Former Mob Boss Sues The Government Over A Prison Ping Pong Incident

Thomas Gioeli (Tommy Shots), a former crime boss serving an 18-year prison sentence, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the federal government over an injury that occurred during a game of prison ping-pong. Gioeli slipped and fell on August 29th, 2013 at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. The fall resulted in a fractured kneecap and Gioeli had to be hospitalized.

According to the complaint, the floor around the ping-pong table was wet even though prison officials had been made aware of a leak weeks before the incident. The government rejects the charges of negligence. They claim that ping-pong presents certain risks to the players, and that Gioeli knowingly accepted the risks when he played the game. There is no trial date set yet, but Gioeli is expected to make the trip to testify along with other prisoners and the doctor that examined him. The prison will also bring witnesses forward, including one witness who claims to have found Gioeli on the wet floor near the showers, not the ping-pong table. Gioeli’s lawyer has declined further comment on the impending litigation.

February 15th, 2017 at 2:54 pm

Manhattan Gym Must Pay $30G For Refusing To Help A Blind Woman Use The Stairs

Manhattan woman, Joan Reveyoso, recently won a lawsuit against the New York Sports Club for $30,000. According to the complaint, Reveyoso did not receive the assistance she needed from the gym’s staff, despite a previous commitment that they would accommodate her.

Although blind, Reveyoso remains physically active and exercises regularly. In October of 2011, she joined the New York Sports Club. The gym is located on W. 62nd Street near Columbus Avenue in Manhattan. When she joined, the gym agreed that they would guide her up the stairs to the second floor when she came in to use the elliptical machine, help her program the machine, and lead her back down the stairs after she completed her workout. After about six months, however, the staff began to rudely refuse to help her. “I’m dropping everything to help you. Let’s go. Really, no one’s going to help you anymore,” a staff member allegedly told her. Later, a manager confirmed that the gym would no longer be offering her assistance. Reveyoso felt “humiliated and frustrated,” and canceled her membership.

After taking the case before a judge, the New York Sports Club was fined $30,000 dollars for their refusal to meet their side of the agreement. “I think it was about some acknowledgment that they didn’t do what they were supposed to do,” Reveyoso’s lawyer told the daily news. “What they were supposed to do was relatively minor.” The New York Sports Club has offered no comment on the case.

February 15th, 2017 at 2:35 pm

Parents of Boy Injured on Playground Intend to File Suit

In Tippecanoe County, Indianna, the parents of an injured 12-year-old boy intend to file a lawsuit against Wea Ridge Elementary School and the Tippecanoe School District. The incident occurred in 2014 when the child fell onto a metal tube, which was part of the school’s playground equipment. The boy’s injuries were so severe that he had to be airlifted from the site and taken to the Riley Hospital for Children.

The family’s attorney, Susannah Hall-Justice, recently went in front of the school board with a complaint that the metal tube in question has still not been removed from the playground. “The metal tube is still sticking out of the ground in the same position, in the same place where a child can fall on it,” she says. “And hundreds of kids play on this playground, so I don’t understand why this hasn’t been moved. It’s a cheap, easy fix.” Despite these complaints, the school still has not taken any steps to make the playground safer. According to Hall-Justice, a formal lawsuit will be filed very soon. The school has no comment on the pending lawsuit.

January 27th, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Father of Kvalvog Brothers Killed in Crash Sues School, Coach

In Moorhead, Minnesota, a father has filed a lawsuit in response to the death of his two sons—who died in a car crash on the way to Wisconsin for a school basketball tournament. The lawsuit targets Park Christian School, and varsity basketball coach, Josh Lee. The fatal crash took place on June 3rd, 2015, killing both 18-year-old Zach Kvalvog, and his 14-year-old brother, Connor.

The lawsuit claims that the school and coach were negligent in allowing Zach to drive his younger brother and two teammates to the tournament. Thankfully, the two other boys in the car recovered from their injuries. The police report of the event and the coach’s account of things vary substantially.  The boys’ father, Ray Kvalvog, claims that the lawsuit is not so much about the money, but more about finding out what really happened leading up to the crash. If he is awarded money, he claims that he will donate it all to charity. Kvalvog has tried multiple times to set up a meeting with the school and coach, but has been turned down. A spokesperson for Park Christian School states that they are deeply saddened by the events of the crash, but have no comment on the pending litigation.

January 27th, 2017 at 11:31 am

Lynchburg Woman Sues School District After Son Breaks Arm On Playground

In Lynchburg, Virginia, Keona Jackson has filed a lawsuit against Lynchburg City Schools. Filed on November 28th in Lynchburg Circuit Court, the suit was filed after her son fell from a slide during recess at Robert S. Payne Elementary School. He broke his arm in the fall. The incident occurred on May 26th, 2015 and the lawsuit seeks $200,000 in damages plus “interest.” Jackson’s son, Andre Hall, is described as a child requiring “special attention and supervision.” He was six years old at the time of the injury and the lawsuit claims that the school and staff were negligent in their duties and should have monitored Andre more closely. Jackson states that the filing of the lawsuit was delayed in order to ensure that her son’s arm healed properly. Neither the district nor officials of Robert S. Payne Elementary School have offered any comment on the pending litigation.

 

December 10th, 2016 at 12:09 pm

Weirton Couple Settles Amusement Park Injury Lawsuit

In West Virginia, a couple filed a lawsuit against Deshler Amusements Incorporated. An accident on one of the rides resulted in a broken leg, and the lawsuit accuses Deshler of negligence. A settlement was reached in the lawsuit this week.

Dale and Evelyn Wickham brought their granddaughter to the Weirton Shop N’ Save Plaza in August of 2014. Here, they bought a ticket for her to take a ride on the inflatable slide. She completed the ride without incident and then asked her grandmother, Evelyn, to take the next ride with her. Evelyn asked the operator if this was allowed, and he told her it was fine as long as she took off her shoes. As Evelyn rode down the slide with her granddaughter on her lap, she struck a barrier at the bottom and broke her leg.

The ride was not designed for adults, but children. The suit claims Deshler showed negligence in several areas, such as hiring an operator who failed to ensure rider safety, failing to properly train the operator, and failing to put up proper warning signs and instructions. The Wickhams and Deshler apparently settled their dispute outside of the courtroom and the hearing, scheduled for Monday, has been canceled. No details are available as to the terms of the settlement.

 

December 8th, 2016 at 10:21 am

Kansas City Man’s Injury Prompts Lawsuit Against CrossFit

A man from Kansas City successfully sued Sky’s Limit CrossFit Gym and CrossFit Incorporated. Jonas Barrish filed the lawsuit after he ruptured a disc in his back while attempting to perform a deadlift. The lawsuit targeted both the local gym and the national CrossFit entity—which has countless gyms throughout the U.S.A. and 42 in the Kansas City metropolitan area alone. This lawsuit marks the first time that the national CrossFit organization has lost a lawsuit since its formation.

The jury put partial blame on both parties. But CrossFit Incorporated has appealed the ruling. Ronnie Oswald, the owner and coach at Sky’s Limit CrossFit, appears particularly peeved by the lawsuit and believes that it has defamed him. “I take it personally, because he’s calling my integrity into play.” Oswald holds that he did nothing wrong. The lawsuit claims that Oswald pushed Barrish to lift 350 pounds. Oswald, however, says that he told Barrish to lift a percentage based off of his previous lifts, which should have been about 175 pounds. According to Oswald, when people listen and do as their coach instructs, they do not suffer serious injury. CrossFit Incorporated has offered no comment on their pending appeal.

 

December 1st, 2016 at 10:12 am

Texas Gym Faces Negligence Lawsuit After Sexual Assault

A family in Texas filed a lawsuit against AcroTex Gym in Georgetown after their young daughter suffered a sexual assault at the hands of a gymnastics coach. The coach, Ryan Bradley Pitts, currently faces sixty years of prison time for multiple convictions of sexual abuse and child pornography. Photo and video evidence gathered by the FBI prove that Pitts assaulted at least six children between 2008 and 2012. The victims ranged from ages three to ten. The daughter of the plaintiffs was only three years old at the time of her encounter.

The lawsuit accuses AcroTex gym of negligence, not only in the hiring of Pitts, but also in failing to realize the horrible crimes he committed on the job. Pitts never even had to pass a background check for his job. AcroGym also failed to train employees to spot suspicious behavior such as Pitts’ frequent trips to private rooms with children. The plaintiffs argue that safeguards such as these could have saved their daughter form an awful experience.

AcroGym, however, argues that t background check would not have raised any issues about Pitts because he had no criminal record at the time of his hiring. Also, in the state of Texas, there is no licensing law for youth sports instructors, so the gym had no legal responsibility to run a background check on Pitts. Childcare facilities in Texas have a legal obligation to screen potential employees. While AcroGym does handle children, their primary focus is on athletics, not childcare.

December 1st, 2016 at 9:48 am

Bellevue High School Parents Sue Over Sanctions

In Washington, powerhouse high school football team, the Bellevue High Wolverines, recently suffered an unfortunate setback. After an investigation, the team was found guilty of multiple league violations such as illegal recruiting and inappropriate funding. They now face sanctions which include a two year ban from playoff games and four years of athletic probation. However, parents and boosters have filed a lawsuit which seeks to overturn this ruling.

According to the lawsuit, the investigation was flawed to begin with and the penalties far too harsh. Parents and boosters claim that the team “has been unfairly targeted and penalized for past success.” The ban on non-conference play would result in a brief, five-game season for the team. And the ban on booster contributions would leave the team greatly underfunded. John Connors, the president of the Bellevue Wolverines Football Club issued a statement on the lawsuit: “The sole purpose of this lawsuit is to achieve due process, to present the facts and to defend the program,” he said. “Throughout the flawed investigation and unfair sanctions and appeal process, we have had no opportunity to officially tell our side of the story.  We are turning to the justice system as our only recourse.” The lawsuit does not seek any financial damages, only an overturning of the penalties.

November 30th, 2016 at 11:46 am

Mother Of Glastonbury Cheerleader Who Suffered Concussion Sues School System

In Connecticut, the mother of a Glastonbury High School cheerleader has filed a lawsuit against the school. The lawsuit accuses the school staff of negligence and claims that coaches and trainers failed to follow proper protocol after the girl, listed in the lawsuit as D. O’Reilly, suffered a severe concussion.

The injury happened at a typical practice session in the school’s gymnasium on Feb 3rd, 2015. During a lifting drill, O’Reilly fell and struck her head on the hardwood floor. Although she eventually got up “after some time,” teammates claim that she appeared dazed, confused, and slow throughout the rest of the practice. Regardless of these warning signs, the coaches made her finish practice and perform three quarters of the basketball game that night. One should note that, under state law, coaches are required to remove any athlete who displays symptoms of a concussion until a medical professional gives the player clearance to return.

Days after the incident, O’Reilly continued to suffer confusion and cognitive issues. When she went to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, doctors confirmed that she had suffered a severe concussion. O’Reilly suffers diminished mental capacity to this day and has trouble remembering things and focusing her attention—common effects of a concussion. The lawsuit claims that if O’Reilly had been through the proper protocol when she displayed symptoms, these lasting ailments could have been mitigated, or even avoided completely. The family seeks over $14 million in damages.

 

November 28th, 2016 at 10:34 am