Westhead: Confidentiality talks stall Bertuzzi-Moore settlement

Rick Westhead, TSN Senior Correspondent
8/26/2014 12:41:45 PM
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Lawyers for Todd Bertuzzi and Steve Moore are negotiating terms of a confidentiality agreement, a week after Bertuzzi's legal representative said the two sides reached a settlement.

Since lawyer Geoff Adair confirmed a week ago to TSN that a settlement was reached, avoiding a trial that would have been a public relations disaster for the NHL, Moore's lawyer Tim Danson  has declined to comment on  the case, raising questions about whether Adair spoke too soon.

Those concerns appeared to be justified after Mark Moore, Steve's brother, told TSN that there was no final settlement.

After those comments, Adair said Steve Moore's brother didn't know what he was talking about. The Vancouver Canucks, Bertuzzi's former team, also released a statement saying a settlement was reached.

Adair told TSN that terms of a settlement have been reached and that Danson is negotiating over terms of a confidentiality pact. But even if there are any objections, those would be settled by an arbitrator, Adair said.

Moore is free to discuss Bertuzzi's assault, and its impact on him over the past decade, Adair said.

"The only thing he cannot disclose are terms of the settlement, "Adair said. "And he cannot disparage Todd."

Adair said that while the case remains on the docket at Ontario Superior Court, scheduled for trial on Sept. 8, that will change after the terms of the confidentiality agreement are reached.

Adair said that should happen this week.

Danson couldn't be reached for comment.

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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