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  • Former Coatesville AD, Superintendent Face Charges

    by Michaelle Bond; Inquirer Staff Writer December 2014

    In the latest blow to the poorest school district in Chester County, prosecutors on Monday accused two former ranking officials of the Coatesville Area School District of mismanagement, stealing tens of thousands of dollars, and violating state ethics law.

  • NCAA: Paterno Estate Trying to Influence Public Opinion

    by Lori Falce, Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.) December 2014

    In court documents filed Wednesday, the NCAA said the reason the estate of former Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno wants to modify a protective order in its lawsuit is to try the case in the media.

  • Can High School Football Survive a Legal Hit?

    by Randy Blaser December 2014

    Last week it was reported that a former high school football player has filed suit against the state organization that regulates high school sports, the Illinois High School Association, claiming it didn't do enough to protect athletes from potential concussions.

  • Football Players Suing UNM Over Rape-Claim Dismissal

    by MIKE BUSH JOURNAL STAFF WRITER December 2014

    The University of New Mexico learned Tuesday that it is about to be hit with a civil rights lawsuit by three young men previously accused of raping a UNM student last spring.

  • Should a HS Game Be Replayed Due to Ref's Mistake?

    by Andrew Brandt December 2014

    In Oklahoma, a high school football game has never been replayed for legal reasons.

  • New Jersey Court Sets Youth Sports Lawsuit Precedent

    by Andrew Brandt December 2014

    According to a New Jersey appeals court, the family of a 12-year-old lacrosse player cannot sue the 11-year-old responsible for his broken arm. But the ruling may have a greater impact than just this one case.

  • 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.

  • School, Coach Sued for Negligence in Runner Injury

    by John T. Wolohan October 2014

    One of the common defenses against a negligence lawsuit is sovereign or governmental immunity, which was developed in common law to provide government organizations and their employees with protection against legal liability in a lawsuit. While there are many benefits of sovereign or governmental immunity, the general theory behind the immunity is that it would be unfair to penalize all the citizens of the state for the benefit of a single person.

  • Lightning Victim's Family Suing Soccer Groups, Facility

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    The parents of a 9-year-old boy struck by lighting last month in Austin, Tex. have filed a lawsuit against three soccer associations and the facility.

    The boy, Alex Hermann, was struck on Aug. 26 at the Field of Dreams, part of a sports complex west of Austin. The lawsuit alleges that both the soccer associations and facility failed to meet basic standards for weather safety as well as warn of dangerous weather. Field of Dreams didn't have any lightning detection units in place, which would have been able to track lightning strikes within a predetermined radius of a facility.

    Local Austin news station KVUE reports that it wasn't raining at the time of the incident, and that the strike came appeared without warning.

    RELATED: Technology, Education Keys to Keeping Athletes Safe from Lightning

    The family looks to claim more than $10 million in medical and emotional damages, as Hermann, according to the family's lawyer, remains in "a semi-vegitative state."

    According to the family's attorney, Mark Levin, Hermann will require "around-the-clock care," and will potentially need his bedroom turned into a hospital room.

    RELATED: NATA Provides Guidelines on Lightning Safety

    Lightning strikes causing deaths hit an all-time low in the United States last year, with 23 fatalities. So far in 2014, there have been 23.

     

  • High School AD Pleads Guilty to Bid-Rigging

    by Andrew Brandt September 2014

    Fitzgerald Barnes, athletic director at Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Va., pleaded guilty to embezzling money from federal taxpayers on Friday in federal court.