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 contained in the lawsuit are not covered or addressed by the

NHL Concussion Lawsuit Update

Wednesday, 30, July , 2014 by

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 Silverman, Thompson,

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 investigation into the NFL for masking

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 controlled substances were illegally distributed by

Concussions Can Change Your Life

Wednesday, 16, April , 2014 by

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 10%

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 Columbia. Four

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.

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. What resulted were a number of telling quotes regarding the culture of the league during the time period in which the players involved in the lawsuit were active.

Concussion Lawsuit Filed Against the NHL

Monday, 25, November , 2013 by

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 lawsuit, which is being leveled against the National Hockey League (“NHL”) on behalf of former players, alleges that the NHL has failed to effectively respond to the head injuries sustained by players. The lawsuit contends that the NHL has behaved negligently and fraudulently in regards to the player sustained head trauma over the past decades.

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 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

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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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

Tuesday, 16, July , 2013 by

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 bill.  The

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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

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 their own unique set

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Friday, 12, April , 2013 by

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.