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Thursday, October 03, 2013

Ind. Courts - "Two former college football players file class-action lawsuit alleging NCAA ignored concussions"

Zak Keefer reports today in the Indianapolis Star:

A class-action lawsuit filed in Indiana alleges that the NCAA has for decades largely ignored the long-term damage of concussions in college football.

Plaintiffs John DuRocher and Darin Harris, both former college football players, also named helmet manufacturer Riddell in the lawsuit.

It alleges that the NCAA “has breached its duty to protect college football players in the face of long-standing and overwhelming evidence regarding the need to do so.”

NCAA spokesman Stacey Osburn said in an email, “We have not seen the complaint, so we cannot comment at this time.”

DuRocher, a former quarterback for the Universities of Oregon and Washington, and Harris, a former safety at the University of Washington, filed the suit Tuesday through Indianapolis-based law firm Cohen & Malad.

The suit was filed in U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana on behalf of all former NCAA football players who suffered concussions leading to long-term serious injury. It claims the players developed chronic headaches, dizziness, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or other physical and mental problems as a result of the injuries. * * *

The suit comes after a $765 million settlement in August between the NFL and more than 45,000 of its former players on the same topic.

It’s not the first such suit filed against the NCAA. In September of 2011, Adrian Arrington, a former Eastern Illinois player, sued to seek damages because of repeated concussions he suffered while playing.

Since Arrington’s lawsuit was filed, the NCAA has hired a chief medical officer and donated a $400,000 grant to further study concussion and brain injuries suffered in college sports.

ILB: Here is a copy of the complaint.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on October 3, 2013 10:41 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts