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Intellectual Property

Ryan Hart v. Electronic Arts: Right of Publicity for College Athletes

The following article was written by Benjamin Haynes, Esq. In 2009, former Rutgers quarterback, Ryan Hart, filed a lawsuit against Electronic Arts (E.A.) for violation of his right of publicity. Specifically, Hart stated that E.A. misappropriated his likeness for use in the NCAA Football video game in order to enhance the commercial value of the video […]

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Contractual Issues Endorsement Deals

ZICO Beverages is Suing Chad Johnson for Breach of Contract

The following article was written by Benjamin Haynes, Esq. On February 1, 2013, ZICO Beverages LLC (ZICO) filed a Complaint against Chad Johnson, aka Chad Ochocinco, in the state of California. Back in June of 2012, ZICO entered into an endorsement agreement with Johnson. Pursuant to the terms of this agreement, Johnson was to “refrain from […]

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Contractual Issues

Athletes, Morality Clauses, and Social Media

The following article was written by Benjamin Haynes, Esq. A morals/morality clause is a provision within a contract, which holds a party to a certain behavioral standard. Generally, athletes and actors will see this type of clause in endorsement contracts with various businesses. Recently, a lawsuit filed on behalf of Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall against […]

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Negligence

A Look Down the Road for Robert Griffin III: Lawsuit Against the Redskins?

The following article was written by Benjamin Haynes, Esq. The term “Gross Negligence” was mentioned in a recent article written by the TheBigLead.com. This term was in reference to the Washington Redskins Head Coach, Mike Shanahan playing Robert Griffin III (RGIII) in the playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks. Robert Griffin initially injured his knee during a […]

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Negligence

66-Year-Old Woman Sues Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini’s Foundation After Suffering Injuries During Football Drill

The following article was written by Benjamin Haynes, Esq. Beverly Morgan is a 66-year-old woman residing in Lincoln, Nebraska. She recently brought a lawsuit through attorney Robert Kinsey against the Bo Pelini Foundation (Bo Pelini is the Head Football Coach at the University of Nebraska). Morgan also named Tim Beck as a defendant. Tim is the […]

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Workers Compensation

Bruce Matthews Denied, but Provides Hope for Future Workers Compensation Claims

The following article was written by Benjamin Haynes, Esq. In 2008, former Tennessee Titan Pro-Bowl lineman Bruce Matthews filed a workers compensation claim against the NFL Management Council (NFLMC). Bruce alleged that he suffered pain and disability from injuries incurred during his career as a professional football player. Matthews v. Nat’l Football League Mgmt. Council, (9th […]

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Antitrust

Rock and the Class v. NCAA: Does the NCAA Violate Antitrust Law by Capping Scholarships?

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. On July 25, 2012, former Gardner-Webb quarterback, John Rock, by and through counsel, filed a class action complaint against the NCAA. This complaint alleges […]

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Conversion

Carter Carter Conversion

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. On July 24th, 2012, Terrence Williams filed a lawsuit in Broward County, Florida against George Carter and former NFL wide receiver Cris Carter. Terrence […]

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Contractual Issues

Eric Kim v. Jason Taylor, Part III

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. On July 11, 2012, Housewall, LLC, filed a lawsuit against former Miami Dolphins football player Jason Taylor and his wife Katina. Housewall is claiming […]

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Intellectual Property

An In-Depth Look at the University of Alabama Board of Trustees vs. New Life Inc, Daniel A. Moore, Appellate Decision.

The following article is a guest contribution by Benjamin Haynes, Esq.   Haynes is a former Division 1 Basketball Player at Oral Roberts University and currently practices law in the State of Florida. Background: Daniel Moore has been a famous sport artist for over 25 years. Most people are familiar with the work he has done for […]