The Implications of Van Zant v. Pyle on the First Amendment

  In August 2017, the District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined Cleopatra Films from producing and distributing Street Survivor: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash. The film was going to tell the story of the 1977 airplane crash that killed Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines – two members of the iconic band Lynyrd Skynyrd – and four others. The survivors had consented in 1987 to.. Read More

Saving Face, Not Players: The NCAA’s Concussion Settlement

The NCAA reached a $75 million settlement this summer regarding a concussion lawsuit arising from the NCAA’s policy of allowing individual schools to create their own concussion protocols, which plaintiffs claimed put players at risk. While former college athletes still have the ability to personally take legal actions against the NCAA or their school, the settlement prevents future class action suits and provides no money for injury settlements. This is largely attributed to.. Read More