NFL Former Players’ Drug Abuse Suit Revived as Season Opens (1)

Sept. 6, 2018, 5:22 PM; Updated: Sept. 6, 2018, 8:07 PM

Former National Football League players who claim they suffered permanent damage, addiction or other harm from being routinely given opioids and painkillers to keep them on the field had their lawsuit against league revived by an appeals court.

A federal judge threw out the lawsuit in 2014, finding that collective bargaining rules barred such complaints. The U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco Sept. 6 reversed the ruling, finding the players’ claims didn’t arise from a collective bargaining agreement that required them to file a league grievance.

The ruling on the first day of the 2019 season adds to the ...

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