Law & Policy: Contract Law
- Opinion: Texas Boosters' Signal to Herman Shameful
by Dan Wolken October 2016
It's all out in the open now, what Texas is doing to undermine football coach Charlie Strong and send out a whistle 165 miles east to Houston. With LSU coming open, murmurs of discord at Southern California and Oregon and an unofficial bidding war underway for Tom Herman, the Longhorns are going Longhorn. Again.
- Ex-SDSU Women’s Coach Wins Wrongful Termination Suit
by Courtney Cameron September 2016
After a three-year legal battle and four weeks on trial, former San Diego State women’s basketball coach Beth Burns was awarded $1.35 million for past and future economic losses and $2 million for punitive damages by the San Diego Superior Court for wrongful termination.
- Gross Negligence, Waiver Validity at Issue in Treadmill Injury Case
by John Wolohan February 2016
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- St. Louis Season Ticket Holders Sue Rams for $50M
by Jason Scott February 2016
A month after NFL owners approved Rams owner Stan Kroenke’s plan to relocate the team to Los Angeles, jilted fans in St. Louis are calling for their money back.
- Judge Rules Against Parks and Rec Employees in Lawsuit
by Emily Attwood August 2015
A Shawnee County, Kan., judge has ruled in favor of the city of Topeka in a lawsuit filed by 10 former parks and recreation employees. The lawsuit was filed in May 2012 by the 10 employees following the merger of the city’s parks and recreation department with the county of Shawnee’s parks and recreation department. The case was brought before Shawnee County District Judge Rebecca W. Crotty in April and a verdict issued last week.
- Calif. Bill Would Pay Pro Cheerleaders Minimum Wage
by Laura Godlewski July 2015
Cheerleaders for professional teams in California might soon receive minimum wage as well as overtime and sick leave if the governor signs a bill that has already been approved by the state Senate.
- Ex-NFL Players Object to $765M Concussion Settlement
by Stuart Goldman April 2015
Several former National Football League players have objected to the terms of a $765 million settlement in a class action lawsuit over concussions and brain damage.
- Breach of Contract Debated in Coach Reassignment Case
by Attorney John T. Wolohan and Scott Kevy March 2015
The most important decisions any athletic director will likely make are personnel decisions. Unfortunately, with the pressure to win greater than ever, most new coaching hires will be lucky to make it past their third year. As a result of the tenuous nature of the profession, it is essential that the language within coaches' contracts be as clear as possible, especially when a decision is made to terminate a coach's contract.
- AD Reassigned as Iowa Braces for Her Partner's Lawsuit
by Emily Attwood December 2014
Pending a wrongful termination lawsuit filed by her partner, an athletic administrator for the University of Iowa has been reassigned. Jane Meyer, a senior associate athletic director, has been reassigned to the school’s facilities management office, where she will assist with construction contract quality and compliance.
- Dealing with Members’ Attempts to Cancel Their Contract
by Rob Bishop October 2014
We know that cancelling a health club membership can be confusing. After all, it can be spelled "cancelling" or "canceling." It's quite maddening, really.