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Johnnie Morton et al v. NFL

Johnnie Morton et al v. NFL

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No.
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GROUP,
INC.;
EASTON-BELLSPORTS,
INC.;
EASTON-BELL
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Defendants.
Plaintiffs,onbehalf
of
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legeasfollows:
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of
Defendantsnamedabove,andherebyal
I.
INTRODUCTION
1.ThisactionisbroughtbyPlaintiffsformerNationalFootballLeague
thelong-termchronicinjuries,
suffered
as
a
result
of
("NFL"or"League")playerswhoseekdamagesfor
financiallosses,expenses,andintangiblelossesthey
Defendants'wrongfulconductwithrespecttoconcussivebraininjuriessustainedby
PlaintiffsduringtheirNFLcareersandthesubsequentdamagingeffects.
2.Formanydecades,evidencehaslinkedinjuriestolong-termneurologicalproblemsinmany
of
theevidenceandthesubsequentdamagingeffects
concussive
brain
injuries;
however,
Defendantsdeliberatelyignored,misrepresented
and
activelyconcealed
the
information
from
Plaintiffs
and
all
others
who
participated
inorganizedfootball.
3.In1994,the
NFL
voluntarilyundertook
TraumaticBrain
Injury
Committee(the"MTBI")inanattempttoundermineexisting
scientificstudiesandevidencethatlinkedheadconcussionsreceivedbyNFLplayers
tolong-termneurologicalproblems.In1997,Riddellbecameapart
of
theMTBFs
project
of
assessingconcussionsandhealthconsequencestoNFLplayersby
analyzingandreconstructingheadimpacts.Thesestudieshavelargelycontradicted
over75years
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weightedscientificevidence.
4.Simplyput,Defendantsnotonlyfailedtoinformplayers
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II.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
5.JurisdictionisbasedupontheCaliforniaConstitutionArticle6,Section
10.
6.VenueisproperinthisCourtpursuanttoSection395(A)
of
the
California
Code
of
CivilProcedure.
III.
IDENTIFICATION
OF
THEPARTIES
Plaintiffs
7.
Mr.
Johnnie
Morton
is
a
resident
of
and
California.
8.Mr.KezMcCorveyisaresident
of
and
Florida.
9.Mr.KurtBarberisaresident
of
andisdbmiciledintheState
of
Kentucky.
10.Mr.MikeSherrardisaresident
of
andi^domiciledintheState
of
California.
11.Mr.StockarMcDougleandhiswife,Odtavia,areresidents
of
andare
domiciled
in
theState
of
Florida.
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Mr.
Toi
Cook
andhis
wife,
Kristine,
arcj
residentsofandare
domiciled
in
theState
of
California.
13.
Mr.
Brian
C.
Dudley
isa
resident
of
ancj
is
domiciled
in
the
State
of
California.
14.Mr.
Brad
Booth
isaresident
of
and
is
domiciled
in
theState
of
California.
15.
Mr.
Chris
Hale
is
a
resident
of
and
is
domiciled
in
the
State
of
California.
16.
Mr.
JohnJackson
and
hiswife,
Ann
Frances,
are
residents
of
and
are
domiciled
in
theState
of
California.
17.
Mr.
Dennis
Clayandhis
wife,
Stacey,
a|"e
residents
of
andare
domiciled
2
is
domiciled
in
the
State
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is
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the
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