NHL Player's Widow Says CBA Doesn't Preempt Injury Claims

Law360 (September 12, 2019, 6:57 PM EDT) -- The widow of NHL player Todd Ewen attempted to overcome a hurdle at the center of concussion and head injury lawsuits against the league Wednesday and urged a California federal court to reject the NHL's argument that its labor agreements cover her claims.

The NHL told the court Kelli Ewen’s claims that the league hid the dangers of head injuries in hockey and botched an analysis of her husband's brain are completely preempted by federal labor law, as they require interpretation of the league’s collective bargaining agreements with players, a move that could doom her lawsuit. 

But Kelli Ewen, whose husband...

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