How 4th Circ. Failed To Clarify Athlete Disability Rights

Law360, New York (January 3, 2016, 9:00 AM EST) -- The Fourth Circuit just missed an opportunity to clarify federal disability laws for one of America's most misunderstood protected classes — disabled athletes. In December, the court denied a petition for panel rehearing in Class v. Towson University (No. 15-811) closing yet another door to federal disability laws for student athletes (see the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. § 12101, et. seq., and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973).

As the petition stated, "this case presents the most important appeal on the ADA in college sports in two decades since Knapp v. Northwestern University, 101 F.3d...

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