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May 18, 2023

NFL union head brings lawyerly stories to Lathrop event 

By Scott Lauck  DeMaurice “De” Smith describes his role as the primary check on the power of the National Football League — or, as he puts it, “a $20 billion unregulated industry” — in a way only a lawyer could.  “You don’t file a 10-K, you don’t file a 10-Q,” Smith said. “You have no […]

Mar 15, 2023

Lawyers want Roger Goodell role cut in NFL race bias claims

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers for NFL Coach Brian Flores and two other Black coaches asked a judge Tuesday to reconsider her decision letting some of a federal lawsuit’s racial discrimination claims against the league and its teams possibly go before Commissioner Roger Goodell in arbitration proceedings rather than before a jury. In a Manhattan […]

Jul 5, 2017

Labor & Employment — Football Player Wins ERISA Claim for CTE Disability

Solomon v. Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan (Lawyers Weekly No. 001-150-17, 13 pp.) (Duncan, J.) No. 16-1730, June 23, 2017; USDC at Baltimore, Md. (Garbis, J.) 4th Cir. Holding: In denying disability benefits to professional football player Jesse Solomon, who sustained more than 69,000 full-speed contact hits during his nine-year NFL career, the […]

Sep 9, 2014

Ex-SC football player charged with assaulting five students

Former South Carolina and NFL running back Harold Green II has been arrested on charges of assaulting five female high school students.

Jul 1, 2014

Trooper threatened to zap NFL lineman with Taser

A suspended South Carolina state trooper threatened to use a Taser on Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Sam Montgomery during a traffic stop last week for speeding.

Jan 30, 2014

Feds grab $21.6M in counterfeit NFL merchandise

Investigators have seized more than $21.6 million in knockoff souvenir football jerseys, caps and other merchandise, shut down illegal websites and made dozens of arrests in a crackdown on Super Bowl counterfeiters, authorities said Thursday.

Sep 6, 2013

Football player’s widow denied NFL survivor benefits

One woman’s effort to collect spousal benefits from a deceased NFL player was sacked by the South Carolina Supreme Court after the court ruled that the state does not confer any marital rights on people who believed in good faith that they were married to a person but in reality were not.

Aug 29, 2013

NFL to pay $765M to settle concussion lawsuits

The NFL has agreed to spend close to $800 million to diagnose and compensate potentially hundreds of retired players who may be suffering from dementia and other brain disorders they blame on the violent, bone-jarring collisions that pro football has long celebrated in its highlight reels.

Sep 20, 2012

Former NFL running back runs into trouble over nightclub

Former NFL running back Stephen Davis has been arrested after officials say he was operating a nightclub even though its business license had been revoked.

Jul 11, 2012

Columbia firm sues NFL for hiding evidence of head injuries

Columbia’s Strom Law Firm has sued the National Football League in U.S. District Court in South Carolina on behalf of five former players who accuse the league of deliberately concealing scientific evidence that linked repeated concussions to extensive brain damage.

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