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Scholarships, Emails and a Bad Case of Mistaken Luggage

Scholarships, Emails and a Bad Case of Mistaken Luggage

Super Lawyers selectees are often in the headlines for anything from big settlements to high profile criminal cases to awards and profiles. This happens when you’re considered by your peers to be one of the best attorneys in your state. Below are just a few of their stories this month.


Steve Berman-The NCAA settled an antitrust lawsuit with thousands of former athletes represented by Super Lawyers selectee Steve Berman of Hagens Berman. The class-action case claimed that the NCAA illegally capped athletic scholarships and did not include the usual cost-of-attendance stipend scholarship students receive that covers expenses beyond books, tuition and room and board. Around 40,000 former college football and basketball players will receive part of the $208.7 million settlement.

William Scherer-Sing like no one is listening, dance like no one is watching and email like it will one day be read in a deposition. Wachovia Mortgage Company learned this the hard way in March when a jury awarded West City Realty Advisors $43.9 million in losses after an errant email caused the company mass exodus of condominium buyers. William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer LLP successfully argued that the email, sent by a representative of Wachovia Mortgage Company, and mistakenly carbon copied hundreds of condo buyers, cost the real estate company millions just before the housing collapse.

Drew Findling-Ever have one of those days when you’re rushing to get to the airport and accidentally pack the wrong bag? Well hip-hop star Waka Flocka Flame took that to a new level when he packed his then-fiancee Tammy Rivera’s backpack instead of his own. Unfortunately for him that bag contained Rivera’s handgun and 30 bullets. Super Lawyers selectee Drew Findling of The Findling Law Firm successfully argued that bringing the handgun to the airport was a legitimate mistake. The jury only took 30 minutes to come back with a not guilty verdict.

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