NHL Can't Get Most Brain Research Docs From CTE Center

By Emily Field (April 26, 2017, 8:57 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal judge on Wednesday largely denied the National Hockey League's bid to compel the Boston University CTE Center and its researchers to hand over materials related to its study of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the degenerative brain disease at the center of the litigation.

Given the "extraordinary" breadth of the NHL's subpoena, complying with the request would be a significant, overwhelming burden for BU, which is not a party in the litigation, U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson said.

Even putting aside the university's "valid" worries that complying with the subpoena could chill research and dissuade possible future brain donors,...

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