Manhattan Federal Jury Says Wall Street Wey Must Pay

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After deliberating for just four hours, a federal jury in the Southern District of New York awarded former New York Global Group intern Hanna Bouveng $2,000,001 in compensatory damages. This comes after a 10-day trial in which Bouveng accused New York Global Group CEO Benjamin Wey of assault, battery, defamation, sexual harassment, and wrongfully retaliating against her by firing her after she cut off their sexual relationship. Wey denied Bouveng’s claims, instead alleging that she was fired for poor performance. The jury was shown, among other things, articles about Bouveng that were posted on Wey’s website, The Blot. The website labeled Bouveng as a prostitute and a fraudster, among other things. The jury ultimately found that Bouveng did not prove Wey had assaulted her, but found him liable otherwise. The ...
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Let the Games Begin: NHL Opens Bidding for Expansion Teams

iStock_000050248618_Full The NHL announced on Wednesday that starting on July 6th, it will begin accepting applications for expansion NHL teams. The bidding window will be open until August 10th. If the NHL ultimately chooses to expand, it will be the first time that a team has been added to the league in about a decade and a half. Many speculate that Las Vegas will be the home for the next team. AEG – NHL partner and owner of the Los Angeles Kings – and MGM Resorts International are currently constructing a sports stadium in Las Vegas that could house either an NBA or an NHL team. Sports Illustrated has ranked possible locations for a new NHL team, with Las Vegas taking the top spot. Las Vegas is followed by Seattle, Quebec ...
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A New Elimination Game: ESPN Sued Over Fantasy Sports Game

iStock_000045832868_Large On Thursday, June 25, Suicide Fantasy Sports LLC filed a lawsuit in a California federal court over alleged patent infringement with respect to one of ESPN’s fantasy sports games.  In the complaint, Suicide alleges that ESPN’s “Gridiron Challenge” uses an elimination-based or “suicide” fantasy sports model that infringes on its patent from 2013. According to the complaint, Suicide reached out to ESPN in 2013 regarding the patent and a potential license.  ESPN declined, explaining that it would be discontinuing the elimination part of its game.  However, Suicide alleged that ESPN again launched the “Gridiron Challenge” in 2014 and “recanted on its previous position and did not indicate an intent to cease use. Suicide seeks an injunction to prevent ESPN from continuing to infringe on its patent and asks for damages ...
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Fans Prepare to Sue NFL and DirecTV Over Blackouts

iStock_000015987392_Large Another class action suit is around the corner for the NFL and DirecTV. Football fan Thomas Abrahamian filed a proposed complaint in a California federal court on Wednesday for a class action suit alleging that the NFL and DirecTV have violated Sherman anti-trust laws. NFL coverage is currently set up in the form of  a ‘blackout coverage’ system. What this means is games will be broadcasted on a regional basis. If a person is outside of a particular game’s ‘broadcast region,’ they will be unable to view that game. Consumers may watch games from other ‘regions’ only by purchasing the “NFL Sunday Ticket,” the sole distributor of which, according to the lawsuit, is DirecTV. Some believe that this practice wrongfully shields regional television networks from competition. This comes shortly after ...
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Bittersweet Victory: DraftKings Reaches Deal With ESPN Without Any Equity Investment

iStock_000045832868_Large On Wednesday, June 24, fantasy sports company DraftKings Inc. reached a promotional partnership with ESPN.  DraftKings had reportedly been in talks with Walt Disney Co., ESPN’s parent company, for an equity investment earlier this year.  According to the reports from April, Disney was close to investing $250 million into DraftKings, an amount that would value the company at roughly $900 million. Although neither company would discuss how much the ESPN marketing deal was actually worth, the agreement makes DraftKings the “official fantasy sports offering” on ESPN’s platforms.  This will ultimately help DraftKings compete with its largest competitor in the daily fantasy sports market, FanDuel Inc. Additionally, the partnership with DraftKings should help ESPN compete with Yahoo.  Though more than 12 million people already play ESPN’s online fantasy sports games, Yahoo ...
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No Escape: Former Basketball Coach Says NCAA Cannot Be Dismissed from Firing Suit

iStock_000007792898_Large On Monday, June 22, Michele Sharp argued that the NCAA got what it wanted when Kean University fired Sharp and should not be dismissed from her wrongful firing suit.  The former women’s basketball coach filed her original complaint in January 2014 against Kean and a number of its administrators.  When that complaint was dismissed, she filed an amended complaint at the beginning of 2015, adding the NCAA and her previous counsel as defendants. In the lawsuit, Sharp argues that Kean officials unfairly punished her and made her a scapegoat for several violations that prompted the NCAA to place the school’s athletic teams on probation until 2016.  According to Sharp, after the NCAA began its investigation, Kean removed one of its female student-athletes from the team.  Once Sharp said that Kean ...
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Pump Up The Appeal: NFL Commissioner Hears Tom Brady’s Testimony

iStock_000002268888_Large Last week, on June 23, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell presided over Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” case. However, there is currently no timetable for a decision on the appeal, as the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association calls for a decision “as soon as practicable.” The four-game suspension arose out of an investigation into the “Deflategate” scandal, where footballs were found to have been deflated to below the permissible limit under league rules.  Attorney Ted Wells released the report, finding it “more probable than not” that Brady “was at least generally aware of the inappropriate activities” of two Patriots staffers who deflated the game balls. Using this Wells Report, NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent issued Brady’s suspension.  According to NFLPA ...
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Battle over Benefits: NFL Denies Claims it Wrongfully Withheld Payments to Retiree

Money in the hands of the people The NFL is currently in the early stages of defending yet another lawsuit in connection with injuries allegedly sustained by a former athlete while playing in the NFL. In this case, Jesse Solomon – former linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings, Dallas Cowboys, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Miami Dolphins – is seeking increased disability benefits for injuries he claims arose out of his time in the NFL. Solomon claims that he has been denied approximately $100,000 in disability benefits per year due to his retirement plan’s failure to accept determinations by both his physician and the Social Security Administration that he is permanently disabled. In its answer to Solomon’s complaint, the NFL’s retirement plan stated: “The retirement board’s determination was consistent with the terms of the plan document, supported by substantial ...
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From Football to Cheerleading: Washington Redskins Voice Support for Band’s Trademark Case

magnifying glass with trademark icon By now, most people are aware that last summer, the United States Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration after finding the team’s name and logo to be disparaging to American Indians.  Last week, however, the team took a serious interest in a lower-profile case involving a band called the Slants. Previously, the USPTO refused the band’s two trademark applications, declaring that “slants” is disparaging to people of Asian descent.  On Thursday, June 18, the team threw its support behind the band, arguing that “depriv[ing] trademark owners of significant benefits because of what they say through their marks strikes at the very heart of the First Amendment values this country holds dear[.]” A victory for the band is of great importance to the Redskins’ case, as it ...
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Brandon Spikes Now Unemployed, Facing Criminal Charges

iStock_000036226444_Full After a mysterious scene on a Boston highway, Brandon Spikes finds himself without a job and facing criminal charges. At around 3:20 a.m. on June 7, Massachusetts State Police responded to an abandoned vehicle on I-495 in Foxborough. The vehicle had significant front-end damage and was left in the median. A roadside assistance operator informed the police that the driver of the vehicle had reported hitting a deer. There was neither a deer nor a driver present at the scene. The abandoned vehicle was registered to then New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes. At about the same time in the same area, Massachusetts State Police received a report that a 2009 Nissan Murano had been rear-ended by another vehicle that had fled the scene of the accident. All three passengers ...
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