Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Penn State Board Seeks Input in NCAA Settlement Talks
by Joe Juliano; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014
Lawyers for the NCAA, Gov. Corbett, and other state officials think they can settle within the next month a lawsuit over the $60 million in penalties Penn State is paying for its mishandling of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual- abuse scandal.
Suing NFL Not Easy Decision for Head Injury Sufferers
by Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports August 2014
The injured brain of Merril Hoge keeps giving him problems. So why didn't Hoge join thousands of other former players who are suing the league with similar complaints?
Players: Kick Synthetic Turf Out of '15 Women's World Cup
by Michael Gaio August 2014
No senior men's or women's World Cup has ever been played on synthetic turf, and a group of top international women's players would like to keep in that way.
Fired Penn Fitness Director Waives Theft-Charge Hearing
by Joseph A. Slobodzian; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014
Amy M. Wagner was fired by the university in May for allegedly stealing cash and items from the center's lost and found.
Did Biogenesis Founder Bosch Reach Teens with Steroids?
by Andrew Brandt August 2014
Today marks the one year anniversary of Major League Baseball's largest suspension sentencing, where more than a dozen players' seasons were halted due to their doping ties with Biogenesis.
Negligence, Athletic Trainers at Heart of Football Lawsuit
by John T. Wolohan August 2014
Colter Rios was playing in a junior varsity football game for Grossmont (Calif.) High School in 2008 when he felt a pop in his right ankle as he was tackled. Although he complained of pain when he tried to stand up, his coaches sent him back into the game without having the ankle examined. Colter was eventually removed from the game and sent to the athletic trainer to get his ankle taped.
School District Asks High Court to OK Sale of High School
by Martha Woodall; Inquirer Staff Writer August 2014
The Philadelphia School District has asked the state Supreme Court to swiftly reject a lawsuit that aims to block the sale of William Penn High School to Temple University.
Iowa's Free-Tuition Student Ticket Promo Goes Awry
by Michael Gaio August 2014
Attracting students to college football games is a challenge for schools across the country. As AB reported last year, even the Alabamas of the world are having a tough time drawing students away from the tailgating scene and into the stadium. Last week, the University of Iowa launched a promotion to solve this problem.
Air Force to Probe Reports of Athlete Misconduct
by Tom Roeder, The Gazette August 2014
U.S. Air Force Academy cadet athletes flouted the sacred honor code by committing sexual assaults, taking drugs, cheating and engaging in other misconduct at wild parties while the service academy focused on winning bowl games and attracting money from alumni and private sources in recent years, a Gazette investigation has found. The findings are egregious enough that academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson told The Gazette that she has called for an Inspector General's investigation of the athletic department. "These efforts will help in eliminating subcultures ... whose climates do not align with our institutional core values," she said in a statement released Thursday exclusively to The Gazette. Johnson said the academy has taken steps to correct the problems within the athletic department. "Despite all of our efforts, I expect we'll still have issues with a few young people who will make poor choices," she wrote.
Athlete Advocates Scrutinize Concussion Settlement
by Rachel Axon, USA TODAY Sports July 2014
Even as a plaintiffs' attorney called it historic and the NCAA touted its commitment to athlete safety, a proposed settlement in class action concussion litigation drew questions that indicate resolving the 3-year-old case won't happen without dissent.