Ex-NFL Trainer Must Arbitrate Defamation Claims

By Nathan Hale (August 4, 2016, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court Thursday affirmed a trial judge's ruling enforcing an arbitration clause in a defamation suit against the Miami Dolphins by a former head trainer fired in 2014 as a result of the "Bullygate" scandal, but left a key question about the trainer's employment agreement unanswered.

The Fourth District provided no explanation as it issued a per curiam affirmance. Its decision upheld an Aug. 28, 2015, ruling by Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Donald W. Hafele that found the arbitration clause to be valid and that the case brought by longtime team employee Kevin O'Neill and his wife, Anne, against...

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