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No Lawyers in Baseball Means Dozens of Fan Injuries: Nocera

We live in a society that is both risk-averse and litigation-mad. Not surprisingly, these two things go hand in hand. After a handful of crashes involving Toyota Motor Corp. automobiles, said to be the result of sudden acceleration, the company …

Supreme Court Could Block NFL’s $1 Billion Concussion Settlement

A second petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits because of how it treats current brain injuries versus future ones. The former players who filed the petition complain …

$500 Million Lawsuit Accuses NASCAR of Racial Discrimination

NASCAR was hit with a $500 million lawsuit accusing the auto racing body of racial discrimination for preventing black-owned teams and drivers from competing, including in the Sprint Cup Series. Terrance Cox and his company, Diversity Motorsports Racing LLC, filed …

Sports-Related Brain Injuries Are Emerging Risk for US & UK Insurers: S&P Report

Sports-related brain injuries are one of the top emerging insurance claims in the U.S. and the U.K., according to a report published by S&P Global Ratings. While the potential risk of such liability claims is rising rapidly, S&P did not …

Judge Allows Concussion Class Action Suit Against National Hockey League

A U.S. District judge in Minnesota this week refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed by ex-players accusing the National Hockey League of failing to protect them from head injuries and withholding information about the long-term effect of concussions. The class-action …

New York Set to Legalize Professional Mixed Martial Arts

New York’s Assembly voted 113-25 on March 22 to legalize mixed martial arts, clearing the way for fights late this year and expanding the combat sport into the last state to still prohibit it. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo supports …

NFL Acknowledges Head Trauma Disease CTE Link for First Time

An NFL official has acknowledged a link between football and the brain disease CTE for the first time. Jeff Miller, the NFL’s senior vice president for health and safety, spoke about the connection during an appearance Monday at a congressional …

Lawsuit Seeks to Force Ballparks to Install Foul Ball Safety Nets

Fans in box seats at Major League Baseball games might have less use for their gloves if Oakland A’s fan Gail Payne gets her way. Payne cited the estimated 1,750 fans a year who are struck by balls, mostly fouls, …

Florida Lawmakers Advance Parasailing Regulations with Insurance Mandate

A bill to ensure more safety for thrill seekers who soar above Florida’s coastlines while dangling from parachutes has cleared its initial hurdle, winning swift approval from a state Senate panel this week. The legislation would impose greater oversight on …

Florida Skydivers’ Deaths Under Investigation

Two skydivers from Iceland who died during weekend jumps at a popular southwest Florida camp did not deploy their main parachutes, the co-owner of the facility said. Deputies found the bodies of a skydiving instructor and a student Saturday after …