Former NFL Player Sues Plan Over Disability Benefits

Law360, New York (January 15, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Former St. Louis Rams football player Gaylon M. Hyder has sued the National Football League's benefits plan for retired players, accusing the plan of wrongfully denying him disability benefits for a kidney condition that was exacerbated when the Rams' doctor prescribed him Vioxx, an anti-inflammatory he says he should not have taken.

The Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL Player Retirement Plan has exceeded its deadline for ruling on his appeal of denied benefits in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Hyder said in a lawsuit...
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