RECENT ARTICLES
  • Kickboxing Class Lawsuit Focuses on Gross Negligence

    by By John T. Wolohan June 2015

    Longtime readers of this column know that in most states, a well-written waiver, signed by an adult, can be an effective tool in protecting fitness and recreation providers from ordinary negligence, but what about gross negligence? That issue was at the heart of Honeycutt v. Meridian Sports Club, 179 Cal. Rptr. 3d 473 (2014).

  • District Faces Lawsuit Over Pre-Game Prayers

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Two parents filed a lawsuit against a Hobart, Indiana school district, arguing that prayers said before athletic events, graduations, and school board meetings violate the First Amendment.

  • Iowa Schools Brace for Concussion Lawsuits

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    The state of Iowa expects more lawsuits to be filed after a former high school football player was awarded close to $1 million when a U.S. District Court found that his school district was at fault for complications due to head injuries he sustained while playing football.

  • Missouri Governor Sued Over Funding for Rams' Stadium

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    Six state legislators sued the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, as well as the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority over Nixon’s plan to fund a new stadium in St. Louis.

  • IHSA Bolsters Concussion-Prevention Initiatives

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    The Illinois High School Association recently introduced several concussion-prevention initiatives after a lawsuit was filed accusing it of doing too little to protect student-athletes from head injuries. 

  • Examining Membership Agreement Language in YMCA Lawsuit

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio May 2015

    James Walters was on his way to his YMCA's indoor pool when he slipped and fell at the bottom of steps that led to the pool area. All of the steps — with the exception of the bottom step — were protected by slip-resistant rubber stair treads. Due to excessive wear, the non-slip tread on the bottom stair had been removed. Walters sustained significant injuries in the fall and required knee surgery.

  • Alleged Hazer to Sue Sayreville High School, Police

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    One of the seven Sayreville football players arrested after alleged hazing and sexual assault incidents will file a civil rights suit for damages resulting from his arrest and suspension. 

  • NCAA Wants Gender Bias Suit Thrown Out

    by Stuart Goldman April 2015

    The National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) recently made a bid to have a class-action lawsuit accusing the NCAA of gender discrimination thrown out.

  • High School AD Sues Local Police Department for $10M

    by Michael Gaio March 2015

    As a general rule, nothing good comes from disputes in the stands at sporting events. Take this story from Rahway High School in New Jersey as the latest example:

  • City Employee Indicted for Stealing More Than $400K

    by Laura Godlewski, Athletic Business Intern March 2015

    A former office manager for the Bloomington, Indiana parks and recreation department has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a wire fraud charge. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Judith Seigle allegedly stole more than $400,000 over a period of 13 years from the department. Seigle is the second city employee in less than a year that has been charged with taking money intended for use by the city.