Court Orders Rihanna to “Talk That Talk”

Pop star Rihanna was fined $47,050 for repeatedly missing depositions. The singer is suing her ex-accountants Berdon LLP for allegedly mismanaging her money. She says Berdon’s bookkeeping led the IRS to audit her, and now Berdon owes her millions. However, according to Berdon, she has been blowing of depositions since April. The original deadline for a deposition was April 19, 2013 in Los Angeles, but she pushed that date back to mid-May. Then, the deposition’s May deadline was rescheduled because of her concert.  Most recently,…
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If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Stay Out of the “Soup Kitchen”

A settlement dispute involving three iconic people is on the edge of scalding someone. Reggie Jackson and Willie Randolph, both former Yankees players, are close friends.  The two, along with many others, are invested in a company known as Soup Kitchen International (SKI).  A recent settlement dispute connected to SKI and the “Soup Nazi” may be driving a soup spoon between them. The Original Soup Man (OSM) is a chain of fast-food restaurants made famous by the “Soup Nazi” character on the sitcom “Seinfeld.” An…
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Former Penn State President Files Last Minute Libel Suit

On Tuesday, July 9, 2013, former Penn State president Graham Spanier filed suit against Louis Freeh. Freeh is the former FBI investigator behind a 267-page report  alleging that Spanier and other school administrators failed to protect children against Jerry Sandusky.  Spanier is suing Freeh for slander, libel, and defamation alleging  that the Freeh report makes accusations and reaches conclusions not supported by facts. Fortunately for Spanier, his lawsuit was filed one day before the statute of limitations ran. Under Pennsylvania law, a party can only…
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Judge Orders NFL and Former Players to Mediate Concussion Claims

On Monday, July, 8 2013 a Pennsylvania federal judge ordered a mass of National Football League (NFL) concussion cases to mediation. The cases were brought by more than 4,000 former National Football League players accusing the league of negligence and concealing the dangers of concussions. The players say the league has known for years, or even decades about the long-term dangers of concussions. The league responded that it released warnings based on the medical research available at the time. The NFL filed motions to…
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NCAA Litigation May Lead to Compensation of Student Athletes

It is well known that student athletes do not receive any of the revenue that their schools generate from ticket sales, television revenues, jersey sales, or similar profit-generating business transactions arising out of college athletics. However, former University of California at Los Angeles basketball player, Ed O’Bannon has commenced an action in the Northern District of California against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Collegiate Licensing Company seeking to recover damages from the licensing of his likeness to entities such as EA Sports
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Ryan Braun Situation Illustrates How Arbitrators Can Lose Perspective

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the 2011 National League Most Valuable Player, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers, has been suspended without pay for the rest of the 2013 season for violating the league’s drug policy.  Braun, who will not contest the suspension, has admitted to wrongdoing and apologized for his actions in a statement, saying: As I have acknowledged in the past, I am not perfect… I realize now that I have made some mistakes. I am willing to accept…
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Producers of “Dumb” Sequel Ask Court to Freeze Out Original Production Team

Red Granite Pictures Inc., the production behind the long awaited comedy sequel Dumb and Dumber To, has asked a California Court for a declaratory judgment seeking to preclude the producers of the first 1994 film from getting any fees or credits on the new film.  The complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on July 15th alleges that the producers of the original movie, Brad Krevoy and Steve Stabler, are not entitled to producer fees or production credit.  Mr. Krevoy and Mr.…
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State of Arizona Requires “Temporary Workers” To File Workers’ Compensation Claims in Arizona

On April 3, 2013, the Governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, approved Senate Bill 1448 drastically limiting the ability of workers who “temporarily” work outside of Arizona to file claims in other jurisdictions. In relevant part, SB 1148 provides that workers employed in Arizona who “temporarily leave[] this state incidental to th[eir] employment” and are injured must file their workers’ compensation claim in the state of Arizona.  A worker is deemed “temporarily” in another state if the claimant has done work for fewer than 90 continuous…
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NCAA Punishment? Just Do It, Says Oregon U.

On June 26, 2013 the NCAA issued a Public Infractions Report against the University of Oregon, ruling that former Ducks head coach Chip Kelly failed to monitor the football program. The report cited a recruiting service as its basis for the infractions. The University of Oregon hired a Texas scout, Will Lyles, for recruitment services for its football program. Lyles provided cash, lodging, travel, and academic aid, and made personal contact with high school prospects and their families. This is a violation of NCAA recruiting…
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Retired NFL Players Struggle To Get Medical Benefits

The physical rigors of an NFL career are familiar to any football fan. However, the unfortunate case of former Cincinnati Bengal Reggie Williams is one that stands out, and is instructive of the difficulties faced by former NFL players in getting post-career medical treatment. During a playing career, all medical care for players is covered under the league’s collective bargaining agreement. And vested players (those with at least three-years experience) are entitled to medical care for five years after the end of their career. However,…
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