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Ex-NFL Players Defend Depos Of Owners In Painkiller Action

Law360, New York (November 14, 2016, 9:06 PM EST) -- Counsel for retired NFL players alleging that team doctors distributed painkillers “as if they were candy” regardless of long-term effects urged a California federal court Monday to let them depose Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, arguing that the depositions are necessary and appropriate.

The plaintiffs’ counsel William N. Sinclair of Silverman Thompson Slutkin White LLC contended that a Nov. 7 letter brief by the NFL’s 32 teams looking to shield the executives from deposition asks for a protective order that would “obstruct or stall discovery that is both relevant and important to plaintiffs’ case.”...

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