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Steve Moore’s civil suit against Red Wings’ Todd Bertuzzi pushed back to 2014

The CBC's Michael Drapack reports that Steve Moore's civil suit against Todd Bertuzzi will go to trial next year, but until Bertuzzi retires, you can expect the trial date to continue to be rolled back:

It will be more than 10 years since Todd Bertuzzi attacked Steve Moore, but a new court date for Moore's civil suit against Bertuzzi has been set.

The trial will begin on Sept 8, 2014, and is scheduled to last three months before a jury.

On March 8, 2004, Bertuzzi, then playing for the Vancouver Canucks, drove Moore, then playing for the Colorado Avalanche, to the ice with a punch during an NHL game. Moore suffered three fractured vertebrae and hasn't played since.

Bertuzzi is in his fifth season with the Detroit Red Wings.

Moore filed this lawsuit in 2006. He's seeking $38 million.


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CaptNorris5's avatar

The more I think about this, the better shot I think Bert has at a no cause. If I were Moore’s attorneys, Id think it would be wise to consider the 7 figure settlement offer that Im sure they could wrangle up.

Posted by CaptNorris5 from The Winged Wheel, stuck in Chicago on 10/22/13 at 06:44 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Every game Bert has played (and will play) that shows he’s a rational, even considerate, hockey player makes Moore’s case weaker. When the “event” happened, I hated Bert. Now, I see him as a solid hockey player and a decent human being.

There’s no doubt Bert made a mistake. If Moore asks the court to award him damages for Bert’s mistake, he’ll get a fair settlement. If he tries to paint Bert as an “evil monster,” he risks getting nothing.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/22/13 at 11:34 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

Bertuzzi is liable for what he did, and he’s liable to a decent chunk of his wages, but the problem is that Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson, is sort of a combination of Geoffrey Fieger and Johnnie Cochran spliced with an ambulance-chaser—he’s super-high profile and super-egotistical—and he wants to sue Bertuzzi, Marc Crawford, the Canucks, the NHL and everyone who could possibly have to pay money for what happened.

As such, he’s forced his client to have to wait on his financial tomorrow for almost a decade now. I fully believe that Bertuzzi is going to pay several million dollars to Moore, but just as I don’t condone his actions, I think that what Moore’s laywer’s doing to his client in an attempt to maxim.ize the payout is borderline criminal.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/22/13 at 11:49 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Tim Danson, is sort of a combination of Geoffrey Fieger and Johnnie Cochran spliced with an ambulance-chaser

That’s like saying a jackass ambulance-chaser and a P.O.S. ambulance-chaser are splicer together with a “regular” ambulance-chaser. All three of those entities are garbage of the first order.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 10/23/13 at 12:21 AM ET


Moore’s lawyer, Tim Danson

He’s looking for a big payday because he burned through all his Cheers and Three Men and a Baby money…

Posted by Garth on 10/23/13 at 09:20 AM ET

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