Law & Policy: Civil Actions
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.
Judge: HS Cheerleaders Can Display Biblical Banners
by Michael Popke — AB Managing Editor May 2013
After a contentious battle last fall, the members of a high school cheerleading squad in a small southeast Texas town have won the right to display at football games banners decorated with Bible verses that change from week to week. Here are two examples of the verses: "I can do all things through Christ, which strengthens me (Philipians 4:13) and "But thanks be to God, which gives us victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57).
Ohio Attorney General Could Go After Steubenville High's Football Coach
by Michael Popke March 2013
Despite Sunday's guilty verdict for two Steubenville (Ohio) High School football players in a high-profile rape trial, the case appears to be far from closed. On Monday, state attorney general Mike DeWine said he would consider filing charges against anyone who failed to speak up after the brutal attack of a drunken 16-year-old West Virginia girl during a party last summer - including Steubenville's head football coach Reno Saccoccia.
Judge: O'Bannon Case Can Move Forward as a Class Action
by John Wolohan February 2013
In a case that exemplifies the saying that "the wheels of justice grind slowly," a U.S. District Court judge in California, Claudia Wilken, last week denied the NCAA's attempt to prevent a group of former and potentially current football and basketball players from having their antitrust and image rights lawsuit classified as a class action. A certification hearing is now scheduled for June 20.
Hot-Dog Injury Case Goes to Extra Innings
by Carla Varriale January 2013
In the legal equivalent of a two-out, two-strike, bottom-of-the-ninth-inning homer, John Coomer, the spectator struck in the eye by a hot dog launched by the Kansas City Royals mascot, has been granted a new trial in the case.