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Little et al. v. NFL

Little et al. v. NFL

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTEASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
Floyd Little, Reggie Swinton, Henry Bradley,Tanya Bradley, Stu Voigt, Linda Voigt,Frederick Dean, Vivian Dean, Anthony Liscio,Annette Liscio, Robert Meeks, Fernon Meeks,Ronald Egloff, Julee Egloff, Donald Rolle,Terry Hermeling, Gregg Schumacher, DonnaSchumacher, Kenneth Geddes, Carole Geddes,Maurice Youmans, Betty Youmans, LyleBlackwood, Michael Guman, Karen Guman,Kenneth Kortas, Judith Ann Kortas, RalphKurek, Connie Kurek, Alfred Anderson,Kimberly Anderson, Harold Hays, LillianHays, Samuel Horner III, Lynne Ford Horner,William Lueck, Mary Lueck, Timothy L.Smith, Bobby D. Boyd, Wanda Joyce Boyd,Kenneth Greene, Tina Greene, Bryan Millard,John E. Reeves, Jr., Wayne Harrison Walker,Sylvia Elise Walker, Sandy Durko, Teresa Nielson Durko, Robert Newton, Mickey Pruitt,Thomas J. Sherman, Ruth Ann Sherman, ScottHutchinson, Sharyn Hutchinson, John M.Williams, Barbara Butts Williams, DanielHunter Jr., Bevelyn Hunter, Richard Camarillo,Mary Camarillo, Emery Moorhead, RickeyHunley, Camille Moore Hunley, RobertBabich, Barbara Babich, Steve Baumgartner,Mary Baumgartner, John Fuqua, Sheree Fuqua,Vashone Adams, John Rowser, ConstanceRowser, Gail Cogdill, Dian Lynn Cogdill,Selwyn Jones, Raquel Jones, Ronald Acks,Judith Acks, Charles Brown, Sarah Brown,Ronald Carpenter Jr., Tamara Carpenter,Randall Morris, Richard Cash, Joan Cash,Frank Nunley, Lynn Nunley, Cecil MartinChase, Levar Fisher, Jacinta Fisher, LeonardHumphries, Jennifer Humphries, BronzellMiller, Bill Swain, Jane Frederickson, StephenHolden, Veronica Holden, John Hicks,Michael A. Butler, Darlene Butler, ChristianDieterich, Fred Marion, Annie Marion, JerryInman, Barbara Inman, Karl Powe, MelissaPowe, Mark Arneson, Kristine Arneson, ScottBolzan, Joan Bolzan, Tom Sorensen, JoyceSorensen, Brandon Winey, Woodrow GreenJr., David Pivec, Sharon Pivec, Jeffrey Smith,Christie Smith, Jerry Woods, Rhonda Woods,Case No. ________________________ 
COMPLAINTJURY TRIAL DEMANDED
 
 Glen Collins, Charlotte Collins, ThomasHendricks, Godwin Turk, Joyce Turk, RobertTerry Miller, Lance Brown, Jill Brown, OthaBradley, Willa Bradley, James Arnold,Anthony McGee, Novena McGee, Rick Fenney, Claudie Minor Jr., Vickie Ann Minor,Robert Gladieux, Ingeborg Gladieux, SamuelHavrilak, Terry Havrilak, Erric Pegram,Michelle Pegram, Robert Horn, Deborah Horn,Ralph Stockemer, Jessica Stockemer, DouglasR. Dilts, Anthony Thompson, Lori Thompson,L. Drew Buie, Pamela Buie, James Battle,Dorothy Battle, Robert Tucker, Janet Tucker,Bobby Ray Franklin, Joan Franklin, RubinCarter, Karen Carter, Gerald Irons Sr., MyrnaIrons, Dominec Boddie, James D. Jensen,Dawn Jensen, Johnny Lee Davis, David Roller,Marion Roller, William Griggs III, ChristineGriggs, Leander Jordan, Kenneth DickersonSr., Marie Dickerson, John Kompara, DianeKompara, Joseph Pagliei, Rita Pagliei, CurleyCulp, Larry Bates, Joan Wakeley, Ira Watley,Charles Hennigan, Ernest Jones, Tony McGee,Jacqueline London, Alan Veingrad, RobertCoons, Holly Coons, Gary Knafelc, EmilyKnafelc, Ronald Hallstrom, Conrad Goode,Ronald Hall, Jayne Hall, Jerry Rush, LilianeRush, Terry Stoepel, Renita Stoepel, RichardArndt, and Josephine Arndt,Plaintiffs,v. National Football League and NFL Properties,LLC,Defendants.
 
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Plaintiffs, by and through their attorneys, for this Complaint against Defendants the National Football League and NFL Properties, LLC, named above hereby allege as follows:
INTRODUCTION
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In 2002, Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic pathologist and neuropathologist inPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, became the first doctor to identify a brain condition termed “ChronicTraumatic Encephalopathy” or “CTE” in a retired football player. Dr. Omalu discovered thecondition, marked by dark brown protein staining on the brain, when studying the brain of MikeWebster, a National Football League Hall of Famer who died at age 50 after years of severedepression and dementia that had reduced him to homelessness.2.
 
By 2007, Dr. Omalu had identified CTE in the brains of four deceased former  NFL players. He determined the brain damage he found in the players was the same conditionfound in punch-drunk boxers.3.
 
Also in 2007, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that the NFL had beenstudying the effects of concussions on its players for “close to 14 years[.]”4.
 
At that time, the NFL unequivocally asserted there was “no evidence of worsening injury or chronic cumulative effects” from multiple concussions and that “many NFL players can be safely allowed to return to play” on the same day of a concussion if they werewithout symptoms and cleared by a (team) physician.5.
 
The NFL’s position was completely contrary to the over 75 years of study andknowledge within the scientific and medical community regarding the diagnosis and treatment of concussions.6.
 
Because the NFL’s position was that football-related concussions were not seriousinjuries and should prevent players from returning to play, its common policy and practice for all

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