Category Archives: Concussions

Scrupulous Scrutinization: GOP Seeks Thorough Review Regarding NFL Grant Controversy

On September 15, 2016, a group of Republicans from the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services’ inspector general, imploring that a “thorough and objective review” from the National Institute of Health is needed into whether the integrity of the process for awarding research grants is being upheld. This letter comes after the NFL was accused of attempting to improperly influence the funding of a scientific study on the degenerative brain condition known as CTE.…

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Knockout: NFL Commits $100M to Concussion Initiative

On September 14, 2016, the NFL announced a new initiative that targets the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of head injuries. As a part of this initiative, Roger Goodell explained that the league and its 32 owners will devote $60 million toward developing technology that will help player safety, such as improved helmets. The league will also provide $40 million over the next five years towards funding medical research, primarily dealing with neuroscience, or the ultimate effects of the head injuries. This initiative, labeled as the…

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Escaping the Chokehold: Former WWE Wrestlers Seeking to Withdraw Admission Statements in Brain Injury Lawsuit

On Monday, September 12, 2016, former WWE wrestlers Evan Singleton and Vito Lograsso argued in a Connecticut federal court that their “slightly delayed service” in response to the WWE’s request for admission should not preclude them from withdrawing statements regarding when they first became aware of the risk of concussion injuries. While the wrestlers’ argument is that the WWE withheld vital information with regards to the health dangers of repeated concussions, the WWE’s response is that the suit is time-barred; the WWE insists that the…

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WWE Rings the Bell Again, Asks Judge to Throw More Brain-Injury Claims Out

On Thursday, September 8, 2016, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. requested that a Connecticut federal judge preemptively disallow four former professional wrestlers from bringing any claims relating to brain injuries spawning from their times working to the entertainment company. According to the WWE, the latest round of ex-pro wrestlers can’t bring such claims because they are timebarred. Connecticut has a three year statute of limitations for any general tort claim; as well, it recognizes a two year statutory time period for potential plaintiffs to bring suit…

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Eleventh Hour Appeal Sends Concussion Settlement to Supreme Court, Delays Payouts

The family of former NFL fullback Carlton “Cookie” Gilchrist, who was diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after his death in 2011, has filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court to review the concussion case with the NFL that had reached a potential $1 billion settlement. The players suing the league had originally settled about three years ago before a federal judge finalized their agreement in March, with the terms permitting over 21,000 former NFL players to receive up to $5 million of the…

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Concussion Lawsuits Reach Youth Football

A lawsuit has been filed in California federal court against Pop Warner and USA Football by two mothers whose sons played football as children and found to have suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) after their deaths. The complaint accuses Pop Warner of failing to monitor games, practices, rules, equipment, and medical care to minimize long-term risks associated with brain injuries, failing to accurately diagnose brain injuries, and failing to approve the best equipment available. Meanwhile, it alleges that USA Football promotes safety programs of…

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WWE Seeks to ‘Knock-Out’ Final Remnants of Concussion Suit

As was recently affirmed, in the WWE’s concussion saga there only remain lawsuits by former professional wrestlers claiming the WWE committed fraud by failing to inform its athletes of the dangers of concussions and other brain trauma. Now, the WWE seeks to toss those remaining suits in a motion for summary judgement urging a Connecticut federal court to dismiss the allegations and end the legal battle. On August 1, 2016 the WWE moved for summary judgement on the final remaining claim — fraud —…

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Well-Known Litigation Attorney Joins NHLPA Amid Pending Concussion and Player Discipline Litigation

In an NHLPA press release on July 29, 2016 the Player’s Union announced that longtime complex commercial litigation attorney Bruce S. Meyer is their new senior director of collective bargaining. The move will take place in mid-August and he is expected to get to work on the policy and legal aspects of the upcoming collective bargaining negotiations. Meyer, an alumnus of the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University School of Law is considered an expert in International Sports Law and Business. As a partner at…

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Teams Violating NFL Concussion Protocol Face Harsher Fines

The National Football League (NFL) and the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) have agreed to a new concussion protocol. On Monday, July 25, 2016, the NFL released a new Game Day Concussion Protocol policy. New policies focus on the investigation of incidents and punishment of teams that are deemed to be in violation of the protocol. The NFL has recently faced heavy criticism regarding its response to the dangers of head trauma. The claims focus on the league’s slow response to addressing injuries from repeated head…

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Ex-NFL Player Requests NFL Pay Attorneys’ Fees

A retired football player is asking the Maryland court to order the National Football League to pay his legal costs after years of battling over disability benefits. In the long sought battle, he currently owes his attorneys $225,312 in attorneys’ fees and $3,098 in filing costs. The player argues his disability benefits case meets the merit test applied by the Fourth Circuit and his fees are reasonable. Jesse Solomon played has a linebacker in the NFL for nine years. The Vikings drafted him in…

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