UNC Academic Fraud Report Released: 18 years of easy A’s

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On Wednesday, October 22,  the report documenting an eight month in-depth investigation of alleged academic fraud at the University of North Carolina… was released implicating over 3,000 students during 18 years of NCAA competition. The report, authored by former federal prosecutor, Kenneth Wainstein, exposes a practice engaged in by counselors and teachers to protect student-athletes from academic requirements affecting their eligibility in competition.  Student-athletes were ushered into certain “paper classes” that required little to no work, attendance, or participation for a good grade. The scandal
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What’s Next, Civil Litigation Against Sports Memorabilia Dealers for Improper Dealings with College-Athletes?

istock_000010593103small Your favorite college football team loses its star quarterback or running back due to a suspension for NCAA violations related to compensation received from a sports memorabilia dealer for autographing multiple items that the dealer sells.  The college suffers damage in the form of potential lost ticket sales, merchandising, bowl revenue, and negative publicity.  Does the university have any recourse against the dealer who stands outside the reach of NCAA oversight but who profits from the offending transactions? NCAA Bylaw 12.5.2.1 prohibits student-athletes from accepting…
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World No.1 Golfer Out for Now to Prepare for Trial Against Horizon

rory-mcilroy_2635472b According to the Irish Independent, Rory McIlroy will take a break from golf to handle his legal problems… against Horizon Sports Management (“Horizon”).  Currently, McIlroy plans to skip the BMW Masters and the WGC-HBC Champions.  He expects to be back in the game in late November when the World Tour Championship starts in Dubai. In 2013, McIlroy brought a suit against his former management company Horizon, claiming that his agreement signed in 2011 was invalid due to alleged undue influence.  He claimed that the company
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Duluth Trading Company Takes it Easy and Don Henley Takes Them to Court

don252bhenley Maybe Duluth Trading Company should’ve known better. Maybe it was just living life in the advertising fast lane. But on October 6, 2014, the Wisconsin clothing company circulated an ad to its customers imploring them to “Don a Henley and Take it Easy.”… The “Henley” the ad refers to is the famous, three-button long sleeve shirt that has become a symbol of relaxation and “cool” since it was first placed on store racks. But in invoking the surname of Eagles’ co-founder and lead singer Don
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Sports Leagues and NCAA Challenge Christie’s Sports Bill

Chris Christie Four major professional sports leagues and the NCAA (collectively the “leagues”) responded to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s partial repeal of New Jersey’s ban on sports betting. The leagues filed a federal lawsuit on Monday seeking a temporary injunction on sports betting in New Jersey. The state’s first sports bet is scheduled for Sunday at Monmouth Park racetrack, where ten tellers will be taking bets on the NFL. The leagues argue… that Governor Christie’s sports betting bill accomplishes “what it unsuccessfully attempted to do
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Sports Betting in New Jersey Now in Gov. Christie’s Hands

mediasportsbetting On Thursday, October 16, the New Jersey State Assembly passed along a bill seeking to repeal the State’s prohibitions on sports betting….  The bill currently awaits signature or veto by Governor Chris Christie. Sports betting has been a legislative concern since a majority of voters approved a betting referendum back in 2011.  Christie approved the subsequent law in 2012, which legalized sports betting within the state.  In response, the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NCAA sued claiming the 1992 Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act
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‘Birdman’ Production Company Under Attack by Former CEO & Founder

christopher_woodrow_headshot_a_p Worldview Entertainment’s much anticipated black comedy, ‘Birdman’ opens in theaters this Friday amid great legal turmoil.  Former CEO and founder, Chris Woodrow, fired back at the production company that fired him with a lawsuit claiming defamation. Earlier this month, Woodrow’s business partner at Worldview Entertainment, Maria Cestone, brought a lawsuit against the founder claiming misappropriation of funds….  Cestone accused Woodrow and his wife of embezzling more than $700,000 to pay for personal trips to Halifax and Lake Placid and to pay for
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“World’s Most Interesting” Case Settled

dos-equis On Monday, the parties in the “World’s Most Interesting” trademark suit filed a stipulation to dismiss the suit.  In 2013, the Mexican brewer of Dos Equis beer filed a trademark and copyright infringement suit against KCI, Inc. (“KCI”), a New Jersey company that offers storage area network (SAN) maintenance services, over its advertising campaign themed “The Most Interesting Man in the World,” a U.S. registered trademark of the brewer. The complaint …alleged that KCI filed trademark applications for the marks “The Most Interesting SAN Architect
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Dave Duerson’s Family Objects NFL Settlement Proposal

dm_141013_nfl_players_accept_or_reject_concussion_settlement The family of Dave Duerson, the former Chicago Bears defensive back, filed an objection of the NFL settlement …offer that was preliminarily approved in July 2014.  The families of David Duerson and Forrest Blue with 8 other former players named in the objection stated that the NFL concussion settlement “disenfranchises the families who will inevitably suffer the horrific ramifications of CTE” because the proposed plan excludes players who are diagnosed with the disease after July 7, 2014, the date of the court’s preliminary approval.  In
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Judge Dismisses Publicity Rights Lawsuit by Former NFL Players

OB-OU656_nflhel_CV_20110720122715 A federal judge in Minnesota nixed a lawsuit… brought by three former NFL players Fred Dryer (LA Rams), Elvin Bethea (Houston Oilers), and Ed White (Minnesota Vikings) who claimed that the NFL violated their publicity rights in using video clips of them playing football.  The players had opted out of a $50 million settlement offered in a class action suit over publicity rights of athletes. U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson found the NFL Films’ productions that featured game footage of Ram, Oilers, and Vikings were
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