Legal-Bay Lawsuit Settlement Funding Reports NFL Medical Staffs Receive DEA Visits Regarding Allegations of Potential Violations of Controlled Substance Act

Case Funding Firm says prescription medication investigation involving the NFL was sparked by a lawsuit that accuses the NFL of illegal activity by distributing prescription drugs to players to keep them on the field despite serious injuries or long-term risks. Legal-Bay believes financial exposure and branding image could be more detrimental than NFL concussion suit.

Nov 25, 2014, 05:00 ET from Legal-Bay LLC

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, announced today that the NFL is receiving DEA visits as a result of a lawsuit filed against them alleging that NFL medical staffs are providing prescription drugs to players to keep them on the field despite serious injuries or long-term risks. According to NY Daily News, the investigation began when a class-action lawsuit was filed in San Francisco federal court on May 20th, accusing the NFL of illegally distributing prescription drugs "to keep players on the field without informing them of the long-term risks." Now, DEA agents are interviewing NFL team doctors in a variety of locations to see if there were any violations of the CSA (Controlled Substance Act). Among the teams whose staff members were interviewed are the San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Seattle Seahawks. The United States Attorney's office for the Southern District of New York is leading the NFL painkiller investigation, according to the NY Daily News article. Since prescription drug abuse and addiction has increasingly risen in the U.S., federal drug agents are investigating the serious allegations against the NFL.

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Although the NFL painkiller case is not receiving that much attention due to public awareness of other cases involving the league, including the NFL Concussion Lawsuit, Legal-Bay is predicting that this case will gain steam and soon receive more media exposure. Legal-Bay believes the NFL painkiller suit could see similar settlement damages in comparison to the NFL Concussion Case, which was $765MM. However, the NFL is still contesting liability in respect to the Painkiller Suit and there is no assurance that the plaintiffs will ever prevail. 

Chris Janish, CEO and Head of NFL Lawsuit Funding at Legal-Bay, commented on the painkiller suit, "We have been following and taking applications for funding both the NFL Concussion suit and now the Painkiller suit. Due to the NFL making headlines on cases such as the Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, and the Concussion cases, the painkiller filing has not gotten as much attention to date. However, painkiller/pill abuse has evolved into an epidemic in our country and the fact that the DEA is going directly to NFL facilities on game day to investigate the NFL medical protocols has got to be very concerning for the NFL. If breaches in medical protocols are to be found, then the plaintiffs in the NFL Painkiller Suit will unquestionably have more validity to their claims, forcing the NFL to assess their position in defending the painkiller suit."

Legal-Bay is a lawsuit pre-settlement funding company that provides cash advances to plaintiffs while they're awaiting payments before their cases are fully settled. Legal-Bay also assists possible plaintiffs with finding the right lawyer if they have not yet filed a legal claim. Legal-Bay is currently taking applications for funding and assisting ex-NFL players in both the concussion and painkiller suits. The cash advances are on a non-recourse basis, meaning the plaintiff only needs to repay the advance if the case is successful. Legal-Bay does not buy the full claim but only advances a small portion of the expected settlement amount. Any fees or expenses accrued on the advance will be repaid by the plaintiff's lawyer if and when the case is officially settled and paid. If you do not have a lawyer yet, Legal-Bay can provide you with a free consultation with a NFL painkiller law firm if you choose. To learn more about Legal-Bay's NFL Concussion and Painkiller Lawsuit Funding Cases, feel free to visit:

Here is a list of just some of the other employment or work-related cases that Legal-Bay is considering for pre-settlement cash advance:  Catholic Church or Clergy Sex Abuse Cases, Penn State University Sexual Abuse Cases, Citadel Military University Sexual Abuse Cases, Summer Camp or Camp Sexual Abuse Cases, Sexual Harassment Cases on the Job or in the Workplace, Sexual Abuse Cases in State or Government Run Group or Foster Homes, Sexual Abuse or Harassment to minors who are now adults, Sexual Harassment Cases in the Workplace that led to wrongful termination, Sexual Abuse/Wrongful Death Suits, Assault and Battery Cases in the workplace or on the job, Wrongful Termination, Discrimination in Workplace or on the job, and several others.

Legal-Bay's programs are non-recourse lawsuit cash advances, also known as case funding. None of the programs should be considered to be a lawsuit loan, lawsuit loans, settlement loans, settlement loan, pre-settlement loans, or a pre-settlement loan. To learn more about how Legal-Bay's funding process visit:

If you, or a loved one, have been victimized by a wrongful termination, sexual harassment, sexual abuse, discrimination, NFL concussion and/or painkiller abuse, or are involved in other employment disputes such as a whistleblower suit and need a lawsuit cash advance while you wait for your settlement award, feel free to call Legal-Bay on its toll free hotline at: 877.571.0405 where live agents are standing by 24 hours a day to assist you. You may also apply online at: and an agent will respond to your request shortly. 

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