Judge Nixes Claims NFL Teams Pushed Painkillers On Players
By Zachary Zagger (May 16, 2017, 5:16 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Monday dealt a potential knockout blow to claims by former NFL players alleging the league's 32 teams pressured them to abuse prescription painkillers, dismissing all but a few claims and criticizing the players for bringing mostly unnecessary allegations to push an "advocacy-based agenda."
U.S. District Judge William Alsup dismissed nearly all of the remaining claims in the proposed class action against the NFL teams without permission to further amend the allegations, leaving alive only claims by two players against three of the teams. Judge Alsup had already tossed RICO claims and others earlier this year.
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