Column: Fighting Hurts Both Sides in NHL Lawsuit

By EDDIE PELLS -- For a preview of what evidence on Day 1 of an NHL concussions trial might look like, head over to YouTube, type in "NHL brawls" and take your pick of any of the 481,000 choices offered there. In a league where both sides give a wink to bare-fisted fighting — and in a case in which raw emotion could play as big a role as the still-developing science of concussions — it will be hard for either the players or the NHL to claim the moral high ground. A group of 10 retired players, seizing the moment in wake of the $765 million settlement the NFL recently offered its concussed retirees, filed a class-action lawsuit on Monday. They claim the league hasn't done enough to protect players from head injuries.   … [Read more...]

Rebecca Sedwick’s mother to pursue law changes

Tricia Norman, mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick

  By Arelis Hernández, Orlando Sentinel -- The mother of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide after months of alleged cyberbullying plans to pursue changes to state and federal law, as well as civil lawsuits against her daughter's bullies, she and her lawyer said today. Matt Morgan, an attorney for the mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, promised a "crusade" against bullying during a press conference today in Orlando. … [Read more...]

Spike Lee Asks Florida Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Over Zimmerman Address Tweet

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Spike Lee has asked a federal judge to throw out lawsuit filed by a Florida couple who say the movie director mistakenly retweeted their address as the home of George Zimmerman. Lee's attorneys filed a motion Tuesday to dismiss the lawsuit brought by Elaine and David McClain. The director's attorneys argued the lawsuit should be tossed out since the couple reached a $10,000 settlement with Lee last year. "The court should dismiss this case because plaintiffs have already settled the claim of negligence," Lee's attorneys said. The McClains contend the settlement only covered damages through the March 2012 settlement date and didn't include suffering that occurred afterward, including the aftermath last July of Zimmerman's acquittal in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The McClains received death threats and had to move out of their home … [Read more...]

Florida judge rejects Aaron Hernandez’s petition to delay civil lawsuit

By WESLEY LOWERY -- A Florida judge has rejected a request by lawyers for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez that a civil suit filed against Hernandez be delayed until after his murder trial. US District Court Judge Kathleen Williams last week denied Hernandez’s request to delay proceedings in the suit being brought by his former friend Alexander Bradley, who has accused the former Patriot of shooting him in the face. Bradley, 31, a friend of Hernandez’s who often ran errands for the former NFL tight end, filed suit in Florida in June alleging that Hernandez shot him in the face after the two partied at a Miami strip club in February. … [Read more...]

Zimmerman’s new lawyer: My client is doing ‘as well as can be expected’

George Zimmerman

By RENE STUTZMAN -- After spending the night in jail, George Zimmerman met this morning with his new attorney, the chief of the public defender's office in Sanford, who described him as "doing as well as can be expected." The 30-year-old Zimmerman is broke and is now being represented by Jeff Dowdy. Zimmerman was arrested yesterday, accused of pointing a shotgun at his live-in girlfriend, shoving her out the door and locking it after breaking a glass table.,0,2347648.story … [Read more...]