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NBA Hopeful’s On-Court Death Case Gets New Forum

May 2, 2019, 4:54 PM

Claims that the National Basketball Association is liable for the on-court death of a rising star will now be litigated in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, according to a May 2 court filing.

The transfer follows a ruling by the Eastern District of Michigan that it wasn’t the best forum to decide tort claims stemming from the death of Zena “Zeke” Upshaw, who played for a minor league NBA affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.

The Western District of Michigan is better suited to consider the estate’s negligence claims against the NBA, the Pistons, and the ...