July 19, 2018

In a recent Law360 article, Jenner & Block Partner Michael J. Nelson provided commentary on new developments with a case involving the NHL, where a Minnesota federal judge blocked former players from filing class action claims regarding head trauma and long-term brain diseases.  Unlike similar claims against the NFL, retired players may now have to individually argue their cases—a potential setback in revealing more occurrences of neurological disorders like Alzheimer’s, dementia or CTE.  Mr. Nelson observes that the judge’s ruling may compromise medical monitoring claims as a viable option for former players, adding that “…some low-dollar cases might be so weak that the players give up; those cases may never see the light of day, and the higher dollar cases will still be drawn out over a period of years.”