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NFL Sues More Than 30 Insures Over Refusing to Defend Head Injury Lawsuits

Posted on 16 Aug 2012 by Neilson

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NFLThe National Football League accused more than 30 insurance companies in a lawsuit of refusing to pay for the defense of lawsuits against the league over head injuries suffered by former players.

The NFL is a defendant in at least 143 lawsuits by former players and their spouses, according to a complaint the league filed yesterday in California state court in Los Angeles. The insurers, including Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. and TIG Insurance Co., have refused to defend the NFL in the injury lawsuits, according to the complaint.

The NFL is accused of negligence and failing to inform players of the link between repeated traumatic head impacts and long-term brain injuries, including early onset of Alzheimer’s, dementia and chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a so-called master complaint filed June 7 in federal court in Philadelphia, where 80 cases are consolidated.

The league accuses the insurers of breach of contract and says it has incurred $5 million in attorneys’ fees and other costs to defend against the lawsuits.

“The duty-to-defend policies contractually impose on each issuing insurer a duty to defend any suit against the NFL and/or NFL Properties on account of bodily or personal injury covered or potentially covered by the policy, even if the allegations of the suit are groundless, false or fraudulent,” the NFL said in the complaint.

Janet Ruiz, a spokeswoman for Fireman’s Fund, a unit of Munich-based Allianz SE (ALV), and Paul Rivett, a spokesman for Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (FFH), the owner of TIG Insurance, didn’t immediately return phone calls to their offices after regular business hours yesterday for comment on the lawsuit.

The case is National Football League v. Fireman’s Fund Insurance, BC490342, California Superior Court, Los Angeles County.


Koedr Aug 20 2012 1:04PM Report Abuse
Are you kidding me? Why is any court anywhere even allowing these lawsuits? THIS IS THE TROUBLE WITH AMERICA. Everyone is looking to win the lottery. You mean to tell me that these guys had no clue that ramming your head into something would cause braindamamge? REALLY? I want to slap the Judge who even allows one of these cases into court. I get that everyone should have a right to sue for negligence, but come on. When are we going to start making people responcible for their own actions. I mean really???? None of them ever thought that repeatedly slamming your head into someone's helmet could hurt you? A bunch of COLLEGE (Usually) Educated Guys, didn't know this? Please
The Old Guy Aug 17 2012 4:01AM Report Abuse
Sounds like Workers Comp to me.
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