Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Witness: Buffalo Fan Ignored Pleas to Stop Railing Slides
by Shawn Campbell; News Staff Reporter June 2014
Despite pleas from other fans urging him to stop, Robert Hopkins kept sliding down a railing in the upper deck of Ralph Wilson Stadium, according to a fan who was at the Nov. 17 Buffalo Bills game against the New York Jets. Jon Deeks, who sat in the same section as Hopkins, testified Friday in Orchard Park Town Court that he saw Hopkins slide on the railing. During Hopkins' third or fourth slide, Deeks said he heard a woman plead with him to stop. Other fans in the section told him to stop, too, Deeks said.
Opinion: By Waffling, Sterling Keeps Making it Worse
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
He is going to fight, then he's not going to fight. He's going to sue, then he's not going to sue. Now, Donald Sterling is going to fight and sue the NBA, Commissioner Adam Silver and his wife, Shelly Sterling. Until he decides he's not going to do that. Which could be tomorrow, the day after or next week.
Lawsuits Against NCAA Starting to 'Change the Landscape'
by Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
On Day 1 of the trial in the Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA, the biggest development had nothing to do with O'Bannon, even though he was the opening witness Monday.
Braves Appeal Lawsuit Involving 2010 Foul-Ball Injury
by Bill Rankin; Staff June 2014
The foul ball sliced into the seats behind the Atlanta Braves dugout and rocketed into the head of an 8-year-old boy. On the mound, pitcher Julio Teheran collapsed into a crouch, clasping his head with his hands. The batter, Milwaukee Brewers' outfielder Carlos Gomez, knelt, bowed his head and made the sign of the cross. Play was briefly suspended, and the TV cameras followed the boy's father as he carried the stricken child out of the stands. "It was fast and hard," Teheran said of the line-drive foul that struck the young fan May 20 in Atlanta. "No one had a chance to get out of the way." The field-level seats behind each dugout at Turner Field can be dangerous territory, particularly when a major league hitter fouls a line drive at 90 mph into the crowd. (An engineering professor who testified in a Boston Red Sox case said the foul ball that struck a woman in the face went from bat to fan in one second.)
NCAA Settles EA Video Game Lawsuit
by Michael Gaio June 2014
The NCAA announced Monday morning it had agreed to settle the lawsuit brought against it over the popular college-themed Electronic Arts video games.
For Some Ex-Athletes, $40M EA Settlement is Bittersweet
by Matthew Piper The Salt Lake Tribune June 2014
Utah senior wide receiver Dres Anderson says he achieved a lifelong goal when he first made it in the game. The video game. Ever since he was a redshirt freshman in July 2010, Anderson -- or, rather, an unnamed player with Anderson's number, measurements and an approximation of his physical attributes -- has appeared in Electronic Arts' NCAA Football series.
Falcons Stadium Bond Faces New Challenge by Residents
by Katie Leslie; Staff June 2014
A group of English Avenue and Vine City residents are appealing a Fulton County Superior Court judge's approval of Atlanta's plans to partially finance the new Falcons stadium.
Sterling Surrenders Fight to Keep Clippers, Drops Suit
by Brent Schrotenboer, @Schrotenboer, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
Donald Sterling has called off the fight. He will not challenge the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, his attorney confirmed Wednesday to USA TODAY Sports. He also will drop the lawsuit he filed against the NBA on Friday.
Marino Says Head is Injury-Free, Pulls Out of Lawsuit
by Hal Habib, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer June 2014
Dan Marino's concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL is ending. Marino issued a statement Tuesday saying he never intended to be among 15 former players added to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia that claims the league was negligent and careless in its treatment of head trauma. Marino's statement, sent to Sports Illustrated's Peter King, confirmed a report by the South Florida Sun Sentinel that Marino, 52, wanted his name promptly removed. Marino said that, contrary to the suit, he is not suffering from head injuries from his 17 years as the Dolphins' quarterback.
Lawsuit Could Transform NCAA, College Athletics
by Mike Casazza June 2014
MORGANTOWN - The Ed O'Bannon lawsuit against the NCAA goes to court June 9 and could forever change the look of intercollegiate athletics. Personally though, it was already real. Real personal, in fact, when EA Sports decided in September it would no longer make its college football game. Gone was symbol of a generation entertained and even educated by the digital versions of our Saturday saviors.