Ex-NFL Players Can Add RICO Claim To Painkiller Complaint

By Jack Newsham (November 16, 2016, 5:36 PM EST) -- A proposed class of retired players suing the 32 teams of the National Football League for dishing out painkillers like they were candy got permission from a California federal judge on Wednesday to update their lawsuit with claims that the league violated the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act and other laws.

The former players, whose request to amend their suit wasn't opposed by the teams, can now seek treble damages under RICO if their allegations against the teams overcome their defenses. They say NFL teams have conspired for decades to keep their players drugged up and playing through the pain,...

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