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Bradley University’s Legal Battle ...

Bradley University may once again find itself as a named defendant in a case involving its basketball program.  Approximately 2 months ago, I wrote about Kent State’s lawsuit against men’s basketball coach Geno Ford based on Ford’s refusal to pay Kent State $1.2 million the school believes it is owed according to Ford’s buyout clause in his former contract.  Kent State’s Complaint also named Bradley University as a defendant and made a claim that Bradley tortiously interfered with the contract between Kent State and coach Geno Ford. More...
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11th Circuit Holds That Attorneys Cannot...

There is nothing wrong with providing legal services to retired National Football League (NFL) players.  In fact, many retired NFL players have good claims for benefits and deserve representation by competent attorneys.  However, if an attorney provides legal services in such a case involving payment through the NFL pension and disability plan, he/she should not expect to receive any legal fees directly from the plan itself. Retired NFL players Marvin Woodson and Odessa Turner were given disability awards in 2008 and 2009 respectively, and stopped paying legal fees...
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Kent State’s Buyout Clause And Tor...

A common clause in a professional or college sports coach contract is a buyout clause.  This clause typically stipulates the amount of remuneration a coach will have to tender the college or professional team if he decides to change jobs prior to the expiration of the contract, and also lays out how much money the school or pro team will have to pay the coach if it wishes to terminate the coach prior to the natural end of the contract.  Either side effectively breaches the contract by not adhering to its agreed upon term, but the buyout clause basically lays out the...
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Simms and Dolabi, et al. v. Jerry Jones,...

On February 8, 2011, Mike Dolabi and Steve Simms filed a Class Action Complaint against multiple Defendants, including those listed in the title of this post.  The lawsuit has become known as the “Super Bowl Ticket Lawsuit,” and the Plaintiffs claim to represent a class of over 100 members and seek in the aggregate more than $5,000,000 exclusive of costs and interest. The Plaintiffs have 4 claims of relief: Breach of Contract Breach of the Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing Fraud, Deceit and Concealment Violations of Texas Deceptive Trade Practices...
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United Football League Blamed For Breach...

The NFL has its concussion problems.  The United Football League (UFL) is just trying to generate enough interest in its product to survive.  One person who is growing very impatient with the UFL is Dallas Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban. Cuban, through his company HDNET, LLC, filed a Complaint against William Hambrecht, an investor in the UFL and owner of the Las Vegas Locomotives (a UFL team).  HDNET invested $5 million into the UFL in return for the UFL’s promise to pay back that loan plus 1% interest on it on October 6, 2010.  HDNET agreed to extend the deadline...
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MLB Responds To Anheuser-Busch’s C...

On November 29, I discussed Anheuser-Busch Inc.’s lawsuit against MLB.  In its Complaint, Anheuser-Busch claimed that the company was entitled to a multi-year renewal on its beer-sponsorship rights based on negotiations that ended with a letter agreement in April 2010, and that MLB all of a sudden went back on its promise to renew, asking for much higher fees.  More specifically, Anheuser-Busch claims that MLB changed its mind after it found out the details of the beer company’s new sponsorship agreement with the NFL. MLB has released a response stating that no...