Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson found himself in the unenviable position of having most of his causes of action against the NFLPA dismissed in a lawsuit that has been waged for over two years. Despite some disturbing pleadings regarding union misconduct and retaliation, Southern District of New York Judge Richard Sullivan denied Johnson’s motion for discovery and ordered him to respond to the NFLPA’s motion for summary judgment, which could put an end to his case.
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Jan 17 2019
Reprinted with permission. Article in Texas Neurological Society newsletter, questions diagnostic criteria for dementia diagnoses and urges NFL to use the opportunity the settlement presents to study brain injury in its population.
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Jan 16 2019
Lane Johnson’s response to the NFLPA’s motion for summary judgment is due today.
Two men are searching for the truth about the NFL/NFLPA drug testing program. Last week a federal court denied Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson’s discovery bid as Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid embarks on a quest of his own.
An explosive brief exposing conflicting testimony between the NFL and NFLPA, and among NFL employees, as well as the NFLPA’s narrative to one federal court in contrast with an opposite narrative in a different federal court, puts Lane Johnson back in action. The brief accompanied by numerous exhibits including Johnson’s own declaration tells a tale of deceit, and retaliation. A full analysis is on the way, but in the meantime, here’s a twitter thread to bring you up to date. (Click on tweet to expand for the thread.)
Just checked the docket and @SteveZashin‘s response on behalf of Lane Johnson has dropped with mega exhibits!! Just starting to sort through, but they arrived well armed and this thing isn’t over yet! https://t.co/zw9hzkYgt4
— Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) January 16, 2019
For those who may see the NFLPA’s infractions as “small” or minor, consider this:
While many of the alleged modifications seem fairly small (e.g. number of arbitrators), as I explained in that article the existence of any secret deals leads to the question of what other deals may exist (e.g. Eric Reid’s drug testing). This passage from a 1967 case says it all. pic.twitter.com/SK3q2dK4m9
— Sam C. Ehrlich (@samcehrlich) January 17, 2019
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Jan 13 2019
Part II of a deep-dive on recent NFL Concussion Settlement developments:
To recap the latest developments in the strange world of the NFL Concussion Settlement, four events require closer examination. The NFL’s unexpected withdrawal of a bombshell appeal; the subsequent cancellation of the hearing on that appeal, Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger’s victorious PR campaign, and Her Honor, Judge Anita B. Brody’s substantive ruling on a mooted appeal.
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Jan 11 2019
A hearing to decide the fate of the one of two paths of qualification for monetary awards in the oft-heralded but largely problematic NFL Concussion Settlement was scheduled for January 10. On January 9, it was cancelled and announced that the NFL had withdrawn the appeal that prompted the hearing. Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger proclaimed victory over the NFL and its “meritless appeal,” but in reality, the NFL got everything it asked for and more, so there’s pause to consider if someone was behind a curtain and how things sometimes are not what they appear to be.
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Jan 10 2019
Here’s the quick version. I’ll write more tomorrow.
January 9, 2019 Sheilla Dingus To summarize today’s update in one sentence: the hotly anticipated NFL Concussion Settlement hearing on the NFL’s appeal of generally consistent was cancelled. I had driven about three-quarters of the way to Philadelphia when I got word that the hearing was off. I just returned home after 10 hours of …
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Jan 08 2019
There are lots of recent developments in the NFL Concussion Settlement, so I wanted to get a quick piece out so you’ll have the most recent information in one place.
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Jan 07 2019
As the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Clemson Tigers decide the FBS national championship at Levi’s Stadium tonight, there’s no getting around the fact that the status quo of the industry they are engaged in is paramount to racism and slavery.
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Jan 06 2019
On Jan. 3 Peluso filed a lawsuit in a New Jersey federal court against one of the teams he played for during his nine seasons, the New Jersey Devils. Peluso also listed physicians that treated him during his time with the franchise as defendants, along with another company owned by the Devils and Lou Lamoriello, the general manager of the Devils at the time.
Read the complete lawsuit here.
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Jan 04 2019
On January 2, Judge Anita B. Brody issued an order scheduling a hearing to finally determine the fate of the settlement’s “generally consistent” standard, and with it the fates of hundreds, or possibly thousands of retired NFL players. This is the first record of the issue on the public docket, however the preliminaries leading to the hearing began in the summer of last year.
Approximately 9PM EST, Podhurst Orsek filed a motion requesting leave to participate in the hearing. Details in the tweet thread. (Click on tweet to expand.)
Update: @PodhurstOrseck has requested leave to speak at the January 10 #NFL Concussion Settlement hearing. It’s worth noting that Steven Marks is a member of class counsel. Clearly he has not been kept apprised of the status of his appeal.
— Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) January 5, 2019
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