News Briefs – Feb. 15, 2011

Amber Sandlin
Feb. 15, 2011

Super Bowl seat suits

A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. district court in Dallas on Tuesday, February 8 by two men who say Super Bowl fans were denied seats or assigned temporary seating that obstructed their views. Steve Simms and Mike Dolabi are the plaintiffs filing this suit towards the Dallas Cowboys Football Club. Steve Simms contends that the Club owner, Jerry Jones, and the National Football League owe him thousands of dollars that he spent to travel from Pennsylvania and for the seat he was denied because fire officials deemed the seats unsafe.

Source: Kansas City Star

A name for the scholarship

Last year Alaska lawmakers accepted a program created by Gov. Sean Parnell to give high school graduates scholarships for higher education. The scholarship was originally named the “Governor’s Performance Scholarships.” The name was changed to the “Alaska Merit Scholarship Program” but now must be changed again due to a threatened lawsuit from the National Merit Scholarship program. The National Merit Scholarship program says they have rights to the “merit scholarship” name. “They had some trademark issues which we apparently were infringing on,” said Eddy Jeans, education policy coordinator for the Department of Education and Early Development. The Parnell administration is now proposing the name be changed to the “Alaska Performance Scholarship Program” in a effort to stay out of court.

Source: Juneau Empire

Former UA President resigns from Alaska Airlines board

Mark Hamilton, former president of the University of Alaska, resigned from Alaska Air Group’s board of directors on Wednesday, Feb. 9, after serving 10 years. Bill Ayer, Alaska Air Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer said, “Mark brought valuable perspective to our board as a resident of our namesake state, and his insights helped Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air navigate one of the most challenging decades this industry has ever faced.” Although Hamilton has resigned from the Alaska Air Group’s board, he will continue to serve on Alaska Airlines’ Community Advisory Board.

Source: Seattle P-I

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