Law & Policy: Civil Actions
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.
Parents Sue High School for Death Involving Gym Mat
by Christian Boone, Staff July 2014
From the time of his death more than 19 months ago, the parents of a teen whose lifeless body was found inside an upright gym mat have insisted their son's death was no accident.
Title IX Likely Influenced Ohio State Band Investigation
by Collin Binkley, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH July 2014
Strict federal rules helped chart the course that Ohio State University took as it investigated its marching band, and the course that OSU leaders took in their decision to fire the band director. In the 23-page report that led to the dismissal of Jonathan Waters, Ohio State investigators wrote that federal Title IX rules guided them to the finding that there was a "hostile environment" for students in the band. Based on that finding, federal law required them to act. "Title IX likely loomed large over that decision, especially in today's climate of enforcement," said Erin Buzuvis, a Title IX expert and professor at the Western New England University School of Law.
NCAA, Athletes Reach Head Injury Lawsuit Settlement
by Andrew Brandt July 2014
The NCAA and current and former college athletes have reached a preliminary settlement in a class action lawsuit involving the NCAA's head-injury policy.
OSU Fires Band Director Amid Harassment, Hazing Culture
by Laura A. Bischoff July 2014
Jonathan Waters was paid $188,504 last year as director of the Ohio State Marching Band. COLUMBUS - Ohio State University fired marching band director Jonathan Waters on Thursday after a two-month investigation revealed a culture of sexual harassment and hazing within "The Best Damn Band in the Land." The 92-page investigation concluded that Waters, who was a sousaphone player in the band in the late 1990s, was aware or should have known about this culture but failed to eliminate or address it, the university said. The investigation was triggered by a complaint from a band member's mother.
Sterling Files Suit; Rivers to Quit as Coach if Owner Stays
by From staff and wire reports July 2014
In Brief In brief: Doc Rivers will quit if Donald Sterling stays with Clippers NBA: The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.
NFL Players Ask Court to Block Concussion Settlement
by Jeremy Roebuck; Inquirer Staff Writer July 2014
Seven former NFL players have asked an appeals court to block the proposed concussion settlement between the league and more than 4,500 retirees, saying the deal does not adequately address the needs of all players.
Judge Weighs Release of Pat Summitt Docs in UT Case
by Matt Lakin, email@example.com July 2014
Two people know what really led to Pat Summitt’s retirement as University of Tennessee Lady Vols coach, attorneys told a federal judge Thursday — and Summitt’s memory can’t be trusted. Former Lady Vols sports information director Debby Jennings says that’s why she needs the right to question UT officials and probe the records of Summitt’s retirement. Jennings, who retired a month after Summitt stepped down in April 2012, says the UT Athletic Department forced her out when she objected to treatment of Summitt by officials after Summitt revealed her diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.
LA Fitness Sued for Negligence in Basketball Game Attack
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. July 2014
Cornelius Lister was a member of the LA Fitness facility in Andorra, Pa., when a physical altercation broke out during a basketball game in September 2012. Lister sustained a variety of injuries when four men attacked him during the game. One of the assailants was a member of the club, but the second identified by police was not a member. Police did not identify the other two assailants. The LA Fitness employee working at the front desk allowed non-members to enter the club and play despite access to the basketball court being limited to club members only.