$20M Aaron Hernandez Suit Faces Hurdles, Attorneys Say

September 22, 2017

The Legal Intelligencer
By Max Mitchell

The family of deceased professional football player Aaron Hernandez filed a $20 million lawsuit against the National Football League and the New England Patriots in Boston federal court, but there’s a chance the case may end up before the federal judge in Pennsylvania who is overseeing a nearly $1 billion settlement already in the works aimed at compensating former players for their brain injuries.


Steven Pachman of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads, who concentrates on defense in CTE-related litigation, said that, while the court of public opinion has linked football with CTE, some neuropathologists dispute that the two are causally related. The defendants, he said, will likely raise that issue as well if the case proceeds on its own.

“One of the primary defenses is going to be, we do not know yet what causes CTE,” he said.


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