Law & Policy: Civil Actions
NFL: Nearly 3 in 10 Former Players Suffer Brain Effects
by The Virginian Pilot September 2014
PHILADELPHIA | The NFL estimates that nearly three in 10 former players will develop debilitating brain conditions, and that they will be stricken earlier and at least twice as often as the general population. The disclosure Friday comes in separate actuarial data the league and players' lawyers released as part of their proposed $765 million settlement of thousands of concussion lawsuits. Both the league and lead players' lawyers expect about 6,000 of the 19,400 retired players, or 28 percent, to develop Alzheimer's disease or at least moderate dementia. Dozens more will be diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's or Parkinson's disease during their lives, according to the data.
Fitness Academy Denies Wrongdoing in Field Trip Drowning
by STEVEN MARTINEZ, email@example.com, Living Oconomowoc Focus September 2014
Lawyers representing a group of defendants, accused in July of negligent and reckless conduct related to the drowning death of an 8-year-old boy, have filed a legal response in Waukesha County Circuit Court that deny those allegations.
Will Federal Appeals Court Intervene in NFL Concussion Settlement?
by Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer September 2014
An attempt by seven former NFL players to block the league's proposed settlement over concussion-related health problems met with tough questions Wednesday from a federal appeals court panel.
Lightning Victim's Family Suing Soccer Groups, Facility
by Andrew Brandt September 2014
The parents of a 9-year-old boy struck by lighting last month in Austin, Tex. have filed a lawsuit against three soccer associations and the facility.
The boy, Alex Hermann, was struck on Aug. 26 at the Field of Dreams, part of a sports complex west of Austin. The lawsuit alleges that both the soccer associations and facility failed to meet basic standards for weather safety as well as warn of dangerous weather. Field of Dreams didn't have any lightning detection units in place, which would have been able to track lightning strikes within a predetermined radius of a facility.
Local Austin news station KVUE reports that it wasn't raining at the time of the incident, and that the strike came appeared without warning.
The family looks to claim more than $10 million in medical and emotional damages, as Hermann, according to the family's lawyer, remains in "a semi-vegitative state."
According to the family's attorney, Mark Levin, Hermann will require "around-the-clock care," and will potentially need his bedroom turned into a hospital room.
Lightning strikes causing deaths hit an all-time low in the United States last year, with 23 fatalities. So far in 2014, there have been 23.
Lawsuit Accuses Cowboys Owner Jones of Sex Assault
by Scott Farwell, Dallas Morning News September 2014
An Oklahoma woman sued Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on Monday, accusing him of sexual assault during a June 2009 incident in a North Texas hotel.
Charleston Reaches Settlement with Former Coach Wojcik
by firstname.lastname@example.org September 2014
As it turns out, former College of Charleston basketball coach Doug Wojcik will not get a chance to tell his side of the story in a court of law.
FSU Talks to Accuser as Part of Title IX Winston Probe
by Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports September 2014
Florida State is proceeding with a school investigation of Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston related to allegations he raped a fellow FSU student in 2012, an attorney for the woman told USA TODAY Sports.
High School AD Pleads Guilty to Bid-Rigging
by Andrew Brandt September 2014
Fitzgerald Barnes, athletic director at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va., pleaded guilty to embezzling money from federal taxpayers on Friday in federal court.
Former HS Basketball Player Cut from Team, Sues School
by Michael Gaio September 2014
Getting cut from a high school athletic team can be a tough pill to swallow. For former Ohio basketball player Chase Johanson, the remedy has come in the form of a lawsuit.
NY Post: Prep AD Knew of Coach-Athlete Relationships
by BRAD HAMILTON September 2014
Two female basketball coaches at a Catholic high school bedded students for years under the watch of a skirt-chasing athletic director, according to an alleged victim and three school sources.