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Apr 20

Our report on the latest NFL Concussion Settlement ruling

In the article we discuss reactions from players and their families, and the impact going forward for class members as well as what appears to be an attack on independent counsel.

Retired NFL Players, Wives React to Recent Concussion Settlement Ruling

On Wednesday Judge Anita Brody issued a ruling in the NFL Concussion Settlement that prompted a wave of anger and despair for many members of the class action settlement.  In her order, Judge Brody denied the motion of Gene Locks in which he asked the court for permission to share administrative duties in the Settlement alongside Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger.
The first year of claims processing has been very trying for the retired players and their wives.  Many of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia claims have found themselves targeted for fraud.  Hundreds of others found themselves caught in a seemingly endless cycle of “preliminary review” in which their cases never seem to move forward.  Other legitimate claims have been outright denied because of the NFL’s aggressive opposition to claims and their influence jointly with Chris Seeger.  As of April 16, of 1,135 dementia claims filed only nine (9) have been paid. Read More about “Retired NFL Players, Wives React to Recent Concussion Settlement Ruling”

Also – please welcome our newest contributor Terry Ott and be sure to check out his debut article with AFFIS.  He will be reporting on CFL issues.

Is the CFL stuck in 2011 in regard to football brain injury?

Terry Ott’s debut piece for AFFIS begins with a story the Canadian media largely didn’t want to cover.
The Canadian Football league may be at the most important crossroads in its 105-year history. Despite steadily rising viewer numbers and revenues from television in Canada and the United States, five new modern stadiums constructed in the past four seasons with healthy attendance numbers and increasingly attractive internet and social media platforms, the CFL faces the possibility of a $200 million dollar class action suit also alleging injury from concussion and now comprising some 200 members. Read More about “Is the CFL stuck in 2011 in regard to football brain injury?”