May 19, 2023

Bober, Peterson & Koby, LLP is pleased to announce a “TAKE NOTHING” defense victory! In a Trial held at the Santa Ana Workers Compensation Appeals Board, the Court ruled the claim of a former Cincinnati Reds player was barred for lack of personal jurisdiction despite testimony the former player was physically located in California when he signed his player contract to play for the Reds and despite that he performed off-season but voluntary workouts in California.

The former player alleged several physical and psychological injuries, however, BPK successfully argued the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board (WCAB) did not have Specific Personal Jurisdiction over the Cincinnati Reds for the former player’s cumulative trauma injury claim because he did not perform any of his work on behalf of the Reds within California’s borders, and therefore, the injury did not arise out of or relate to the Reds’ contacts with the forum.

The attorneys at Bober, Peterson & Koby, LLP bring a deep understanding of the complexities involved in workers’ compensation cases filed against professional sports teams. Our experience in navigating jurisdictional challenges and advocating for our clients allows us to achieve favorable outcomes. Raising personal jurisdiction at the outset of the case is imperative to achieve a successful result. Handling attorney, Tim Peterson, quickly analyzed the facts of this case and immediately pursued dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction. We are proud to get yet another WIN for our client.

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