimum wage pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

    Class Action MVP: Hagens Berman's Steve Berman

    After fighting court battles that put a little extra money in amateur athletes' pockets, augmented safety protocols in youth and college sports and allowed Volkswagen diesel owners to draw from a $14.7 billion settlement over emissions cheating, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP partner Steve Berman has earned a place among Law360's 2016 Class Action MVPs.

    NCAA Negotiating With Some Injured Ex-Student-Athletes

    The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced Wednesday that it has entered mediation with some former student-athletes who blame the association for college-era injuries and object to a $75 million deal they say won’t cover medical expenses incurred treating head injuries stemming from their playing days.

    Right-Of-Publicity Lessons From 'Grand Theft Auto' Suits

    The recent lawsuits brought by actress Lindsay Lohan and ex-“Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano over the "Grand Theft Auto V" video game offer a cautionary tale on the importance of jurisdiction and highlight the complex nature of right-of-publicity jurisprudence in the U.S., say Nicholas Plassaras and Jennifer Stanley of Fenwick & West LLP.