9th Circ. Doubts NFL Contract's Workers' Comp Limits

Law360, Los Angeles (May 11, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit voiced doubts Friday that the National Football League Management Council can enforce a contract provision blocking former Tennessee Titans offensive lineman Bruce Matthews from pursuing workers’ compensation benefits in California, pointing to a 1935 U.S. Supreme Court decision finding the right to seek such benefits unwaivable.

"You’re up against a hard place," U.S. Circuit Judge John T. Noonan, Jr., told the NFL Management Council’s attorney Rex Heinke, citing the decision in Alaska Packers Association v. Industrial Accident Commission of California. "It’s only been...
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