Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Missouri Board OKs $15M for Stadium Construction
by Jason Scott August 2015
In an effort to retain the Rams or lure another NFL franchise to the city, a Missouri board approved $15 million in tax credits on Tuesday to help build a new football stadium in downtown St. Louis.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, along with the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority, proposed the new stadium along the Mississippi River to counter the Rams’ possible move back to Los Angeles, where Rams owner Stan Kroenke has proposed building a $1.8 billion stadium.
As Fox Sports reports, the Missouri Development Finance Board approved the $15 million tax credit plan, despite opposition from board member and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder. The sports authority plans to request an additional $17.5 million in tax credits in each of the next two years, bringing the total to $50 million.
The proposed riverfront project is estimated to come with a $998 million price tag. A plan presented to the board on Tuesday laid out a way to raise another $610 million, utilizing funds from an NFL team owner, an NFL loan program, and the sale of seat licenses. Under that plan, the state would need to issue another $201 million in bonds, and $187 million in tax credits and other incentives.
Lawmakers who oppose the plan, including Representative Jay Barnes, issued a lawsuit saying that a taxpayer-funded stadium project should have approval from the state legislature.
“If you want to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars, you cannot move forward on this proposal as it is presented,” Barnes said to members of the board.
While some members of the legislature have vowed to fight funding the new stadium, members of the board praised the plan as a boost to the economy.
“Our singular focus ought to be what’s best for the economic development of the state of Missouri,” said board member Reuben Shelton.
NFL Alums Appeal Terms of Concussion Settlement
by The Bismarck Tribune August 2015
Former NFL players who object to terms of the potential $1 billion concussion settlement have filed appeals that are likely to delay payouts to thousands of retirees until next year.
Plastic Fiber in Toronto Pool May Be Public Health Risk
by Jason Scott August 2015
Plastic fibers from a fraying pool liner found floating in the popular Alex Duff outdoor swimming pools at Toronto’s Christie Pits could pose a risk public safety.
Spring Training Stadium Land Swap Gets Key Vote
by Joe Capozzi August 2015
The West Palm Beach City Commission put aside its historic differences with Palm Beach County on Monday, voting 5-0 on a land swap that will allow the Houston Astros and Washington Nationals to build a new spring training stadium south of 45th Street.
Parents: Gym Mat Death a Cover-Up Conspiracy
by Christian Boone; Staff August 2015
For months, the parents of the Valdosta teenager found dead inside a rolled-up gym mat have alleged a cabal of powerful interests conspired to cover up their son's murder.
Former USC Tight End to Fight Football Ban in Court
by Scott Wolf August 2015
The lawyer for former Bryce Dixon said he will return to court Monday following the university's decision to prevent Dixon from playing football.
Maryland Suspends Women’s Basketball Assistant Coach Charged with Sexual Abuse
by Stuart Goldman August 2015
A University of Maryland women’s basketball assistant coach has been suspended indefinitely after he was charged with sexual abuse against a player he was coaching at Xavier University in Cincinnati.
College: Sexual History Request Valid in Rape Case
by The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.) August 2015
Officials at Virginia Wesleyan College, which is being sued by a young woman who claims she was raped there, released a statement on Wednesday refuting several recent media reports.
Family of Alleged Hazing Victim Sues Team's Hotel
by Tyler Estep; Staff August 2015
Attorneys for an alleged victim in a reported hazing incident involving Parkview High School baseball players claim the front desk improperly gave the accused upperclassmen players access to a younger teammate's room.
Another Suit Claims Citadel Covered Up Camp Abuse
by firstname.lastname@example.org August 2015
The complaint was filed Tuesday in circuit court in Charleston by a John Doe, who claims Skip ReVille sexually abused him between 2007 and 2011.