Law & Policy: Civil Actions
YMCA Embroiled In Lyme Disease Summer Camp Lawsuit
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio June 2014
In October, the parents of 17-year-old Ariana Sierzputowski filed a $41.7 million negligence lawsuit against YMCA Camp Mohawk, an overnight camp for 7- to 15-year-old girls located in Litchfield, Conn. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, alleges that Sierzputowski contracted Lyme disease while at the camp in 2011, when she was 14 years old.
Ohio Case Paved Way for O'Bannon's NCAA Lawsuit
by Todd Jones, THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH June 2014
Seeds for Ed O'Bannon's antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA that is playing out in a California federal courtroom were planted five years ago in Ohio. They involved a former college baseball player from Vermilion, his attorney in Cleveland, and their favorable ruling from a judge in Erie County. O'Bannon's class-action suit is drawing national attention in its second week at trial because of possible ramifications that could alter the traditional system of college sports.
Ruling Heartens 'Redskins' Opponents, Changes Nothing
by Erik Brady, USA TODAY Sports June 2014
The Washington NFL team can still call itself "Redskins." That didn't change with Wednesday's ruling by a federal trademark board. But opponents of the name, who call it a racial slur, hope team owner Daniel Snyder will change it on his own.
O'Bannon Case: Is NCAA Defending the Indefensible?
by Deseret Morning News (Salt Lake City) June 2014
The NCAA might be losing the Ed O'Bannon case. If testimony this week is any indication, the NCAA is reeling in its effort to protect the notion that student-athletes are just engaging in their favorite hobbies while being given full rides on the academic taxi. In a San Francisco courtroom this week, defense attorneys for the NCAA are trying to prop up the idea that student-athletes should not receive money for use of their images. Petitioners are arguing that they should get a cut when schools, who collect billions of dollars in revenue, use their likenesses and images for promotions and advertisements.
Gold's Gym Hit with $6M Judgment Over Contract Terms
by Stephanie Hoops June 2014
The Ventura County district attorney has secured a $6 million judgment against Gold’s Gym of Oxnard in connection with a civil action alleging the gym had illegally profited off members for years by making it nearly impossible to get out of gym contracts.
Washington Redskins Lose Federal Trademarks
by Michael Gaio June 2014
In what's being called a "landmark decision," the United States Patent and Trademark Office has canceled six federal trademark registrations for the name of the Washington Redskins, ruling that the name is "disparaging to Native Americans." Due to its "disparaging" nature, the name cannot be trademarked under federal law which prohibits protection of offensive or disparaging language.
Stadium Surveillance Key in Convicting Railing Slider
by Shawn Campbell; News Staff Reporter June 2014
Video surveillance from Ralph Wilson Stadium that showed Robert Hopkins sliding down a rail and climbing back up to his seat five times before falling from the upper deck and injuring another fan was the key to his conviction Tuesday, prosecutors said. "The video speaks for itself," Assistant District Attorney Michael Drmacich said, "and I think that the jury came to the same conclusion. ... It's great to have video evidence of a crime taking place. It makes it a lot easier as a prosecutor."
WVU AD Luck Looks at O'Bannon Case as Lawyer Himself
by Dave Hickman June 2014
If you're like me, the Ed O'Bannon proceedings in Oakland give you an offensive lineman-sized headache. At just about the time you think you've figured out the direction the plaintiffs and the NCAA are going, they veer off into another one. Then again, if you're like Oliver Luck, you relish in the accounts.
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.