Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Family Sues Waterpark Over Brain-Eating Amoeba
by Jim Wilhelm June 2017
The family of a Westerville woman who died after contracting a brain-eating amoeba filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court in Columbus against a North Carolina outdoor recreational park and the firm that designed and engineered it.
- Man Accused of Exposing Self at Public Pool
by Stefanie Dazio June 2017
A Queens man is accused of exposing himself at a Wantagh pool on Sunday afternoon, Nassau County police said.
- Gym Mat Death: FBI Video Inquiry Questioned
by Christian Boone June 2017
Nearly two years before the U.S. Department of Justice completed its probe into the bizarre death of Kendrick Johnson, an FBI video analysis concluded the main targets of its investigation were nowhere near the Lowndes High School gymnasium in Valdosta where the 17-year-old victim was discovered in a rolled-up gym mat.
- Council Approves Tax Plan for Philips Arena Renovation
by Leon Stafford June 2017
Seven months after Mayor Kasim Reed made renovation of Philips Arena part of the deal to keep the Atlanta Hawks downtown, the Atlanta City Council has signed off on a way to pay for the work.
- $9M Claims Announced in NFL Concussion Settlement
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
The first two claims have been announced in the NFL’s billion-dollar concussion settlement, totaling $9 million in benefits, according to ESPN.
A payout of $5 million will be made for a qualifying diagnosis of ALS, while another $4 million will be paid out for a qualifying diagnosis of CTE.
The names of the former players in question have not been disclosed, but the amounts signify that both parties would have played a minimum of five seasons for the NFL and were diagnosed before the age of 45.
The ALS claim was approved on May 26, and the CTE claim on June 5.
The U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the body responsible for overseeing the settlement process, was notified of the approved claims on Thursday.
There are more than 20,000 eligible class members with potential to add their names to the settlement. Of those, more than 14,500 registered prior to the August 7 deadline.
As of June 5, 146 former NFL players or their families had opted out of the settlement.
Christopher Seeger, co-lead class counsel for the retired NFL players, told ESPN, "We continue to be encouraged by the response from retired players and their families to the settlement, and are pleased that its vital benefits — including monetary payments — are now available.
"We implore all class members, even those who may feel healthy today, to register before the Aug. 7 deadline so they can be eligible for the benefits they deserve.''
- Residents Group Sues to Block Aquatics Complex
by Courtney Cameron June 2017
A Long Beach residents group filed suit on Wednesday in the Los Angeles County Superior Court in an attempt to prevent construction of an oceanfront competitive aquatics complex.
- Athletics Central to UT Sex-Crime Policy Report
by Anita Wadhwani June 2017
Nearly a year after settling a $2.48 million lawsuit that brought intense national scrutiny to sexual assaults at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, campus officials released a long-promised special review of its sexual assault policies.
- Braves Spring Training Complex Plan Moves Forward
by Zach Murdock June 2017
Local leaders this week scratched off two more items on their to-do list for an Atlanta Braves spring training complex in the West Villages development in North Port. The first came with the West Villages' submission on Monday of the final grant application for $20 million in state stadium funding necessary to complete the $75 million to $80 million proposed public-private financing deal. The second came Tuesday afternoon when North Port city leaders endorsed a licensing agreement with the team that allows for regular public use of the complex outside of baseball games, satisfying concerns commissioners have raised over the past few months.
- Oregon State's Troubled Pitcher Goes Undrafted by MLB
by Anne Peterson June 2017
Oregon State pitcher Luke Heimlich, who as a teenager pleaded guilty to molesting a 6-year-old girl, was not taken in Major League Baseball's draft.
- Report: Ex-Tennis Coach Forged $85K in Expenses
by Nathan Baker June 2017
An audit report released by East Tennessee State University outlines more than $106,000 of fraud and abuse allegations lodged at former tennis coach Yaser Zaatini, who resigned suddenly in March.