Riddell Concussion Update: Helmet Company Thrown Back into NFL Suit

Between January 27 and February 3, 2016, US District Judge Anita B. Brody handed down two new orders in the seemingly never-ending NFL concussion suit. The first decision was actually a reversal of one of Judge Brody’s previous ones, turning over her December 2015 decision to sever claims against helmet-maker Riddell, Inc., who is being targeted by the former players in the suit for making an inferior work product that caused, or at least did not properly prevent, concussion and other head injuries on the…
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Standing His Ground: Plaintiffs’ Attorney Releases Statement On Concussion Settlement Appeal

On April 22, 2015 a U.S. District Court approved a $765 million dollar settlement between the NFL and a massive class of ex-NFL players in their concussion litigation. A number of class members oppose the settlement, however, arguing that the settlement overlooks thousands of players that have not yet developed neurological diseases, but are likely to do so in the future. Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the ex-NFL players, has stood by the settlement, putting him at odds with the other plaintiffs’ attorneys that…
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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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NFL Concussion Lawsuit: Six Players Drop Out

In a recent development, six former NFL players involved in the NFL concussion lawsuit filed notices of voluntary dismissal without prejudice. The notices were filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The players included former L.A. Rams and Houston Oilers offensive guard Kent Hill, former Buffalo Bills, San Francisco 49ers, and Pittsburg Steelers tight end Anthony “Tony” Cline Jr.; former Baltimore Colts, New Orleans Saints, and Miami Dolphins linebacker Edward Simonini; former Buffalo Bills wide receiver Randy Ragon; former Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots…
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