Art Hankin’s Remarks in Landmark Football Concussion Suit Featured in Sports Illustrated
Blank Rome Partner Arthur W. Hankin is featured in the October 2020 issue of Sports Illustrated magazine in an article discussing the landmark case, Onyshko et al. v. NCAA. The case received significant media attention as the first football concussion lawsuit tried to verdict in the country. All other cases, like those with the NFL, had either been dismissed or settled.
The article prominently highlights Art’s remarks at trial on behalf of the NCAA, which resulted in a 10–2 verdict in favor of the NCAA in August 2019. Notably, the jury found that the NCAA was not negligent in how it handled the health and safety of the student athletes and affirmed that their process and actions were appropriate at the time the plaintiff was playing collegiate football.
This article was featured as Sports Illustrated’s online cover story on October 16, 2020.