Legalized Sports Gambling Strikes Out, For Now

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There’s No Place Like Home

The NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL were quick to remind New Jersey that there’s no such thing as a safe bet. The major professional sports leagues have filed a lawsuit against a recently passed law that had the hopes of on-site legalized sports gambling. Currently, the only place in the United States where you can place a live bet on pro sports is Las Vegas, but NJ Governor Chris Christie has other ideas in mind. Monmouth Park, a racetrack in South Jersey, was on the verge of being able to accept bets for NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, and NCAA games before the lawsuit was filed. The federal court quickly agreed with the sports leagues, and now New Jersey will have to find an alternative route to taking legal sports bets.

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Offside: Lawyer Sued While Buying Soccer Club

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Golazo, or no-lazo?

Although Italian sports have a reputation for being less-than-upfront, this time the trouble is being caused in America. Joe Tacopina, the rockstar lawyer who has represented the likes of Alex Rodriguez, is being sued by a former client at a very inconvenient time. Tacopina recently arrived in Bologna, Italy and is entering the final stages of purchasing the soccer club Blogona F.C. 1909, known as Bologna. According to reports, the lawsuit was filed with the intention to freeze Mr. Tacopina’s assets while he is abroad and looking to become a part owner of the franchise. The suit also claims the plaintiff was misled by the defendant, who was searching for representation in Connecticut (Mr. Tacopina is not registered to practice law in that state). The suit was officially filed in New York City. Read more

Calling All Energy Drinkers!

Spread your wings, birdy...

Wings not included!

Contrary to popular belief, Red Bull does not actually give you wings. “The energy drink company recently agreed to pay consumers more than $13 million to settle a proposed U.S. class-action suit accusing the beverage maker of false advertising”. Anyone who purchased one can of Red Bull between January 1, 2002 and October 3, 2014 is entitled to $10 cash, or $15 in Red Bull products. There is no proof of purchase required to be included in the settlement. Final court approval of the proposed payouts is set to be decided May 1, 2015.  Read More

Exonerated Man Dies Suddenly Before Settlement

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Locked up, they won’t let me out.

55 year-old William Lopez was exonerated of a 1989 murder conviction in January 2013. Witness reports charged Lopez with the murder of a drug dealer, although no physical evidence was ever found. After 23 years in prison, “Jeffrey Deskovic Foundation for Justice, helped connect Lopez with his legal team and highlight his case”. The evidence that initially convicted Lopez was weak to begin with, one witness statement was even later recanted. A federal civil lawsuit was set to begin Tuesday October 1, demanding $124 million for false imprisonment. Read More

Businesses Fire Employees Because Of Gender Issues

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Employees fired over stereotypes…

According to the Huffington Post, A Michigan funeral home and a Florida eye clinic reportedly fired employees because they are transgender. according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Home and Lakeland Eye Clinic violated federal law by discriminating on gender stereotypes.

At the funeral home in Michigan, an embalmer and funeral director, Amiee Stephens, was fired in 2013 after being employed for six years. She told her boss that she was transitioning from male to female and her boss fired her, according to the EEOC. In 2011, Brandi Branson was fired as the director of hearing services at the eye clinic in Florida. She was also transitioning to become a female and was subsequently fired.

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