California Judge Throws Out Former-NFL Player’s Workers’ Compensation Claim for Lack of Jurisdiction
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California Judge Throws Out Former-NFL Player’s Workers’ Compensation Claim for Lack of Jurisdiction

July 22, 2019

The end zone wasn’t a place Evan Moore spent much meaningful time during his brief NFL career.

Nor was California, a state workers’ compensation judge has ruled regarding Moore’s claim for injuries he allegedly sustained as a player.

Although Moore signed with five teams and played with three between May 2008 and his retirement in the spring of 2013, none of them was based in the Golden State, and none of the contracts Moore signed was made there. So when he filed a California workers’ compensation claim against the Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Seattle Seahawks, and Philadelphia Eagles, the judge threw it out. That California is where Moore lives and where his agent was based wasn’t enough to establish jurisdiction in that state, the judge ruled.

Moore can appeal, but the judge’s decision augurs yet another successful client defense for Goldberg Segalla partner Joshua J. Roberts, a co-chair of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment practice group, which assists entertainment studios, global media companies, major league sports franchises, and related entities with all types of workers compensation concerns, as well as employment and labor, general defense, cybersecurity, patent infringement, and transactions and contracts.

Josh focuses on defending and counseling clients in workers’ compensation and employment-related matters. He is a key counselor to executives in numerous major-league sports organizations and franchises, including members of the NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL, and he regularly defends these major-league sports entities in employment and labor-related matters on trial and appeal.

In the Moore case, Josh represented the Seattle Seahawks. The judge’s June 27, 2019, decision is a win for that organization as well as the other defendants but another anticlimax for Moore, who caught 63 passes for a total of 810 yards in the NFL but scored only five touchdowns. Now a FOX Sports college-football analyst, Moore claims he sustained head, neck, spine, neurological, internal, and other injuries during his playing career.