The WB’s “This Week in SportsLaw” previews the week to come in the sports legal world. Here is what is going on this week:
Hearing in Florida to determine whether the DFS civil lawsuits will be consolidated as a multi-district litigation
On Thursday (1/28) in Fort Meyers, Florida, a panel will hear arguments to determine whether to consolidate the 100+ lawsuits filed by consumers against daily fantasy sports websites including DraftKings and FanDuel.
The key questions to be decided by the panel are:
- Whether the cases should be consolidated?
- Which state should the cases be consolidated in? (DK/FD pulling for Massachusetts and many consumers have asked for New York)
- Will all of the cases be consolidated into one MDL case or will there be separate MDLs for FanDuel and DraftKings?
The WB is working on a full preview of this hearing, keep an eye out for an article on Wednesday.
Is this the week the Adrian Peterson appeal decision is released?
Federal appellate courts are generally not required to release opinions by a certain date. Indeed, sometimes the wait for decisions can drag on for 6-12 months (or more) after oral arguments. However, the Eighth Circuit, where the NFL’s appeal of the Adrian Peterson vacated suspension is pending, holds itself out as one of (if not the most) prompt and timely appeals court. They have a self-imposed guideline to release opinions within 90 days of oral argument and on average release opinions even sooner than that.
Well, in Peterson’s case, the 90-day “guideline” (which was on January 17th) has come and gone. We can expect a decision any day now but, given the public nature of the case, it may drag on for a few more weeks. The Peterson decision could have a big impact on the Deflategate appeal. Also, if the Peterson and Deflategate decisions are split (one for the player and the other for the NFL), a U.S. Supreme Court review becomes a possibility.
More new stuff at TheWhiteBronco.com
2016 is over to a great start at the WB. We have a gaggle of new features coming to the site this year and have recently implemented a few:
- 2016 Arrested Athletes Counter: As you can see in the upper right corner of the screen, we have added a counter to track the arrests of current NFL, MLB, NBA and other pro athletes. As a bit of an upset, there has yet to be an arrest this year. This is good for league commissioners’ REM cycles but leaves us with a goose egg on the site. If history is any indicator, the current no-arrest streak won’t last long.
- WB Mailing List: The WB will begin sending out a weekly email recapping the week that was and including even more fun sports law content. Want to subscribe? Enter your email in the red box on the right side of the screen.