GPW, which pioneered asbestos litigation over 30 years ago, is continuing its groundbreaking work in the area of football concussions. Shareholder Jason Luckasevic filed the first two concussion cases ever against the NFL, NFL Properties, and Riddell in July, 2011.
After years of investigation Jason noticed a void in the efforts of the NFL to properly warn of the risks of multiple concussions. When an independent pathologist found evidence of brain damage in the form of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in Mike Webster, Terry Long, and Justin Strzelczyk, the NFL called the results “speculative” and based on “bad science” in 2006. It became clear that not only was the NFL negligent in their duty of care to disclose the long term health effects of concussions to the players, but the NFL also failed to disclose what it knew.
Jason’s efforts have attracted dozens of the nation’s most prominent trial lawyers to join the fight, which has been described as the next Big Tobacco litigation. Today, over 3,900 retired NFL players have joined the lawsuits which are consolidated in Federal Court in Philadelphia. It is expected that the Court will rule on the NFL’s and Riddell’s legal responsibility to the retired players in early 2013.
Our efforts have resulted in national recognition from large media outlets such as CNN, Fox Sports, ESPN, and the Huffington Post. In fact, Jason will be featured in the upcoming film The United States of Football which documents the effort to help former NFL players who are suffering from brain damage as a result of multiple concussions.
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