Former Portland Timbers Soccer Player Files Concussion Lawsuit Against Team

Former Portland Timbers soccer player Eddie Johnson’s lawsuit is the latest development in the ever-evolving arena of concussion lawsuits by amateur and professional athletes.  This is the second concussion suit brought by a player against an MLS club; Bryan Namoff sued DC United in 2012 and that litigation is ongoing. Johnson filed his Complaint in Oregon state court against the team and its medical staff, alleging that his career ended prematurely because they negligently allowed him to play while he was still suffering from concussion-related…
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A-Rod Forfeits in Fight with MLB Over Suspension; Drops Suit Against League

Recently, arbitrator Frederic Horowitz reduced the 211-game suspension of Yankees all-star third baseman Alex Rodriguez to 162 games for A-Rod’s role in the Biogensis performance-enhancing drugs scandal.  A-Rod wasn’t satisfied with the reduction, however, and filed a tortious interference lawsuit against Major League Baseball and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig in New York federal court with the hopes of reversing the suspension entirely. Now, A-Rod’s attorney Joseph Tacopina acknowledged to ESPN that the all-star had filed a voluntary notice of dismissal which effectively dropped the lawsuit. …
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Hoffman Friend Sues ‘National Enquirer” for Libel

There has been plenty of controversy and media hype over the apparent heroin overdose that caused the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Now David Bar Katz, a playwright friend of Hoffman’s, is suing the publisher of the National Enquirer tabloid, American Media, Inc., for libel over a recent story in the magazine which stated that Hoffman and Bar Katz were gay lovers, and that Bar Katz had witnessed Hoffman doing drugs on several occasions, including the night before Hoffman’s untimely death. Bar Katz’s lawsuit…
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#BigBrotherisWatching Twitter Takes on US Gov Over Disclosure of Surveillance Information Requests

A recent agreement between tech companies Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft and Yahoo and the Justice Department provided that these companies would be allowed to disclose when certain national security forces – such as those acting under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – required the tech giants to turn over information related to their users.  Now, the social media company Twitter has announced that it is ready to sue the Obama administration for the right to disclose information related to government surveillance requests targeting Twitter users.…
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Mötley Crüe Signs Agreement to Stay “Home Sweet Home” After Final Tour

On January 28, 2014, rock and rollers Mötley Crüe announced that they would permanently dissolve the group after a final tour, going so far as to sign an agreement which will force the band into permanent retirement.  Now however, band members have commented that the so-called “cessation of touring agreement” is simply that.  In other words, the contract wouldn’t split the group up – it would simply prevent them from ever going on tour again.  The agreement would also restrict the band’s ability to perform…
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House Democrats Attempting to Save Net Neutrality

Recently, the federal appeals court for the D.C. Circuit vacated the Federal Communication Commission (FCC)’s net neutrality rules, claiming that the FCC had failed to justify these regulations under existing law.  However, noting that the appeals court ruling clearly stated that the FCC had the power to regulate broadband access, two Representatives – California Democrats Henry Waxman and Anna Eshoo – are leading a Congressional push to get temporary net neutrality rules in place until the FCC can properly tailor those regulations in a manner…
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Junior Seau’s Family Displeased with Proposed Settlement in NFL Concussion Case

Fighting recently broke out amongst plaintiff’s attorneys attempting to settle the massive multi-district concussion litigation against the NFL after the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, nixed a $760 million dollar settlement deal proposal.  Judge Brody’s concerns were that the lump sum would be inadequate to fund what could potentially involve 20,000 claims by a variety of NFL alumni over a period of 65 years.  Now, the family of the deceased NFL star Junior Seau is voicing their own objections to the proposed deal.…
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They Just Wanted to do the ‘Super Bowl Shuffle,’ but now Former Bears are Heading to Court, Looking for Trouble…

On January 31, six members of the 1985 Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears filed a lawsuit to prevent current license holders Julia Meyer and the Renaissance Marketing Corporation from using the “Super Bowl Shuffle” music video for personal financial gain.  The video, which was created by the team three months prior to the Bears’ victory in Super Bowl XX, was an instant success, earning a gold record, a platinum video award, and even a Grammy nomination. The ex-Chicago bears who brought the suit –Richard Dent,…
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The Worm Turns: Rodman’s Latest Antics Could Land Him in Hot Water with the Feds

The bizarre friendship between former NBA star Dennis Rodman and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un may land the ex-baller in legal trouble.  During Rodman’s latest trip to Pyongyang earlier this month, Rodman supposedly brought a wide variety of gifts to help Kim celebrate the dictator’s 31st birthday. However, those gifts – which included a great deal of Jameson whiskey, European crystal, several expensive fashion items, and bottles of Rodman’s own liquor brand “Bad Ass Vodka” estimated to be worth over $10,000 – appear…
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Former Lions Running Back Latest to Sue NFL Over Concussions

Jahvid Best was a first-round draft pick for the Detroit Lions in 2010.  Only three years later, the team released Best due to health complications the running back suffered as a result of incurring multiple concussions on the playing field.  Best is now the latest NFL alum to join a long list of others in suing the league for intentionally downplaying the long-term risks of concussions and their role in later-life cognitive decline. Best’s suit names the NFL, as well as helmet-manufacturers Riddell and Easton-Bell…
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