Lane Powell Wins Injunction Hearing on Behalf of Client NCAA
Lane Powell client National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”), recently obtained a ruling denying the plaintiff’s Application for a Preliminary Injunction in a case filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Lane Powell attorneys Bob Maloney and Darin Sands represented NCAA against the plaintiff, a nationally-known private coach of high school girl’s elite basketball teams. The plaintiff was convicted in 1999 of conspiracy to distribute cocaine. He had previously been allowed to coach his teams at NCAA recruiting events because his felony was more than seven years old and “non-violent.” The NCAA changed its rules effective January 2011, to no longer grant approvals to allow coaches to participate at such events if they had a felony conviction at any time. Following a recent hearing on the plaintiff’s motion for an injunction seeking to prevent the NCAA from enforcing the rule against the plaintiff, the court found that the rule change was valid and denied the plaintiff’s motion. The case has national implications, and has been closely followed by media and private coaches nationwide.