NFL Concussion Settlement Roundup

The Legal Intelligencer



Is NFL Concussion Accord on Shaky Ground?
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
Jan. 30, 2014
A federal judge's unexpected rejection of the settlement in the NFL concussion case earlier this month has drawn praise from lawyers for some of the former football players who allege they've been kept in the dark on the details of the deal. Read more.

In re Nat'l Football League Players' Concussion Injury Litig. (Case Digest)
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
Jan. 21, 2014
The court denied without prejudice plaintiffs' motion for preliminary approval and class certification where the parties did not present sufficient evidence to address the court's concerns that the proposed settlement fund may not be adequate to compensate all injured NFL players who may ultimately receive qualified diagnoses. Read more.  

NFL Concussion Settlement Fails to Gain Preliminary OK
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
Jan. 15, 2014
The federal judge handling the NFL concussion case has denied preliminary approval of the $760 million settlement agreed to by the league and its former players. Read more.

Can Helmets Protect Against Brain Injuries in Football
The Legal Intelligencer
By Larry E. Coben
Nov. 26, 2013
Every day we read in our local newspapers or watch local TV news about another high school, college or NFL football player getting knocked out or taken off the field on a stretcher or, worse yet, dying on the way to or after admission to the local hospital. Read more.

Sports-Related Injury Cases on the Rise in Pennsylvania
The Legal Intelligencer
By Max Mitchell
Sept. 24, 2013
The attorney representing the estate of Jack Hill Jr., a 21-year-old college student whose death allegedly stemmed from a sickle cell attack during a late-night basketball practice, said that if the incident had occurred several decades earlier, it might not have sparked a lawsuit. Read more.

NFL Concussion Class-Action Lawsuit Settles for $765 Mil.
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
Aug. 30, 2013
The National Football League has settled the class action lawsuit brought by thousands of former players who suffered concussive injuries for $765 million, a move one football commentator said had "saved the game." Read more.

Long-term Brain Damage at Heart of Huge NFL Lawsuit
The Associated Press
May 14, 2013
The massive legal action brought by former players against the National Football League has been known as a concussion lawsuit. But make no mistake, experts say. The brain degeneration known as CTE is at the heart of the civil suits by more than 5,000 former players and surviving family members that are now pending in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia. Read more.

Former NFL Players' Concussion MDL Has Its First Courtroom Date
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
April 10, 2013

In the first courtroom appearance in the multidistrict litigation brought by former football players against the National Football League over their concussive injuries, the judge heard arguments on a threshold issue that will determine whether or not the case will head toward trial.  Read more.

Seau Lawsuits Merged with Pa. NFL Concussion Case
The Associated Press
April 3, 2013
Two wrongful-death lawsuits over the suicide of Pro Bowler Junior Seau have been consolidated with NFL concussion litigation in Philadelphia. Read more.

Arguments in NFL Concussion Suits Slated for April
The Associated Press
Jan. 30, 2013
A federal judge will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league. Read more

NFL Frames Concussion Suits as Labor Dispute
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
Nov. 5, 2012
The multidistrict litigation brought by thousands of current and former football players who have suffered from the effects of repeated concussions should be dismissed because the responsibility for players' health rested with the individual teams, not the league, the National Football League argued in its motion to dismiss. Read more.

Former NFL Players File Concussion Complaint Against League
The Legal Intelligencer
By Saranac Hale Spencer
June 11, 2012
Roughly 2,000 former professional football players filed a long-form complaint Thursday in a multidistrict litigation suit against the National Football League in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming the league is responsible for the debilitating health problems that athletes developed after getting concussions while playing the sport. Read More

NFL Concussion Suits Consolidated
The Legal Intelligencer
By Zack Needles
Feb. 2, 2012
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has granted the National Football League's motion to consolidate and centralize four concussion lawsuits against the league in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, with the potential for 16 other similar suits to follow. Read More


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