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  • $1.7M Settlement Reached in P.E. Class Drowning

    by Nick Daniels February 2014

    More than one year after the tragic drowning of a high school student in Manchester, Conn., the Hartford Courant reported Sunday that a $1.7 million settlement had been reached between Malvrick Donkor’s family and the town of Manchester.

    Donkor — a beginning swimmer — had been participating in a high school swimming class Nov. 21, 2012 when he left the shallow end of the pool for the deep end. Although other students had been swimming in the pool at the same time, no one noticed Donkor's absence until the end of class, by which time it was too late for the 14-year-old to be revived.

    Despite a police investigation into the drowning after the incident, the police decided that there was no reason for a criminal prosecution. Donkor's family went on to file intent to sue for wrongful death and damages, alleging that school administrators failed."to protect, care, supervise, rescue and/or provide timely medical care." 

    “The settlement was in the best interests of the town and (Malvrick’s) estate,” Town Attorney Ryan Barry told the Courant. “We wish the family well.”

    The drowning was the second by a Connecticut high school student in 2012, which has sparked a statewide effort to improve pool safety measures in high schools.

     

  • Facility Fails to Protect Stabbed Flag Football Player

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio February 2014

    In June 2010, adult flag football player James Hilario was stabbed by opposing player Justin Farland during a game at an indoor sports and recreation facility in Somerset, Mass. Hilario sued the facility, owned by Teamworks, a private entity operating multiple indoor sports and recreation facilities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The lawsuit alleged that Teamworks was negligent for failing to provide proper security, implement safety and security procedures, and ban Farland from the facility when Teamworks management could have known that he possessed a knife. 

  • Super Bowl Playing Field at Center of Lawsuit

    by Michael Gaio January 2014

    A week from today our football-crazed nation will be buzzing over the drama that unfolded on the field during the Super Bowl. Will the weather play a significant factor? Will Peyton Manning be able to thwart the NFL's best defense? We'll soon find out. However, today the Super Bowl drama has nothing to do with the teams on the field, but rather the playing field itself.

  • Judge: University Must Give Coach Termination Report

    by Paul Steinbach November 2013

    A judge ruled earlier today that Oakland University must provide former women's basketball coach Beckie Francis with a nearly unredacted copy of an investigative report that led to her June 12 firing.

  • Hot Dog Injury Could Challenge 'Baseball Rule' Precedent

    by Paul Steinbach November 2013

    John Coomer didn't see it coming, but is it reasonable to think that the Kansas City Royals should have?

  • FAU Coaches Resign After Admitting to Drug Use

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    Florida Atlantic head football coach Carl Pelini and defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis resigned Wednesday after school officials say they admitted to using illegal drugs.

  • Man Indicted for Attempted Extortion of U. of Louisville Athletics

    by Michael Gaio October 2013

    A Jackson, Miss., man with a history of extortion attempts was arrested Thursday on charges of trying to blackmail the University of Louisville athletic department. Thomas Ray wanted $3.5 million in return for not going public with damaging information about the department.

  • To Avoid Lawsuits, Health Clubs Must Heed Equipment Life Expectancy

    by Jeffrey Long September 2013

    Exploding exercise balls can lead to expensive lawsuits, unless health club owners follow these important steps.

  • Middle School Football Player Dies From Ant Attack

    by Michael Gaio September 2013

    Unfortunately, for the second day in a row, we are writing about the death of a youth football player. However, this one wasn't caused by a helmet-to-helmet hit or any other football-related injury.

  • Judge: Yoga in Public Schools Doesn't Teach Religion

    by Michael Gaio July 2013

    On the surface, teaching kids yoga in a public school sounds like a reasonable idea. It's a popular exercise activity and helps kids stay in shape. But nothing is ever as simple as it seems.