Dec 10

Judge Brody Appoints Lawrence Stengel NFL Concussion Settlement Fraud Investigator at NFL’s Urging

Lawrence F. Stengel Appointed Special Concussion Settlement Fraud Investigator

After months of NFL demands for a fraud investigator for the concussion settlement, and an initial deferment on the decision by Judge Anita Brody, on September 12, she granted the NFL’s motion after an unexpected reversal of position by Special Masters, and on December 10, ordered the appointment of former Eastern District of Pennsylvania judge Lawrence F. Stengel. Read More about “Lawrence F. Stengel Appointed Special Concussion Settlement Fraud Investigator”

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Dec 09

Game On!

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Dec 07

Lane Johnson v NFLPA and Dent v NFL lawsuit updates

Will Lane Johnson Finally Be Able to Expose the NFLPA’s Spin?

For nearly two years, Lane Johnson has been asking questions and is now waiting to see if the court will, at long last, grant his request for discovery. On November 28, Judge Richard Sullivan issued an order extending Johnson an invitation to reply to the NFLPA’s arguments, at which time he’ll consider the briefing on Johnson’s LMRDA claim complete. On December 3, Steve Zashin, Johnson’s attorney replied:
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And a quick update on the Dent v NFL painkiller lawsuit.  I’ll try to get a story out soon.

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Dec 06

Welcome to the Matrix

I think the Matrix analogy explains quite a bit.

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Dec 05

“If I only had a brain”

Two new articles and one reboot, all updates on important brain injury litigation.

The new:

NFL ‘Goes for a Strike’ on ‘Generally Consistent’ Concussion Settlement Claims; Co-Lead Counsel Counters

For nearly two years the NFL has been seeking ways to knock down settlement claims one-by-one like stray bowling pins. In their latest move they’re going for a strike in order to shut down most future claims by retired NFL players suffering from brain injury by revising the terms of the agreed upon settlement.
While findings of fact on the part of the court-appointed Special Masters are not appealable under settlement terms, the NFL has filed an illegal appeal and convinced the court to grant a stay on payment of claims as it seeks a decision altering the settlement agreement. In response, Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger writes
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And the reboot.  The NFL’s disingenuous, all over the place defenses in the Hernandez case had me stumped for a bit, and then, “eureka” I figured out the game and wrote about it in this update.

NFL Attempts to Rewrite Hernandez Lawsuit to Shirk Liability

In a recent bid to have the lawsuit filed by the daughter of the late Aaron Hernandez dismissed, the NFL has, perhaps unwittingly revealed its strategy to kill future brain injury claims.  Last week I wrote about how the NFL is attempting virtual time travel to go back and rewrite the chronology of the Hernandez case. Now they seek to rewrite the lawsuit. As I’ve written previously, this, probably more than any other lawsuit is one that the NFL wants to stop in its tracks. Read More about “NFL Attempts to Rewrite Hernandez Lawsuit to Shirk Liability”

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Nov 29

Backdoor Deals and Secret Agreements between NFL and NFLPA Come into Focus as the Discovery Battle Unfolds in Lane Johnson’s Lawsuit

‘Back Door Agreements Between NFLPA and NFL Emerge in Lane Johnson’s Lawsuit

In a previous article I wrote, “The NFL and NFLPA are natural adversaries. Will the NFL become an ally to Johnson in the vein of “the enemy of your enemy is your friend” or will they assume an adversarial position against both Johnson and the union? Or will they ally themselves with their usual adversary to cover potential misdeeds of collaboration or collusion with the NFLPA?” It didn’t take long to get an answer. Both the NFL and NFLPA responded to Lane Johnson’s request for discovery and Judge Richard Sullivan’s order regarding the same, with a resounding “no!” It’s less than surprising they decided to choose the third option and unite against Johnson, who stands to reveal their alleged back-door collaboration.
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Nov 29

New report suggests upward of 10% of all NFL players will develop CTE

New Report Projects Minimum 10% of NFL Players will Develop CTE

Boston University conducted a now famous or perhaps infamous study, depending on the perspective, of NFL players finding Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in 110 of 111 brains studied. Two researchers decided to crunch some numbers to see what the data really means and submitted their report to Neurology on July 20, 2018. It was made available to the public on November 28, 2018. Dr. Zachary O. Binney of Emory University, Atlanta and Dr. Kathleen E. Bachynski of NYU Langone Health, New York obtained a database of all former NFL Players who died between February 2008 and May 2016, the timeframe of the Boston University study. What they found, using only basic arithmetic is startling.
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Nov 26

Time Travel? Not as absurd as you may think, when it comes to the NFL

NFL Attempts Time Travel to Block Aaron Hernandez’s Daughter’s Lawsuit

Those who’ve been following the lawsuit filed on behalf of Avielle Hernandez, daughter of the disgraced New England Patriots tight end convicted of murder, who then was revealed as a tragic casualty of CTE, are already aware of the NFL’s attempts to rewrite her lawsuit to plead things she never asserted and dismiss the allegations she actually presented. In their attempt to box young Avielle (referenced as A.H. in some court documents) into the class of retired players eligible for settlement benefits, they now seek to impose their own timeline, viewing the past from the future. Read More about “NFL Attempts Time Travel to Block Aaron Hernandez’s Daughter’s Lawsuit”

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Nov 24

Pardon our dust!

Please pardon our dust!  We’ve been working on streamlining site navigation with menu modifications.  Please accept our apology for any inevitable broken links.  All existing content is still here; please check out the updated menu to locate your topic, or if that fails, type a keyword or two into the search box on the upper right of the page.  Thanks!

 

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Nov 24

Judge Brody stays NFL Concussion Settlement Award Payments

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