Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Plaintiffs Gain Edge in Penn State Lawsuit
by Rachel Axon, @RachelAxon, USA TODAY Sports January 2015
Settlement talks between the NCAA and plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the validity of the association's consent decree with Penn State have been on hold for weeks but might get a kick-start after a federal court ruling Tuesday.
Superintendent Resigns; Rape Probe Charges Dropped
by Associated Press January 2015
A school superintendent accused of misleading authorities investigating the rape of a girl by two high school football players resigned from the district, prompting prosecutors to drop the charges.
Boston Olympic Bid Brings Fear of Eminent Domain Use
by RICHARD WEIR January 2015
Should Boston ultimately be tapped to host the 2024 Summer Games, the use of eminent domain will be a tempting option to help clear prized land for Olympic venues, but deploying it, warns a legal expert, could cause disastrous ripple effects with lasting economic harm.
Ex-Student Gets More Than 6 Years in FAMU Hazing Death
by Stephen Hudak and Jeff Weiner; Orlando Sentinel January 2015
A judge on Friday sentenced Dante Martin to 77 months - more than six years - in prison for the 2011 hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.
Oregon, Coach Sued Over Transfer's Assault History
by Michael Gaio January 2015
A University of Oregon student is suing the school and head basketball coach Dana Altman contending the school knowingly admitted a transfer student with a previous record of sexual assault. The student reported in March 2014 that she was raped by three Oregon basketball players.
Winston Accuser Sues Florida State Over Title IX
by Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports January 2015
A woman who accused quarterback Jameis Winston of raping her in 2012 filed a federal lawsuit against Florida State on Wednesday, alleging the university violated her rights under Title IX.
Knicks Fan Sues MSG Over Heckling Retribution
by Julia Marsh and David K. Li January 2015
Madison Square Garden, home of the NBA's worst team, is being sued by a diehard fan who shouted to Knicks star Carmelo Anthony what most New Yorkers are thinking: "You stink!"
Braves Stadium Bond Dispute to Georgia Supreme Court
by Dan Klepal; Staff January 2015
Lawyers for Cobb County government say their plan to borrow nearly $400 million for the new Atlanta Braves stadium without a public vote is legal.
Former Coach Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Student
by Nora Doyle-Burr Valley News Staff Writer January 2015
An Orange County judge has accepted the terms of a plea agreement, including a seven-month prison sentence and a lifetime of parole, for a former Oxbow Union High School gym teacher and coach who pleaded guilty in March to sexually assaulting a student he coached while she was living in his Topsham, Vt., home in the late 1990s.
Indoor Carpeted Soccer Surface At Center of Premise Liability Lawsuit
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio December 2014
Facility owners should and typically do exercise due diligence when selecting the equipment and components that will make their businesses desirable destinations for sports participants. But how far does an owner’s duty of care extend to users once a selected product is installed?