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LeBron James Sued Over Alleged Stolen Idea

Even if you don't root for the Cleveland Cavaliers, every basketball fan knows about the force that is Lebron James. But you might not know that he's also a very successful businessman and is shooting for billionaire status, with a current net worth of around $400 million. However, some of that wealth may be in jeopardy as James and his multimedia platform Uninterrupted are being sued for allegedly stealing a Michigan man's idea for a barbershop show.

Purdue student Alyssa Chambers is suing basketball player Isaac Haas for $1 million in damages, claiming Haas knowingly infected her with chlamydia during a sexual encounter last year. She is also suing the school for allegedly providing Haas with undocumented medical treatment for STDs, as well as Haas's ex-girlfriend, claiming she either intentionally inflicted emotional harm on Chambers via text messages about the case, or is trying to aid in a cover-up.

Chambers' lawsuit also indicates Haas might've knowingly infected multiple women.

American tennis player Madison Brengle had her first antidoping test in 2009, before Wimbledon. "I hit the floor," Brengle said, regarding the experience. "I passed out from the pain." As it turns out, the phlebotomist performing the test missed her vein on the first two tries, and her vein collapsed on the third try, causing her to lose consciousness.

It also turns out Brengle suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, "a rare medically-diagnosed physical condition which results in both temporary and permanent physical injury." Brengle is suing the WTA, along with the company tasked with administering doping controls for the International Tennis Federation and two employees who subjected Brengle to blood draws.

Concussions have become so common in football that players, for the most part, now know the risks they are undertaking by playing the sport. Likewise, lawsuits involving concussed players have become so common that coaches, administrators, and medical staff are knowledgeable and diligent enough to recognize concussion symptoms and provide treatment as soon as possible. At least, they should be.

That's what one former high school football player claimed in a lawsuit against a San Diego school district after a failure to diagnose and treat a concussion led to brain swelling, emergency surgery, a medically induced coma, and permanent damage to his brain. The school district settled the lawsuit this week, for $7.1 million.

Few fighters know how to put their face into the media spotlight better than Conor McGregor. But today he's getting attention for all the wrong reasons, and probably a mugshot to boot.

McGregor and his entourage crashed a UFC media event in Brooklyn last night and attacked a bus carrying other UFC fighters. This morning, he was arraigned on assault and criminal mischief charges.

Way back in 2006, during his first stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James carried the team to its first playoff appearance in almost a decade. A few short months later, eight enterprising individuals registered "BELIEVELAND" with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Since then, the Ohio company (doing business out of Marietta, Georgia) has been making clothing, drink ware, and signage bearing the "Believeland" name.

Then this year comes the Believeland Beer Fest, a Cleveland festival (run by a Chicago entity), selling tickets and merchandise "including t-shirts, beer glasses, bottle openers, stickers, foam fingers, and beer doozies marked with BELIEVELAND BEER FEST."

Now the two out-of-towners are going to battle it out in an Ohio federal court for the keys to the Believeland kingdom.

WWE Beat Head Trauma Lawsuit Against Former Wrestlers

If your bosses know about certain risks to people in your profession, but they don't tell you about it, you'd probably feel compelled to sue them if and when you got injured. This can apply to anyone -- even professional wrestlers with World Wrestling Entertainment. Unfortunately for two such wrestlers, a judge in Connecticut has dismissed their claims that the WWE knew about the dangers of head trauma and failed to inform them.

Minor League Baseball Players to Lose Minimum Wage

When you think of baseball players, you think of the famous ones, the ones on your favorite team, the ones who made baseball history. But you rarely think of the little guys -- those still in the minors, hustling and struggling to make it to the big league. These are the players at the center of both a class action lawsuit and recent legislation exempting them from minimum wage law protection.

Former MLB Pitcher Wins $2.3M Jury Award for Hand Injury

Chances are, if you break your hand, it's probably not a million-dollar injury. On the other hand (pun intended), if you're a Major-League Baseball pitcher, it could be worth a lot more than that. One jury in California has decided that a former MLB pitcher deserves a $2.3 million award after he broke his hand during a dangerous -- and odd -- altercation with a stranger.

Volleyball Coach Sued for Body Shaming Athlete

When you're part of a sports team, you expect your teammates and coaches to have your back. And coaches, even though they have to push and challenge you to realize your full potential, should always have your best interests at heart.

But in a case out of Cincinnati, one college athlete is suing her volleyball coach, claiming the coach body shamed her, harassed her about what she wore and posted online, and eventually kicked her off the team. And now the athlete has no team and no scholarship.