Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Former Quarterback Sues Over High School Head Injuries
by Michael Tarm December 2014
By Michael Tarm The Associated Press CHICAGO A former high school quarterback followed in the steps of one-time pro and college players Saturday by suing a sports governing body - in this case the Illinois High School Association - saying it didn't do enough to protect him from concussions when he played and still doesn't do enough to protect players.
Former Chicago Rush Owner Arrested on Fraud Charges
by Kim Janssen and Brian Slodysko November 2014
David Staral was arrested Monday on fraud charges over his controversial and doomed purchase of the Arena Football League team.
District Sued Over Policy Limiting Freshman Participation
by Amy Donaldson Deseret News November 2014
Rick Westmoreland filed a lawsuit alleging his teenage daughter's civil rights were violated by a Weber School District rule that limits the number of freshmen who can participate in high school sports.
Suit: Watermelon Ritual Characterization Defamed Sons
by amanda kerr; email@example.com November 2014
The parents of three Academic Magnet High School football players have filed a defamation lawsuit claiming characterizations of the team's controversial postgame watermelon ritual damaged their sons reputations.
First Amendment on Trial in UNC Athletic Events Ban
by John T. Wolohan November 2014
An increasing number of fans believe the simple act of purchasing a ticket gives them the right to say and do anything, and that free speech, protected by the United States Constitution, allows them to heckle and harass coaches and players as they see fit.
NHL's Johnson: $18M Earned, $30M Lined Up, and Broke
by The Virginian-Pilot Staff November 2014
By Aaron Portzline | The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (TNS) On the morning of Oct. 7, two days before the Columbus Blue Jackets opened the season, Jack Johnson drove to a federal courthouse to file for bankruptcy. Johnson has earned more than $18 million during his nine-year NHL career, not including the $5 million he will be paid this season. Almost all of the money is gone, and some of his future earnings have already been promised - which is why Johnson, surrounded by a new team of financial advisers and an attorney, signed his financial surrender. The scene was nearly four years in the making after a string of risky loans at high interest rates; defaults on those loans, resulting in huge fees and even higher interest rates; and three lawsuits against Johnson, two of which have been settled and one that's pending.
Coatesville District to Sue Former Superintendent, AD
by Michaelle Bond; Inquirer Staff Writer November 2014
The administrators resigned last year after school officials found the racist and sexist text messages about students and staff they exchanged on district-issued cellphones.
Lawmakers Seek $25K Fine, Jail for Autograph Seekers
by Kristina Torres; Staff November 2014
Call it Gurley's Law: The next guy who tries to pay a Georgia running back for his autograph may want to think twice after state lawmakers proposed new penalties this week including jail time and a $25,000 fine.
Prep Basketball Coach Sues 'Malicious' Parent for $1M
by Marjorie Hernandez firstname.lastname@example.org November 2014
Rob Bloom, Westlake High School's head varsity boys basketball coach, filed a libel suit this month in Ventura County Superior Court against parent James Clark.
UT Football Players Suspended Amid Rape Allegations
by Dustin Dopirak, Knoxville News-Sentinel November 2014
Butch Jones’ weekly press conference on Monday was supposed to be one of the Tennessee coach’s most triumphant of the season, instead he had to discuss disciplinary issues.