A state appeals court said Thursday that loyalty to Texas A&M is not enough to establish a fiduciary relationship between a university foundation and its donors, partially dismissing the donors' suit over seating changes in the wake of 2013 football stadium renovations.
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Aggie Pride Doesn't Create Duty In Donor Football Ticket Row

By Catherine Marfin

A state appeals court said Thursday that loyalty to Texas A&M is not enough to establish a fiduciary relationship between a university foundation and its donors, partially dismissing the donors' suit over seating changes in the wake of 2013 football stadium renovations.

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DirecTV's 'NFL Tax' Gouged Sunday Ticket Buyers, Jury Told

By Craig Clough

DirecTV gouged its Sunday Ticket subscribers by charging 24.6% above the "optimal price" it should have charged if the company was looking to maximize its profits instead of instituting an "NFL tax," an economist told a California federal jury considering multibillion-dollar antitrust claims against the league on Thursday.

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Trans Swimmer's Quest To Overturn Ban Denied By Panel

By David Steele

American swimmer Lia Thomas, a transgender woman attempting to compete in the Summer Olympic Games in Paris next month, has lost in her bid to the international Court of Arbitration of Sport to overturn the ban on her eligibility by the world swimming governing body.

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Feud Over Pickleball Paddle Design Bounces Into Court

By Elaine Briseño

A pickleball paddle manufacturer sued the sport's U.S. regulating body Wednesday, accusing the organization of revoking its approval of a new paddle design after the business had manufactured the paddles, leaving the company with $70 million worth of equipment it can never sell.

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LITIGATION

1st Circ. Urged To Back TM Loss For Family Of Late MLB Star

By Brian Dowling

A Puerto Rico agency planning a sports district in honor of late Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente has pressed the First Circuit to uphold the agency's dismissal from a trademark lawsuit filed by the baseball legend's family alleging unauthorized use of his name and likeness.

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Paralyzed Motocrosser Fights To Keep Negligence Suit Afloat

By Carolina Bolado

A motocross rider paralyzed during a practice run at the 2020 Supercross Championship pushed back against the American Motorcycle Association's bid to toss his negligence claim against it, arguing that the waiver the event organizer says relieves it of liability is not enforceable.

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Tribal Casino Tells 7th Circ. Ill. City Rigged Proposal Votes

By Joyce Hanson

A proposed tribal casino has asked the Seventh Circuit to undo a lower court ruling that found Waukegan, Ill., did not intentionally discriminate against it when the city chose three other competitors to operate casinos, saying the city ran a rigged review process.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Bill Banning College Athletes As Workers Gets Committee Nod

By Elaine Briseño

A U.S. House of Representatives panel on Thursday moved new legislation that would prohibit classifying student-athletes as employees of any institution, conference or association to the floor for a vote, as the bill's sponsor pushed back at what he described as the influence of big labor.

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Bill To Expand DC Sports Betting Survives Council Challenge

By David Steele

Washington, D.C., moved a step closer to opening its sports betting market to more operators Wednesday when the city council passed a fiscal-year budget that included a bill to increase the number of license holders, while rejecting an amendment that would take the bill out of the budget altogether.

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DEALS

Deals Rumor Mill: Paramount, Cineworld, Kraken IPO

By Tom Zanki

Media executive Edgar Bronfman Jr. has expressed interest in buying the company that controls Paramount Global, British cinema giant Cineworld may sell certain U.K. operations, and cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is considering a funding round of about $100 million before a potential initial public offering. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other notable deal rumors from the past week.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Playing The Odds: Criminal Charges Related To Sports Betting

In light of recent sports betting scandals involving MLB player Shohei Ohtani and NBA player Jontay Porter, institutions and individuals involved in athletics should be aware of and prepared to address the legal issues, including potential criminal charges, that sports gambling may bring to their door, say attorneys at Steptoe.

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Counterfeits At The Olympics Pose IP Challenges

With the 2024 Olympic Games quickly approaching, the proliferation of counterfeit Olympic merchandise poses a difficult challenge to the protection of intellectual property rights and the preservation of the Olympic brand's integrity, says Kimiya Shams at Devialet.

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Series

Playing Chess Makes Me A Better Lawyer

There are many ways that chess skills translate directly into lawyer skills, but for me, the bigger career lessons go beyond the direct parallels — playing chess has shown me the value of seeing gradual improvement in and focusing deep concentration on a nonwork endeavor, says attorney Steven Fink.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

All The World's A Stage For Tony-Nominated Dechert Co-Chair

By Tracey Read

Mark Thierfelder is not only a Dechert LLP co-chair and partner; he’s also a Tony-nominated Broadway producer up for an award this June 16. Here, Law360 Pulse talks to Thierfelder on how he balances his legal work with his creative pursuits.

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Littler Aims To End Theft Suit After $1M Deal With Ex-Firm Atty

By Lynn LaRowe

Littler Mendelson PC this week moved to drop a lawsuit accusing a former associate of stealing confidential documents following a settlement in which the firm agreed to pay her nearly $1 million, though a separate, newer case in which the lawyer accuses Littler of violating that deal remains open.

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McDermott Says Financial Firm Owes $800K In Atty Fees

By Madison Arnold

McDermott Will & Emery LLP says it is owed more than $800,000 in legal fees for representing a financial firm's employee in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission investigation and a lawsuit by his former employer.

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Real Estate Broker Claims Lewis Brisbois Breached Deal

By Madison Arnold

A real estate broker who had exclusive rights to represent Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP has slammed the firm with a breach of contract suit in California state court, alleging its abrupt termination of their deal will cost him millions in commissions.

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Goetz Fitzpatrick To Merge With Platzer Swergold Next Year

By Tracey Read

Goetz Fitzpatrick LLP and Platzer Swergold Goldberg Katz & Jaslow LLP will combine forces next year to create a single New York City firm.

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Update On Ex-George Mason Prof's Suits Over Sex Allegations

By Aebra Coe

After two women came forward last August accusing former BigLaw partner, FTC commissioner and George Mason University law professor Joshua D. Wright of sexual improprieties with students and direct reports, a number of additional accusations and lawsuits followed. Here are updates on the litigation and everything else surrounding the allegations.

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Analysis

Blistering Dissents Belie Justices' Penchant For Consensus

By Katie Buehler

Thirteen days into June, the U.S. Supreme Court had recorded one of the highest rates of unanimous decisions in the past four decades. But the era of historic consensus was tarnished a bit Friday when the court issued three split decisions and two scathing dissents highlighting how much the nine justices differ.

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DOJ Declines To Prosecute AG Garland For Contempt

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Department of Justice is declining to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted earlier this week to hold him in contempt for not turning over audio recordings of the president and his ghostwriter speaking with special counsel Robert Hur for his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents.

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Senate Passes Bill For State, Local Judge Security

By Courtney Bublé

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill unanimously to better protect state and local judges from threats amid "unacceptable attacks" on the judiciary.

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Hunter Biden Axes Data Privacy Suit Against Giuliani, For Now

By Emily Sawicki

Hunter Biden has tentatively agreed to drop a federal computer fraud and digital privacy suit against Rudy Giuliani and various other defendants relating to alleged data theft from his infamous laptop, after the case was partially stalled due to Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings Giuliani commenced in December.

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Mistrial Declared In Florida Student Debtor Lawsuit

By David Minsky

A Florida federal judge on Friday declared a mistrial in the lawsuit against a Boca Raton-based law firm accused of falsely promising to eliminate student loan debts in exchange for a fee following testimony from a former client.

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Burford Bound To Sysco And Pilgrim's Unsigned Chicken Deal

By Lauraann Wood

An Illinois federal judge on Friday rejected a Burford subsidiary's bid to block a global protein price-fixing settlement that Pilgrim's Pride and Sysco memorialized through email but never signed on paper, saying it's clear the parties reached a material agreement.

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Law360's Legal Lions Of The Week

By Kevin Penton

Williams & Connolly LLP and Littler Mendelson PC lead this week's edition of Law360's Legal Lions, after the U.S. Supreme Court made it tougher for the National Labor Relations Board to win injunctions against employers.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Michele Gorman

The governor of Vermont vetoed a legislative proposal that would have given consumers not only new data privacy rights but also the rare opportunity to sue large businesses for certain violations, and a multipart Delaware General Corporation Law amendment that would let boards cede some governance rights to big stockholders sailed through the state's Senate without debate or an opposing vote. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

By Laura Stewart Liberty

This past week in London has seen toy company Jellycat hit supermarket Aldi with an intellectual property claim, AIG start proceedings against firefighting foam company Angus International Safety Group, and the Solicitors Regulation Authority file a legal claim against the Post Office amid the ongoing Horizon IT scandal. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

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In Case You Missed It: Hottest Firms And Stories On Law360

For those who missed out, here's a look back at the law firms, stories and expert analyses that generated the most buzz on Law360 last week.

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COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

777 Partners LLC

Adidas AG

Aldi GmbH & Co. KG

AlixPartners LLP

Amazon.com Inc.

American Federation of Labor & Congress of Industrial Organizations

American Gaming Association

American International Group Inc.

Apple Inc.

Associated Press

BDT & MSD Partners LLC

Bain Capital Crypto

BetMGM LLC

Bloomberg

Bloomberg Industry Group

Bregal Investments Inc.

Buffalo Bills

CDI Corporation

Citigroup Inc.

Comcast Corp.

Court of Arbitration for Sport

DC United

Delaware State Bar Association

Delta Air Lines Inc.

ESPN Inc.

FanDuel Inc.

FedEx Corp.

Feld Entertainment Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Full House Resorts, Inc

Google LLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Harvard University

Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd.

Houston Astros

Hyundai Motor Co.

International Olympic Committee

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.

Johnson & Johnson

Johnson Controls International PLC

Kotak Mahindra Bank

Kuwait Finance House KSC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

London Stock Exchange Group PLC

Major League Baseball Inc.

Major League Soccer LLC

Marks & Spencer

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

Meta Platforms Inc.

Morgan Stanley

NFL Enterprises LLC

National Amusements Inc.

National Basketball Association Inc.

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National District Attorneys Association

National Hockey League

National Rifle Association of America

New York University

Nickelodeon Global Network Ventures Inc.

OSI Systems Inc.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Paramount Global

Pearson PLC

Philadelphia Eagles

Pilgrim's Pride Corp.

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

PowerSchool Group LLC

Princeton University

Rapiscan Systems Inc.

RealPage Inc.

RedRidge Finance Group LLC

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

S&P Global Inc.

Sanderson Farms Inc.

Skydance Media LLC

SoftBank Group Corp.

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Southwest Airlines Co.

Starbucks Corp.

Sysco Corp.

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The Gatorade Company Inc.

The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

The Procter & Gamble Co.

The State University of New York

TransPerfect Global Inc.

Twitter Inc.

USA Today International Corp.

Volkswagen AG

Yext Inc.

YouTube Inc.

Yves Saint Laurent SAS

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Baute Crochetiere

Binnall Law Group

Bird & Bird

Brent Coon & Associates

Brown Rudnick

Buchanan Ingersoll

Capsticks Solicitors LLP

Cohen Milstein

Conrad & Scherer

Cotsirilos Tighe

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Davidoff Hutcher

Dechert LLP

Dhillon Law Group

Early Sullivan Wright Gizer & McRae

Freshfields

GM Law Firm LLC

Germer PLLC

Gibson Dunn

Goetz Fitzpatrick

Gordee Nowicki

Hall Schieffelin

Hamlins LLP

Hancock Daniel

Hausfeld LLP

HeplerBroom

Hilgers Graben

Hill Dickinson

Hirschler

Hogan Lovells

Jones Day

Joshua S. Horton Law Firm

K&L Gates

Kellogg Hansen

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Langer Grogan

Latham & Watkins

Law Office of Macy D. Hanson

Law Office of Steven J. Fink PLLC

Lewis Brisbois

Littler Mendelson

Loeb & Loeb

Lynn Pinker

McDermott Will & Emery

Morgan Lewis

Motley Rice

Napoli Shkolnik

Norton Rose

O'Melveny & Myers

Paul Weiss

Pearson Doyle

Pearson Warshaw

Phelps Dunbar

Pillsbury & Coleman

Pinsent Masons

Platzer Swergold

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robinson Bradshaw

Ropes & Gray

Rothstein Donatelli

Ryan Law Partners

Searcy Denney

Seeger Weiss

Shulman Rogers

Simmons Hanly

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Skadden Arps

St John & St John

Steptoe LLP

Susman Godfrey

Vasseghi Law

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

Willkie Farr

Wilson Browne Solicitors

Wilson Sonsini

Winston & Strawn

Womble Bond

Zaiwalla & Co

gunnercooke LLP

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor Commissioner's Office

Committee on Education and the Workforce

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Dallas County, Texas

Delaware Court of Chancery

European Union

European Union Intellectual Property Office

Federal Trade Commission

Food and Drug Administration

Forest County Potawatomi

Illinois Gaming Board

National Labor Relations Board

Puerto Rico Department of Justice

State Justice Institute

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Postal Service

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court