Lawyer: Settlement reached in Moore-Bertuzzi suit

TSN.ca Staff with CP files
8/19/2014 5:44:34 PM
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TORONTO - One of Todd Bertuzzi's lawyers has confirmed that a "firm and binding settlement" has been reached in Steve Moore's lawsuit against Bertuzzi for the former Vancouver Canuck player's attack in 2004 during an NHL game.

Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed the news and added that the terms of the settlement are bound by a confidentiality agreement.

"Suffice it to say, Todd Bertuzzi is happy this has arrived at a resolution, as I'm sure all parties are," Adair told ESPN.com when reached by phone early Tuesday evening.

Earlier on Tuesday Adair confirmed the settlement to TSN Senior Correspondent Rick Westhead but added that at that point there was no legally binding agreement yet. "I thought so until 10 minutes ago when I received a disconcerting email that has me uncertain," he told TSN Westhead on Tuesday morning. "I'm now trying to reach that person."

Adair added that the email was not from Moore's lawyer Tim Danson.

The multimillion-dollar lawsuit had been scheduled to go to trial Sept. 8.

"We are pleased that the resolution of this matter allows the parties to turn the page and look to the future," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in an email to The Canadian Press on Tuesday afternoon.

The hit happened 10 years ago, when Bertuzzi hit Moore from behind, sending the Colorado Avalanche player crashing face-first to the ice and leaving him with a concussion and fractured vertebrae.

Moore alleged the Canucks had put a bounty on his head following his check that left their captain Markus Naslund injured.

Bertuzzi pleaded guilty to criminal assault causing bodily harm for the hit and was sentenced in 2006 to one year probation and 80 hours of community service.

Stay with TSN.ca for more details as they're made available.

Todd Bertuzzi (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)


(Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

Bertuzzi-Moore Timeline:

February 16, 2004

Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund suffers a concussion after a hit from Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche. Though Moore is not penalized, the Canucks say it was a cheap shot and there is talk of payback.

March 8, 2004

Moore suffers three fractured vertebrae in his neck and head injuries when attacked from behind by Todd Bertuzzi of the Vancouver Canucks during a game in Vancouver. The incident effectively ends Moore's NHL career.

March 10, 2004

Bertuzzi breaks down in tears during a public apology to Moore. Bertuzzi is later suspended by the NHL for 17 months, much of the suspension coming during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.

December 21, 2004

In a B.C. court, Bertuzzi pleads guilty to assault causing bodily harm. He is given a conditional discharge, one-year probation and 80 hours of community service.

February 14, 2006

Lawyers for Steve Moore file a civil lawsuit against Bertuzzi and Canuck owners Orca Bay. The settlement being sought by Moore is reported to be $38 million for lost income both as an NHL player and in his post-NHL career.

February 1, 2008

Moore amends his statement of claim to say that Orca Bay was directly liable because they were aware there was a "bounty" on Moore's head but failed to take measures to prevent violence against him. Orca Bay responds by denying there was any "bounty" and that Bertuzzi acted on his own.

March 3, 2008

Bertuzzi issues a third party claim against former Canucks coach Marc Crawford, pleading that it was "a term of his employment" that he take direction from Crawford, and that Crawford had urged his players to make Moore "pay the price." Crawford and Orca Bay later file a counter claim against Bertuzzi.

July 13, 2011

Bertuzzi, Orca Bay and Crawford reach an agreement to drop the third party actions and agree to jointly cover any monetary award that Moore might win as a result of the trial. When word of the private deal reaches Moore's lawyers, the trial, which was scheduled to start in Toronto on October 27, 2012 is pushed back. A new trial date is set for September 8, 2014.

July 2, 2014

In a court hearing in Toronto, Moore's lawyers increase his damages claim to $68 million.

August 19, 2014

Bertuzzi's lawyer, Geoff Adair, confirms that a "firm and binding settlement" has been reached in the lawsuit.

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