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Monday, August 18, 2014

State Sen. Leland Yee allegedly solicited bribes for NFL Workers’ Compensation Law

The NFL controversy involving workers' compensation claims continues to heat up. Today's post by Brett Gowen of the California Bar is shared from
Brett Gowen

As part of the ongoing saga of State Senator Leland Yee, a new charge for racketeering was given by a federal grand jury. As part of the indictment, Sen. Yee allegedly solicited $60,000 for Yee’s vote and another senator’s vote on a bill dealing with limiting workers’ compensation benefits for NFL players. According to the indictment, Sen. Yee believed the money would be paid by a NFL team owner according to an LA Times article.

Attorney, Melissa Brown at Fraulob Brown Gowen & Snapp, has a connection to the NFL and their treatment of injured players. Ms. Brown was retained as an expert witness for the NFL Players’ Association at an arbitration hearing involving a workers’ compensation law dispute with NFL owners. The arbitration, and the flurry of lawsuits involving NFL injuries, is part of the growing recognition of the impact the game has on the long-term health of the players.