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    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.

    $914K Yahoo Fee Award OK'd In NCAA Pick 'Em Insurance Row

    A Texas federal judge on Monday found that Yahoo should receive nearly $914,000 in attorneys' fees, less than half what the internet giant sought after it won a contract dispute with an insurer that had a deal to cover a canceled $1 billion NCAA March Madness “Tourney Pick ‘Em” contest.

    Conservative Groups Back Review Of NJ Sports Betting

    Three conservative-leaning research groups argued the need for clarity over the scope of what the federal government can force on states, urging the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit decision that shot down New Jersey’s attempt to selectively repeal its anti-sports betting laws to allow such wagering at the state’s casinos and horse race tracks.

    NCAA Hit With Antitrust Suit Over Athlete Year-To-Play Rules

    A former Northwestern University basketball player hit the school and the National Collegiate Athletic Association with class allegations Monday that rules requiring college athletes to wait a year to play after transferring schools violate antitrust laws.

    Five States Push High Court To Take NJ Sports Betting Case

     Five states on Monday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to review a Third Circuit decision that shot down New Jersey’s attempt to repeal sports betting prohibitions pertaining only to its casinos and horse racetracks, arguing the decision "fundamentally alters the nature of federal-state relations."

    Sports Betting Ban Goes Too Far, High Court Brief Says

    A federal law prohibiting states from legalizing sports betting unconstitutionally gives the NCAA and professional sports leagues power to enforce the ban, a professor told the U.S. Supreme Court in the first amicus brief backing New Jersey's attempt to get around the law.

    Student Athletes As Employees No College Sports Doomsday

    Amid years of legal challenges over the compensation and treatment of student athletes, some are seeking to have them considered employees of their universities, a shift that experts say could provide the athletes with more rights and protections without completely destabilizing the landscape of college sports.

    NJ Lawmakers Lob 'Nuclear Option' On Sports Betting Regs

    New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill to allow sports betting by completely repealing all of the state’s prohibitions on the practice in an effort to work around a federal ban that is the subject of a Third Circuit decision the state has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review.

    Athletes, NCAA Say Wage Suit Not Related To Antitrust Row

    Student-athletes alleging NCAA caps on athlete compensation violate antitrust laws, the NCAA itself and the Pac-12 conference asked a California federal court Monday not to yoke a lawsuit over employee classification of student-athletes to the antitrust suit, saying the legal questions involved are too unrelated.

    Northwestern Football Social Media Limits Unlawful: NLRB

    Northwestern University’s restrictions on its football players’ social media use and communication about injuries were unlawful prior to being modified in response to an unfair labor practice charge, the National Labor Relations Board said in an advice memorandum that treated scholarship student-athletes as employees.

    NLRB Says Northwestern Football Social Media Limits Unlawful

    Northwestern University’s restrictions on its football players’ social media use and communication about injuries were unlawful prior to being modified in response to an unfair labor practice charge, the National Labor Relations Board said in an advice memorandum that treated scholarship student-athletes as employees.

    NJ Asks Supreme Court To Review Sports Betting Case

    The state of New Jersey asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to review a Third Circuit decision striking down the Garden State's attempts to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, arguing the ruling is an unconstitutional “takeover” of the state's right to pass and repeal its own laws.

    NCAA Moves 2017 Basketball Tourney Games From NC To SC

    The NCAA said Friday that the 2017 men’s basketball tournament games pulled from North Carolina over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law will instead be played in Greenville, South Carolina, marking the first time South Carolina will host tournament games since the NCAA lifted a ban on the Palmetto State after it agreed to stop displaying the Confederate flag.

    NCAA Picks South Carolina To Host Moved Tournament Games

    The NCAA said Friday that 2017 men’s basketball tournament games, which were relocated from North Carolina over the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law, will be played in Greenville, South Carolina, marking the first time South Carolina will host tournament games since the NCAA lifted a ban on that state after it agreed to stop displaying the Confederate flag.

    Supreme Court Asked To Review NJ Sports Betting Decision

    A New Jersey organization that advocates for horse racing has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Third Circuit’s rejection of the state’s attempt to allow sports betting at its casinos and racetracks, saying it unconstitutionally deprives political and individual liberties protected by federalism.

    No Matter The Claims, NCAA Athletes As Employees A Stretch

    Pay for college student-athletes is at the forefront again, with the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday it wouldn't examine antitrust and publicity rights issues in college athletics, and experts say two other wage suits arguing college athletes should be treated as employees might be an even greater long shot.

    High Court Stays Out Of College Athlete Pay Debate, For Now

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday denied petitions from the NCAA and a group of former college athletes to review the amateurism model of college sports that prevents players from receiving compensation beyond scholarship packages, but experts say the case may not have presented the best opportunity to tackle such an important issue.

    EX-SDSU Coach Who Fought Title IX Inequity Nets $3.3M Win

    The former coach of the San Diego State University women’s basketball team has recently won a $3.36 million judgment against the school after a state jury found she was retaliated against for protesting alleged inequity in the treatment of the men’s and women’s teams in violation of Title IX.

    Gender-Neutral Bathroom Bill Signed By Calif. Governor

    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed legislation requiring all single-occupancy restrooms in the state to be identified as “all gender” and be universally accessible, just days after the governor greenlit a bill limiting state employee travel to North Carolina due to its controversial transgender bathroom law.

    NC Drops Suit Against DOJ Over Transgender Bathroom Law

    Citing the expense of fighting “duplicative” legal cases, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory on Friday withdrew a lawsuit that asked a federal court to uphold a state law that limits transgender state employees' access to restrooms and curbs anti-discrimination protections.

    Brand Battles: Apple, 'Game of Thrones,' Chicago Cubs

    In Law360's latest roundup of new actions at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Apple goes after a flying car maker, HBO aims to shut down yet another "Game of Thrones" imitator, and the Chicago Cubs try to tackle the "Curse of the Billy Goat."

    NCAA Pulls Events From North Carolina Over Bathroom Law

    The NCAA announced Monday that it is pulling several marquee events from North Carolina, including the men’s college basketball tournament, citing “cumulative actions taken by the state concerning civil rights protections” such as the state’s controversial transgender bathroom law.

    Native American Sports Names Still Arouse Opposing Views

    The use of Native American imagery in sports continues to be a hot-button issue as litigation moves forward over the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's cancellation of the NFL's Washington football team’s trademark registrations, but even if the use of such names and imagery is protected by the First Amendment, the question of whether it can be done so respectfully or should be eradicated entirely is still being debated, experts said.