Posted January 14, 2014

Judge rejects $765M settlement in NFL concussion case, claims it’s not enough

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The settlement is designed to cover 20,000 individuals over a 65-year span. (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

The settlement is designed to cover 20,000 individuals over a 65-year span. (Michael Zagaris/Getty Images)

A federal judge in Philadelphia officially rejected a preliminary approval of a $765 million settlement of NFL claims for more than 20,000 men over 65 years who suffered from concussions and concussion-related symptoms, according to a report from the Associated Press on Tuesday afternoon.

The $765 million settlement was first reached this past August.

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U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said she made the ruling over fears that the sum of the settlement was not enough to cover the costs of injuries suffered by the players. She also expressed concern that the sum doesn’t factor the retired players who have yet to be diagnosed but could someday experience symptoms related to brain injury.

Under the current proposal, athletes with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, would receive $5 million; families of players who have died from brain trauma would receive $4 million; and those who suffered from dementia would receive $3 million.

The plaintiffs in the case include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett, Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in 2012.

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3 comments
EarlMalmsteen
EarlMalmsteen

The players got screwed into settling anyway, presumably because they would accept anything since their families are having to deal with their symptoms and are desperate for any help at all. The judge appears to recognize this. I can only hope it works out well for the families in the end. Any amount they agree to is going to be chump change to the NFL owners.

JimKirkwood
JimKirkwood

I know it doesn't work like this, but since the two sides agreed to a figure that the judge rejected, it seems to me she should name a figure