• Sports Venues Facing More Legal Battles Over Captioning

    by Kristi Schoepfer-Bochicchio, J.D. December 2013

    In September, the National Association for the Deaf filed a lawsuit against the University of Maryland College Park under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for its "long-standing and continuing failure to provide captioning of announcements and commentary made over the public address systems during athletic events at Byrd Stadium and the Comcast Center." Specifically, the plaintiffs seek court-ordered display captioning on Jumbotrons and scoreboards for announcements made over the PA system.

  • Youth Coach Plans Team Party at Hooters, Gets Fired

    by Michael Gaio November 2013

    Youth coaches get fired for all sorts of reasons. But this be might a new one: Randy Burbach, a middle school football coach in Oregon was fired for choosing to host his team's end-of-season party at Hooters.

  • Absence of Non-Compete Agreement Costs Health Club in Lawsuit

    by John T. Wolohan October 2013

    It happens all the time in business: After working for a company over a long period of time, an employee, believing that he or she can do things better or at least make more money, leaves to start his or her own business.

  • Blog: SoulCycle Lawsuit Could Hurt Fitness Industry

    by Rob Bishop May 2013

    The recently filed class-action lawsuit against the indoor cycling chain SoulCycle for allegedly violating California and New York wage laws could have a huge impact on the health and fitness industry. We're fascinated by it and are watching to see how it progresses. The complaint, filed by a former SoulCycle instructor, claims that SoulCycle instructors - who are paid only for the classes they teach - are "required to work above and beyond the time instructing a class." Their duties include training, preparation, communication with customers, meetings, special-event classes and assisting with marketing.

  • A Club's Termination Fee Is Held Void

    by John T. Wolohan May 2011

    The membership is the lifeblood of any health club. To ensure that clubs remain solvent, their operators must work hard to attract new members and hold onto them.

  • AB Conference: Risk Management

    by Nicholas Brown December 2010

    Sustainability, technology, the troubled economy. These are among the hot topics at this year's Athletic Business Conference & Expo. But year in and year out, a topic that remains one of the biggest draws among the thousands of attendees is risk management.

  • Employee or Independent Contractor? Depends On Who Has Control

    by John T. Wolohan July 2010

    In reviewing whether an employment relationship exists, the real issue for the courts is control.

  • Patron's Fall Off Stationary Bike Meets Court's Support of Waiver Protection

    by John T. Wolohan December 2009

    A patron's fall off a stationary bike meets a court's support of waiver protection for clubs.

  • How to Write an Effective Waiver

    by Jeffery Long May 2009

    Five steps to follow in writing a waiver and release agreement for your facility.

  • Defective Track and Unwanted Repairs Give School Lesson In Contract Law

    by John T. Wolohan October 2008

    A defective track and repeated unsuccessful repairs give a school district an unwanted lesson in contract law.