NCAA Asks Ninth Circuit to Adhere to Seventh Circuit Ruling

On June 29, 2018, in a letter, lawyers representing the NCAA asked the Ninth Circuit to adhere to the Seventh Circuit’ recent decision and not revive a proposed wage-and-hour class action lawsuit brought by former NCAA football player, Lamar Dawson. The lawyer’s asked the Ninth Circuit to adhere to the June 25, 2018 Seventh Circuit ruling that upheld the NCAA’s controversial “year-in-residence rule.” The rule mandates that if a student athlete transfers from a division one institution to another division one institution, they are…
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NFL Painkiller Lawsuit Appealed to Ninth Circuit

On February 23, 2018, former NFL players filed an appellate brief with the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in which the players argued that their suit against all 32 NFL teams should not have been dismissed on the grounds that it was time-barred. According to the players, they became aware in early 2014 that NFL teams recklessly administered painkillers, which prematurely ended their professional playing careers and contributed to their diminished post-career prospects. According to their brief, the district court’s decision should be vacated…
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Backcheck, Forecheck … Paycheck? WHL Players Minimum Wage Class-Action Certified

An Alberta, Canada judge has allowed for the certification of a class-action against the Western Hockey League (WHL). The five U.S.-based teams are exempt from the class action since they are outside the court’s purview. Players are suing the league for back wages, overtime, and vacation pay. This suit mirrors two others that are proceeding against the Ontario Hockey League and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The players claim they are employees and should be paid at least minimum wage. Currently, the players receive…
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NFL Painkiller Lawsuit Dismissed

California Federal District Court Judge William Alsup dismissed in part a class-action lawsuit filed by former NFL players who alleged teams forced players to ingest painkillers in order to keep them on the field regardless of the health risks posed and the potential long-term consequences. The complaint, filed against all 32 teams of the NFL, stated the teams’ main goal was to mask pain and conceal injuries. In July 2016, Judge Alsup refused to dismiss the lawsuit, despite the NFL’s protestations that the claims were…
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NFL and Hall of Fame Improperly Try to Settle Lawsuit

The NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame are not getting off easy in the class action lawsuit brought against them for abruptly cancelling the Hall of Fame Game in early August. Ticket holders initially brought suit in Ohio when the NFL and Hall of Fame knew the preseason Hall of Fame Game between the Green Bay Packers and Indianapolis Colts would not be played, but yet “allowed and encouraged fans to continue to purchase food, beverages, and souvenirs at the stadium as they waited…
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Last Minute Hall of Fame Games Cancellation Result in $5M Suit

Fans acted swiftly after seeing their long awaited Hall of Fame Games at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame stadium cancelled. Ticketholders have filed a proposed class action suit in Ohio federal court claiming breach of contract and requesting reimbursement for travel, lodging, tickets, concessions, and other expenses totaling $5 million. The annual popular preseason event hosted adjacent the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton Ohio is a weekend long happening that includes the induction of new hall of famers. This year the Indiana…
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Roundhouse Kick: WWE Slammed with Lawsuit over Head Trauma Injuries

Dozens of former World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) wrestlers have locked the WWE and its chairman, Vince McMahon, in a legal chokehold, alleging that the WWE failed to protect the wrestlers from the risks of repetitive head injury. On Monday, July 18, 2016, over fifty (50) wrestlers joined in filing a class action lawsuit with the federal court in New Haven, Connecticut. The WWE is the latest professional sports organization to face head trauma litigation, joining the NFL and NHL The complaint alleges that the…
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NJ Devils Sued for Restricting Resale of Season Tickets

Two NJ Devils fans filed a class action lawsuit against the team, alleging that the team restricts the resale of tickets by season ticket holders.  According to the court document, the Devils only allows season ticket holders to resell their individual tickets exclusively through Ticketmaster, the team’s designated reseller.  If a ticket holder chooses to sell the ticket by other means, including websites like StubHub.com, the team cancels season tickets or charges extra fees. The two plaintiffs Rey Olsen and Alex Olsen argue that the…
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