The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up two casino operators' petition to overturn a sports gaming compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe that allows for online betting off tribal lands.
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High Court Won't Hear Florida Gaming Compact Dispute

By Crystal Owens

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to take up two casino operators' petition to overturn a sports gaming compact between the state of Florida and the Seminole Tribe that allows for online betting off tribal lands.

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NFL Commish Goodell Takes Stand To Deny TV Price Controls

By Craig Clough

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified Monday in front of a California federal jury considering multibillion-dollar antitrust claims against the league that the NFL does not control the price of DirecTV's Sunday Ticket with any secret deals, insisting instead that the broadcast strategy is shouted "from the mountaintops."

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Feds Take Hard Line On Tycoon's Pilots After He Goes Free

By Elliot Weld

Manhattan federal prosecutors asked a sentencing judge to consider aggravating circumstances for two pilots who allegedly traded on stock tips from U.K. billionaire Joe Lewis, despite not seeking a prison term for the private equity honcho and former soccer club owner.

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LITIGATION

Ex-LSU Coach Says School Tanked Hall Of Fame Chances

By Elaine Briseño

Former Louisiana State University football coach Les Miles filed a lawsuit against the school and the NCAA on Monday, alleging they dashed his Hall of Fame hopes by striking dozens of victories from his record after a recruiting investigation during his tenure.

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'Anderson Method' Copyright Claim Gets Cut Ahead Of Trial

By Dorothy Atkins

A California federal judge has handed Tracy Anderson's former employee Megan Roup a summary judgment win on the celebrity fitness trainer's copyright claim accusing Roup of ripping off her "Tracy Anderson Method" exercise routines, but concluded a jury should decide Anderson's sole remaining breach-of-contract claim in an upcoming November trial.

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NY Says IGRA Doesn't Keep State Lottery Off Tribal Land

By David Steele

The New York State Gaming Commission has asked a federal judge to throw out the Cayuga Nation's attempt to block lottery games from operating on tribal lands, arguing state lotteries do not fall under the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory Act's jurisdiction.

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Accused NBA Fraud Leader May Testify At Doctor's Trial

By Elliot Weld

A former NBA player who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly spearheading a scheme to defraud the league's healthcare plan is likely to be called to testify at the upcoming trial of a co-defendant, a Manhattan federal judge said Monday.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

Think Like A Lawyer: Always Be Closing

When a lawyer presents their case with the right propulsive structure throughout trial, there is little need for further argument after the close of evidence — and in fact, rehashing it all may test jurors’ patience — so attorneys should consider other strategies for closing arguments, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Q&A

Lambda Legal Calls For More LGBTQ+ Judges

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden has made a historic increase in the diversity of judicial appointees, but a major LGBTQ+ legal organization is hoping for more progress with LGBTQ+ judges and says the clock is ticking.

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Justices To Hear Nvidia Case On Securities Pleading Standard

By Jessica Corso

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal of a Ninth Circuit ruling that revived investors' claims over chipmaker Nvidia's crypto mining sales, giving the high court a chance to weigh in on the pleading requirements needed to sustain a shareholder class action.

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High Court Will Mull Proof Needed For Wage-Hour Carveout

By Jon Steingart

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will hear a wage and hour case from a supermarket distributor, teeing up an opportunity for the justices to articulate the standard by which an employer must demonstrate workers are exempt from overtime.

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Milbank Snags FTC Competition Trial Chief For DC Office

By Lauren Berg

Milbank LLP announced Monday it has hired the chief trial counsel for the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Competition, bulking up its Washington, D.C., antitrust and competition practice with a veteran litigator who led the government's challenge to Microsoft Corp.'s $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

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Columbia Law Adds UChicago Vice Provost As 1st Black Dean

By Tracey Read

A former deputy dean at the University of Chicago Law School will take over as dean of Columbia Law School on Aug. 1, Columbia University President Minouche Shafik announced Monday.

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NYC Bar Blasts Judges' Columbia Boycott Letter

By Sue Reisinger

The New York City Bar Association on Monday questioned the impartiality of 13 federal judges who issued a letter last month publicly refusing to hire students from Columbia Law School as clerks because of campus political protests over the Israel-Hamas war.

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Texas Bar Proposes Limits On Services From In-House Attys

By Lynn LaRowe

The State Bar of Texas said in-house lawyers working for companies owned by nonattorneys are barred from providing legal services to the businesses' customers unless the work meets specific criteria because otherwise, the companies run afoul of rules forbidding the unauthorized practice of law, according to a proposed ethics opinion.

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Attys Accused Of Judge Shopping Must Turn Over Q&A Doc

By Emily Sawicki

Attorneys accused of a coordinated effort to "judge shop" amid federal suits challenging an Alabama law banning certain medical procedures for transgender youth must supply a document the court believes displays the attorneys' preparations for a panel hearing in which one of the attorneys allegedly committed perjury.

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NJ Firm Defends Lien On Ex-Client's Patents After Unpaid Bills

By Andrew Karpan

A major New Jersey law firm said it has a "common law" right to place a lien on its former client's patents without telling it, after the "failed" biopharmaceutical startup fired the firm and stopped paying its outstanding legal bills.

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NJ Power Broker, Firm CEO Brother Accused Of Racketeering

By George Woolston

Powerful New Jersey businessman George E. Norcross III and his brother who is the chief executive officer of law firm Parker McCay have been criminally charged alongside others in a scheme to acquire waterfront property in the distressed city of Camden using threats of economic and reputational harm.

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Clients Say McGrath Kavinoky 'Bullied' Them Into Abuse Deal

By Jack Karp

California firm McGrath Kavinoky LLP, which inked more than $374 million in settlements for women who say they were sexually abused by a UCLA Health gynecologist, misled its clients and "bullied" them into accepting far smaller amounts than they were promised, according to a lawsuit in state court by two ex-clients.

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Man In Murder-For-Hire Plot To Kill Atty Gets Extradited To NY

By Gina Kim

An Indian national indicted in connection with a murder-for-hire plot to assassinate an attorney connected to a Punjab political revolution has been extradited to the Southern District of New York and made his initial appearance in federal court Monday, during which he pled not guilty to the criminal charges against him.

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McConnell Denounces Judicial Nominee For District Of Ore.

By Courtney Bublé

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., took to the Senate floor on Monday to criticize Magistrate Judge Mustafa Taher Kasubhai, a nominee for a district court judgeship in the District of Oregon whose confirmation vote is teed up for Tuesday. 

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Brief

Biden: High Court 'Never Been As Out Of Kilter'

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden said at a campaign event over the weekend that the U.S. Supreme Court "has never been as out of kilter as it is today."

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Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

By Leslie A. Pappas

Proposed amendments to Delaware's General Corporation Law that were prompted by several recent Chancery Court rulings sailed through the state Senate last week despite loud opposition from corporate law professors and other Chancery Court watchers, and Tesla shareholders filed two new suits against CEO Elon Musk. 

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Activision Blizzard Inc.

Albertsons Cos. Inc.

Alliance Defending Freedom

American Bar Association

American Civil Liberties Union

American Home Assurance Co.

Boston Celtics

CBS Interactive Inc.

Charlotte Hornets

Chegg Inc.

Cincinnati Bengals

Citizens for Responsibility & Ethics in Washington

Conner Strong & Buckelew

Cott Corporation

De Novo

Delaware State Bar Association

Detroit Pistons

Equinox Holdings Inc.

Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders

Google LLC

Lambda Legal Defense & Educational Fund

LinkedIn Corp.

Los Angeles Clippers

Microsoft Corp.

Mirati Therapeutics Inc.

NFL Enterprises LLC

NVIDIA Corp.

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Collegiate Athletic Association

New York City Bar Association

Oregon State Bar

Public Citizen Inc.

Retrophin Inc.

Sales Inc.

Solid Biosciences Inc.

Southern Poverty Law Center Inc.

State Bar of Texas

Tesla Inc.

The AES Corp.

The American Law Institute

The DIRECTV Group Inc.

The Kroger Co.

The Michaels Organization

Therapeutics Inc.

Twitter Inc.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

UCLA Health System

Warner Bros. Discovery Inc.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Washington Legal Foundation

Yale University

YouTube Inc.

LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Badham & Buck

Bainbridge Mims

Barclay Damon

Barry Richard Law Firm

Bernstein Litowitz

Boies Schiller

Brown & Connery

Cooley LLP

Cooper & Kirk

Copeland Franco

Covington & Burling

Cravath Swaine

Critchley Kinum

DLA Piper

Day Pitney

Dominick Feld

Farella Braun

Goodwin Procter

Hausfeld LLP

Hobbs Straus

Hogan Lovells

Jenner & Block

Joseph Hage Aaronson

Kaplan Hecker

Kessler Topaz

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Langer Grogan

Lightfoot Franklin

Looper Goodwine

Manatt Phelps

Manly Stewart

Marino Tortorella

McCarter & English

Melehy & Associates

Milbank LLP

Parker McCay

Poole Huffman

Shook Hardy

Stein Sperling

Susman Godfrey

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alabama Attorney General's Office

Bay Mills Indian Community

California Civil Rights Department

California Public Employees' Retirement System

Delaware Court of Chancery

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Communications Commission

Federal Trade Commission

Florida Supreme Court

Los Angeles Superior Court

New York State Gaming Commission

Seminole Tribe of Florida

Texas Supreme Court

U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Copyright Office

U.S. Department of Justice

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Supreme Court