WWE Becomes Latest Sports League to Face Concussion Litigation

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On Thursday, October 23, Vince McMahon’s World Wrestling Entertainment was added to the growing list of sports organizations facing concussion related litigation.  William Albert Haynes III, a former WWE wrestler, brought suit against the corporation with allegations similar to many other concussion lawsuits: that the WWE concealed and denied the medical research showing the effects of head trauma. Haynes, known by his stage name “Billy Jack Haynes…,” makes claims that follow most other concussion lawsuits claiming negligent misrepresentation, negligence, and liability for
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Pepsi: $2B “Aunt Jemima” Lawsuit Frivolous

aunt-jemima-deelicious Calling the suit frivolous, Pepsi and a subsidiary of Pepsi, Quaker Oats, asked a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit.  The lawsuit was brought pro se in August this year by the great grandchildren of Anna Short Harrington, who appeared as Aunt Jemima.  The plaintiffs seek $2 billion in punitive damages… for, among others, alleged violation of right of publicity, breach of contract, promissory fraud, and conspiracy. The lawsuit claimed that Nancy Green, the first Aunt Jemima, and Harrington formulated the self-rising pancake mix and
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BBC Sues over “Dancing With the Stars” Knock-off

17033867_SS British Broadcasting Company (“BBC”) brought a suit against Scott Stander & Associates… (“Scott Stander”) in California federal court claiming that its rights to the popular “Dancing with the Stars” (“DWTS”) program have been infringed.  Scott Stander is the producer of a live stage show called “Ballroom with a Twist” (“BWAT”) featuring dancers from “Dancing with the Stars.” According to the complaint, Scott Stander has advertised its show as “the national-tour spinoff of ‘Dancing with the Stars’” and “a non-competitive spinoff.”  Further, the complaint claimed that
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Darren Sharper Loses Workers’ Compensation Claim Bid Against the New Orleans Saints

darren-sharper-e75d9e690e9291db Although likely paling in comparison to his recent criminal investigation concerns, former NFL safety Darren Sharper’s legal woes continued as he had a workers’ compensation claim partially-dismissed by the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal of Louisiana. Sharper, a former player for the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings prior to retiring after a stint with New Orleans Saints in 2011, sustained a left knee injury during a November 8, 2009 football game that was subsequently aggravated in December 2009.  Sharper missed the last game of…
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Tennessee Titans’ Taylor Lewan Settles Charges Before Trial

hi-res-73bbfb5e9ee5721d2625899dd82b16ff_crop_north Rookie Offensive Tackle for the Tennessee Titans Taylor Lewan settled his three pending assault charges during a pretrial conference on Thursday.  Lewan’s trial was set to begin on Monday, the 27th…. Taylor Lewan was facing one misdemeanor assault and two misdemeanor assault and battery charges arising from an altercation last December in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Hours after losing his last game as a Michigan Wolverine to Ohio State, Lewan allegedly hit ttwo men outside a restaurant known as the Brown Jug.  Lewan claims
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Plaintiffs’ Lawyers for O’Bannon Case Billing NCAA for over $50M

dm_140808_ncf_farrey_ncaa Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the O’Bannon case have filed an amended billing filing on October 22 to seek approximately $50 million in attorneys’ fees… and other related costs. The filing is a revision of what the lawyers filed back in August pursuant to U.S. District Court Judge Claudia Wilken’s decision that the plaintiffs “shall recover their costs from the NCAA.”  The original request that totaled more than $52.4 million was filed within 14 days of the judgment to comply with the local court rules. 
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NCAA & Division I Schools are Named in FLSA Lawsuit

ncaa-soccer On Monday, October 20, the NCAA and all of its member schools were named defendants in an FLSA action alleging violations for failure to pay employees the federal minimum wage….  The plaintiff in this action is yet another former student-athlete seeking compensation for participating in NCAA athletics. Samantha Sackos attended the University of Houston and played for the Division I women’s soccer team.  Sackos brought this suit, naming the NCAA and each Div. I school, alleging the schools’ refusal to pay student-athletes under the
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Oklahoma State Sues Former O-Line Coach for Breach of Contract

24428853_SA Oklahoma State is suing its former offensive line coach, Joe Wickline…, for damages resulting from a breach of contract caused by Wickline’s new job with the Texas Longhorns. Last Friday, the suit was filed in district court alleging the parties entered into a contract requiring Wickline to pay a buy-out fee if he ever left the OK State for a position at another bowl division team that didn’t contain play calling duties.  In January, Wickline was hired by Texas as offensive coordinator and offensive
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Goodfellas Actor Suing The Simpsons Maker for $250M over ‘Louie’ Character

1413940974454_wps_5_AD14950020029_DECEMBER_jp Frank Sivero, who played a mobster role in the 1990 mobster film Goodfellas, sued Fox Television Studios (“Fox”) for $250 million, claiming the ‘Louie’ character in its long-running popular cartoon show The Simpsons was based on his interpretation of ‘Frankie Carbone’ in Goodfellas. In a suit filed yesterday, Sivero argued that “The Simpsons’ continued use of [his] image and likeness… for commercial purposes are all done without [his] consent and without compensating [him].”  Sivero claimed his rights were violated under California’s publicity
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UNC Academic Fraud Report Released: 18 years of easy A’s

ccm1_032685 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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