NHL concussion lawsuits consolidated under Minnesota judge

Author:
Updated:
Original:

A federal panel ruled Tuesday that all NHL concussion-related lawsuits will be consolidated into one case and heard by a federal judge in Minnesota.

The Associated Press says three lawsuits filed by over 200 players will be consolidated together, with more NHLers expected to file lawsuits in the near future.

The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation assigned the cases to U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson in St. Paul because it provides a central location to where the plaintiffs and witnesses live, the New York Times reports. Many of the players who are part of the lawsuits are from Canada, Minnesota, New York and Washington, reports say.

Nelson is already presiding over one of the concussion lawsuits, The Associated Press notes.

Last fall, NHL players filed the first class-action lawsuit against the NHL, which can be read here. The lawsuit alleges the NHL knew about the dangers of concussions and failed to do enough to reduce the risk of head injuries, as well as educate players about the risk of concussions, Grantland reported last November.

Since then, two more lawsuits have been filed against the NHL. The second lawsuit, which has been criticized for factual inaccuracies, was filed in New York in April.

In July, a Minnesota-based law firm filed a lawsuit on behalf of Minnesota-born player Jon Rohloff, Twin Cities Business Magazine reports. Read that complaint here, which alleges the NHL "promotes, regulates, and profits" from violent conduct, including fighting, but doesn't inform players of the risk.

The AP says similar cases are pending, which could be added to the consolidation order later.

The NHL lawsuits are similar to those filed on behalf of former NFL players, which resulted in a settlement worth more than $870 million. The NCAA agreed to a $70 million settlement in another concussion lawsuit.

Next Up

ballot voting vote

Appeals court changes rules for MN absentee ballots received after Election Day

Pending a further challenge, votes received after 8 p.m. on Election Day may not be counted.

Donald Trump

Confusion over where Trump campaign rally will be held Friday

It sounds like it'll be held at the airport in Rochester.

Screen Shot 2020-10-29 at 3.19.05 PM

This video of the Lowry Hill Tunnel walls being cleaned is oddly satisfying

The tunnel will be closed overnight Thursday for cleaning.

gray wolf

Gray wolf removed from the endangered species list

A decision on whether they can be hunted in Minnesota will come later.

covid saliva test

Minnesota opening its 7th saliva testing location in St. Paul

The tests are free and open to anyone regardless of if they have symptoms.

pete stauber - qunn nystrom CD8

Election 2020 preview: Minnesota's 8th Congressional District

It's a race between incumbent Rep. Pete Stauber and Democratic challenger Quinn Nystrom.

fire, flames

Lives saved as passerby, city workers rescue from 3 from Golden Valley fire

The Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the fire Wednesday morning.

Caribou Coffee Holiday 2020

Caribou Coffee rolls out holiday cups, menu early

The holiday season is underway at some Twin Cities stores, with a nationwide rollout planned for Nov. 5.

Malik Beasley

Charges: Timberwolves' Beasley pointed assault rifle at family on a home tour

The family was on the Parade of Homes tour when Beasley allegedly pointed the gun at them, telling them to get off his property.

Related