Duerson's family wants suit moved to federal court

April 6, 2012

Associated Press

Family members of the late Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson are pushing to have a wrongful-death lawsuit against the NFL moved out of a Cook County courtroom and into a federal one.

WLS Radio reports that Duerson's family made the move in the hopes that the lawsuit filed in February can be consolidated with similar lawsuits filed by other former NFL players around the country. Recently, the U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation announced the lawsuits could be consolidated.

In the lawsuit, Duerson's family alleges the NFL negligently caused the brain damage that led the 50-year-old Duerson to take his own life by not warning him of the negative impact of concussions.