BOYD et al v. NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE et al

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COMPLAINT against NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NFL PROPERTIES LLC ( Filing fee $ 350 receipt number 055871.), filed by MACARTHUR LANE, MARK COOPER, BRAD JACKSON, ROBERT BELL, CHARLES ANTHONY, CLIFF HARRIS, MARVIN WOODSON, PAUL KRAUSE, NOEL JENKE, CHARLES MYRTLE, CEDRICK HARDMAN, BRUCE LAIRD, JOE DELAMIELLEURE, DON HORN, DENNIS HARRAH, JAMES WILLIAMS, MARK KONAR, TOMMY NOBIS, JAMES JONES, CALVIN JACKSON, TROY JOHNSON, MICHAEL MORTON, PETER LAZETICH, CALEB MILLER, JOSEPH KAPP, MICHAEL WEDDINGTON, HARVEY ARMSTRONG, DERLAND MOORE, MICHAEL MERRIWEATHER, JAMES HARRELL, AARON JONES, II, KENNETH EASLEY, JR, ESTATE OF GREGORY LENS, RICK SANFORD, WILLIAM "BILLY&quo SHIELDS, GARY PADJEN, CHARLES KRUEGER, PHIL VILLAPIANO, KEN FANTETTI, DONNIE GREEN, LEON "RAY" JARVIS, EDWARD WHITE, JOE FERGUSON, JR, LARRY WOODS, DONALD MACEK, JEFF BARNES, CHARLIE SMITH, LEE FOLKINS, DERRICK GAFFNEY, AUGUST "GUS" OTTO, PHILLIP FREEMAN, III, OLRICK JOHNSON, JR, WILLIE GREEN, JAMES HOUGH, CHARLEY HARRAWAY, THOMAS BEER, JAMES GARCIA, FRED FORSBERG, TERRANCE "TERRY&quo METCALF, BOBBY HARDEN, JR, DENNIS MCKNIGHT, ALFRED GROSS, GENE LANG, LEMUEL BARNEY, BRENT BOYD, DELLES HOWELL, JERRY ROBINSON, WILLIAM "BILL" CODY, VICTOR HICKS, ARTHUR STILL, REGINALD CLARK, CRAIG CURRY, DONALD MANOUKIAN, MARK NICHOLS, JEFF MCINTYRE, DAVID RECHER, LEONARD "BUBBA&quo MCDOWELL, JR, MIKE WOOD, TERRY OWENS, CLARENCE VERDIN, BRYAN STOLENBERG, ROD MARTIN, ROBERT KROLL, KEITH NORD, MICHAEL "TONY" DAVIS, CONRAD DOBLER, MELVIN CARVER, MIKE AUGUSTYNIAK, TRUMAINE JOHNSON, FRED SMERLAS, RANDY RAGON, MARGENE ADKINS, NEAL CRAIG, WILLIAM "BILLY&quo TRUAX, KORY MINOR, J. BRUCE JARVIS, LIONEL ANTOINE, STEVE JONES, PETER CRONAN, IRA MATTHEWS, III, MARK COTNEY, JEFFREY WALKER, MERVIN KRAKAU, JON MELANDER, LARRY WEBSTER, FRED ANDERSON. (Attachments: # 1 complaint, # 2 complaint, # 3 complaint, # 4 complaint, # 5 complaint, # 6 complaint, # 7 complaint, # 8 complaint, # 9 complaint, # 10 complaint, # 11 complaint, # 12 complaint, # 13 complaint, # 14 complaint, # 15 complaint, # 16 complaint, # 17 complaint, # 18 complaint, # 19 Civil Cover Sheet)(mima, )

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA BRENT BOYD, MARGENE ADKINS, FRED ANDERSON, CHARLES ANTHONY, LIONEL ANTOINE, HARVEY ARMSTRONG, MIKE AUGUSTYNIAK, JEFF BARNES, LEMUEL BARNEY, THOMAS BEER, ROBERT BELL, MELVIN CARVER, REGINALD CLARK, WILLIAM ..BILL'' CODY, MARK COOPER, MARK COTNEY, NEAL CRAIG, PETER CRONAN, CRAIG CURRY, MICHAEL "TONY'' DAVIS, JOE DELAMIELLEURE, CONRAD DOBLER, KENNETH EASLEY, JR., KEN FANTETTI, LEE FOLKINS, FRED FORSBERG, PHILLIP FREEMAN III, JOE FERGUSON, JR., DERzuCK GAFFNEY, JAMES GARCIA, DONNIE GREEN, WILLIE GREEN, ALFRED GROSS, BOBBY HARDEN, JR., CEDRICK HARDMAN, DENNIS HARRAH, CHARLEY HARRAWAY, JAMES HARRELL, CLIFF HARRIS, VICTOR HICKS, DON HORN, JAMES HOUGH, DELLES HOV/ELL, BRAD JACKSON, CALVIN JACKSON, J. BRUCE JARVIS, LEON 66RAY'' JARVIS, NOEL JENKE, OLRICK JOHNSON, JR., TROY JOHNSON, TRUMAINE JOHNSON, AARON JONES II, JAMES JONES, STEVE JONES, JOSEPH KAPP, MARK KONAR, MERVIN KRAKAU, PAUL KRAUSE, ROBERT KROLL, CHARLES KRUEGER, BRUCE LAIRD, MACARTHUR LANE, GENE LANG, PETER LAZETICH. ESTATE OF GREGORY LENS, DONALD MACEK, DONALD MANOUKIAN, ROD MARTIN, IRA MATTHEWS III, LEONARD "BUBBA" MCDOWELL JR., JEFF MCINTYRE, DENNIS MCKNIGHT, JON MELANDER, MICHAEL MERRIWEATHER, TERRANCE OOTERRY" METCALF, CALEB MILLER, KORY MINOR, DERLAND MOORE, MICHAEL MORTON, CHARLES MYRTLE, MARK NICHOLS, TOMMY NOBIS, KEITH NORD, AUGUST O'GIJS'' OTTO, TERRY OWENS, GARY PADJEN, RANDY RAGON, DAVID RECHER, JERRY ROBINSON, RICK SANFORD, WILLIAM "BILLY'' SHIELDS, FRED SMERLAS, CHARLIE SMITH, ARTHUR STILL, BRYAN STOLTENBERG. WILLIAM "BILLY'' CryIL ACTION NO. COMPLAINT JURY TRIAL DEMANDED TRUAX, CLARENCE VILLAPIANO, JEFFREY WALKER, LARRY WEBSTER, MICHAEL WEDDINGTON, EDWARD WHITE, JAMES WILLIAMS, MIKE WOOD, LARRY WOODS, MARVIN WOODSON, PLAINTITX'S, V. NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, and NFt PROPERTIES LLC, DET'ENDANTS. TABLE OF CONTENTS TNTRODUCTTON JUzuSDICTION AND V8NU8............ THE PARTIES ........... MASS ACTION AND JOINDER ALLEGATIONS NATURE OF NFL'S BUSINESS FACTUAL ALLEGATIONS A. ..................1 .........1 .............,37 ,..,...37 ..............40 The Scientific Evidence On Concussions And Head Injuries And The NFL's Responses To ......................40 It. B. Riddell's Participation With Impacts..... C. ...............1 The NFL's Retirement Plan And Other Benefit Plans For Retired NFL Players And How They Are couNT The NFL In Misrepresenting The Risk Of Repeated Head ..............82 Inadequate I................ Action For Declaratory Relief couNT ................83 ...........89 . rI............... Action For Negligence.......... III.............. Action For Fraud.. coLrNT IV............. couNT Fraudulent couNT v Concealment.............. .............. Consortium........... PRAYER FOR RELrEF............ DEMAND FOR JURY TRIAL Action for Loss of ..................89 ...........89 .....................89 ...........92 ....................92 ...........93 ..............93 ...........94 .......94 ..........95 ...........95 INTRODUCTION 1. This action is brought to seek declaratory relief and damages related to the Defendants' tortious misconduct and voluntary undertaking with regard to the health effects of repeated head impacts, and the injuries consequently suffered by the Plaintiffs who are former National Football League ("NFL" or "League") players. The injuries include sequelae of the concussions and repeated head impacts suffered by the Plaintif├č during their play in the NFL, including traumatic brain injuries and latent neurodegenerative disorders and diseases. The allegations herein, except as to the Plaintiffs themselves, are based on information and belief. JURISDICTION AND VENUE 2. Jurisdiction is based on 28 U.S.C. $ 1332(a)(1), and (b); and 28 U.S.C. $ 1332(dX11). All of the Plaintiffs and all of the Defendants are citizens of different states. The amount in controversy exceeds $75,000.00, exclusive of interest and costs, for each Plaintiff. The amount in controversy for all Plaintiffs in this mass action exceeds $5,000,000.00, exclusive of interest and costs. This matter can be tried jointly in that the Plaintiffs' claims involve common questions of law or fact. 3. This Court has personal jurisdiction over the Defendants because they have substantial and continuous business contacts in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. 4. l39l(b)(2), Venue is proper pursuant to 28 U.S.C. g 1391(a)(2), and 28 U.S.C. $ as a substantial part of the events and omissions giving rise to the claims occurred in this judicial district. THE PARTIES 5. Plaintiff Brent Boyd ("Boyd") is 54 years old and he resides with his wife in Reno, Nevada. He was anNFL offensive guard who played with the Minnesota Vikings (1980-86). He has been diagnosed with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy ("CTE"). Boyd was one of a handful of former NFL players who testified before the Judiciary Subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives on June 26,2007, concerning concussions in the NFL. He founded the NFL retired player advocacy group Dignity After Football. Boyd suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and as a result, has experienced cognitive difficulties including, but not limited to CTE, headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, depression, temporary blindness, and vertigo. 6. Plaintiff Margene Adkins ("Adkins") is 64 years old and resides with his wife in Fort Worth, Texas. He was an NFL wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys (1970-71),the New Orleans Saints (1972), and the New York Jets (1973). Adkins suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and is at an increased risk of latent brain disease. As a result, Adkins has experienced cognitive difficulties including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness, and loss of memory. 7. Plaintiff Fred Anderson ("Anderson") is 56 years old and resides with his wife in Kirkland, Washington. He was an NFL defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers (197579), and the Seattle Seahawks (1980-82). Anderson suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and is at an increased risk of latent brain disease. As a result, Anderson has experienced cognitive difficulties including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, impulse control problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, neck and cervical arthritis and associated numbness/tingling. 8. Plaintiff Charles Anthony ("Anthony") is 59 years old and resides in Fremont, California. He was an NFL line backer for the San Diego Chargers (1974). Anthony suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and is at an increased risk of latent brain disease. As a result, Anthony has experienced cognitive difficulties including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, dementia, depression, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, neck and cervical arthritis and associated numbness/tingling. 9. Plaintiff Lionel Antoine ("Antoine") is 61 years old and resides in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was an NFL offensive tackle for the Chicago Bears (1972-78). Antoine suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and is at an increased risk of latent brain disease. As a result, Antoine has experienced cognitive diffrculties including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness, loss of memory, depression, suicidal thoughts, sleep problems, initability, neck and cervical arthritis and associated numbness/tingling. 10. Plaintiff Harvey Armstrong ("Armstrong") is 5l years old and resides in Norcross, Georgia. He was an NFL nose tackle who played for the Philadelphia Eagles (198284), and the Indianapolis Colts (1986-90). Armstrong suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and is at an increased risk of latent brain disease. As a result, Armstrong has experienced cognitive difficulties including, but not limited to headaches, dizziness,loss of memory, impulse control problems, neurological disorder, depression, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, sleep problems, irritability, neck and cervical spine arthritis and associated numbness/tingling. 11. St. Johns, Plaintiff Mike Augustyniak ("Augustyniak") is 55 years old and resides in Florida. He was an NFL running back who played for the New Orleans Saints (1980), and the New York Jets (1981-84). Augustyniak suffered repeated and chronic head impacts during his career in the NFL and is at an increased risk of latent brain disease. As a result, Augustyniak has experienced cognitive difficulties including, but not limited to headaches,

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