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Judge lets ex-NHL player lawsuit over concussions continue

March 26, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) — The NHL’s motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit brought by former players over concussion-related injuries has been largely rejected by a federal judge, allowing the claims to move forward.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued her order Wednesday.

The plaintiffs in the case have been seeking unspecified financial damages and medical monitoring for neurological disorders. Their stance is the league had the knowledge and resources to better prevent head trauma, failed to properly warn players of such risks and promoted violent play that led to their injuries.

Nelson wrote that the former players “adequately alleged that the NHL negligently or fraudulently omitted information about the dangers and risks of repeated head trauma,” in this case.

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