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by George Malik on 10/24/13 at 05:24 PM ET
I've been pretty vocal about a) the concept that the civil suit between Steve Moore and a list of defendants which includes Todd Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford, Brian Burke, Orca Bay Sports and the NHL will continue to be delayed until the Red Wings forward retires; b) that I don't believe his early-season play or on-and-off-ice importance to the team indicate that the 38-year-old's retiring anytime soon; and c) that I'm not exactly thrilled with the way that one of the most prominent lawyers in Canadian legal history, one Tim Danson, is handling the case--willingly delaying it to put the whole dang league on trial and to maximize the payout...
So I'm not surprised that the Moore-Bertuzzi lawsuit's "current" trial date was recently changed to September 8th, 2014, with the CBC's Michael Drapack reporting that the trial will take three months before it goes to a jury...
Today, the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons, who's covered the legal wrangling from the outset, spoke with Danson about the news, the delays and the aims of the $38 million lawsuit:
“It’s been a very long wait,” said Tim Danson, Moore’s lawyer. “It’s been a very difficult 10 years for Steve Moore but Steve and the Moore family are very happy at least they now have a hard, definitive date to put their case before a jury. And finally the opportunity to obtain justice for this terrible assault.”
In the nine seasons that have passed since the event, Bertuzzi has been paid more than $25 million by the five different teams he has been employed by: In the same period of time, Moore has not been paid.
The NHL did offer Moore a small amount of money, but only on the condition that he wouldn’t sue. He turned the offer down.
The trial was originally scheduled to proceed on Oct. 27, 2012, but that date was pushed back when a secret deal between Bertuzzi and Canucks owner Orca Bay Ltd., was discovered. Numerous legal attempts have pushed the trial dates back, but Danson is confident that it will begin in September. Three months have been blocked off for what is certain to be a compelling and controversial event.
In the 10 years since Moore’s career was ended, the issue of concussions, head shots, and career ending blows has come to the forefront in professional sports, making this case all the more fascinating.
At least one television network has approached the court asking to broadcast the trial. While trials are regularly televised in the United States, no trial in Canadian history has ever been on TV. It isn’t known if the court will grant approval to do so.
Among those who are certain to be among the witnesses in the case are former Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, current GM Dave Nonis and longtime NHL coach Marc Crawford.
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