• Judge Tosses Coach's $1M Suit Based on Parent Emails

    by Marjorie Hernandez 805-437-0263 June 2015

    A Ventura County Superior Court judge has dismissed a $1 million libel suit filed by a Westlake High School basketball coach against a parent, saying emails criticizing the coach were protected free speech.

  • St. Joseph's Softball Hit with Second Hazing Lawsuit

    by Susan Snyder; Inquirer Staff Writer June 2015

    A second student has filed suit in federal court in Philadelphia against St. Joseph's University over alleged hazing by members of the women's varsity softball team.

  • Ex-Athlete Sues U. of Illinois over Concussion Protocol

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A former soccer player at the University of Illinois filed a lawsuit against the Illinois athletic department, the school’s athletic director Mike Thomas, head coach Janet Rayfield and assistant athletic trainer Brittany Scott over how team officials handled a concussion she received.

  • 'Baseball Rule' Shields Red Sox in Broken Bat Injury Case

    by Maureen Mullen, @MaureenaMullen, Special for USA TODAY Sports June 2015

    As Tonya Carpenter continues recovering from injuries suffered at Fenway Park, a legal expert in venue safety said a century-old legal principle would make it difficult for her to hold the Boston Red Sox or Major League Baseball liable.

  • Does Workday Fitness Injury Deserve Workers' Comp?

    by Timothy Klingler June 2015

    In a recent Indiana case, a manufacturer implemented a stretching program for its employees to address an increase in muscular strains.

  • Judge Tosses NCAA Athletes' Suit Against Broadcasters

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    A lawsuit filed by 10 former college football and basketball players alleging that their images were used improperly without their permission by broadcast networks and eight NCAA conferences was dismissed by a federal judge.

  • Kickboxing Class Lawsuit Focuses on Gross Negligence

    by By John T. Wolohan June 2015

    Longtime readers of this column know that in most states, a well-written waiver, signed by an adult, can be an effective tool in protecting fitness and recreation providers from ordinary negligence, but what about gross negligence? That issue was at the heart of Honeycutt v. Meridian Sports Club, 179 Cal. Rptr. 3d 473 (2014).

  • District Faces Lawsuit Over Pre-Game Prayers

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    Two parents filed a lawsuit against a Hobart, Indiana school district, arguing that prayers said before athletic events, graduations, and school board meetings violate the First Amendment.

  • Iowa Schools Brace for Concussion Lawsuits

    by Laura Godlewski June 2015

    The state of Iowa expects more lawsuits to be filed after a former high school football player was awarded close to $1 million when a U.S. District Court found that his school district was at fault for complications due to head injuries he sustained while playing football.

  • Missouri Governor Sued Over Funding for Rams' Stadium

    by Laura Godlewski May 2015

    Six state legislators sued the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, as well as the Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority over Nixon’s plan to fund a new stadium in St. Louis.