Sports Litigation Alert Reports on Chicago Bears Case

Illinois District Court upheld the decision in a Chicago Bears Case
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Nov. 18, 2011 - PRLog -- Austin, TX- November 18, 2011- The latest edition of Sports Litigation Alert Reports on a case involving the Chicago Bears.

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has upheld the decision of an arbitrator that members of the Chicago Bears could not pursue workers’ compensation claims in California and must do so in Illinois. The Court held that the players were unable to establish any basis for concluding that the negotiated agreements between the parties must conform to California public policy.

In 2009 and 2010, three Chicago Bears football players, Michael Haynes, Joe Odom, and Cameron Worrell, filed claims for workers’ compensation benefits with the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. The Bears filed grievances with the players, arguing that they violated their contracts by pursuing their claims in California rather than Illinois.

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Read more in the latest edition of Sports Litigation Alert.

Coming out 24 times a year, the Alert features a searchable archive of more than 1000 case summaries and articles pertinent to the sports law field.

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