[ 481E-15]  Civil remedies.  (a)  An educational institution has a right of action against an athlete agent or a former student-athlete for damages caused by a violation of this chapter.  In an action under this section, the court may award to the prevailing party costs and reasonable attorney’s fees.

Terms Used In Hawaii Revised Statutes 481E-15

  • Athlete agent: means an individual who enters into an agency contract with a student-athlete or, directly or indirectly, recruits or solicits a student-athlete to enter into an agency contract. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 481E-1
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Person: means an individual, corporation, business trust, estate, trust, partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, government, governmental subdivision, agency, or instrumentality, public corporation, or any other legal or commercial entity. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 481E-1
  • Student-athlete: means an individual who engages in, is eligible to engage in, or may be eligible in the future to engage in, any intercollegiate sport. See Hawaii Revised Statutes 481E-1

     (b)  Damages of an educational institution under subsection (a) include losses and expenses incurred because, as a result of the conduct of an athlete agent or former student-athlete, the educational institution was injured by a violation of this chapter or was penalized, disqualified, or suspended from participation in athletics by a national association for the promotion or regulation of athletics, by an athletic conference, or by reasonable self-imposed disciplinary action taken to mitigate sanctions likely to be imposed by such an organization.

     (c)  A right of action under this section does not accrue until the educational institution discovers or by the exercise of reasonable diligence would have discovered the violation by the athlete agent or former student-athlete.

     (d)  Any liability of the athlete agent or the former student-athlete under this section is several and not joint.

     (e)  This chapter does not restrict rights, remedies, or defenses of any person under law or equity.