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“Concussions May Prove to Be a Major Headache for the NFL: Players’ Class Action Suit Places a Bounty on the League,” NYSBA Journal

October 2012
Joseph M. Hanna

Recent events such as the deaths/suicides of several National Football League alumni, groundbreaking clinical studies, and, most important, a giant class-action lawsuit that threatens the financial livelihood of the league itself have once again brought the topic of sports-related head injuries to the forefront of national attention.

“The question on everyone’s mind is whether the NFL will face liability for its arguably deficient efforts to inform players of the risks associated with football-induced head trauma,” writes Joseph M. Hanna, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group, in this article for the New York State Bar Association Journal. “While the league is not without its own defenses to liability, it will still be interesting to see how the lawsuit unfolds in the months to come.”

In this article, Joe provides a comprehensive examination of the NFL concussion controversy, including congressional and scientific investigations, remedial measures taken by the league, and legal implications of the NFL Committee’s prior policies — both offense and defense.

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