Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Former players, CTV's W5 petition court to unseal secret NHL emails

They are suing the NHL, alleging league and team officials knew or ought to have known about the links between head trauma and long-term cognitive problems but failed to act to protect players – all the while profiting from the violence of hockey.
The league says players could have put “two and two together” and done their own research about the long-term effects of repeated concussions.
The Milbury-Campbell exchange and thousands of others are now at the centre of a high-stakes battle over whether the media and the public have a right to know what NHL executives said and did behind the scenes about violence in the game and player head injuries.
So far, the NHL has turned over more than 2.5 million pages of internal league documents in the case. The vast majority of those documents, however, are sealed by a court order at the NHL’s request.
But on Tuesday in Minnesota, a judge is scheduled to hear from lawyers for the former players and CTV’s W5 that the public has a right to review an initial batch of 61 documents, most of which have been completely hidden from public view.

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