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NFL Cases

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You can access documents currently contributed by Advocacy for Fairness in Sports by clicking here. At present, we have uploaded hundreds of the thousands of documents we’ve acquired and will be adding more weekly until hopefully, all have been shared, so check back frequently.

We are also in the process of linking our documents with related articles from Advocacy for Fairness in Sports, and sometimes other sources, as well as law review articles that may have been used in our research.

Documents are Organized by Project, and while most projects are still in progress, and many more are being added, we want you to have access to what we’ve shared.  Our documents are organized primarily by case name.  The projects listed below are the are currently accessible; please check back frequently for additions

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NFL

Project

Case Type

Case Status

Aaron Hernandez (daughter) v NFL
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323 1:18-cv-4064-AB
CTE
Loss of
Consortium
closed/dismissed
Adrian Robinson Sr. v NFL
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323 / 2:17-cv-02736-AB
CTE Death active
Amon Gordon Appeal
NFL Concussion Settlement Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
claim determination On appeal to the Third Circuit (Rule 60 motion undecided)
Amon Gordon Claim Determination Appeal
Third Circuit Court of Appeals 19-2753
claim determination Active
Andre Royal v NFL, NFLPA, Bert Bell-Pete Rozelle Retirement Plan Southern District of New York 19-cv-05164 ERISA active
Antonio LeMon v NFL
Supreme Court of Louisiana 2019-CC-1264
“No Call” lawsuit closed
Art DeCarlo Jr. v NFL
Supreme Court of New York 161644/2015
CTE Death closed/settled
Britney Taylor v Antonio Brown
Southern District of Florida 0:19-cv-62258
sexual assault withdrawn and refiled
Charles Dimry v Bert Bell-Pete Rozelle NFL Players Disability Plan
Northern District of California 16-cv-01413-JD
ERISA closed
Charles Dimry v. Bert Bell Pete Rozelle NFL Player Disability Plan (2019 Case Seeking to Enforce Court’s Order) Northern District of California 3:19-cv-05360 ERISA active
Christopher Hudson v NFL, NFLPA, Bert Bell-Peter Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan
Southern District of New York 1:18-cv-04483
ERISA (putative
class action)
active
Christoper Young v Bert Bell-Pete Rozelle NFL Player Disability Plan
District of Colorado 18-cv-02987-WJM
ERISA closed
settlement
City of Oakland v Raiders
Northern District of California 3:18-cv-07444
breach of contract active
Corey Fuller v Timothy Howard
Second Judicial Circuit for Leon County Florida 2018-CA-001464
Financial Fraud active
Darren Mickell v. Bert Bell-Pete Roselle NFL Retirement Plan
Southern District of Florida 0:15-cv-62195-JC
ERISA on appeal
Darryl Ashmore v NFL Player Disability and Neurocognitive Benefit Plan
Southern District of Florida 9:16-cv-8710-KAM
ERISA closed
DeAngelo Vehicle Sales v Adrian Peterson
NY Supreme Court County of Erie 813400/2018
contract dispute settled
Deflategate
Collection of Documents Spanning the NFL hearings through District Court and finally the Second Circuit
(where the precedent continues to live.)
labor closed
(Personal note: Deflategate was my springboard into sports law writing and NFL investigative reporting, so you might say Deflategate’s responsible for this site. ~Sheilla)
Delvin Williams v Bert Bell-Pete Rozell NFL Player Retirement Plan
Northern District of California 5:19-cv-04236NC
ERISA active
Erin Henderson v New York Jets
District of New Jersey 2:17-cv-10110-SDW
labor/ADA
violations
active
Etopia Evans v Arizona Cardinals et al
Northern District of California 2:15-cv-01030-WHA
Painkillers closed
Etopia Evans v Arizona Cardinals et al
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 17-16693
Painkillers closed
Haruki Nakamura v BRG Sports (Riddell)
Circuit Court of Cook County 17-L-10123 |Illinois First Division Appellate Court 1-19-0397 (Opinion only)
Product liability/
brain injury
Remanded to trial court
In re: Riddell Football Helmets 1-18-0392, Butler v BRG Sports
Illinois First Division Appellate Court 1-19-0397 1-18-0394 (Opinion only)
Product liability/
brain injury 
closed
Jared Allen v Pain Free Life Centers
Michigan Eastern District Court 2:18-cv-13902-GCS-APP
False Endorsement
False Advertising
Rights of Publicity Violation
closed/
settlement
Jesse Solomon v Bert Bell-Pete Rozell NFL Player Retirement Plan
District of Maryland 1:14-cv-03570-MJG
ERISA appealed/
closed
Jesse Solomon v Bert Bell-Pete Rozell NFL Player Retirement Plan
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 16-1730
ERISA closed
Kelci (Korey) Stringer v NFL
Southern District of Ohio; 2:03-cv-00665
wrongful heatstroke death of Korey Stringer closed/
settlement
Kevin Burnett v Riddell
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323 / 2:18-cv-00551-AB
Brain Injury active
Lane Johnson v NFL, NFLPA
Northern District of Ohio 5:17-cv-00047-SL
Labor transferred to SDNY
Lane Johnson v NFL, NFLPA
Southern District of New York 1:17:-cv-05131-RJS
Labor under appeal
Lane Johnson v NFLPA
Second Circuit Court of Appeals 19-2734
Labor active
Legacy Pro Sports v Olusey Ajirotutu
Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit of Lee County, FL
Contract dispute active
Matthew Hogan v Patrick Chung, Matthew Weymouth
California Central District 2:19-cv-02306
Assault/
libel/
defamation
active
NFL Disability Plan Documents n/a
NFL Concussion Litigation (2012-2014)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Litigation (2015-2016)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement MDL 2323 (2017)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement (2018)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement (2019)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement ( Ancillary Matters)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement (Miscellaneous Documents)Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323 Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement (Off Docket Filings)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury settlement
NFL Concussion Settlement (Opt-Out documents)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania MDL 2323
Brain Injury 3 cases active
NFL Concussion Settlement (Riddell Litigation)
Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2:19-md-02323-AB
Liability/brain injury litigation against helmet maker Riddell active
NFL Concussion Settlement-Attorney Fee Appeals
Third Circuit Court of Appeals 18-02253
Appeal of Common Benefit Fee Allocation active
Thrivest Specialty Funding v Toby L Wright
Eastern District of Pennsylvania 18-cv0464 (Settlement funding case related to NFL Concussion Settlement)
Contract dispute active
Thrivest Specialty Funding v William White
Eastern District of Pennsylvania 2:18-cv-01877-AB (Settlement funding case related to NFL Concussion Settlement)
Contract dispute active
NFL Concussion Settlement:
In re: Thrivest Specialty Funding

Third Circuit Court of Appeals 19-03149
Petition for Writ of Mandamus active
NFL Insurers (Alterra) Litigation
Supreme Court of New York 652813-2012
Breach of
Contract/
Duty to
Indemnify
active
NFL Insurers (Discover) Litigation
Supreme Court of New York 652933-2012
Breach of
Contract/
Duty to
Indemnify
active
NFLPA Financials (February 28, 2019) n/a
New York Attorney General et al v NFL
NYAG Antitrust Bureau; 16-181
antitrust settled
Richard Dent v NFL
Northern District of California 3:14-cv-02324-WHA
Painkillers on appeal
Richard Dent v NFL (First Appeal)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 15-15143
Painkillers closed
Richard Dent v NFL (Second Appeal)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals 19-16017
Painkillers active
Rontez Miles v NFL
District of New Jersey 2:19-cv-18327
ADA active
Ryan Claridge v I-Flow Corp
District of Nevada 2:18-cv-01654
Product liability active
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) v Cambridge Capital et al
Northern District of Florida 4:19-cv-00420
financial fraud against retired NFL players active
Sharrif Floyd v Dr. James Andrews
Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial Circuit, Orange County, Florida 2018-CA-012128-O
Medical Malpractice moved to County of Santa Clara (awaiting refiling)
Tyrone Keys v Bert Bell-Pete Rozelle NFL Retirement Plan
Middle District of Florida 8:18-cv-02098
ERISA active

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