Law & Policy: Civil Actions
School, Coach Sued for Negligence in Runner Injury
by John T. Wolohan October 2014
One of the common defenses against a negligence lawsuit is sovereign or governmental immunity, which was developed in common law to provide government organizations and their employees with protection against legal liability in a lawsuit. While there are many benefits of sovereign or governmental immunity, the general theory behind the immunity is that it would be unfair to penalize all the citizens of the state for the benefit of a single person.
UT Files to Protect Documents in Discrimination Case
by Dan Fleser, Knoxville News-Sentinel October 2014
The University of Tennessee filed a protective order Friday in district court, seeking to prohibit extrajudicial use or disclosure of documents, information and testimony produced in discovery for a lawsuit filed by three former athletic department employees.
'Beanie' Wells Sues Doctors Over Achilles Injury Fixes
by James M. McCarty October 2014
Former Ohio State and NFL star running back Chris "Beanie" Wells sued several Columbus-area doctors Tuesday, accusing them of committing fraud and medical malpractice, and endangering his professional career.
Prep Coach Might Face Charge for Kicking Player in Groin
by David Benda, Record Searchlight October 2014
A complaint that Shasta High School football coach Aaron Gingery kicked a 16-year-old player in the groin has been forwarded to the Shasta County District Attorney’s Office, which is mulling over a misdemeanor battery to a child charge for Gingery.
Duerson Estate Critical of NFL's Compensation for CTE
by Gary Mihoces, @ByGaryMihoces, USA TODAY Sports October 2014
An attorney for the estate of the late Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson plans to tell a federal judge that a tentative settlement in concussion lawsuits against the NFL is "atrocious" in the way it unfairly restricts compensation for CTE.
Winston Attorney: FSU Not Protecting QB's Interests
by Orlando Sentinel October 2014
Jameis Winston’s attorney sent a letter to Florida State on Tuesday arguing the school is failing to protect the quarterback’s interests. David Cornwell, Winston’s attorney, criticized Florida State’s Title IX investigation into a sexual assault allegation made against Winston.
Willingham Lawyer Seeks to Name UNC Officials in Suit
by Laura Oleniacz, firstname.lastname@example.org October 2014
The attorney for former UNC-Chapel Hill learning specialist Mary Willingham is seeking to add Chapel Hill administrators to the retaliation lawsuit that she filed against the school and UNC system.
Team Hazing Investigation Leads to Sex Crime Charges
by Zach Braziller October 2014
The other shoe dropped Friday night in the Sayreville War Memorial High School football hazing scandal.
Accuser's Attorney: FSU Hindered Title IX Investigation
by Tom D'Angelo Palm Beach Post Staff Writer October 2014
An attorney for the woman who accused Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston of sexual assault said Friday that the university is willing to break laws "to protect this football program."
Lawsuit: College Knew Lacrosse Team Posed Rape Risk
by Janie Bryant October 2014
A former student is suing Virginia Wesleyan College, claiming that she suffered a brutal sexual assault in 2012 and the college allowed her assailant to voluntarily withdraw from school so he could enroll elsewhere.