Lawyers in Deshaun Watson Civil Cases Have Reached an Agreement

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SJ - April 11, 2022

The lawyers in the Deshaun Watson civil cases have reportedly reached an agreement.  No trials will be held from August 1, 2022 through March 1, 2023.  In other words no trials will take place during the 2022 NFL season.

The lawyer for the 22 plaintiffs is attempting to get a trial set for July.

From Pro Football Talk:

Via Adam Ferrise of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the lawyers handling the cases have agreed that no trials will be scheduled between August 1, 2022 and March 1, 2023.

Tony Buzbee, who represents the 22 plaintiffs, told the Plain Dealer that he hopes to get a trial set for July. If that isn’t feasible, he hopes to have all 22 cases ready to go in March 2023.

Lingering over the entire controversy is the question of whether the case proceeds with one trial involving all claims or 22 different trials. We’ve previously gotten the sense from talking to persons with knowledge of the litigation that the cases would be tried one at a time. For 22 trials, that could take most if not all of the 2023 offseason, with one case after another after another after another.

Does this mean the NFL isn't going to suspend him in 2022?  You would assume the league wants to know what's going to happen with these lawsuits before they act.  We shall see.  No matter what, expect some protesting in Cleveland.


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