Hagens Berman has one of the nation’s most highly regarded sports law practices. Our pending litigation seeks to address multiple concerns and injustices held by major sports governing bodies, including concussion and head trauma, scholarships and payment for the use of athletes’ likenesses in video games.
Our attorneys are the vanguard of new and innovative legal approaches to protect the rights of professional and amateur athletes in cases against large, well-financed interests, including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the National Football League (NFL) and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).
Cases of particular nationwide interest for fans, athletes and the general public involve numerous cases filed by Hagens Berman against the NCAA. The most recent, and potentially far-reaching, case involves a suit on behalf of NCAA student-athletes against the NCAA and its most powerful members, including the Pac-12, Big Ten, Big-12, SEC and ACC, claiming these entities violated federal antitrust laws by drastically reducing the number of scholarships and financial aid student-athletes receive to an amount below the actual cost of attendance and far below what the free market would bare.
"The lawsuit puts Berman at the lead of an effort that could rebalance the relationship between athletes and the Indianapolis-based NCAA, which reported $841.1 million in revenue in the fiscal year ending in August 2012. His firm, Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, is also leading three lawsuits against the NCAA that seek to increase athletes’ control over their finances, including one that seeks money for those whose likenesses appeared without their permission in video games."
- "NCAA Faces Legal Push Led by Litigator With Tobacco Stash," Bloomberg
In addition to the firm's class actions, Hagens Berman has filed several individual cases to uphold the rights of athletes and ensure a fair and safe environment. The firm has filed multiple individual cases to address concussions and other traumatic head injuries among student-athletes at NCAA schools and in youth sports. Hagens Berman continues to represent the interests of athletes and find innovative and effective applications of the law to uphold players' rights.
|FIFA Concussions||08/27/14||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|Craig Morton Concussions||12/10/13||Sports Litigation||Active|
|Donnovan Hill||11/05/13||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|EA/Madden NFL Video Game Development||03/30/11||Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|Major League Baseball - Foul Ball Injuries||07/13/15||Consumer Rights, Sports Litigation||Active|
|NCAA Transfer Antitrust||07/25/12||Antitrust Litigation, Sports Litigation||Active|
|NCAA Concussions||09/28/11||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Active|
|NCAA Concussions: Alex Isaac||06/19/14||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Active|
|NCAA Concussions: Cody Silk||08/08/13||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|NCAA Concussions: Zachary Walen||08/28/14||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|NCAA Scholarships Class Action||07/11/14||Antitrust Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|NCAA/EA Video Games Name and Likeness Litigation||05/05/09||Consumer Rights, Media & Entertainment, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|Pop Warner||03/06/14||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|USA Water Polo||02/03/15||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Active|
|NFL Concussions||-||Personal Injury Litigation, Sports Litigation||Settled|
|T3Media||08/25/14||Media & Entertainment, Sports Litigation||Active|
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Hagens Berman fights with the creativity and tenacity to continue to raise the bar and take on every case with the goal of achieving the best outcome for the largest group of individuals.
Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, meaning the victims we represent pay nothing at all unless we win. Attorney fees are paid based on an industry percentage of overall settlement terms, allowing plaintiffs to reap the rewards.
At the basis of all that motivates Hagens Berman is our mission for corporate reform. It’s through our work that we continue to uphold and fight for the rights of those most vulnerable to corporate greed and negligence.
We achieve results, and our track record proves it. While many class-action or individual plaintiff cases result in large legal fees and no meaningful result for the client, Hagens Berman finds ways to return real value.
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Naming Hagens Berman Interim Class Counsel in Stericycle Pricing MDL
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In re Optical Disk Drive Products Antitrust Litigation (appointing the firm lead counsel)
In re Dynamic Random Access Memory Antitrust Litigation (Hagens Berman was co-lead counsel and helped achieve the $325 million class settlement)
Hagens Berman is a plaintiffs’ class-action law firm that helps victims of auto accidents, sports injuries, defective products, dangerous drugs and business fraud pursue their legal rights. We take on large corporations for negligence and fraud, and hold them accountable.
Our attorneys are champions of consumer rights. The size or clout of the corporations we pursue is never a deterrent to our pursuit for justice. Over the years, we have built the resources we need to thoroughly investigate these personal injury and product defect cases, and achieve the best possible outcome for our clients. Our work is consistently recognized for industry excellence.