The Real Cost of Concussion-Related Litigation

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The NFL is expected to pay out about $950 million over the next 65 years to resolve a class action brought by retired football players for head-injury claims. It is estimated some 3,600 players, about 17 percent of potential class members, will get paid from the settlement. Over 5,000 football players sued the NFL for head injuries, alleging that the NFL did not inform players of the link between repeated traumatic head impact and long-term brain injuries. In August 2013, the NFL agreed… to pay
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Odds May Be Better For New Jersey Sports Wagering

140109125915-christie-apology-18-story-top New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, issued a directive that allows the state’s casinos and racetracks to offer sports betting. Governor Christie based his directive on a Third Circuit court ruling that said New Jersey is not necessarily prohibited from repealing its ban on sports wagering. However, many believe that Governor Christie is exploiting a loophole in a federal law. The law bans states from setting up regulatory schemes for sports betting…, but allows the state to deregulate gambling, rather than regulate it. Governor Christie
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Former Mets Executive Sues for FMLA Violation and Discrimination

leigh-castergine Former Senior Vice Presidnet for Ticket Sales and Service, Leigh Castergine, filed a lawsuit Wednesday in the Eastern District of New York, alleging Jeff Wilpon, part-owner of the Mets and Chief Operating Officer, harassed her for being pregnant, ultimately leading to her dismissal from the team on August 26. Castergine alleges in her complaint …that Jeff Wilpon became fixated on her pregnancy as she was not married.  In addition to several accounts of  other discriminatory and appalling behavior, the complaint alleges Wilpon stated “I am
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NCAA Using the O’Bannon Decision to Have Two Other Similar Suits Dismissed

NCAAlawsuit While the NCAA is appealing the O’Bannon decision by Judge Claudia Wilken, it is using Judge Wilken’s ruling in that case as the reason why she should dismiss …two other scholarship suits before her. One lawsuit was brought by several former men’s and women’s basketball players in 11 conferences as well as football players, including former West Virginia running back Shawne Alston.  The other suit covered players in men’s basketball and football, including Clemson football player Martin Jenkins. In the O’Bannon case, Judge Wilken had
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Moore & Bertuzzi Officially Reach an Agreement

107802357_display_image The decade long legal battle between Todd Bertuzzi and former Colorado Avalanche player Steve Moore is officially at rest.  After earlier reports of a potential settlement between Moore and Bertuzzi surfaced about two weeks ago, they were quickly undermined… by Steve Moore’s brother, Mark, claiming the deal was a farce to pressure Steve into settling. The allegations were finally ended on Thursday, however, when Steve Moore released an official statement leaving no suspicion or doubt: “the legal case for the loss of my NHL career
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LA Lakers Seek Punitive Damages From Insurer in Bad Faith Claim Denial

logo On Tuesday, September 2nd, the Los Angeles Lakers filed suit… against its insurer, Federal Insurance Co., for bad faith denial of coverage for a Telephone Consumer Protection Act violation suit, that settled earlier this year. David Emanuel brought the TCPA class-action lawsuit in 2012, claiming the Lakers were sending unwanted text message to his mobile device in violation of the Act.  The Lakers sought defense and indemnity under its Corporate Liability Coverage policy from Federal, however, the insurer denied coverage claiming the suit
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Apple Faces Lawsuit Over Half of Breaking Bad’s Final Season

18164 On Friday, August 29, Judge Davila of the court of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed two of three consumer class action claims against Apple stemming from its sale of the final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad…. Angry Apple customer, Dr. Noam Lazebnik, was irritated to learn that his $22.99 purchase of the final season of Breaking Bad  only included the first 8 episodes.  In 2012, Apple advertised the price for “all current and future episodes of Breaking
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NFL Painkiller Plaintiffs Want in On Concussion Settlement Negotiations

Dent_inside1029091 On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, the National Football League filed a response opposing the potential intervention of a class of ex-players (who are suing the league on other grounds) into the concussion-lawsuit settlement proceedings. In a separate action, a class of ex-NFL players lead by Super bowl MVP and Chicago Bear Richard Dent are suing the league for encouraging injured players to abuse painkillers …to stay on the field.  This class now seeks intervention in the NFL’s concussion litigation settlement negotiations  for fear of the
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