Case Information

On November 25, 2013, the first of five proposed class action cases was filed by over two dozen former National Hockey League (“NHL”) players against the NHL regarding traumatic brain injuries.  The plaintiffs generally allege that the NHL failed to warn its players of the short and long-term effects of repeated concussions and head trauma, failed to adequately care for its players after they received such injuries, and promoted and glorified unreasonable and unnecessary violence leading to head trauma.  Plaintiffs allege these actions and inactions by the NHL resulted in players suffering from, or increased the risk of contracting, serious brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s, and accelerated the speed and severity of players’ post-retirement mental decline. 

On August 19, 2014, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation determined that the NHL players’ concussion injury cases involved common questions of fact and that centralization of the cases in the District of Minnesota was appropriate.  All similar cases by former NHL players against the NHL were transferred to the District of Minnesota and assigned to the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson for coordinated or consolidated pretrial proceedings. 

On September 14, 2014, the law firms of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, Silverman Thompson Slutkin White LLC, and Zimmerman Reed, PLLP, were appointed as Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel by the Honorable Susan Richard Nelson, United States District Judge for the District of Minnesota, in In re National Hockey League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation, MDL No. 14-2551 (SRN/JSM) (D. Minn.).

On October 20, 2014, Plaintiffs’ Co-Lead Counsel filed a Master Administrative Long-Form and Class Action Complaint against the NHL.

On March 25, 2015, District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the NHL’s motion to dismiss the Master Complaint based on the sufficiency of the allegations.

On May 18, 2016, District Judge Susan Richard Nelson denied the NHL’s motion to dismiss the First Amended Complaint based on labor law preemption.

Case Documents

02/17/17 Motions Hearing and Formal Status Conference
02/13/17 Defendant National Hockey League's reply Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Compel Production of Documents from the Boston University CTE Center
02/08/17 Declaration of Charles S. Zimmerman in Support of Trustees of Boston university's Opposition to National Hockey League's Motion to Compel
02/08/17 Plaintiffs' Memorandum in Support of Trustees of Boston University's Opposition to National Hockey Leagues's Motion to Compel
02/06/17 Affidavit of Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.
02/06/17 Affidavit of Nigel J. Cairns. Ph.D.
02/06/17 Affidavit of Robert A. Stern, Ph.D.
02/06/17 Affidavit of Ann C. Mckee, M.D.
02/06/17 Declaration of La Wrence S. Elswit in Support of Respondent Trustees of Boston University's Memorandum in Opposition to National Hockey League's Motion to Compel
02/06/17 Respondent Trustees of Boston University's Memorandum in Opposition to national Hockey Leagie's Motion to Compel
01/19/17 Declaration of Rudy Castellani, MD in Support of Defendant National Hockey League's Motion to Compel Production of Documents from the Boston University CTE Center
01/19/17 Declaration of Daniel J. Connolly in Support of Defendant National Hockey League's Motion to Compel Production of Documents from the Boston University CTE Center
01/19/17 Defendant National Hockey Lkeague's Memorandum of Law in Support of Motion to Compel Production of Documents from the Boston University CTE Center
01/12/17 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on January 12, 2017
12/08/16 Declaration of Charles S. Zimmerman in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and for Appointment of Class Representatives and Class Counsel
12/08/16 Memorandum of Law in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification and for Appointment of Class Representatives and Class Counsel
12/08/16 Declaration of D'Arcy Jenish
12/08/16 Declaration of Thomas Blaine Hoshizaki, Ph.D
12/08/16 Declaration of R. Dawn Comstock, Ph.D
12/08/16 Declaration of Stephen T. Casper, Ph.D
12/08/16 Declaration of Robert C. Cantu, M.A., M.D., FACS, FAANS, FICS, FACSM
11/29/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on November 29, 2016
11/15/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on November 15, 2016
10/17/16 Plaintiffs' Second Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint
10/12/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on October 12, 2016
9/8/16 Amended Pretrial Order No. 22 Second Revised Schedule Regarding Issues Related to Class Certification
8/25/16 Hearing on Plaintiffs Motion to Add Class Representative
7/28/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on July 28, 2016
7/13/16 Memorandum Opinion and Order on Plaintiffs’ Motion to Enforce Subpoena to the Chubb Corporation
7/13/16 Pretrial Order No. 21 - Revised Schedule Regarding Issues Related to Class Certification
6/28/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on June 28, 2016
5/24/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on May 24, 2016
5/18/16 Memorandum Opinion and Order - Motion to Dismiss Denied on May 18, 2016
4/19/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on April 19, 2016
3/22/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference and Discovery Status Report on March 22, 2016
2/16/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference and Discovery Status Report on February 16, 2016
1/15/16 Plaintiffs' First Amended Consolidated Class Action Complaint
2/3/16 Ledyard Class Action Complaint
1/20/16 Order Granting in Part & Denying in Part Motion to Compel De-Designation of Confidentiality
1/7/16 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on January 7, 2016
12/8/15 Montador Estate Complaint
12/1/15 Transcript of Status Conference on December 1, 2015
11/23/15 Muni Class Action Complaint
11/17/15 Motion of CTV to Intervene for Purpose of Requesting De-Designation of Documents
11/5/15 Transcript of Formal Status Conference on November 5, 2015
11/6/15 Pretrial Order No. 18 - Revised Schedule Regarding Issues Related to Class Certification
10/20/15 Oliwa Class Action Complaint
10/6/15 Transcript of Status Conference on October 6, 2015
9/16/15 Amended Pretrial Order No. 6 - Deposition Protocol
9/14/15 Petit Class Action Complaint
9/9/15 Pretrial Order No. 16 - Defendant Fact Sheets - Exhibit A
9/9/15 Pretrial Order No. 16 - Defendant Fact Sheets
8/6/15 Transcript of Status Conference on August 6, 2015
7/31/15 Order Compelling Production of Concussion Injury Databases and Reports
7/14/15 Transcript of Status Conference on July 14, 2015
7/2/15 Transcript of Status Conference on July 2, 2015
6/4/15 Transcript of Status Conference on June 4, 2015
6/1/15 Pretrial Order No. 15 - Plaintiff Fact Sheets
5/5/15 Pretrial Order No. 14 - Concerning Deposition of Commissioner Gary Bettman
4/23/15 Amended Protective Order
4/22/15 Transcript of Proceedings Before Judge Susan Richard Nelson on April 22, 2015
3/25/15 Memorandum Opinion and Order Denying Motion to Dismiss Under Rules 12(b)(6) and 9(b)
3/16/15 Pretrial Order No. 13 - Scope of Discovery
3/6/15 Pretrial Order No. 12 – Informal Discovery Conference Protocol
3/4/15 Transcript of Proceedings Before Judge Susan Richard Nelson on March 4, 2015
2/9/15 Adams-Goring Class Action Complaint
2/4/15 Pretrial Order No. 11 - Deposition Protocol
1/16/15 Plaintiffs' First Set of Interrogatories to Defendant National Hockey League
1/16/15 Plaintiffs' First Requests for Production of Documents to Defendant National Hockey League
1/9/15 Pretrial Order No. 10
1/8/15 Transcript of Proceedings Before Judge Susan Richard Nelson on January 8, 2015
12/19/14 Pretrial Order No. 9 - Privilege Protocol
12/19/14 Protective Order
12/19/14 Pretrial Order No. 8 - Certification Schedule
12/19/14 Pretrial Order No. 7 - Document Production - ESI Protocol
12/19/14 Pretrial Order No. 6 - Deposition Protocol
12/19/14 Pretrial Order No. 5
12/9/14 Plaintiffs’ Memorandum in Opposition to Preemption Motion to Dismiss
12/9/14 Plaintiffs’ Memorandum in Opposition to 12(b)(6) and 9(b) Motions to Dismiss
11/7/14 Pretrial Order No. 4
10/20/14 Master Administrative Long-Form and Class Action Complaint
9/23/14 Pretrial Order No. 3
9/19/14 Amended Pretrial Order No. 2
9/18/14 Order Appointing Co-Lead Counsel, Liaison Counsel, and Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee
9/9/14 Pretrial Order No. 1 (Establishing Preliminary Procedures)
8/19/14 Transfer Order
5/16/14 The LaCouture Plaintiffs’ Response to NHL’s Petition to Transfer before the MDL
4/25/14 NHL's Petition to Transfer before the MDL 
4/11/14 Complaint