Concussion Settlement Judge Delivers Early Christmas Gift to NFL

Brody-Seeger-Goodell

“She’s gone too far now.” This response reverberated as strongly as a blast at ground zero because it came not from an attorney who frequently laments the difficulties of the NFL Concussion Settlement, but rather a voice seldom critical of Judge Anita B. Brody
I contacted numerous attorneys, asking for their impressions of Judge Brody’s newly imposed restrictions …

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Repeat audits prompt attorney to question CA’s perception of reality

Orran Brown Because I said so

In the high-stakes volleys and counter volleys to determine whether or not NFL Concussion Settlement claims can be audited multiple times, both Claims Administrator Orran Brown, and Pat Tighe of X1 Law have submitted final briefs to the Court.

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With the Kap/Reid Settlement it’s not either/or

Kaepernick Reid Settlement Social Justice

February 15th, 2019, started with the surprising announcement that the National Football League had settled the two civil lawsuits Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid had filed against it and, as you can imagine, the news was met with widely different reactions based on where people stood on the cases. To put it simply, if you were pro­Kaepernick and pro­Reid, you saw it as a win for the two men. David had just dealt a big blow to Goliath. If you were on the side of the league, you saw it as a win for this big and powerful institution. They had proven once again that they could not be touched. The truth lies somewhere in­between

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Battle of the Titans – NFL v Insurers

NFL-Insurers Battle Heating Up

After a slow period of docket activity, the NFL and its insurers are slugging it out in the Supreme Court of New York as the insurers seek to learn what the NFL knew regarding concussions and brain injury and degree of related deception to players and themselves.

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Break your arm and get sued. The strange lawsuit against Patrick Chung

Patrick Chung lawsuit

New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung had the bad fortune of breaking his arm early in the third quarter of Super Bowl LIII, and now his injury has placed him as a defendant in a rather strange lawsuit.

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No Free Education in College Athletics

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It has been over four decades since I entered college at UCLA. I really enjoyed being a student/ athlete but I would be lying if I said there were not times when it was very difficult. Trying to balance school, practice, travel, games and yes socializing was not easy. Fast forward to present day and as the father of a soon to be student/ athlete, things have not gotten any easier.

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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

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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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