Tag Archives: New York

A Jury Will Decide Whether Pro Golfer Vijay Singh’s Case Against PGA Tour is a “Hole in One”

A New York state judge decided on Wednesday , August 30, 2017, that Vijay Singh’s four-year-old lawsuit against the PGA Tour, Inc. will be decided by a jury. Singh’s lawsuit centers on his temporary suspension by the PGA Tour for using “illicit” deer antler spray as a performance enhancing drug. The suspension was later dropped after the World Anti-Doping Agency said the spray was not banned. Singh admitted to using deer antler spray in a Sports Illustrated interview to help him treat knee and back…

Continue Reading....

Daily Fantasy Sports in New York Faces Constitutional Challenge

Just when New York residents thought it was safe to activate their daily fantasy sports accounts, another suit has been filed in the Empire State seeking the immediate and permanent halt to daily fantasy sports. The recent attack is coming from a group known as the Stop Predatory Gambling (SPG) advocacy group. SPG filed a suit contending that the recent law enacted back in August regarding daily fantasy sports not constitutional. SPG claims that in order to enact New York’s controversial daily fantasy sports law,…

Continue Reading....

Will North Carolina’s 2017 March Madness Games Be Relocated to New York?

In early September, the NCAA announced it would not be holding the first two rounds of the 2017 March Madness Tournament in North Carolina due its controversial bathroom law. The bathroom law, which was implemented earlier this year, requires that individuals use the public bathrooms that match the gender listed on their birth certificate. Many sports associations, and specifically the NCAA, have taken a stand to protect the beliefs of the transgender individuals greatly offended by this law and refused to hold events in…

Continue Reading....

Photographers Shoot for Unconscionability Claim Against NFL, AP

On Friday, July 29, 2016, the NFL, the Associated Press (AP) and Getty Images requested Judge Sweet of the Southern District in New York to reconsider his decision to allow a suit brought by several photographers to proceed. Seven sports photographers, Paul Spinelli, Scott Boehm, Paul Jasienski, George Newman Lowrance, David Stluka, David Drapkin, and Thomas E. Witte are suing the NFL, the AP and Getty Images for unlawful business practices. The suit, lodged in 2013, alleges that the NFL pressured companies like the AP…

Continue Reading....

Fantasy Sports Suspend College Sports Contests

Daily fantasy sports companies DraftKings and FanDuel have voluntarily agreed to suspend DFS contests involving college sports. This agreement arises after months of discussions between the fantasy sports companies, the NCAA, its member schools, and various state legislatures. As the March Madness Tournament winds down, the agreement to suspend fantasy college contests will go into effect after tonight’s championship game. DraftKings and FanDuel have been battling over the legality of their fantasy sports contests for quite some time. For example, DraftKings and FanDuel recently agreed…

Continue Reading....

Citigroup to Block New Yorkers’ Payments to DraftKings, FanDuel

On February 5, 2016, a week after a major payment processor completely backed out of the daily fantasy sports (DFS) market, Citigroup announced that it will begin blocking its New York residents’ credit and debit card payments on the websites of DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc. The two companies are the current DFS industry leaders. Since insider trading claims were alleged against DraftKings and FanDuel in October 2015, a national debate has arisen questioning whether DFS is legal on a state-to-state basis. Each state has…

Continue Reading....

NY Attn. Gen. Schneiderman Amends Complaints v. DraftKings, FanDuel on Eve of Appellate Hearing

Following the New York trial court’s ruling to grant NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s preliminary injunction motion, DraftKings and FanDuel — the industry leaders in daily fantasy sports (DFS) — immediately appealed. The appellate division granted the companies an interim stay of the preliminary injunction, as well as an expedited hearing date for the appeal, which was scheduled for January 4, 2016. At issue in New York is whether DFS constitutes unlawful gambling under current state laws. AG Schneiderman believes it does. The…

Continue Reading....

Attempts to Hurdle the Court: DraftKings and FanDuel Meet With NY Lawmakers

On December 8, 2015, representatives from the daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry met at a joint hearing in Albany with New York lawmakers. The companies argued their positions on DFS before the New York Assembly standing committees on Racing and Wagering and Consumer Affairs and Protection. DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc. — DFS industry leaders — are awaiting a New York trial court decision on whether to enjoin the companies’ business operations. In November 2015, N.Y. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a preliminary injunction motion,…

Continue Reading....

Schneiderman v. DraftKings, FanDuel: Decision on NY Preliminary Injunction Motions Coming “Very Soon”

A New York trial judge said his decision will come “very soon” in the state court lawsuits between N.Y. Attorney General Eric Scneiderman and daily fantasy sports (DFS) industry leaders DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc. On November 10, 2015, Schneiderman sent DraftKings and FanDuel cease and desist letters, ordering the companies to refrain from accepting New Yorkers’ DFS wagers. The AG claims the companies’ DFS operations constitute illegal gambling under New York law. Following the letters, all three parties — DraftKings, FanDuel, and Schneiderman —…

Continue Reading....

The DraftKings and FanDuel Litigations: What to Focus On as the Stakes Rise in FL and NY

Since the daily fantasy sports (DFS) insider trading scandal made headlines in late-September 2015, DraftKings, Inc. and FanDuel, Inc., the two DFS industry leaders, have been served with dozens of federal lawsuits. This past week, some noise was made in the federal putative class action known as Gomez v. FanDuel, Inc. et al. Initially, DraftKings and FanDuel were the only defendants in the case, which was filed in the Southern District Court of Florida in October 2015. Yet, on November 21, 2015, the Gomez

Continue Reading....