Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Court: Widow's Concussion Suit Against ND Can Proceed
by Mark Gillispie December 2016
A state appeals court in Cleveland has ruled that the widow of a former Notre Dame football player can proceed with claims in a lawsuit that said her husband was disabled by and ultimately died from concussion-related head injuries suffered during his college career in the 1970s.
- 368 Ex-Gymnasts: Sexual Exploitation Spans Decades
by Tim Evans, Mark Alexia and Marisa Kwiatkowski December 2016
A nine-month investigation into cases across the nation found that predatory coaches were allowed to move from gym to gym, undetected by a lax system of oversight or dangerously passed on by USA Gymnastics-certified gyms.
- Probe Leads to Suspensions for 10 Minnesota Players
by Joe Christensen December 2016
Lee Hutton, an attorney representing several of the players, said the suspensions stem from an internal university investigation into the same Sept. 2 incident in a Dinkytown apartment that happened in the early morning hours after the team's season-opening victory over Oregon State.
- Supreme Court: $1B NFL Concussion Settlement Stands
by Colorado Springs Gazette December 2016
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the final two challenges to the estimated $1 billion settlement between the NFL and thousands of its former players who have been diagnosed with brain injuries linked to repeated concussions.
- Class-Action Suit Targets Big 12, NCAA
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
The Big 12 will be joining the NCAA as a defendant in a refiled civil lawsuit brought by former members of the University of Texas at Austin football team. Former athletes and their families are seeking damages for brain injuries sustained on the college playing field.
- U. of Dayton Sued for Alleged Football Hazing Incident
by Mark Gokavi December 2016
Max Engelhart claims he was forced to chug high-alcohol drinks as part of a "Mad Dogs" initiation to the University of Dayton football team two years ago. Engelhart woke up Dec. 8, 2014 covered in his own body waste and with a concussion.
- Lawmakers React to Investigation into Turf Company
by Emily Attwood December 2016
An in-depth investigation conducted by New Jersey Advance Media has put FieldTurf, the nation’s leading supplier of synthetic turf, into the hot spot and sparked calls for legal action and further investigation from New Jersey lawmakers. The investigation alleges the company knowingly sold defective turf and attempted to cover up issues related to field failures.
- Park Improvements Top San Angelo's To-Do List
by Rashda Khan December 2016
In the 2004 referendum, voters reauthorized the 4B half-cent sales tax in order to fund a new list of community improvement project, including allocation of $1,500,000 for "Park Improvements."
- Police Announce Charges in HS Baseball Hazing Case
by Courtney Cameron December 2016
In March of this year, the mother of one Cooper City, Fla., high school student reported an incident of hazing which occurred during a team road trip for a baseball tournament in Altamonte Springs.
- Plane Carrying Soccer Team Ran Out of Fuel
by The Associated Press December 2016
According to a leaked recording of the final minutes of the doomed flight carrying a Brazilian soccer team, the pilot of the chartered plane told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and desperately pleaded for permission to land before crashing into the Andes.