NFL Players' Opioid Suit's RICO Claims Are Sacked

Law360, San Francisco (February 9, 2017, 7:12 PM EST) -- A California federal judge sacked a lawsuit by former NFL players alleging teams distributed painkillers to players to keep them on the field without regard to long-term health risks, tossing many of their claims, including claims against 24 of the 32 NFL teams.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup gutted the former players’ claims, tossing their Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims as being time-barred and dismissing a state law conspiracy claim, according to a ruling Feb. 3. But he allowed some claims against eight of the teams to continue. The written decision comes after the judge indicated the players’ claims...

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