Law & Policy: Civil Actions
Banned for Sexual Misconduct but Still Coaching Kids
by Nancy Armour, Rachel Axon and Brent Schrotenboer December 2018
Gerald Murphy served time in prison after being convicted of lewd and lascivious assault of a child. The state of Florida permanently revoked his teaching certificate for the crime.
Award-Winning Swim Coach Removed Amid Allegations
by Jorge Milian December 2018
A former Boca Raton High School swim coach is facing a battery charge for allegedly inappropriately touching a teenage student, court documents show.
Oakland Files Lawsuit Against Raiders, NFL
by David Debolt December 2018
City Attorney Barbara Parker has said she will file a federal antitrust lawsuit against the team and the league, a suit city leaders hope could net millions in damages and pay off the approximately $80 million in debt remaining from renovations at the Coliseum.
Ex-Judge to Investigate Fraud in NFL Concussion Case
by Tim Mekeel December 2018
Retired federal judge Lawrence Stengel of East Hempfield Township, has been appointed the special investigator for the National Football League's concussion settlement program.
Opinion: Nassar Report Offers Blame, Lacks Solutions
by Eddie Pells December 2018
The 233-page report was every bit as thorough as it was cringe-worthy. And yet, when it was all picked apart and combed through, there wasn't much new there.
Woman Sues After Ankle Crushed by 400-Pound Tire
by Andy Berg December 2018
A Bronx woman is suing her gym after a boot-camp-style workout went horribly wrong, calling into question the safety of some non-traditional equipment.
Facility Study Could Help Lead to Smart Decisions
by Buffalo News December 2018
Received wisdom is common knowledge, passed from one generation to the next, that may or may not be true. Some examples: chicken wings must not be dipped in Ranch dressing; every national story has a Buffalo connection; the Bills' 45-year-old stadium should have been built downtown.
Ohio State, Spielman Reach Settlement Over Image Use
by Paul Steinbach December 2018
Ohio State University has settled a legal challenge by legendary linebacker Chris Spielman over the use of his likeness on sponsored banners outside Ohio Stadium, with the university spending nearly as much on legal representation as the $140,000 settlement amount.
A two-time All-American for the Buckeyes in the 1980s, Spielman last year launched a class-action suit against Ohio State on behalf of other players depicted on the banners but who couldn't afford to represent themselves. In all, 64 banners sponsored by Honda appear outside Ohio Stadium, despite the players neither granting permission nor receiving compensation.
Spielman's suit against talent agency IMG remains unsettled, and his attorney, Bret Adams, stated that the case against IMG has national implications, since it sells the names and likenesses of players at other universities, as well.
According to public records obtained by The Lantern student newspaper, Ohio State invested at least $136,436.09 in its defense, despite the fact Spielman had pledged to return his portion of any settlement back to the university. Spielman's $140,000 award will be donated to the William White Family Fund for ALS and the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, both of which reside at Ohio State. Meanwhile, he will no longer make disparaging comments about the university.
Parents Sue High School Over Dangerous Football Drill
by Andy Berg December 2018
The parents of three high school football players in Hawaii are suing over a dangerous drill that the boys were forced to participate in during practice.
Former Planet Fitness Manager Sues Over Harassment
by Andy Berg November 2018
A former manager at Planet Fitness headquarters in Hampton, N.H., is suing the company, claiming she was subjected to a male-dominated, “debaucherous” work environment, which led to sexual harassment and rape.