Law & Policy: Civil Actions
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.
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.
Yankees Fan Caught Sleeping Suing MLB, ESPN
by Emily Attwood July 2014
No, he’s not suing because the Yankees failed to deliver a fan experience worthy of watching. The fan, Andrew Rector, has filed a lawsuit alleging defamation after video of him sleeping was broadcast on ESPN, along with some colorful commentary from announcers John Kruk and Dan Shulman, who are named in the suit along with the MLB, the Yankees and ESPN.
Death Sparks Lawsuit Over Codes, Staples Center Design
by John T. Wolohan June 2014
As is often the case in law, how the courts interpret a statute is often the determining factor in the case. For example, California Building Standards Code (CBSC) states that the top of guardrails shall not be less than 42 inches in height, except in front of the first row of fixed balcony seats. In that case, the top of the guardrail may be 26 inches in height.
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.
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.
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.
Athletes' Unionization Attempt Scores Major Victory
by Michael Gaio March 2014
In their attempt to unionize college athletes, the Northwestern football players and the recently formed College Athletes Players Association scored a major victory on Wednesday.