Tom Brady: Tom Stipanowich quoted in two Bloomberg Law articles

May 24, 2016 — Professor Thomas J. Stipanowich has been quoted in two recent Bloomberg Law articles about NFL quarterback Tom Brady’s legal activities related to his four-game suspension. The first article, “Deadline Looms for Tom Brady’s Response to ‘Deflategate’ Ruling,” considers the New England Patriot’s legal options after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinstated his suspension for his alleged role in the “Deflategate” incident. After the NFL originally imposed the suspension, the matter went to arbitration, with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell serving as arbitrator. When Goodell sustained Brady’s suspension, the NFL Players Association appealed on the grounds that Goodell was not a fair arbitrator.

From Bloomberg Law:

Thomas Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, said Brady’s case is one of the few he’s seen that permits a party to act as arbitrator. It raises questions about fairness and courts should step in and limit the broad range of private contracts, Stipanowich said.

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Stipanowich was also quoted by Bloomberg Law in the article “Brady’s Lawyers File Longshot Appeal of ‘Deflategate’ Suspension.” Lawyers for NFL quarterback Tom Brady have filed another appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, requesting that the court hear the case en banc, on claims that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who imposed a 4-game suspension while serving as arbitrator in the case, violated the terms of a collective bargaining agreement with players.

Via Bloomberg Law:

Thomas Stipanowich, academic director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University, called the situation a “very strange state of affairs.”

“Where a party [to a dispute] is acting as an arbitrator, it is no surprise that the other party [to the dispute] might have a lot of questions about the determinations that they make,” Stipanowich said.

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