• Family Suing YMCA Over Son's Climbing Wall Injury

    by Emily Attwood July 2015

    Parents of a boy injured earlier this year after falling off a climbing wall at the Weston (Fla.) YMCA are suing the organization, alleging that the injury was due to an employee’s failure to secure his harness, as well as the absence of safety mats.

    Devin Pabian was celebrating his 11th birthday with a party at the YMCA and rock climbing with a group of friends. He had been harnessed in by a worker and scaled the 30-foot-tall wall. As he attempted to rappel down, he instead fell.

    The lawsuit alleges the fall was caused by an improperly secured harness or rope, and that the staff member in charge of monitoring the climbers had left the area.

    Pabian suffered fractures to his wrist, ankle and spine and had to be airlifted to a hospital for surgery.

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    "The miracle is he survived such a fall, the tragedy is it was preventable had the facility taken the necessary and reasonable safeguards to protect such young members and visitors they entice to such an attraction," says the family’s attorney, Jay Cohen.

    The Pabian family is seeking more than $15,000 in damages. A YMCA spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit.

  • The AB Extra: July 17

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    In this week's AB Extra, you'll find news about Nike's response to a ban by CrossFit, a rebranding of a Canadian town to welcome a new hockey arena and the United States' top swimming city.

  • YMCA Janitor Charged with Locker Room Recording

    by Doug T. Graham, Chicago Daily Herald July 2015

    A 34-year-old custodian has been charged with using his cellphone to record video of two underage girls changing in the women's locker room at Buehler YMCA on Sunday, Palatine police say.

  • Parents of HS Softball Players File Title IX Lawsuit

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Parents of three high school softball players in Fayetteville, Ala., filed a Title IX lawsuit alleging the school district of Fayetteville High School favors boys teams.

  • Mom Blames Helmet Maker for Son's Football Death

    by Brian Rokos, The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA) July 2015

    The mother of a Riverside teenager who died after collapsing during a football game in 2013 has sued the companies that manufactured and reconditioned her son's helmet, saying that they had reason to know that the helmet was defective but failed to warn anybody.

  • Fan Files Lawsuit Demanding MLB Extend Safety Netting

    by Paul Steinbach July 2015

    An Oakland Athletics season-ticket holder has filed a federal lawsuit seeking class-action status and greater protection for fans everywhere from flying bats and balls. The suit, filed Monday in the Northern District of California, wants MLB commissioner Rob Manfred to extend safety netting from foul pole to foul pole.

  • Pool Management Company in Trouble After Near Drowning

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A pool management company is under scrutiny following the near-drowning of a 14-year-old boy at a Georgia pool where witnesses say lifeguards didn’t help rescue the boy from the pool or perform CPR.

  • NCAA To Pay $46 Million for O'Bannon's Legal Fees

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    A judge ruled that the NCAA will have to pay $44.4 million in attorneys’ fees and an additional $1.5 million in costs to lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, despite the NCAA's claims that the legal fees amounted to less than $10 million.

  • Former College Coach's Lawsuit Going to Federal Court

    by Laura Godlewski July 2015

    Tom Lechnir was a successful baseball coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for 26 years. He compiled a 728-292-1 record during his time as a coach at the school and led the team to the 1994 Division III championship. Despite an impressive record and a history of positive performance evaluations, Lechnir lost his job after the university alleged that he was responsible for and didn’t repay debt on a new baseball stadium.

  • Falling Mirror at Center of Health Club Lawsuit

    by By Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio July 2015

    In January 2010, Michael Hawkins, a member of X-Sport Fitness in Chicago, sustained injuries when a mirror fell from the wall and struck him while he was exercising. Specifically, Hawkins was seated on a bench doing arm curls with free weights in front of a three-by-eight-foot mirror that was mounted on a protruding portion of the wall. As Hawkins used the weights, another patron bumped the mirror and dislodged it.