Disabled Ex-Player Sues NFL Pension Plan

Law360, New York (November 30, 2010, 4:31 PM EST) -- A former running back for the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers has sued the National Football League’s retirement plan, arguing that the plan's administrators unfairly denied him the highest level of disability payments for injuries stemming from a career-ending helmet-to-helmet tackle.

The plan's board of directors offered contradictory reasons for denying the full benefits to Eric Shelton, who has been disabled since his 2008 injury, according to the complaint filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The board first decided Shelton's...
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