Joseph M. Hanna, Chair of Goldberg Segalla’s Sports and Entertainment Practice Group and editor of the firm’s Sports and Entertainment Law Insider blog, was interviewed by Law360 on the ongoing multidistrict litigation over National Football League concussions. The article followed ESPN’s publishing of a letter from the director of an NFL retirement plan to an attorney for deceased former Hall of Fame center Mike Webster, which showed the NFL concluded that football can cause devastating long-term head injuries.
“[T]he failure-to-warn claims … seem much more dangerous to the league than they did a few days ago,” Joe told Law360, noting that the ESPN report referenced rulings for multiple players also helps the plaintiffs. “While, taken alone, Webster’s case isn’t necessarily that damning, the fact that the disability board appeared to have similar records for other players could prove problematic for the NFL.”
Joe has written extensively on the NFL concussion litigation, most recently in “Concussions May Prove to Be a Major Headache for the NFL: Players’ Class Action Suit Places a Bounty on the League,” New York State Bar Association Journal, October 2012.