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March 2018 Archives

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.

Former MLB Player Sues ESPN for Defamation

If you want to see Major League Baseball and deer antler velvet talked about in the same sentence, you should read about the former MLB player who is suing ESPN, The AP, and USA Today for defamation. Neiman Nix, who once played for the Cincinnati Reds and the Milwaukee Brewers, filed a complaint against the news organizations for reporting that he and his company marketed and sold banned performance enhancing substances to baseball players.

Divorced Parents Go to Court Over Son Playing HS Football

Divorce can certainly take a heavy toll on a family. But in a unique case out of Pittsburgh, one former husband-and-wife team is taking the acrimony to new levels by playing tug-of-war with their son's ability to play high school football.

In this case, one parent thinks the sport is too dangerous, while the other thinks the benefits outweigh the risks. And it's not what you think -- dad is actually the one saying "no" to football. But who decides? And will junior be forced to sit on the sidelines until the case is resolved?

Michael Jordan's 'Jumpman' Pose Isn't Subject to Copyright Protection

Copyrights provide protection to various original works and give the copyright owner the exclusive right to sell, publish, or reproduce the work. Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester felt that this exclusive right had been violated by Nike.

Rentmeester claimed in a lawsuit against Nike that it had infringed on his copyright by copying his photo of Michael Jordan to create Nike's "Jumpman" logo. Unfortunately for Rentmeester, the Ninth Circuit disagreed, holding that while Rentmeester could claim a copyright to his creative choices for his photo, he couldn't claim a copyright to the jump pose.