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Editor: Christopher J. Robinette
Widener Commonwealth Law School

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Penn State

Here in central Pennsylvania it's all Penn State, all the time.  Donald Gilliland of the (Harrisburg) Patriot-News wrote a column about the school's potential legal troubles.  I'm quoted mostly for an evidentiary point, but the civil angle is covered by others.

Other coverage is here:  Turkewitz, Max Kennerly from The Beasley Firm offers a PA-specific analysis.

Updated:  Alberto Bernabe has links and analysis here.

--CJR

November 13, 2011 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Culhane on the NFL Concussion Suit

My Widener colleague John Culhane has published his analysis of the NFL concussion suit, "Concussions and Cigarettes," in Slate.

--CJR

July 29, 2011 in Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

NFL Players Suing Over Head Injuries

The WSJ Law Blog has the details of the suit, which names both the league itself and helmet maker Riddell.

--BC

July 21, 2011 in Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

NY: Golfer Not Liable for Failure to Yell "Fore"

The New York Court of Appeals affirmed the Appellate Division's dismissal of a golfer's tort action based on his golfing partner's failure to warn of an impending swing of the club:

"The manner in which Anand was injured — being hit without warning by a ’shanked’ shot while one searches for one’s own ball — reflects a commonly appreciated risk of golf,” the judges wrote.

The (short) opinion is here.  WSJ Blog coverage is here.

--CJR

 

 

 

 

 

December 23, 2010 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Teaching Torts with Sports

Adam Epstein (Central Michigan College of Business) has posted to SSRN Teaching Torts with Sports.  The abstract provides:

The purpose of this paper is to offer a pedagogical road map for an alternative way to engage students when arriving at the torts portion of the business law or legal environment course. It is designed to encourage utilizing sports cases and sport-related videos when teaching torts which can be effective and energizing. My research demonstrates that the prominence of sports related tort cases and examples are much more apparent in the negligence and intentional tort categories than in products liability or strict liability. More specifically, an effective way to relate the concept of negligence in sports is in the context of flying objects such as foul balls, bats, and hockey pucks. Incorporating intentional torts and sports usually begins with hits after the play, a pitcher intentionally hitting the batter, and the incidents of violence involving participants, fans, referees, coaches and parents. One of the best examples of products liability is the safety debate between using wooden baseball bats in professional baseball and the metal or aluminum bats in college baseball. Strict liability involving ultra-hazardous activities has its place for discussion in sports torts, but the breadth of litigation on the subject is clearly the least common of the four major tort categories rendering it virtually non-existent. Instructors are given hints as to how to engage students with sports torts regardless of their educational generation. Contemporary and classic cases are provided as examples.

--CJR

September 30, 2010 in Sports, Teaching Torts | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The "Most-Sued Mascot in Sports" is Sued Again

The Phillie Phanatic, named by Bob Jarvis (Nova Southeastern) as the "most-sued mascot in sports," is adding to his tally.  His latest round of litigation was brought by a woman claiming the Phanatic injured her knees when he climbed through the stands at a 2008 game in Reading, PA (home of the Phillies AA minor league club).  Coverage is here:  Philly.com; ABA Journal.

--CJR

July 1, 2010 in Current Affairs, Sports | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack (0)