Previously, the emphasis was on obtaining information from clients. In this chapter, the emphasis was on preparing witnesses for trial. To properly prepare witnesses for trial, the paralegal needs to….
Did Fritz violate any rules, regulations, or laws? If so, what are the consequences of such a rules violation?
Bruce Reynolds, a football player, met Mr. Fritz of Complete Sports Management, Inc., when Reynolds was a football player at Allstate University. Fritz is an NFLPA-certified contract advisor. On January 3, 2009, Reynolds met Fritz at the latter’s car dealership. To enable Reynolds to purchase a car without paying anything, Fritz advanced Reynolds credit on a “house note.” On January 18, 2009, Reynolds signed an undated, standardform NFLPA representation agreement with Complete. Fritz told Reynolds not to send the agreement to the NFLPA, as provided for in the union’s regulations. Some time thereafter, a coach advised Reynolds to sign with another agent, which the athlete did. Reynolds informed Fritz that he had signed with another agent and that he would return the automobile to Fritz. Reynolds also informed Fritz that he would reimburse him for the more than $2,900 in checks and goods that Fritz had extended to Reynolds since January 18. Reynolds was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons and signed contracts for the years 2009–2012 that provided a total compensation of $4,100,000 and other incentive bonuses. Did Fritz violate any rules, regulations, or laws? If so, what are the consequences of such a rules violation? Consider the UAAA, Section 1 of NFLPA Regulations Governing Contract Advisors, infra, and Article 12 of the NCAA Manual (2011-2012), infra. See Walters v. Fullwood, 675 F. Supp. 155 (S.D.N.Y. 1987) (dismissing agent’s claims against athlete where agent paid athlete $4,000 to enter into postdated agency contract in violation of NCAA and NFLPA rules); Chiappeparelli v. Henderson, 2005 WL 1847221 (Cal. Ct. App.) (unpublished) (the court found that a plaintiff agent, who failed to obtain a license as required by the applicable state agent regulations, could not collect a percentage of the compensation that the defendant had earned from martial arts contests since the representation contract between the agent and defendant was illegal and unenforceable).