LexisNexis® Legal Newsroom
Kiffin Thinks Lawsuit Motivated By Location

PASADENA, Calif. - (AP) Lane Kiffin thinks the Tennessee Titans' lawsuit against him and the University of Southern California is more about geography than coaching etiquette. Kiffin claimed he wasn't allowed to say much Thursday at the Pac-10 media day about the suit facing Kiffin and the Trojans...

Former UNM asst. coach sues over altercation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - (AP) A former assistant football coach has sued the University of New Mexico and coach Mike Locksley over an altercation between the two men last year. J.B. Gerald filed the lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque against Locksley and the University of New Mexico...

Sports Law Blog: Athlete Agent Enforcement Thus Far, And Where To Go From Here

By Darren A. Heitner [1] Roughly a week ago, a flood began. It started with an NCAA investigation into potential rules violations by players, agents, and even university employees at the University of North Carolina. It quickly spread to NCAA investigations at the University of South Carolina, University...

Appeals Court Rules Against Coach Leach In His Lawsuit

LUBBOCK, Texas - (AP) A Texas appeals court threw out former coach Mike Leach's breach of contract claim against Texas Tech on Friday, though it said he could still pursue non-monetary claims against the school over his controversial 2009 firing. University attorneys had argued that Leach could...

Lawsuit Filed In Dallas Over Super Bowl XLV Seat Problems

DALLAS - (AP) Football fans have filed a lawsuit accusing the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones of deceiving hundreds of people who bought Super Bowl tickets and had no seats, or got seats they felt were inadequate. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Dallas alleges breach of contract...

Former NCAA Player’s Lawsuit Threatens Hollywood

SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) There was a time when Sam Keller and his teammates couldn't wait to get their hands on Electronic Arts Inc.'s latest edition of NCAA Football, which included their team and images down to Keller's distinctive visor he wore while playing quarterback for the University...

What Do Peter Pan And The NCAA Have In Common? A Primer On Student-Athlete Images, The NCAA And Video Games

In the story Peter Pan , Peter loses his shadow and is forced to chase it down in order to reattach it. A shadow isn't very substantive, but like any person, Peter wants his back because it is his shadow and his property. We take our shadows for granted - that we have them and they're ours and...

Football Players Head To Court As NFL Labor Talks Break Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country's most popular sport in limbo Friday by breaking off labor negotiations hours before their contract expired. The union decertified, and 10 players, including MVP quarterbacks Tom Brady...

NFL Players Try To Pick Up Legal System On The Fly

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) Vikings linebacker Ben Leber is fluent in zone dog blitzes and cover 2 dropbacks. When it comes to the legalese, however, that's another story. As the NFL labor fight moves from the mediation room to the court room, players are trying to learn the ins and outs of filing a lawsuit...

Former NFL Players Join Lockout Fight

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) Four former NFL players, including Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, sued the NFL on Monday in hopes of joining current players in their antitrust fight against the league. Eller, three-time All-Pro running back Priest Holmes and ex-players Obafemi Ayanbadejo and Ryan Collins...

Indiana Builder Sues Charlie Weis Over Copyright Charge

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - (AP) A lawsuit alleges former Notre Dame football coach Charlie Weis, his wife and a homebuilder violated copyright laws in constructing a house for developmentally disabled adults for a charity started by the couple. Garden Homes by E.L. filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in South...

ESPN Sues Conference USA Over Fox Contract

NEW YORK - (AP) ESPN has sued Conference USA, accusing the league of violating their contract when it signed a new deal with Fox. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in federal court in New York seeks either damages of at least $21 million or for the conference to honor the extension the network claims. . ....

NFL, Players Prepare To Take Conflict To Court

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) The NFL lockout is about to head to court. With the lockout at three weeks and no end in sight, attorneys for the NFL and its locked-out players will go before a federal judge on Wednesday in the first round of their fight over the future. . . . Full version available to lexis.com...

Federal Judge Orders NFL, Players To Try Mediation Again

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (AP) The federal judge handling the lawsuit against the NFL ordered the sides to participate in court-supervised mediation, while saying Monday she still is considering whether to grant the players' request for a preliminary injunction to lift the lockout. U.S. District Judge Susan...

Ex-NFL Stars Sue Players Association

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Five retired players are suing the NFL Players Association in federal court, claiming the organization denied them and other former athletes lucrative royalties from licensing deals that used their images. The class-action lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Los Angeles and was first reported...

Family Of Former Rebels' Player Sues Ole Miss

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) The family of a former Mississippi football player has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university, coach Houston Nutt and the NCAA. Bennie Abram was 20 years old when he collapsed during the first day of formal offseason workouts on Feb. 19, 2010, and later died at Baptist...

Players Call NFL A 'Cartel' In Court Filing

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) NFL players who sued the league for alleged antitrust violations liken the league to a "cartel" in their latest court filing, again urging an appeals court to lift the lockout. In arguments filed in the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, just minutes before Friday's midnight...

Civil Trial Over UCF Football Player's Death Begins Monday

ORLANDO, Fla. - (AP) A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the parents of a former University of Central Florida football player who died after an offseason workout more than three years ago is set to begin with jury selection Monday in Orlando. Nineteen-year-old Ereck Plancher collapsed in March 2008. ...

NFL Retirees File Complaint Against Players, NFL

MINNEAPOLIS - (AP) While NFL owners and players appear to be inching toward a resolution of the league's long lockout, a group of retired players is clamoring to be more involved in the discussions. The group filed a class-action complaint against the owners and current players in federal court Monday...

Retired NFL Player Fred Barnett Files Class Action Lawsuit To Protect Retiree Images

Sports Illustrated called NFL Films "the most effective propaganda organ in the history of corporate America." Whether that's true or not, retired NFL player, Fred Barnett, thinks the NFL and NFL Films is, at the very least, an effective organ for false endorsement and misappropriation...

75 NFL Retirees Sue League Over Concussions

LOS ANGELES - (AP) Mark Duper, Ottis Anderson and 73 other former players sued the National Football League, claiming it concealed information about the danger of concussions for decades. The negligence, fraud and liability suit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court. Many players' wives...

Current, Former Football Players Sue NFL Over Concussions

PHILADELPHIA - (AP) Six former players and one current player have sued the NFL in Philadelphia over the league's handling of concussion-related injuries, the first potential class-action lawsuit of its kind. The players accuse the league of training players to hit with their heads, failing to properly...

NCAA, Student-Athletes Reach Settlement In Head-Injury Class Action

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and student-athletes claiming head injuries suffered in intercollegiate play reached a $75 million settlement of their federal class action suit July 29 ( In re National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete...

NFL Concussion Class Action Settled

On April 22, 2015, Federal District Judge Anita B. Brody approved a class action settlement that resolves lawsuits brought against the National Football League (NFL) by former players who alleged that the NFL failed to inform them of and protect them from the risks of concussions in football. The settlement...

Deflategate Update

On April 25, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a judgment from the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York that vacated an arbitration award suspending New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for four games. The majority opinion was...