Four months ago, the NFL and thousands of retired players supposedly settled concussion litigation with a $765 million settlement. The settlement, which was referred to as
“historic” by the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee, has run into a few roadblocks. Since the announcement, several new lawsuits have been filed by former NFL players, and experts have predicted that many former players may refuse to accept the agreement which would allow the NFL to conceal what it knew about the dangers of concussions. However, if a small percentage of the players decline the settlement, the deal may still be accepted.
Judge Anita Brody, overseeing the case, has appointed a Special Master to review the financial details of the settlement. One reason cited for the institution of a Special Master is to prevent plaintiffs’ attorneys involved in the negotiations from being payed twice. The settlement has been postponed four months, and there is no clear estimation of when the plan will go into effect. During this time, former players may still be filing against the NFL for concussions they have suffered and any damages incurred in the past.
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