Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Family of Boy Killed at Football Camp Settles for $1M
by Heath Hamacher July 2014
A week before a wrongful death case was set to go to trial, the family of a 15-year-old boy killed in 2011 during a football camp agreed to a $1 million settlement.
Man Accused of Sexual Assault at Planet Fitness
by Ryan Robinson July 2014
A man sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl at a gym in Lancaster Township and texted her pornographic photographs, police allege.
Park Rink Shooting Victim Cites Security in $90M Suit
by Julia Marsh July 2014
The mother of a 15-year-old who was paralyzed by a shooting at the Bryant Park skating rink plans to sue the city for $90 million, claiming security was lax at the tourist destination.
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.
Judge Okays Revision of NFL Concussion Settlement
by Jeremy Roebuck The Philadelphia Inquirer July 2014
Calling it a “significant improvement” over an earlier proposal, a federal judge in Philadelphia granted preliminary approval Monday to the National Football League’s second settlement offer to former players who sued the league over concussion-related health problems.
Beer-Photo Softball Coach Wants Due Process, Job Back
by Mark Cooper, Staff Writer July 2014
Jay Creps wants his job back. Creps was fired as Chatsworth's softball coach in early June after a parent turned in a photo of him drinking beer at a team gathering that occurred within the past couple of years. Creps, who coached Chatsworth the past five seasons, retained an attorney to fight for due process.
Whistleblower Lawsuit Details Alleged UNC Retaliation
by Wes Platt July 2014
CHAPEL HILL - Mary Willingham, a former University of North Carolina researcher, was demoted, isolated and subject to retaliation for telling the truth, she charges in a suit filed in Wake County court.
Locker Room Video Voyeur Pleads Guilty to Harassment
by Telegraph Herald July 2014
A Dubuque man accused of recording a woman changing in a gym locker room has pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree harassment.
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.