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

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New Layer of College Football Misconduct Unveiled in Askin Lawsuit

John Askin lawsuit against Notre Dame, NCAA

On Feb. 15 former University of Notre Dame football player John Askin lodged his complaints in his state of residence, Kentucky. Named as defendants are the NCAA and Notre Dame. In the composition of the allegations of constructive fraud, fraudulent concealment and negligence on the parts of the NCAA and Notre Dame, Askin claims the actions/inactions of the defendants led to the symptoms of neurological damage he now suffers.

Askin’s allegations include claims that he was illegally and improperly administered controlled substances for pain management during his playing time for the Fightin’ Irish. Not only does he assert they were illegally administering medications, but they were even using a medication approved for veterinary use on humans.

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NFL Concussion Settlement: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

BrownGreer Status Report

On February 15, Claims Administrator Orran Brown of BrownGreer released his fourth status report on the state of the NFL Concussion Settlement. The first topic addressed is monetary awards. Brown states that the date for submission of pre-effective date claims has now passed. He says that

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Evans Painkiller Lawsuit is Dismissed-Questions Remain

NFL painkillers

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Welcome to the Twilight Zone

NFL Concussion Settlement Twilight Zone

No journalist wants to be the subject of her own story, but here we are in  2019, and life is indeed strange.  On February 5, Co-Lead Class Counsel for the NFL Concussion Settlement, Christopher Seeger filed a brief on the public docket.  His brief followed shortly after a brief filed by the NFL, responding to attorney Patrick Tighe’s motion for reconsideration of a recent order issued by Judge Anita B. Brody.

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I’d also like to thank Ryan Boysen and Law 360 for helping to clarify the record.

Atty, Blogger Fight Back In NFL Concussion Deal Spat

Excerpt regarding Advocacy for Fairness in Sports:

Law360 Excerpt

 

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Hernandez Lawsuit Tossed by Federal Judge

Hernandez dismissal

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