Judge requests changes to concussion settlement

AP

When Judge Anita Brody preliminarily approved a $765 million settlement in the concussion lawsuit brought by former players against the league, there was still room for objections to the settlement to be raised before it became final.

Judge Brody has heard those objections and on Monday ruled that changes are needed to “enhance the fairness, reasonableness and adequacy” of the proposed settlement.

Among those changes are a recommendation that the final settlement allow payment to retired players who died from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy after the settlement’s July 7 preliminary approval date. Judge Brody also recommended that the settlement should provide “some Eligible Seasons credit” for time spent in the World League or NFL Europe; that it should provide baseline testing to all retired players who register regardless of “funding limitations”; a hardship provision should be implemented with respect for the appeals fee for qualified members of the action; and the institution of “reasonable accommodation” for such members who have no records because of “act of god” type events.

The NFL and the plaintiffs are directed to file a joint submission by February 13th addressing these changes or explanations as to why they won’t accept these amendments.

8 responses to “Judge requests changes to concussion settlement

  1. Sad. a $1 MM dollar check to each former player would end this litigation for another year, then half of them would be right back in court looking for more

  2. Before the stupid remarks start to fly, what is the risk of concussion for an NFL player? How many will suffer decades of brain illness? How many are expected to take their lives? How many families are expected to be destroyed?

    Once these NFL answers these questions, you can blame players for assuming the risk. Right now the NFL says nothing.

    Goodell needs to answer.

  3. With the lawsuit settled the NFL can stop their idiotic marketing campaign and start returning kickoffs and knocking the pass loose.

  4. Everyone seems to be looking at the present and using that as an argument for players willingly subjecting themselves to potential injury. 15 years ago this wasn’t an issue. Teams that hired physicians were rushing players back into the games without providing them with any tests. The league turned a blind eye to it until guys started killing themselves.

    Yes it’s a dangerous game and yes nobody is holding a gun to a players head and making him choose football as a career but before this was a hot button issue players weren’t given any of the negative consequences of these potential injuries. Go 30 years back and there weren’t any doctors advising them.

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