Does Honoring Paterno Leave Penn State Liable?

Since more horrifying details of the events that occurred at Penn State under Joe Paterno’s watch have come out, it seems baffling that the university would go on with honoring him in this weekend’s game. This past March, a judge ruled that any allegations that occurred between 1992-1999 were not covered by the insurance policies…

13 Year-Old Paralyzed By Tackle, Hits Back In Court

During a pee-wee football game, on November 6, 2011, thirteen year-old Donnovan Hill tackled the opposing team’s ball carrier. Immediately following contact, Hill’s body went limp. The doctors who treated Donnovan said he suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury which paralyzed him from the neck down. A video of the play shows Donnovan lower his…

Minnesota Carpet Company Sues USOC Over Free Speech

Minnesota based carpet cleaning company, Zerorez, has filed a suit against the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) over its social media ban that was placed on companies that were not sponsors during the 2016 summer Olympics. Zerorez is seeking “a declaration that Zerorez and other businesses can engage in free speech on social media without infringing…

Getting in Bed with All the Wrong People

Kanye West released his much-anticipated “Famous” music video. In the video, Kanye portrayed celebrities such as Former President George W. Bush, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Ray J, Chris Brown, Anna Wintour, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian West, Bill Cosby, Amber Rose, and Caitlyn Jenner, naked laying in a bed next to himself. Obviously, these were not the…

Baseball’s Monopoly

Major League Baseball (MLB), has been exempt from antitrust laws since 1922. Throughout the years, many have tried to repeal that exemption but have struck out. Most recently, the Supreme Court has denied to hear the City of San Jose v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball case, stopping all recent progress to having the…

U.S. Women’s National Team Takes A Hit

With the 2016 Olympics just within reach, we can all rest assured knowing that by law, the U.S. Women’s National Team (“USWNT”) cannot strike and will be participating in the 2016 Olympics. A recent decision by Judge Coleman held that, the player’s union had given General Counsel John B. Langel authority to integrate the terms…

The Fitness Battle Rages On.

In 2013, the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) published an article in their Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research about CrossFit®. This article would soon come to be known as “The Devor Study”. In this article, the NSCA claimed that CrossFit was an injurious sport, and included with it, injury data related to the…

Bikram Back in Court

A California judge has ruled that Bikram Choudhury, founder of Bikram (hot) yoga, cannot plead the Fifth Amendment to avoid discovery requests from a former employee. The Fifth Amendment protects people from being held for committing a crime. Since the plaintiff, Sharon Clerkin’s, allegations are not related to criminal conduct, the judge said, there is…

What does an “en banc” hearing mean for Tom Brady?

Tom Brady and the NFLPA officially filed a petition for a rehearing “en banc”. This means that Tom Brady and his legal team are asking for the entire U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to review his case. For the rehearing to be granted a majority of the 13 active judges on the…

CrossFit Inc. Sets Precedent

What kind of workout can one expect on their first visit to a CrossFit box (gym)?  The workout will usually consist of a 500-meter row, 40 air squats, 30 sit-ups, 20 pushups and 10 pull-ups. This “baseline” workout is usually used to assess the new client’s initial fitness level. An Affiliate owner would never suspect…

Troubling Times For Johnny Football

On Janurary 29th, former NFL quarterback Johnny Manziel (aka “Johnny Football”) was accused of assaulting his former girlfriend Colleen Crowley. The assault charge is just another notch in the “troubled belt” of Manziel. Since winning the Heisman trophy in 2012, Manziel has failed to live up to his college potential. Manziel would go on to…

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Cheerleading Copyright Case

Between October 2016 and June 2017, the Supreme Court will decide if cheerleading uniforms can be protected under copyright law. Varsity, an athletic clothier, holds multiple copyright designs for cheerleading uniforms. In fact, Star attempted to enter the cheerleading uniform market in 2010 and was immediately sued for copyright infringement by Varsity. The appeals court…