Category Archives: NHL

NHL Concussion Lawsuit: NHL Seeks Discovery from Canadian Doctors

The NHL has filed a new discovery motion in the concussion lawsuit, which was brought by former players and consolidated in Minnesota as a multidistrict litigation in August 2014. The motion, filed on November 25, 2015, asks the court to seek help from the Ontario Superior Court in order to compel certain Canadian doctors to disclose documents. The 100-plus plaintiff players claim that the NHL failed to ensure player safety. It is alleged that the league failed to ensure players’ full recoveries following head injuries…

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Former Coyotes Owner Gets Hit With Bankruptcy Damages

On November 12, 2015, U.S. District Judge G. Murray ruled that former Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes is liable to the NHL for  attorneys’ fees and other damages that resulted from the team’s bankruptcy back in 2009. The NHL initiated its action against the former Coyotes owner after he declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy and the NHL purchased the team for $140 million. The suit was brought in 2010 to recover $145.9 in damages, which included more than $112 in operating expenses,  $6.5 million in unpaid…

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Illinois Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Against MLB, NHL, and NBA Counterfeiters

On November 6, 2015, U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood filed a temporary restraining order (TRO), prohibiting unidentified online retailers from producing and distributing counterfeit sporting merchandise. The suit, brought in Illinois federal court last month by MLB, NHL, and NBA league affiliates, seeks to prevent the defendant retailers from selling products featuring their logos and claims $2 million in damages for the use of their trademarks. In their suit, the leagues claim that online retailers — believed to be based in China — have…

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NHL Wants to Keep Concussion Lawsuit in the Courtroom, Not in the Media

On Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the National Hockey League filed an official opposition in a Minnesota federal court against the release of what they believe to be privileged documents to the public. In its memorandum of law, the league argues against the “de-designation” of confidential documents sought after by the plaintiffs, who are made up of a class of former NHLers bringing suit to recover under a theory that they suffer, or are at risk of continued medical complications, due to sustained head trauma while…

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Former ‘Yotes Owners Continue to be Pestered by the NHL

It seems the National Hockey League still isn’t ready to let one previous franchise owner escape its icy clutches just yet.  In a response brief filed Monday, October 7, 2015, former Phoenix Coyotes owners Jerry and Vickie Moyes requested the Arizona District Court to follow in the footsteps of U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Baum, who deemed most of the money sought to be recovered by the NHL as unsubstantiated back in January. The Moyes’ brief was filed in response to a supplemental brief the NHL…

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Former Season Ticket Holding Couple Shoots Back Against Dismissive Devils

On Friday, October 2, 2015, a motion in opposition was filed against the New Jersey Devils and its attempt to dismiss pending litigation from earlier this year.  The plaintiffs in the suit, married couple and hockey fans Rey and Alex Olsen, argue the claims made by the organization in favor of dismissal are without merit and against precedent.  Utilizing a comprehensive and persuasive breach of contract argument, the couple insist that an implied promise existed between the Devils and the Olsens relating to annual renewal…

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NHL Concussion Litigation: 3 Plaintiffs Voluntarily Dismiss Claims

By Monday September 28, 2015, a total of 3 plaintiffs voluntarily dismissed themselves from the NHL concussion multi-district litigation, which commenced in 2013. These plaintiffs, all former NHL hockey players, were part of the lawsuit claiming that the league failed to protect its players from brain injury. Of late, the number of plaintiffs added to the original 10 plaintiffs grew by 29 former players in February 2015. The 3 players who withdrew—Dan Fritsche, German Titov, and Bob Bourne—were targets in the NHL’s recent motion to…

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Judge To Move Forward With Decision In Boogaard Wrongful Death Suit v. NHL

In 2013, the late NHL player Derek Boogaard’s parents filed a wrongful death suit in Illinois against the NHL. The plaintiffs allege that Boogaard’s death was a result of the NHL’s post-concussion drug treatment program, as Boogaard died in May of 2011 at the age of 28 after a prescription drug overdose. It was Boogaard’s team doctors that introduced him to the pain medication. In recent weeks, a fight ensued over documents in a separate but seemingly related case. A federal judge in the…

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NHL and Adidas Ink Deal for Uniforms and Merchandise

On Tuesday September 15, 2015, the National Hockey League announced that it inked a 7-year partnership with Adidas AG. Adidas will become the official supplier of on-ice uniforms, as well as the official outfitter for licensed apparel—both clothing and headwear. The announcement came following several months of speculation.  In the hockey world, jerseys (or, “sweaters,” as they’re often referred to) are a big deal.  You can’t deny it—hockey uniforms are more iconic and elaborate than in any other sport. This is mostly because hockey…

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The NHL Broadcasting Antitrust Case: The Effect of the Settlement Agreement on Viewer Options

On Tuesday September 1, 2015 the NHL’s settlement agreement with the plaintiffs in the broadcast antitrust lawsuit was approved by the federal judge. The action was initially filed in 2012, and the settlement was presented to the judge for approval this past June. NHL games are broadcast both on television and over internet streaming. In recent years, fans choosing to watch games over television broadcasting have had two viewing options. Through the first option, viewers could watch their local market’s team through the local…

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