A federal appeal court on Wednesday dismissed a lawsuit filed by 12 football players and the estate of one who had died who accused the National Football League of intentionally pushing injured players back into the field for play after giving them medication.
The NFL-so-called "return-to-play" program is alleged to damage the players "even though they have suffered physical injuries that have not yet completely healed," according to documents in no. 17-16693 filed in 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeal in San Francisco. The upholstery is called more than a dozen professional teams as respondents.
After submitting their original complaint, the complainants changed their complaint in November 201
A federal district court then dismissed RICO claims as a refuge because it fell outside the four-year charter of restrictions. In their appeal, the applicants argued that their civilian RICO claims were "in time because their RICO claims did not begin until March 2014, when the plaintiffs allegedly first learned about the defendants' fraudulent systems", according to documents.
Also, accused that their RICO claims should be fairly guilty because they were accused of "fraudulent concealment" of misleading players, according to documents.
"Applicants' argument that defender's doctors and trainers engaged in" passive behavior ", namely not disclosing the consequences of taking different drugs, hidden by the claimants that their RICO claims are disappearing, also fails," the ruling states and added that the plaintiff's complaint is "full" with facts that they took "pills on aircraft, in unmarked containers and without prescriptions."
The verdict also confirms that the case falls outside the limit.
The plaintiffs' lawyers are not immediately reached for comment.