Put Another One On The Board
Updated 9:58 am
A 2010 Hall of Fame Inductee and Six-time Pro Bowler Rickey Jackson along with long-time Kansas City Chief Gary Barbaro, among others, are the latest to file suit against the NFL over its alleged concealment about the risks of concussions.
Yesterday, the 62nd concussion-related lawsuit was filed against the NFL in the Eastern District of Louisiana. The lawsuit names 12 players, including four-time Pro Bowler Vaughn Johnson. The class action complaint was filed by the Dugan Law Firm, and the allegations are similar to the other lawsuits.
The putative class seeks to represent, “All persons, and spouses of persons, who sustained one or more concussions, or suffered concussion like symptoms, while playing in an NFL football game and who has developed or will develop mental or physical problems as a result of the concussions or concussion like symptoms.”
The class action asserts seven counts: negligence, fraud, fraudulent concealment, negligent misrepresentation, conspiracy, loss of consortium, and medical monitoring. The lawsuit also names Riddell Helmets as a defendant.
Like the other lawsuits filed outside of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the NFL will file a notice of a potential “tag-along” action, and the Judicial Panel on Multi-District Litigation (JPML) will transfer the case to Philadelphia.
There are now more than 1,270 former players involved in the 62 lawsuits. As I repeatedly say, that number will continue to grow in the following weeks.
But Wait….There’s More
The Locks Law Firm also filed another complaint, Jeff Hostetler et al v. NFL. This is the 63rd concussion-related lawsuit v. NFL, and there are now more than 1,300 former players involved.
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