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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Pulling Back the Curtain: Judge Orders NHL to Produce Medical Records in Concussion Suit

On Friday, a federal judge from Minnesota granted a motion to compel the National Hockey League to produce medical records in a multidistrict concussion lawsuit filed by former NHL players.

The NHL had previously refused to produce such documents unless specific players gave their consent, claiming the information was protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, physician-patient privilege, and the NHL collective bargaining agreement.

The judge opined that the disclosure of such information was permissible as long as …

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