Judge denies Oregon’s motion for directed verdict involving medical expert testimony in Doug Brenner trial

EUGENE – Lane County Circuit Court Judge Clara Rigmaiden denied another motion for a directed verdict in the civil trial featuring former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner.

The University of Oregon on Friday filed for a motion for a directed verdict surrounding the damages Brenner is seeking in connection to hip injuries that required surgery in the fall of 2017 – 10 and 11 months after his hospitalization for rhabdomyolysis stemming from winter workouts. Brenner has filed suit against Oregon, former Ducks football coach Willie Taggart, former strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde and the NCAA.

After hearing oral arguments from all parties Friday afternoon, Rigmaiden denied that motion on Monday at the start of an afternoon hearing, which was held out of the jury’s presence.

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