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DraftKings Wins Preliminary Injunction Further Limiting Hermalyn’s Fanatics Role

A federal judge has granted DraftKings a preliminary injunction, temporarily limiting the functions its former executive, Michael Hermalyn, can perform in his new role at rival company Fanatics. On Tuesday, Massachusetts District Court Judge Julia E. Kobick issued her memorandum and order granting DraftKings’ motion for preliminary injunction and denying Hermalyn’s request for stay or […]

New York Class Action Against DraftKings Is Latest in Series of Suits Over ‘Risk-Free’ Promos

April 25, 2024 | By: Chav Vasilev

Although US gambling operators dropped the word “free” from their marketing last year, the former popularity of the term continues to produce lawsuits, the most recent of which is a federal class action targeting DraftKings. The plaintiff, Samantha Guery, sued in the Southern District of New York, alleging that the company’s promotion misled new players […]

California Judge Denies Hermalyn Legal Fees, Throws Shade at DraftKings Legal Team

April 11, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

A California district judge declined Michael Hermalyn’s request for $310k in attorney fees that the Fanatics executive attributed to a jurisdictional back-and-forth in his case against DraftKings. The two sides are also at odds in a separate but related case launched by Hermalyn’s former employer. In a ruling filed on Monday, California District Judge Mark […]

DraftKings’ Latest Brief Challenges Hermalyn’s ‘Excuses and Lies,’ Says Early Evidence Was Just ‘Tip of the Iceberg’

April 1, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

In its latest Hermalyn-related legal filing, DraftKings (DK) has challenged its former VIP head’s opposition to its injunction request. The brief, filed March 28, urges the court to “grant DK’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction,” arguing the “record refutes” Michael Hermalyn’s “excuses and lies.” The court, the document argues, initially granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) based […]

Hermalyn Calls DraftKings Allegations ‘Unnecessary Character Assassination’ in Legal Response

March 25, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

In a legal response to DraftKings’ motion for a preliminary injunction, Fanatics’ Michael Hermalyn argues he did nothing wrong by accepting his new position at Fanatics. Instead, DraftKings’ former head of VIP claims the allegations amount to “unnecessary character assassination.” Hermalyn’s legal team filed its opposition to DraftKings’ preliminary injunction request last Thursday, a week […]

DraftKings Brands Hermalyn Actions ‘Brazen, Egregious, and Indefensible’ in Spicy New Legal Filing

March 20, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

DraftKings’ (DK) latest filing in its case against former employee Michael Hermalyn details spicy new allegations against DK’s former SVP of growth. Filed on March 14 in Massachusetts District Court, the motion for preliminary injunction details “new and overwhelming evidence” uncovered that “demonstrates the urgent need for a preliminary injunction.” According to the filing, Hermalyn’s […]

DraftKings’ Data-Driven RG Empowerment Tool ‘My Stat Sheet’ Met With Cautious Optimism

March 15, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

My Stat Sheet, a new tool unveiled by DraftKings to promote responsible gambling, offers players access to personal gaming statistics and insights. Specifically, the new feature allows DraftKings customers to assess, track, and interact with their personalized gaming stats. DraftKings said the tool’s intuitive charts and accompanying information will help “empower players to make data-driven […]

DraftKings Accuses Former VIP Executive Hermalyn, Fanatics of Corporate Espionage

February 7, 2024 | By: Robyn McNeil

In a bombshell legal filing, DraftKings (DK) has accused Michael Hermalyn, its former head of VIP programming, of a yearlong plot to steal corporate secrets. DraftKings alleges Hermalyn then used that intelligence to secure himself a near-identical VIP-facing role at Fanatics Sportsbook. Further, the 49-page civil complaint filed on Monday in Massachusetts US District Court […]

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