Only 6 of 139 lawsuits filed against National Hockey League remain unresolved

June 18, 2019 06:25 PM

There are just six lawsuits pending against the National Hockey League regarding concussions and head injuries.

Tuesday morning at the federal courthouse in Saint Paul, lawyers for the NHL announced 133 of the 139 cases brought by former players have either been settled or dismissed.


The original lawsuit against the NHL was filed back in 2014 and accused the league of downplaying the risks of concussions and head injuries. It also claimed the NHL promoted violence in the game as well as fighting.

Dozens of other lawsuits were filed by former players in the years that followed.

Last November, the NHL agreed to pay $19 million to former players as part of a settlement. The league also agreed to provide medical treatment and testing for long-term brain diseases such as Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, commonly referred to as CTE.

Medical monitoring was one of the key demands of the original lawsuit.

The former players who filed the lawsuits that remain unsolved are Nicholas Boynton, Daniel Carcillo, Steve Montador, Andre Deveaux, Todd Harvey and Mike Peluso.

Peluso was profiled during the 5 Investigates series "Fighting Back" in May of 2017.

Peluso spent 10 seasons in the NHL having played for the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils.

It was revealed in court Tuesday that Peluso no longer has legal representation, so it's unclear what will happen to his lawsuit going forward.

Most, if not all, of the other five unresolved cases will be transferred to courts outside of Minnesota. Lawyers for the NHL indicated Peluso's case could be transferred to the Southern District of New York, closer to the cities where he played professionally.

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