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What is the “single publication rule,” and why should you care?

Posted in Cyber-defamation, Defamation, First Amendment, New Jersey, Ohio
  You’ve probably heard the term statute of limitations before, and you might even know what it is — the time limit for filing a lawsuit, which is established by a state legislature or Congress, and defines the absolute deadline that a suit can be filed after the occurrence of the event that gave rise to the… Continue Reading

Meyer’s $26M Contract Includes $9M to Stay Home

Posted in Ohio, Sports
I’m gonna go out on a limb, and say that Ohio State Football Coach Urban Meyer didn’t get his new $26M contract from legalzoom.com. It has nothing to do with the fact that it’s a high-dollar contract, either. The reason I know that the contract was not created from some computer database is that the… Continue Reading

University Paid Nearly $142K in Football Players’ Legal Fees

Posted in Ohio, Sports
Who do you think foots the bill when a university hires attorneys to defend its student–athletes? Ohio State University’s student newspaper—The Lantern—ran a story earlier this week about the outrageous legal fees the school has paid thus far in defending various football players against alleged NCAA rules infractions. The “Sports Illustrated 9” refers to nine… Continue Reading

Marijuana Package Mailed to Bengal Player’s Home

Posted in Ohio, Sports
If you follow the NFL at all, it probably comes as no surprise that narcotics investigators recently tracked a 2.5 lb. package of marijuana from the so-called Emerald Triangle region of northern California to the northern Kentucky home of Cincinnati Bengal wide receiver Jerome Simpson. Yesterday, a reader emailed me to ask questions about this most recent Bengals… Continue Reading

New Season, New Rules, Bad Uni’s

Posted in Ohio
Another college football season is upon us, and to make sure that everyone at home can keep up with all the suspensions and other mysterious or unexplained absences from their favorite college team, the NCAA has conveniently released its most recent rules manual. It’s a whopping 439 pages, and after reading it cover to cover, I… Continue Reading

Working From the Firm’s Columbus OH Office this Week

Posted in Ohio
Despite being wired in with most of the latest technology, since my firm has offices in both Ohio and New Jersey, it’s inevitable that I travel between the two states from time to time. This week I’m in the Columbus office, and made it a point to attend a lunchtime seminar on legal blogging, at… Continue Reading

Will the NCAA Sanction Tressel if he Withheld Information?

Posted in Ohio
I don’t care about motivation. I care about credibility. —Eliot Spitzer This is less about the law and probably much less about college football than it is about credibility. First of all, does Yahoo! Sports have any credibility as an investigative news publication? More importantly, however, if it is true that Tressel received information that players sold Buckeye memorabilia to the owner… Continue Reading

Buckeyes’ Consequences, Part II: What is a Contract?

Posted in Ohio, Sports
Many people believe that a contract has to be in writing, or it’s not a contract. Not true. Another common mis-perception is that a contract is a document or tangible piece of paper. Also not true. Although contracts are oftentimes written, the contract is the actual agreement itself, and not the paper it’s written on,… Continue Reading

Consequences if Buckeyes Break Promise to Return

Posted in Ohio
Last night, the Ohio State Buckeyes beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 31–26 in the Allstate Sugar Bowl. The games’s MVP was junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who, along with four other Buckeyes, was suspended by the NCAA on Dec. 23, 2010 for allegedly receiving improper benefits (NCAA Press Release pdf). The so-called improper benefits were cash proceeds… Continue Reading