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As the debate over access to bathrooms and locker rooms for transgender people has raged, those on both sides of the issue have made arguments regarding privacy and safety for both cisgender (non-trans) and transgender people in shared intimate spaces. Early this month, the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) weighed in, saying school districts must provide equal locker room access to transgender students.

The OCR's ruling may not quell what has become a heated national exchange on transgender rights, but it at least provides some guidance to schools on how to craft transgender locker room policies for students and staff.

Cleveland is one of eight cities to tax visiting professional athletes who play games in the city. But their taxation scheme was unique, and, according to the Supreme Court, illegal.

The United States Supreme Court declined to hear Cleveland's appeal of an Ohio State Supreme Court ruling on the city's so-called jock tax, effectively saying that the city could tax athletes, but it was taxing them on the wrong basis. Considering most of us didn't even know there was a jock tax before now, let's take a minute to unpack the Court's ruling.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has never been particularly quiet in his protection of the state's consumers. Schneiderman has sued FedEx for shipping untaxed contraband, J. Crew and other retailers for on-call scheduling, Barney's for frisking minority shoppers, Bank of America and Wells Fargo for mortgage foreclosure abuses, UPS for falsifying delivery times, and even Donald Trump for his sham university.

And now the busiest AG in the country is setting his prosecutorial sights on daily fantasy sports sites. Schneiderman has warned DraftKings and FanDuel that their games are prohibited by state gambling laws and to stop accepting bets from New York residents. Here's betting that they'll listen.

Being a pro cheerleader looks like a pretty good gig, but the more we learn about how professional sports teams treat their cheerleaders, the less fun it sounds. Most recently, the Cincinnati Ben-Gals, the same Bengals cheerleaders subjected to dehumanizing rules like "no panties" and "so slouching breasts," just reached a $255,000 settlement with the team over federal wage and hour violations.

Cheerleaders may now officially be employees, but they aren't getting compensated like their male athletic counterparts just yet. And in some cases, they're not even making minimum wage.

The proliferation of sports nutrition companies and performance supplements has led to a proliferation of lawsuits regarding the content of the products and the veracity of their claims. Sports supplements are a billion-dollar industry and consumers are claiming that they're not getting what they pay for.

Some of these lawsuits attack supplement brands for false advertising, while others claim that products aren't accurately labeled. Here's a look at two recent lawsuits and what might happen:

Nevada, the one state open to legalized sports betting, is shutting down fantasy sports sites that insist they're anything but. State regulators have determined that daily fantasy sports operations constitute gambling and therefore must obtain official licensing to continue operations.

Without a license, fantasy sites like DraftKings and FanDuel will no longer be able to operate in the state.

Your ability to see snippets of sports highlights, or lowlights, on Twitter may be in danger. On Monday night, Twitter temporarily suspended accounts for Deadspin and SB Nation. Although Twitter hasn't commented publicly about the suspensions, they were presumably in response to complaints from the NFL regarding the use of copyrighted game footage in GIF format.

While Deadspin's account was reinstated about an hour after the suspension, SB Nation's highlight account, @SBNationGIF, remains suspended as of this posting. And the entire episode raises questions about copyright, free speech, and access to social media.

You may have missed this little tidbit in the latest deluge of daily fantasy advertisements, but the New York Attorney General's Office has begun investigating both daily fantasy sites on the suspicion that their employees "have won lucrative payouts based on inside information not available to the public." This after news broke that a DraftKings employee who had access to ownership and lineup data netted $350,000 in winnings at rival FanDuel.

There have been rumblings of a congressional investigation into daily fantasy sites, and this latest scandal may bring daily sports gambling fantasy leagues as we know them to a grinding halt.

Yes, yes, we've all heard the slogan before -- What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. And much of what happens in Vegas, i.e., the gambling, can only happen in Vegas. And other places in Nevada. And Atlantic City. And at horse tracks. And off track betting sites. And in fantasy leagues. And pretty much everywhere, to the tune of $95 billion estimated to be gambled just on the NFL and college football this season.

So is it time the United States caught up with other countries and legalized sports betting?

Top 5 Illegal Sports

Normally at Tarnished Twenty we stick to the sports on the field/pitch/court/ice/turf, and we leave the criminal stuff to our FindLaw Blotter blog. But criminal law often overlaps with athletic activities, especially in the context of sports that take place outside stadiums and arenas.

Here's a list of sports you won't find on ESPN and could get you arrested: