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NFL concussion suit moving to federal court

November 21st, 2013

CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A concussion lawsuit filed by a former Chi town Bears quarterback against the NFL and Rosemont-based helmet maker Riddell can be moving to federal court.

Bobby Douglass, 66, states in the lawsuit he played via concussions during his 91-game NFL career because he and other players were not told it could cause long-term mind damage.

Northwestern College graduate John J. Cornell is also a plaintiff in the suit, which was originally filed in Cook County Routine Court on Nov. 4.

Cornell, also 66, comes from Chicago and participated in two NFL training camps for the Saints in 1969 and 1970, the particular suit says.

Both men claim they suffered multiple concussive and sub-concussive brain injuries, some of which went undocumented, according to the fit.

The NFL filed a notice of removal within federal court in Chicago on Wednesday to put the case in federal jurisdiction, as the suit claims infractions of federal labor laws.

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