Former Browns center LeCharles Bentley will be allowed to continue his lawsuit against the Browns in a county court following a decision this week by the Ohio 8th District Court of Appeals.
The Browns tried to argue that the suit was related to the collectiv bargaining agreement and that state and federal laws support arbitration over litigation. The appeals court disagreed, upholding a previous County judge ruling.
Bentley is arguing that the Browns persuaded him to rehab at their unsanitary facility, which helped cause him to get staph infection and multiple surgeries to fix the problem. Bentley’s attorney said his client nearly died.
Former Browns receiver Joe Jurevicius settled a similar lawsuit against the team last year.