Law & Policy: Civil Actions
OSU Fires Band Director Amid Harassment, Hazing Culture
by Laura A. Bischoff July 2014
Jonathan Waters was paid $188,504 last year as director of the Ohio State Marching Band. COLUMBUS - Ohio State University fired marching band director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation revealed a culture of sexual harassment and hazing within "The Best Damn Band in the Land." The 92-page investigation concluded that Waters, who was a sousaphone player in the band in the late 1990s, was aware or should have known about this culture but failed to eliminate or address it, the university said. The investigation was triggered by a complaint from a band member's mother.
Sterling Files Suit; Rivers to Quit as Coach if Owner Stays
by From staff and wire reports July 2014
In Brief In brief: Doc Rivers will quit if Donald Sterling stays with Clippers NBA: The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
NFL Players Ask Court to Block Concussion Settlement
by Jeremy Roebuck; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014
Seven former NFL players have asked an appeals court to block the proposed concussion settlement between the league and more than 4,500 retirees, saying the deal does not adequately address the needs of all players.
Judge Weighs Release of Pat Summitt Docs in UT Case
by Matt Lakin, firstname.lastname@example.org July 2014
Two people know what really led to Pat Summitt’s retirement as University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach, attorneys told a federal judge Thursday — and Summitt’s memory can’t be trusted. Former Lady Vols sports information director Debby Jennings says that’s why she needs the right to question UT officials and probe the records of Summitt’s retirement. Jennings, who retired a month after Summitt stepped down in April 2012, says the UT Athletic Department forced her out when she objected to treatment of Summitt by officials after Summitt revealed her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
LA Fitness Sued for Negligence in Basketball Game Attack
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. July 2014
Cornelius Lister was a member of the LA Fitness facility in Andorra, Pa., when a physical altercation broke out during a basketball game in September 2012. Lister sustained a variety of injuries when four men attacked him during the game. One of the assailants was a member of the club, but the second identified by police was not a member. Police did not identify the other two assailants. The LA Fitness employee working at the front desk allowed non-members to enter the club and play despite access to the basketball court being limited to club members only.
Jury Trial Set to Begin in MLB Beanball Bat Attack Case
by Super User July 2014
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A jury has been seated to hear a lawsuit accusing former major leaguer Jose Offerman of a baseball bat attack during a 2007 minor league game in Connecticut.
Kluwe's Lawyer: We'll Sue Vikings Over Anti-Gay Coach
by Super User July 2014
Former Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe intends to sue the team over allegations of anti-gay conduct by a coach, his lawyer said Tuesday.
Former Rec Coach Indicted on Additional Abuse Charges
by Melissa Powell email@example.com 381-8621 July 2014
A former volunteer soccer coach awaiting trial in Pulaski County on three counts of taking indecent liberties with minors has been indicted on new charges out of Giles County. Russell K. Simpson, 44, of Pulaski, is now also facing two counts of forcible sodomy of a child under the age of 13 and one count of taking indecent liberties with a person under the age of 15, according to Pulaski County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Naomi Huntington, who has been appointed special prosecutor.
Appeals Court Allows Foul Ball Injury Suit to Proceed
by Bill Rankin; Staff July 2014
The Braves, joined by Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig, had asked the court to recognize the so-called "Baseball Rule" as the law in Georgia.
Group Looks to Block Temple's Purchase of High School
by Martha Woodall; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014
Angered by the Philadelphia School Reform Commission's decision to sell the shuttered William Penn High School to Temple University, a neighborhood group has made good on its threat to take legal action.