In national news:

A federal judge has dismissed the proposed class-action suit that was filed in May by some 1,300 retired pro footballers alleging that the NFL conspired to keep them on pain killers without adequately explaining the risks and/or misrepresenting the dangers of such drugs. They sought damages as well as court orders requiring the league to take safety measures, including scheduling fewer games at longer intervals. The judge ruled that because the NFL’s contract with its players’ union puts the responsibility on the league’s 32 teams for hiring qualified doctors and trainers to keep their athletes healthy, the players’ target must be their own union, not the league.

Read the full story from SFGate, via Workers’ Compensation Institute 360 here.

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