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Judge Rules Three Chicago Bears Players Violated Contract by Seeking Workers Comp Benefits in California

Judge Elaine Bucklo of the United States Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, has upheld an arbitrator's ruling that three former players with the Chicago Bears must pursue their workers' compensation claims with the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission, rather...

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Student-Athletes?

Civil Rights Expert Says Generating Billions in Revenue for NCAA and Universities Should Trigger Employee Status By John M. Stahl, Esq. An article that civil-rights historian Taylor Branch wrote for the October 2011 edition of The Atlantic magazine addresses whether the astronomically lucrative...

Workers’ Compensation Coverage for Student-Athletes?

Civil Rights Expert Says Generating Billions in Revenue for NCAA and Universities Should Trigger Employee Status By John M. Stahl, Esq. An article that civil-rights historian Taylor Branch wrote for the October 2011 edition of The Atlantic magazine addresses whether the astronomically lucrative services...

Ga. immigration rules block 6-foot-5, 340-pound offensive lineman

"In the wake of an immigration snafu at The University of Georgia, football commit Chester Brown has signed on to play football for the The University of Central Florida." - Daily Caller, Feb. 1, 2012 .

Ohio State University Has a Taste for Poultry in Trademark Dispute, Claims “O-H-I-O” Is Going to the Birds

Trademarks once again prove the great unifier between chicken and athletics. Last August, it brought together Bo Jackson and Chick-fil-A . Now, football powerhouse Ohio State University has its trademark sights set on poultry manufacturer, Park Farms. Yesterday, Ohio State filed a trademark complaint...

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP: The National Football League Decides to "Just Do It"

Though the news of Nike's exclusive deal with the NFL broke some time ago, the agreement will officially go into full effect this month and the look of Monday Night Football is about to change. Replacing adidas, this will be the first time that Nike, who was a NFL supplier in the mid-nineties and...

California WCAB May Lack Jurisdiction Where Out-of-State Football Player Plays a Single Game in California

The California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has recently issued two noteworthy panel decisions related to the WCAB’s subject matter jurisdiction in which the professional football player claimed cumulative trauma but played only a single football game in California. In Vaughn Booker...

California WCAB May Lack Jurisdiction Where Out-of-State Football Player Plays a Single Game in California

The California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board has recently issued two noteworthy panel decisions related to the WCAB’s subject matter jurisdiction in which the professional football player claimed cumulative trauma but played only a single football game in California. In Vaughn...

Football Powerhouse, University of Alabama, Suffers Defeat in 11th Circuit Trademark / Football Painting Case

The Alabama Crimson Tide came rolling into court this week only to find its trademark claims stuffed at the goal line. Who did the stuffing? The First Amendment, with a little help from the 11 th Circuit. As the court stated: [W]e have no hesitation in joining our sister circuits by holding that we...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (8/27/2012)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: Workers Comp State Legislative Battles to Watch . CMS Names New Chief to Implement Obamacare . Aetna...

I Just Learned Tebowing, Now I Have to Start Kaepernicking? Another NFL QB Seeks a Trademark

At the dawn of Tim Tebow mania, so many eons ago, man became infatuated with the art of "Tebowing." Like its predecessors "planking" and "moon walking," Tebowing became a verb that would be with us for generations to come. For those not in the know, Tebowing is the...

College Athletes: You Want to Get Paid without Violating NCAA Rules? File a Trademark Lawsuit a la Johnny Manziel

Under NCAA rules, boosters can't pay college athletes, but apparently, the courts can. The Houston Chronicle is reporting that the NCAA has determined that Texas A&M quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner, Johnny Manziel, can keep any potential earnings awarded in his recently filed trademark...

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The Right Of Publicity In College Sports

The sports-media industry has recently experienced a proliferation of litigation involving right-of-publicity claims asserted by student-athletes for the unauthorized use of their names, images and likenesses. The most highly publicized cases have been brought by former college athletes concerning sports...

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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...

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Coverage Opinions’s Take On Nationwide’s Super Bowl Commercial

I saw Nationwide’s dead child Super Bowl commercial. And so did you. My jaw dropped. In fact, so much so that two tortilla chips fell out of my mouth. The ad, of course, evoked a lot of negative reaction. A Wall Street Journal story cited to a source that concluded that 64% of the social media...

NFL Highlights Film: The Best Of Football Litigation – When the Gridiron And Courtroom Collide

I have long been a student of the intersection between sports and the law. And there are countless opportunities to get this education. These two come together in innumerable ways – from the deadly serious to the hilariously entertaining and everything imaginable in between. And there should be...

NFL Highlights Film: The Best Of Football Litigation – When the Gridiron And Courtroom Collide

I have long been a student of the intersection between sports and the law. And there are countless opportunities to get this education. These two come together in innumerable ways – from the deadly serious to the hilariously entertaining and everything imaginable in between. And there should be...

Suing Bill Belichick For Cheating – Yes, It Has Been Done

Deflate-gate dominated pre-Super Bowl talk. One of the reasons why it received as much attention as it did was because of so-called “Spygate,” an incident in which the Patriots were found to have videotaped New York Jets’ coaches and players, during a September 2007 game, to steal their...

Suing Bill Belichick For Cheating – Yes, It Has Been Done

Deflate-gate dominated pre-Super Bowl talk. One of the reasons why it received as much attention as it did was because of so-called “Spygate,” an incident in which the Patriots were found to have videotaped New York Jets’ coaches and players, during a September 2007 game, to steal their...

Randy Spencer’s Open Mic: The Coverage Opinions Interview With Tom Brady

For the past two weeks or so talk in the sports world has been dominated by one story – Deflate-gate. For the six people in America who do not know what this is, the New England Patriots were accused of using footballs, during the 2015 AFC Championship Game, that contained less air pressure than...

Two Decisions Show Complexity of Establishing WCAB Jurisdiction in Pro Athlete Cases: Cal. Comp. Cases January Advanced Postings (1/6/2016)

Here’s another batch of advanced postings for the January 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Scottie Pippen, Petitioner v. Workers'...