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  • Braves Stadium Bond Dispute to Georgia Supreme Court

    by Dan Klepal; Staff January 2015

    Lawyers for Cobb County government say their plan to borrow nearly $400 million for the new Atlanta Braves stadium without a public vote is legal.

  • Former Coach Sentenced for Sexual Assault of Student

    by Nora Doyle-Burr Valley News Staff Writer January 2015

    An Orange County judge has accepted the terms of a plea agreement, including a seven-month prison sentence and a lifetime of parole, for a former Oxbow Union High School gym teacher and coach who pleaded guilty in March to sexually assaulting a student he coached while she was living in his Topsham, Vt., home in the late 1990s.

  • Indoor Carpeted Soccer Surface At Center of Premise Liability Lawsuit

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio December 2014

    Facility owners should and typically do exercise due diligence when selecting the equipment and components that will make their businesses desirable destinations for sports participants. But how far does an owner’s duty of care extend to users once a selected product is installed?

  • 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.

  • Former HS Basketball Player Cut from Team, Sues School

    by Michael Gaio September 2014

    Getting cut from a high school athletic team can be a tough pill to swallow. For former Ohio basketball player Chase Johanson, the remedy has come in the form of a lawsuit.