NHL Hit Again With a Concussion Lawsuit

On Monday, February 9,  yet another concussion related lawsuit was aimed at the NHL by former players seeking damages for the NHL’s alleged failure to protect and warn players about the long-term effects of head trauma. The lawsuit, filed in Minnesota District Court, joins several other previously filed lawsuits alleging similar claims against the NHL.  The 29 plaintiffs in the new complaint, including Manny Legace and Butch Goring, is set to become part of the multidistrict litigation before Judge Sue Nelson that consolidated the previous…
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Bankruptcy Judge Recommends NHL Not Recoup Fees From Coyotes Purchase

On Wednesday, January 21, a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge recommended that the NHL not be allowed to collect the majority of the $145.9 million it claims from ex-Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes. The lawsuit stems from the NHL’s 2009 purchase of its member team, then named the Phoenix Coyotes.  The Coyotes were first purchased in 2006 by Jerry Moyes who realized after two years of operating at a $50 million loss  that he could not afford the team.  Moyes filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy…
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Bookie Pleads Guilty to Extorting Thomas Vanek

The second bookie involved in a Rochester, NY gambling ring pled guilty to illegal gambling, extortion, and money laundering conspiracies on December 5, 2014.  In his plea, Joseph Ruff, admitted to extorting Thomas Vanek for partial payment of Vanek’s gambling debts.  The plea comes months after Joseph’s brother Mark pled guilty in October. The gambling ring was based out of a Rochester restaurant called Marina Restaurant & Bar but operated through the internet.  However, after the April 2014 indictment of three men, including Ruff and…
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The Problem of Earning Too Much Too Fast

It is not uncommon to hear about sports stars and entertainers going broke.  Often, with the influx of large sums of money, they are clueless how to handle and preserve it wisely.  This is especially true with younger athletes. Many athletes land multimillion dollar contracts at a young age, sometimes right out of high school.  At such a young age, these athletes have little to no financial experience.  Yet, suddenly they find themselves thrust into a situation requiring a significant amount of knowhow.  They have…
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Bill Ending Antitrust Exemptions for Pro Sports Leagues Introduced

A bill to end the current permanent antitrust exemptions of the four major professional sports leagues was introduced by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. on December 2. Titled the Sustained Promotion of Responsibility in Team Sports Act (SPORTS), the bill would remove permanent antitrust exemptions for NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA one year from the bill’s enactment and replace it with a reauthorization process every five years.  According to the SPORTS Act, ninety-five days before ending the exemption, Congress would have an up-down vote on a…
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Detroit Red Wings to Build New Arena With $450 Million in Bonds

On Wednesday, September 17, the Michigan Strategic Fund board gave final approval for the sale of $450 million in 30 revenue bonds to help finance a new Detroit Red Wings Arena. The financing plan includes $250 million in tax-exempt bonds and another $200 million in variable-rate taxable bonds backed by arena concessions fee payments.  Under the plan, Olympia Development, part of Ilitch Holdings (owners of the Detroit Red Wings), will pay 44% of the cost and the Detroit Downtown Development Authority (who would…
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Moore & Bertuzzi Officially Reach an Agreement

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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Plaintiff Drops out of NFL Apparel Antitrust Lawsuit

On Thursday, August 28, the lead plaintiff in Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners, Ltd., submitted a stipulation of voluntary dismissal with Judge Davila of the Northern District of California. Patrick Dang, the lead plaintiff and class representative, has decided to withdraw from the lawsuit he waged against the NFL and Reebok citing health concerns that have begun in May of this year.  The stipulated agreement allows for a withdrawal of plaintiff Dang and a dismissal of his individual claims without prejudice and without an…
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Moore and Bertuzzi Settlement Called Into Question

The announced settlement between Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi, ending 10 years of litigation, has been called into question by Moore’s older brother Mark, who denies any such deal was reached. Merely hours after it was announced that the Moore and Bertuzzi lawsuit was settled outside of court, Mark Moore stated publicly that it is only a ploy.  Mark told reporters that his brother told him there was no deal and that the Moore legal team believes Bertuzzi and the Canucks were trying to pressure…
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Minnesota Will Play Host to NHL Concussion Litigation

On Tuesday, August 19, it was determined that the current pending concussion lawsuits waged against the National Hockey League, will be combined and heard by a federal judge. Three concussion lawsuits filed by former players against the NHL within the last year were assigned by a Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation to District of Minnesota Judge Susan Richard Nelson.  The judge is already presiding over one of the cases, which was filed in July.  The Panel consolidated the cases in Minnesota to provide a…
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