Sports Law/Entertainment law

7th Circuit rules student-athletes aren’t considered ‘employees’

December 6, 2016
Olivia Covington
Collegiate athletes cannot be considered university employees and, thus, are not eligible for minimum wage pay, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday, affirming a district court decision that dismissed a lawsuit brought against the NCAA.
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Basketball player sues NCAA, Northwestern over transfer

November 16, 2016
 Associated Press
A Northwestern University basketball player is suing the school and the NCAA in federal court, claiming the association's transfer regulations violate antitrust laws.
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USA Track & Field counsel discusses Olympic trademarks, doping rules with law students

October 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
The most important legal consideration of the Olympic Games is the protection of intellectual property – specifically, the protection of the trademarked five Olympic rings.
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Northwestern changes team rules after complaint to NLRB

October 12, 2016
 Associated Press
In another step toward redefining the amateur status of college athletes, Northwestern has agreed to drop social media restrictions placed on football players after a complaint about the team handbook was filed with the National Labor Relations Board.
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USA Track & Field counsel to discuss summer Olympics at IU McKinney

October 11, 2016
IL Staff
A top official at USA Track & Field Inc. will discuss the legal issues surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympic Games at a lecture hosted by the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law next week.
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NCAA facing 43 concussion lawsuits after latest filings

October 6, 2016
 Associated Press
The NCAA is now facing 43 class-action lawsuits related to the handling of concussions by Division I football programs after 18 more were filed this week.
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Late appeal moves NFL concussion case to Supreme Court

September 2, 2016
 Associated Press
A last-minute appeal in the NFL concussion case, filed by the son of an all-star and civil rights activist, has sent the proposed settlement to the U.S. Supreme Court and delays payouts for at least several months.
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2 US swimmers leave Rio after robbery scandal; 3rd pays fine

August 19, 2016
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Hall of Fame pledges to refund tickets, parking, hotel for Colts-Packers debacle

August 18, 2016
IBJ Staff
The decision comes after four fans file a class-action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of all ticket holders who lost out when the game was canceled.
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Lawsuit filed by fans who missed Hall of Fame game

August 17, 2016
 Associated Press
Four fans have sued the NFL over the Hall of Fame game in Canton that was canceled because of poor field conditions.
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Emails heat up lawsuit over sale of Pacers stake

August 15, 2016
Greg Andrews, IBJ Staff
Attorneys for the IRS have gotten their hands on an email that appears to buttress their case that Herb Simon received a sweetheart deal when he acquired his ailing brother Mel’s 50 percent ownership in the Indiana Pacers in early 2009, just a few months before Mel died at age 82.
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Couple sues, claims neighborhood unsafe with Pokemon gamers

August 11, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Wahby Park in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, used to be a quiet spot for a dozen or so residents to go for a stroll around sunset. Then came hundreds of smartphone-wielding, garden-stomping Pokemon players.
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Lawsuit planned by fans over called-off Hall of Fame game

August 10, 2016
 Associated Press
Several fans who traveled to Canton, Ohio, for the National Football League Hall of Fame game that was canceled on Sunday night because of poor field conditions are planning to sue the NFL and the hall.
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NCAA athletes allowed to pursue $1B compensation case

August 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
The National Collegiate Athletic Association must face claims by tens of thousands of current and former students testing the limits on how much compensation they can get for years of playing basketball and football.
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Report: USA Gymnastics kept possible abuse by coaches under wraps

August 5, 2016
 Associated Press
An investigation into Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics published Thursday determined the organization collected complaints of improper conduct by over 50 coaches between 1996 and 2006 and regularly declined to forward them on to the authorities unless expressly asked to do so, opening the door for further abuse in some cases.
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Corporate lawyers argue over whether Colbert can be Colbert

July 28, 2016
 Associated Press
After CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert told viewers that lawyers representing his old Comedy Central show said he couldn't be "Stephen Colbert" anymore, he thumbed his nose at them with a transparent dodge.
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Appeal filed in copyright case of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway'

July 28, 2016
 Associated Press
Lawyers have appealed a jury decision that cleared Led Zeppelin of accusations it lifted a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental for the intro to its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven."
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Ex-wrestlers sue WWE over head injuries

July 20, 2016
 Associated Press
More than 50 former professional wrestlers sued World Wrestling Entertainment Inc., saying the company is responsible for repeated head trauma including concussions they suffered in the ring that led to long-term neurological damage.
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Brady to drop appeal, serve 4-game 'Deflategate' suspension

July 15, 2016
 Associated Press
Tom Brady said on Friday he will stop fighting his suspension for "Deflategate," a scandal that tarnished the reputation of one of the sport's best players, tested the authority of Commissioner Roger Goodell and exposed rifts inside the league office.
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Tom Brady's 'Deflategate' appeal rejected by federal court

July 13, 2016
 Associated Press
Quarterback Tom Brady's last best chance to avoid serving a four-game "Deflategate" suspension to start the new season was flatly rejected Wednesday by an appeals court.
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NCAA, ACC face head-injury suit from former UNC football player

July 11, 2016
A former University of North Carolina football player has sued the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA in federal court in Indianapolis, claiming his life changed after hits he took in practice and on the field caused concussions.
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Pete Rose sues former baseball investigator over rape claims

July 7, 2016
 Associated Press
Former baseball star Pete Rose on Wednesday sued the lawyer whose investigative report got him kicked out of baseball for gambling, alleging the lawyer defamed him last year by saying on the radio that Rose raped young teen girls during spring training.
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Jury finds Led Zeppelin did not steal riff for 'Stairway'

June 23, 2016
 Associated Press
Led Zeppelin did not steal a riff from an obscure 1960s instrumental tune to use for the introduction of its classic rock anthem "Stairway to Heaven," a federal court jury decided Thursday.
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Jury gets peek at making of Led Zeppelin's epic 'Stairway'

June 22, 2016
 Associated Press
Rock 'n' roll history played out Tuesday in a Los Angeles courtroom as vintage recordings of Led Zeppelin working on the song that became the epic "Stairway to Heaven" were played and the songwriters discussed its craft.
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Led Zeppelin lawyers ask judge to toss 'Stairway' case

June 21, 2016
 Associated Press
Led Zeppelin's lawyers asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band's songwriters of ripping off a riff for "Stairway to Heaven."
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  2. For the record no one could answer the equal protection / substantive due process challenge I issued in the first post below. The lawless and accountable only to power bureaucrats never did either. All who interface with the Indiana law examiners or JLAP be warned.

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  4. Yes diversity is so very important. With justice Rucker off ... the court is too white. Still too male. No Hispanic justice. No LGBT justice. And there are other checkboxes missing as well. This will not do. I say hold the seat until a physically handicapped Black Lesbian of Hispanic heritage and eastern religious creed with bipolar issues can be located. Perhaps an international search, with a preference for third world candidates, is indicated. A non English speaker would surely increase our diversity quotient!!!

  5. First, I want to thank Justice Rucker for his many years of public service, not just at the appellate court level for over 25 years, but also when he served the people of Lake County as a Deputy Prosecutor, City Attorney for Gary, IN, and in private practice in a smaller, highly diverse community with a history of serious economic challenges, ethnic tensions, and recently publicized but apparently long-standing environmental health risks to some of its poorest residents. Congratulations for having the dedication & courage to practice law in areas many in our state might have considered too dangerous or too poor at different points in time. It was also courageous to step into a prominent and highly visible position of public service & respect in the early 1990's, remaining in a position that left you open to state-wide public scrutiny (without any glitches) for over 25 years. Yes, Hoosiers of all backgrounds can take pride in your many years of public service. But people of color who watched your ascent to the highest levels of state government no doubt felt even more as you transcended some real & perhaps some perceived social, economic, academic and professional barriers. You were living proof that, with hard work, dedication & a spirit of public service, a person who shared their same skin tone or came from the same county they grew up in could achieve great success. At the same time, perhaps unknowingly, you helped fellow members of the judiciary, court staff, litigants and the public better understand that differences that are only skin-deep neither define nor limit a person's character, abilities or prospects in life. You also helped others appreciate that people of different races & backgrounds can live and work together peacefully & productively for the greater good of all. Those are truths that didn't have to be written down in court opinions. Anyone paying attention could see that truth lived out every day you devoted to public service. I believe you have been a "trailblazer" in Indiana's legal community and its judiciary. I also embrace your belief that society's needs can be better served when people in positions of governmental power reflect the many complexions of the population that they serve. Whether through greater understanding across the existing racial spectrum or through the removal of some real and some perceived color-based, hope-crushing barriers to life opportunities & success, movement toward a more reflective representation of the population being governed will lead to greater and uninterrupted respect for laws designed to protect all peoples' rights to life, liberty & the pursuit of happiness. Thanks again for a job well-done & for the inevitable positive impact your service has had - and will continue to have - on countless Hoosiers of all backgrounds & colors.

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