A Los Angeles judge ruled on Wednesday that former Trojan Armond Armstead’s lawsuit against USC could move forward in LA Superior Court, according to the LA Daily News.
The defensive lineman filed the lawsuit against the university in August 2012, alleging that Dr. Tibone and other USC doctors required Armstead to take a pain killer called Toradol without informing him of the potential side effects. According to his lawyers, Dr. Tibone supplied Toradol “without limitation” and “without his informed consent.”
Judge Yvette Palazuelos ruled Armstead’s complaint included enough specifics to warrant a look into his allegations of “battery, medical negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress” against USC.
USC requested to postpone deposition because the company that manufactures Toradol has also filed a lawsuit against the university, but Judge Palazuelos denied the request. Depositions–including those of USC coaches–are to be completed by late July.
As a result of alleged complications due to Toradol, Armstead was not cleared for his senior season in 2011, and could not participate in 2012’s Pro Day. He was not selected in the NFL Draft, and spent the past year playing in the Canadian Football League for the championship-winning Toronto Argonauts.
In January 2013, he signed a deal with the New England Patriots, and as of May, he has reported to rookie minicamp.