Audit! Orran Brown or Roger Goodell

Orran Brown or Roger Goodell?

Orran Brown’s 28-page response to Patrick J. Tighe of X-1 Law’s motion seeking court intervention for multiple audits of a single settlement claim is very instructive although possibly not in the way Mr. Brown intended.

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Orran Brown Defends NFL Concussion Settlement Audits

under audit

In a 28-page response to Patrick J. Tighe of X-1 Law’s motion seeking court intervention for multiple audits of a single settlement claim, Claims Administrator Orran Brown asserts that he has the right to audit a claim as many times as he deems appropriate.

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College Admissions and Athletic Bribery Scandal

Yesterday news broke of what is likely to be one of the biggest scandals in the history of both sports and education.  I recapped it on Twitter. (Click to open Twitter Moment content.)

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The Alston ruling is but one tree in a forest in need of clearing

treesMy examination of Judge Claudia Wilken’s ruling and its immediate impact on college athletics and what’s needed for the long game.

Late Friday evening, Judge Claudia Wilken issued a long-awaited ruling in the Alston anti-trust amateurism case, officially known as In re: National Collegiate Athletic Association Grant-In-Aid Cap Antitrust Litigation in the Northern District of California.

While judgment was entered in favor of the plaintiffs, the victory rings hollow.  Note the limiting nature of her opinion, despite for a second time, the first being O’Bannon, she found the NCAA’s practices to be a violation of antitrust law

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The epidemic of fraud against professional athletes

Athletes who've been defrauded

Financial fraud is an equal opportunity predator, attacking active and retired athletes across the spectrum of sport and gender.

Ernst & Young recently issued a report, Athletes Targeted by Fraud, stating pro athletes lost $334 million to fraud between 2013 and 2017 and another $160 million in fraud-related losses the prior eleven years. Missing amongst these astonishing figures are the countless frauds against athletes that have not been identified or publicly reported, making the true cost of fraud hard to fathom.

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Remembering the USFL

Irv Eatman-usfl

Over the last month or so I have watched several of the games from the new spring league, the Alliance of American Football. I found many of the games entertaining and if the “logo” bias were removed the games would likely be more appealing to a wider audience.

I am pulling for the league to flourish for several reasons. Number one, I always like pulling for the underdog, second I like anything that gives young players another opportunity to pursue their dreams and lastly watching AAF brings back memories of the three most enjoyable years I had in a different spring pro football league called the USFL.

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A Quick Peek at How Taxes Can Cut into a Settlement Award

Uncle Sam Wants Your Money

Benjamin Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing is certain but death and taxes.” In my “settlement buster series,” I’ll be taking a closer look at three things that can derail what appears to be a lucrative settlement, liens, bankruptcy, and taxes. Part 1 focuses on taxes.

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Research

Revised 2/28/19

Yesterday, I requested input from those involved in NFL, NHL, or NCAA concussion litigation to assist in a research project conducted by Professor Elizabeth Chamblee Burch of UGA School of Law.  Professor Burch is studying retainer and contingency fee agreements of plaintiffs in mass tort litigation.  You can read more about what she is studying and hoping to accomplish here.  She’s done some groundbreaking work in exposing the shady side of aggregate litigation, and much of her scholarship can be accessed here.

I posted a survey that received ONE response. I have since taken it down.   When I inquired of an advocate requesting assistance in gathering information, I was somewhat stunned by the response–one of skepticism as to the legitimacy of the research. Since it’s very easy to verify Professor Burch’s credibility, I am distancing myself from this project in case my attempt to gather data seems suspect to some.  If you are interested in contributing, more info can be found on Professor Burch’s Blog.

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Attorney Asks Judge to Stop Endless Audits

Late Sunday night, a motion dropped on the NFL Concussion Settlement docket outlining repeated audits of the same claims and requesting court intervention.

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Preview of Upcoming Hearing in Dent Painkiller Lawsuit

Richard Dent v NFL painkiller lawsuit

A hearing is set for March 21, in which the NFL’s motion to dismiss the painkiller lawsuit filed by Hall of Famer, Richard Dent, will be argued before Judge William Alsup at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

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