Posted November 11th, 2014 by Mel Owens
The NFL’s Motion To Dismiss hearing was held on 10/30/14. Judge Alsup questioned each side extensively regarding preemption of the lawsuit due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). It maintains the Plaintiff’s position that the NFLPA does not represent retired players. Also, the allegations containe[...]
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NHL Concussion Lawsuit Update
Posted July 30th, 2014 by Mel Owens
On June 25, 2014, my partners from NBO Law and I attended the NHL Concussion conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Present were several dozen retired NHL players and representatives from the three law firms who have filed NHL Concussion Lawsuits.  As you are aware, our law firms Namanny, Byrne & Owens (NBO) and Sil[...]
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EXCLUSIVE: DEA Investigates Prescription Drug Abuse in NFL Locker Rooms
Posted July 14th, 2014 by Mel Owens
A probe into the use of painkillers, sleeping pills and other prescription drugs illegally provided by the NFL to 1,300 retirees is being investigated by the Drug Enforcement Administration after attorneys’ for the retired players filed a lawsuit. This is the second major allegation in recent years following the [...]
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NBO Law NFL Prescription Drug Lawsuit
Posted May 27th, 2014 by Mel Owens
Class Action Law Suit Filed Against NFL Alleges Prescription Drug Abuse The law firm of Namanny, Byrne, and Owens, in conjunction with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White, has filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL. The lawsuit alleges the NFL supported an environment in which prescription drugs and controlle[...]
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Concussions Can Change Your Life
Posted April 16th, 2014 by Mel Owens
At NBO Law, we speak with professional athletes almost every day. Concussions are a common topic and still carry a surprising level of confusion regarding the long term effects of multiple head trauma, despite the abundance of information being put out by the media. For example, did you know studies show that less than[...]
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Four Former High-Profile Players Join Class Action Lawsuit Against NHL
Posted February 21st, 2014 by Mel Owens
The Law Firm of Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White (STSW) in conjunction with Namanny, Byrne & Owens (NBO Law) have filed an Amended Class Action Complaint in the matter of Leeman, et al. v. National Hockey League, et al. (Civil Case No. 13-CV-1856-KBJ) in the United States District Court for the District of [...]
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Mel Owens named a Top Influencer by The Hockey News
Posted February 13th, 2014 by Mel Owens
The Hockey News has named Mel Owens as a “Person of Power & Influence” in the 2014 edition of their annual list. Click on the image above to learn more about what Mel has been doing to strengthen his influence in the hockey world and procure a spot on the list.[...]
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“Back then, you needed an arm dangling by a thread not to play.” -Nick Kypreos, 8 Year NHL Veteran
Posted December 3rd, 2013 by Mel Owens
Mel Owens, one of the attorneys involved in the class-action lawsuit against the NHL, was recently a guest on Hockey Central at Noon. After an interesting conversation with hosts Doug MacLean, Nick Kypreos and Darren Millard regarding the merits of the lawsuit, the hosts took to discussing the issue among themselves. W[...]
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Concussion Lawsuit Filed Against the NHL
Posted November 25th, 2013 by Mel Owens

Class Action Lawsuit Leveled Against NHL Alleging Negligent Behavior

In a cross-country collaboration, the Laguna Hills, California based law firm of Namanny, Byrne, and Owens is filing a class action lawsuit in conjunction with Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White of Baltimore, Maryland. The class action[...]

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AB 1309 Has Been Amended: New Filing Deadline is September 15, 2013
Posted September 6th, 2013 by Mel Owens
In my last post about AB 1309 about 3 weeks ago, the filing deadline was Jan 1, 2014.  However, that has changed and I wanted to follow-up on this crucial issue. As you know the Governor has yet to sign the bill into law, because the bill is still in committee.  The bill in its[...]
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I Am Opting Out of the Fred Dryer v. NFL Films Likeness Lawsuit
Posted August 28th, 2013 by Mel Owens
I am choosing to “opt out” of the proposed settlement in the Fred Dryer v. NFL Films lawsuit.  By opting out I will preserve my rights against the NFL and their NFL Film division.  If you choose to opt out of the proposed settlement your letter must be postmarked by August 30, 2013. Here’s why[...]
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Window is Closing on Benefits in California
Posted August 16th, 2013 by Mel Owens
As you know, the Governor has yet to sign AB 1309 (the proposed bill to end all workers’ compensation for athletes in California)  into law because the bill is still in committee. The good news is that the bill in its current form has removed the retroactive portion (the portion that would eliminate all cases).[...]
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Window of Opportunity for Workers’ Compensation Claims in California
Posted August 9th, 2013 by Mel Owens
In my last post, back in July 16, I gave you the updated status of AB 1309, the proposed bill to end all workers’ compensation for professional athletes in California.  Today I wanted to expand a little more on the critical “window of opportunity” we have that will close as of January 1, 2014. Though[...]
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An Important Update on AB 1309
Posted July 16th, 2013 by Mel Owens
Just wanted to take a few minutes to write an update on AB 1309, the proposed bill to end all workers’ compensation for professional athletes in California. Contrary to various information, the bill was not passed into law last week.  However, the Senate Labor Committee voted and passed an amended version of the[...]
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Setting the Facts Straight About AB 1309
Posted May 24th, 2013 by Mel Owens
Recently, the L.A. Times ran an Editorial supporting AB 1309, however it didn’t tell the full story. We (my partners and I) sent them what I am posting on my blog below, but they refused to publish our viewpoint.  We’re setting the facts straight about AB 1309, and giving you the full story.  Please help[...]
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The Fight Over Professional Athletes Workers’ Comp
Posted April 25th, 2013 by Mel Owens
In almost all cases, players suffer some type of work related injury or injuries. Therefore, players are eligible to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. However, the laws vary from state to state regarding the time frame in which the player must file their workers’ comp claim. The State of California has [...]
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Posted April 12th, 2013 by Mel Owens
I am Mel Owens. I was a first round draft pick for the L.A. Rams back in 1981 and I played for them for 10 years. As a former NFL football player I know what it’s like to sustain injuries, keep playing, and not think about the effects those injuries might have on me later.[...]
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