Law & Policy: Civil Actions
- Ex-Coaches Seek $18M in Discrimination Suit Damages
by Stuart Goldman January 2016
Three former coaches at the University of Minnesota Duluth are seeking $18 million in damages in a lawsuit filed against The Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota.
- UMass Rec Bookkeeper Pleads Not Guilty
by January 2016
Former University of Massachusetts Lowell bookkeeper Denise Daly has been ordered to stay away from all UMass campuses after pleading not guilty to multiple charges related to the theft of $200,000 from the university recreation center.
- Youth Soccer League Sues NFL Over Field Use
by Jason Scott January 2016
The NFL plans to transform the turf at a youth soccer complex next to Levi’s Stadium into a space for media broadcasts for the upcoming Super Bowl, but representatives of the Santa Clara Youth Soccer League plan to fight them.
- Parent Strikes Coach Over Away-Game Bus Policy
by Paul Steinbach December 2015
Parent-on-coach attacks — verbal and physical — are all too common in high school and youth sports, but Thursday saw a rare if not unprecedented scenario unfold in Amory, Miss.
A boys' basketball game between Amory High School and visiting Hamilton was stopped and cancelled before the first quarter ended based not on what was transpiring on the court, but rather because Hamilton's girls' basketball coach was enforcing school policy. A Hamilton parent, upset that her desire to personally transport her son home from the game was being denied, struck Sue Verner, who had informed the parent school policy dictates that all team members ride the bus home from away games. Verner was reportedly "knocked out cold" and transported to a local hospital. The Amory gym was quickly cleared.
As a result of the altercation, Heather Thomspon, 36, is expected to be arraigned today on charges of simple assault on a school official — a felony — after she turned herself into police Thursday night. Verner was treated for a fracture under her left eye and a gash above the other, and released from Gilmore Regional Medical Center in Amory, according to CBS-TV affiliate WCBI.
- City Council Temporarily Bans Crumb Rubber
by Jason Scott December 2015
Amid outcry from residents, the city council in Edmonds, Wash., voted to temporarily ban the installation of crumb-rubber synthetic turf fields.
- Judge Throws Out Gender Bias Suit Against NCAA
by Stuart Goldman November 2015
A U.S. district judge has thrown out a proposed class-action lawsuit that accused the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) of gender discrimination.
- A Student's Online Rap Threatening Coaches Not Protected Speech
by John T. Wolohan and Louise Chouinard November 2015
Of all the freedoms Americans possess, perhaps none are more cherished than those stated in the First Amendment.
- Judge Dismisses Class-Action Concussion Suit Against IHSA
by Emily Attwood October 2015
A Cook County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed last year calling for the Illinois High School Association to improve its concussion-prevention policies, putting a quiet end to the first class-action lawsuit filed against a prep sports governing body.
- Concussion Lawsuit Examines School Nurse's Duty of Care
by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio and Mark Dodds October 2015
The issue of sport concussions has been the subject of a number of recent high-profile cases — most notably, the NFL's $900 million settlement with former players. The National Hockey League, the NCAA, World Wrestling Entertainment and FIFA have also been dealing with high-profile lawsuits. The matter is not limited to professional and collegiate athletes, however. In the case of Strough v. Bedford Community School District et al, the Southern District of Iowa court awarded a high school football player $1 million in a negligence lawsuit against the local school district and the school's nurse. This award represents the largest payout for a high school athletics head injury case to date.
- School District Sued Over Former Athlete’s Concussions
by Emily Attwood October 2015
The family of a former La Jolla High School football player is suing the San Diego Unified School District for failing to remove their son from a game despite suffering a concussion.