The NCAA said Thursday it has reached a settlement with the former college athletes who had filed an antitrust class action demanding billions in potential compensation allegedly denied to them for decades before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the NCAA's compensation ban.
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NCAA, Athletes Settle NIL Class Action Over Billions In Pay

By David Steele

The NCAA said Thursday it has reached a settlement with the former college athletes who had filed an antitrust class action demanding billions in potential compensation allegedly denied to them for decades before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the NCAA's compensation ban.

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Analysis

House Money: The Path To A Landmark NCAA NIL Settlement

By David Steele

The NCAA is expected to pay more than $2.7 billion to settle a yearslong antitrust class action lawsuit featuring hundreds of thousands of former college athletes who alleged the organization owed them for years of unpaid name, image and likeness compensation. Here, Law360 walks you down the winding path that led to the massive reported settlement.

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PNC, Loan Officers Ink $12M Deal In Rest Break Suit

By Henrik Nilsson

PNC Bank has agreed to pay nearly $12 million to end a class action alleging the bank didn't pay mortgage loan officers for time spent on breaks and failed to issue accurate wage statements, according to a joint motion filed Wednesday in California federal court.

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Wash. Atty Stops Practicing Law After Assaulting Associate

By Greg Lamm

A family law attorney in Washington state has resigned from practicing law after a series of criminal offenses, including a misdemeanor sexual assault and an attempted hate crime involving a colleague after a work-sponsored event, according to state bar association disciplinary records made public this week.

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Wow Such Basic: Justices Back Crypto Fans In Dogecoin Duel

By Jeff Overley

It's up to judges, not arbitrators, to figure out whether contracts between businesses and consumers have subtly superseded earlier agreements to hash out disputes in arbitration rather than litigation, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

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DISCRIMINATION

Alaska Airlines, Union Beat Fired Workers' Religious Bias Suit

By Grace Elletson

A Washington federal judge tossed a suit from two Christian flight attendants who said they were illegally fired by Alaska Airlines and abandoned by their labor union for opposing the airline's support for LGBTQ+ rights, ruling there's no proof unlawful bias cost them their jobs.

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DLA Piper Must Share Prior Pregnancy Bias Claims With Court

By Hailey Konnath

A New York federal magistrate judge on Wednesday ordered DLA Piper to let her privately review previous pregnancy discrimination complaints against it as part of discovery in a former attorney's suit, an order that comes after the firm argued the burden of sharing them "far outweighs its likely benefit."

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NC Fintech Atty Sues Paymentus For Gender, Age Bias

By Emily Sawicki

A former senior corporate counsel for cloud-based billing company Paymentus Corp. has slapped her former employer with a $100,000 age and gender discrimination suit in North Carolina federal court, saying she was paid less than her male colleagues and eventually fired for complaining, only to be replaced by a much younger male attorney.

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NYC Mayor And Assault Accuser Spar Over Discovery 'Theatrics'

By Rachel Scharf

The first conference in a lawsuit alleging New York City Mayor Eric Adams sexually assaulted a Police Department colleague in 1991 grew heated Thursday, as attorneys on both sides accused the others of improper discovery gambits.

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WAGE & HOUR

FirstKey Sanctioned For Trying To Coerce Workers In OT Suit

By Spencer Brewer

A Texas federal judge sanctioned FirstKey Homes LLC for issuing coercive communications to employees in an apparent effort to steer them from joining a proposed wage and hour class action, finding Wednesday the only purpose the company had was "attempting to undermine the collective action in this case."

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Amazon Workers' $5.5M COVID Screening Deal Gets Initial OK

By Gina Kim

A California federal magistrate judge on Wednesday gave her preliminary blessing to a $5.5 million settlement Amazon agreed to pay to a class of 250,000 employees who accused the digital retail behemoth of failing to pay for time spent undergoing mandatory COVID-19 screenings before their shifts.

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NCAA Can't Move Colo. Athlete Pay Case

By Daniel Ducassi

A Colorado federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid by the National Collegiate Athletic Association and collegiate athletic conferences to move athletes' compensation allegations to California, where two similar cases are being heard, highlighting the choice by named plaintiffs to have their claims heard in Colorado.

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Philly-Area Home Health Co.'s OT Settlement Gets First Nod

By Ryan Harroff

A Pennsylvania federal judge gave an early nod to a deal resolving a proposed class of nurses' overtime suit against a Philadelphia nursing home that allegedly failed to pay its in-home care workers the proper rates for overtime in violation of both state and federal wage laws.

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Jackson Lewis Questions Role In Wage Suit After Ch. 11

By Matthew Santoni

Jackson Lewis PC attorneys were unsure if they were able to keep representing more than a dozen Pennsylvania nursing homes as an unpaid-wage case approaches a critical deadline, telling a federal court during a conference Thursday that the Bankruptcy Code suspended their service to a group of defendants who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier in May.

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LABOR

Biden Renominates NLRB Chair, Taps Republican For Vacancy

By Tim Ryan

President Joe Biden on Thursday announced he intends to renominate Lauren McFerran to continue serving as chair of the National Labor Relations Board, while also tapping a Seyfarth Shaw LLP partner to fill a long-vacant Republican seat on the board.

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BENEFITS

Conn. To Expand Paid Sick Leave To Smaller Businesses

By Grace Elletson

More employees in Connecticut will soon become eligible for paid sick leave after the state's governor gave his blessing on a bill that expands the state's time-off requirements to include smaller businesses.

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NONSOLICITATION

TRO Against Ex-TD Bank Employees Revised

By Sydney Price

A federal judge in Connecticut walked back part of a temporary restraining order against ex-TD Bank employees accused of siphoning $25 million in business to Raymond James Financial, saying the previous order may have been more restrictive than necessary.

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TRADE SECRETS

Legal Marketer, Ark. Firm Agree To End Trade Secrets Suit

By Rose Krebs

A legal marketing business has agreed to dismiss a Georgia federal lawsuit accusing an Arkansas law firm and others of stealing and profiting off its trade secrets, including a database of client leads for mass torts over talcum powder and heartburn medication.

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Conn. Marketing Co., Competitor Settle Exec Poaching Suit

By Brian Steele

The Connecticut-based healthcare marketing firm Primacy LLC has reached a settlement with a competitor it accused of poaching a top executive, weeks after bringing a trade secrets lawsuit in federal court.

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WORKER SAFETY

LA Jury Awards $58M To Train Yard Worker Injured In Slip

By Craig Clough

A train yard worker was awarded over $58 million this week by a Los Angeles jury due to an injury that he says occurred when he slipped on top of a wet train car, which resulted in a fractured foot and a diagnosis of complex regional pain syndrome. 

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Lockheed Urges 11th Circ. To Affirm Win In Solvent Suit

By Kelcey Caulder

Lockheed Martin Corp. asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a Florida district court's rejection of a proposed expert's testimony purporting to link a now-deceased former employee's multiple sclerosis to her work-related exposure to industrial solvents.

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PEOPLE

Fisher Phillips Reinforces Calif. Labor And Employment Team

By Jack Rodgers

Fisher Phillips has hired two of counsel in its Irvine, California, office to continue representing employers and helping those clients navigate a range of labor and employment matters.

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EXPERT ANALYSIS

The State Of Play In DEI And ESG 1 Year After Harvard Ruling

Almost a year after the U.S. Supreme Court decided Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, attorney general scrutiny of environmental, social and governance-related efforts indicates a potential path for corporate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to be targeted, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

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FTC Noncompete Rule Risks A Wave Of State AG Actions

The Federal Trade Commission's final rule language banning noncompetes may contribute to a waterfall enforcement effect in which state attorneys general deploy their broad authority to treat noncompetes as separate and independent violations, say Ryan Strasser and Carson Cox at Troutman Pepper.

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How To Use Exhibits Strategically Throughout Your Case

Exhibits, and documents in particular, are the lifeblood of legal advocacy, so attorneys must understand how to wield them effectively throughout different stages of a case to help build strategy, elevate witness preparation and effectively persuade the fact-finders, say Allison Rocker at Baker McKenzie and Colorado prosecutor Adam Kendall.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

Biden's Judicial Impact And What's Left On The Wish List

By Courtney Bublé

President Joe Biden secured confirmation of his 200th federal judge Wednesday and has transformed the judiciary by picking more women and people of color than any other president. But the upcoming election season could derail his hopes of confirming many more judges.

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Meet Biden's Latest Pennsylvania Picks For District Court

By P.J. D'Annunzio & Matthew Santoni

President Joe Biden has continued his trend of nominating public defenders to the federal bench, this time selecting two longtime defense attorneys to occupy vacancies in Pennsylvania.

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DOJ's Live Nation-Ticketmaster Suit: What You Should Know

The U.S. Department of Justice and a slew of state attorneys general filed a suit challenging the 2010 merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation. Here, catch up on Law360's coverage of the deal and those who have challenged it along the way – Taylor Swift fans, investors and regulators.

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Exiled Chinese Businessman Is No $1B Fraudster, Jury Told

By Stewart Bishop

Exiled Chinese businessman and purported billionaire Guo Wengui ran legitimate companies in support of a broad movement that opposed the Chinese Communist Party, his attorney told a Manhattan federal jury Friday, rather than what prosecutors say was a multifaceted $1 billion fraud.

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Menendez, Kasowitz Firm Spar Over Subpoena To Cooperator

By Elliot Weld

Amid his bribery trial, U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey is urging a Manhattan federal judge to order a government cooperator to turn over communications involving his current counsel at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and his former attorneys.

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McElroy Deutsch Seeks Win Against Ex-CFO After Guilty Plea

By Rose Krebs

McElroy Deutsch Mulvaney & Carpenter LLP is urging a New Jersey state court to order its former chief financial officer to pay roughly $1.5 million damages for "unauthorized compensation" he paid himself and force him to disgorge $5.4 million in pay he received from the firm.

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Ex-DOJ Atty Clark Says He Was Denied A Fair Ethics Hearing

By Alison Knezevich

Former Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark was denied a fair hearing in his Washington, D.C., ethics case and should not face punishment, he told an attorney disciplinary committee in a Thursday filing.

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GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

By Sue Reisinger

Antitrust law took center stage this week as college general counsel try to figure out the what and how of paying student athletes under a new court ruling, and the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to break up the entertainment venue dominance of Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

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

By Max Austin

This past week in London has seen an IT engineer seek permission to search a landfill hiding a hard drive supposedly storing millions of pounds in bitcoin, Glencore take on legal action by American Century Investments, gold payment app Glint bring a breach of duty claim against FRP Advisory, and an ongoing dispute between a solicitor and the Solicitors Regulation Authority. 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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Using A Children's Book Approach In Firm Marketing Content

From “The Giving Tree” to “Where the Wild Things Are,” most children’s books are easy to remember because they use simple words and numbers to tell stories with a human impact — a formula law firms should emulate in their marketing content to stay front of mind for potential clients, says Seema Desai Maglio at The Found Word.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Ard Law Group

ArentFox Schiff

Baker McKenzie

Barnard Iglitzin

Barnes & Thornburg

Bloom Parham

Bradley Arant

Brownstein Hyatt

Buckley LLP

Burnham & Gorokhov

Caldwell Carlson

Caplan Cobb

Clifford Chance

Clyde & Co

Cooley LLP

Crowell & Moring

DLA Piper

DWF LLP

Davidoff Hutcher

Davis Polk

Duane Morris

Elliot Morgan Parsonage

Elsberg Baker

Eversheds Sutherland

Fieldfisher

Fish & Richardson

Fisher & Phillips

Fox Rothschild

Fox Williams

Frank Weinberg & Black

Gateley PLC

Gibson Dunn

Goddard Law PLLC

Goldstein Borgen

Greenberg Traurig

Hagens Berman

Hamlins LLP

Hang & Associates

Harris St. Laurent

Hill Dickinson

Hodges & Foty

Hogan Lovells

Holland & Knight

Holtzman Vogel

Horwich Farrelly

Howes Percival

Husch Blackwell

JMW Solicitors LLP

Jackson Lewis PC

Johnson & Vines

Jones Day

K&L Gates

Kasowitz Benson

KaurMaxwell

King & Spalding

Kirkland & Ellis

Korein Tillery

Latham & Watkins

Lewis Roca

Littler Mendelson

Lynberg & Watkins

Madsen Prestley

Marino Tortorella

Mayer Brown

McDermott Will & Emery

McDonald & MacGregor

McElroy Deutsch

McKool Smith

Mendes & Mount

Michael Best & Friedrich LLP

Morgan & Morgan

Oliver Maner

Olson Grimsley

Pallas Partners

Parmet PC

Parris Law Firm

Paul Hastings

Penningtons Manches

Poole Huffman

Potter Clarkson

Pryor Cashman

Quinn Emanuel

Reed Smith

Robert D. Soloff PA

Robinson Bradshaw

Rosen Hagood

Saporito Falcone

Seyfarth Shaw

Sidley Austin

Spector Roseman

Spencer Fane

Stanley Esrey

Swartz Swidler

Troutman Pepper

Weinberg Roger

Welsh & Recker

Wheeler Trigg

Wigdor LLP

Wilkin Chapman

Wilkinson Stekloff

Williams & Connolly

Wills Law Firm PLLC

Winebrake & Santillo

Winston & Strawn

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

AXA SA

AXA XL Ltd.

Academy Sports & Outdoors Inc.

Amazon.com Inc.

Association of Flight Attendants-CWA

Atlantic Coast Conference

Atlantic Global Insurance Services

Avolon Holdings Ltd.

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG

BlackRock Inc.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica Inc.

British Broadcasting Corp.

Casetext Inc.

Coinbase Global Inc.

Comprehensive Healthcare

Defender Association of Philadelphia

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd.

Delta Air Lines Inc.

EMCOR Group Inc.

ESPN Inc.

Ferrari SpA

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.

First Liberty Institute

FirstKey Homes LLC

Ford Motor Co.

Fordham University

Getty Images Holdings Inc.

Glencore PLC

HSBC Holdings PLC

Icertis Inc.

Integrys Energy Group Inc.

Jubilee Holdings Ltd.

LinkedIn Corp.

Live Nation Entertainment Inc.

Lockheed Martin Corp.

Los Angeles Unified School District

Lyons HR LLC

Major Lindsey & Africa LLC

Mediterranean Shipping Co. SA

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC

MilliporeSigma

Mondelez International Inc.

NASDAQ Inc.

NBCUniversal Media LLC

National Collegiate Athletic Association

National Consumer Law Center Inc.

Norfolk Southern Corp.

Pac-12 Enterprises LLC

Paymentus Holdings Inc.

Paysafe Group PLC

Pegasus Capital Advisors LP

PetroChina Company Limited

QBE Insurance Group Ltd.

Raymond James Financial Inc.

Ryan LLC

Solicitors Regulation Authority Ltd.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp.

Swissport International Ltd.

Tesla Inc.

The District of Columbia Bar

The Kraft Heinz Co.

The New York Times Co.

The PNC Financial Services Group Inc.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

University of Virginia

University of the Pacific

Washington State Bar Association

Wells Fargo & Co.

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency

Companies House

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

European Commission

European Union

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Federal Trade Commission

Los Angeles Superior Court

National Labor Relations Board

New York City Police Department

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

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Labor

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

U.S. Senate

U.S. Supreme Court

United States District Court for the District of Colorado

United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia