Lane Johnson is looking to sack NFLPA

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#EXCLUSIVE – NFL Concussion Special Master Issues Favorable Ruling on Generally Consistent Standard

UPDATE: A new article goes just a bit deeper and explains the history and significance of this ruling.

Special Masters Ruling on ‘Generally Consistent’ Opens Door for Cautious Optimism for NFL Concussion Settlement Claimants

EXCLUSIVE: Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has obtained a non-public opinion by NFL Concussion Settlement Special Master Wendell Pritchett regarding application of the term “generally consistent” as referenced in the Settlement Agreement. Read More about “Special Masters Ruling on ‘Generally Consistent’ Opens Door for Cautious Optimism for NFL Concussion Settlement Claimants”

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Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has obtained a non-public ruling just issued by Special Master Pritchett on the settlement’s “generally consistent” standard.  Click on the tweet to expand the thread and read the entire ruling.

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Unpublished Concussion Settlement Special Masters Order Shields Players from Latest NFL Ambush

NOTE: This ruling governs the denial of the NFL’s request for mandatory AAP review of appealed claims.  A breakdown of their ruling on the “generally consistent” standard can be found here.

Concussion Settlement Retirees Escape the NFL’s Latest Ambush…For Now

On August 31, I reported on a ploy by the NFL to kill a number of dementia claims dead in their tracks, as revealed in non-public documents obtained by Advocacy for Fairness in Sports.  The documents consisted of three letters to Special Masters in which the NFL sought compulsory review of approved claims by  Appeals Advisory Panel members and Appeals Advisory Panel Consultants.  At the center of the dispute were twenty-three dementia claims but the collateral damage the NFL sought to inflict was far-reaching.  Because the documents were not filed on the public docket, neither the public, the class member, and in all probability even their attorneys were aware of a potentially deadly storm brewing behind the scenes.  On October 9, the attorneys representing the players received an email from the claims administrator with a decision from the Special Masters denying the NFL’s request for a stay of payment on the twenty-three affected claims.  Read More about “Concussion Settlement Retirees Escape the NFL’s Latest Ambush…For Now”

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A very deep-dive into Lane Johnson’s lawsuit against the NFLPA

Opinion in Lane Johnson PED Lawsuit Exposes NFLPA Shortcomings

On January 6, 2016, Philadelphia Eagles OL Lane Johnson filed a lawsuit against both the NFL and the NFLPA in the Northern District of Ohio. The lawsuit contained many allegations of impropriety as to the manner in which his PED testing was done and the lack of support and even resistance he received from his Union. An order published October 3, concludes most of his case. Read More about “Opinion in Lane Johnson PED Lawsuit Exposes NFLPA Shortcomings”

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Concussion Settlement Opt-Outs are Reaching Settlements with the NFL

The original article begins with a question, however a new filing further indicates the answer, is “YES.”

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NFL Attempts to Sabotage Concussion Settlement Claims; Attorneys Respond

Players’ Attorneys React to NFL’s Attempts to Sabotage the Concussion Settlement

Two weeks ago I reported on a disturbing development in the NFL Concussion settlement after acquiring an email that revealed the off-the-public-docket war the NFL is waging against dementia claims and in so doing attempting to alter the terms of the billion dollar-plus agreement.  The email, which was sent to attorneys representing twenty-three players whose settlement awards were approved, appealed by the NFL, and affirmed by Special Masters on the appeal, reveals the NFL’s attempt to appeal these awards yet again, demanding review by the AAP panel of doctors established to assist Special Masters in certain instances, and at their discretion.  The NFL’s demand, if granted will not only impact the twenty-three players whose twice approved awards hang in the balance, but every player who has a pending claim filed, or will in the future, file a claim for a monetary award. Read More about “Players’ Attorneys React to NFL’s Attempts to Sabotage the Concussion Settlement”

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NCAA Amateurism Struggle Reminiscent of 1890’s Pullman Railroad Labor Struggle

The Pullman labor battles of 1890s live on in college athletics today

The phrase, “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it” has become cliché and that unfortunately means it has lost much of its meaning. Considering the status quo involving NCAA athletes who play revenue sports, it’s unfortunate how little society learned from a similar situation in the 1890s which historians refer to as the Pullman strike. Read More about “The Pullman labor battles of 1890s live on in college athletics today”

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Judge Brody Approves Fraud Investigator for Concussion Settlement

Fraud Investigator To Be Appointed for Concussion Settlement At NFL’s Request

On Wednesday, Judge Brody issued an order that will likely be the death knell to most dementia claims in the NFL Concussion Settlement after the Special Masters in charge of settlement operations made a request to the Court. In April, the NFL filed a motion requesting a special court-appointed fraud investigator, claiming that massive fraud was holding up valid claims.  A hearing on the motion was held in May, and on July 18, Judge Brody issued a notice stating that she would defer ruling on the motion unless either Claims Administrator BrownGreer of the Special Masters made the request.  I was present at the hearing and it seemed that the Claims Administrator and Special Masters were opposed at the time.  No reason for reversal of that opinion was stated in the Special Masters’ request, leaving one to speculate as to their changed position. Read More about “Fraud Investigator To Be Appointed for Concussion Settlement At NFL’s Request”

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Players see major win in NFL painkiller lawsuit at the Ninth Circuit

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Newly acquired documents reveal NFL Scheme

Recent Non-Public Documents Reveal NFL’s Latest Scheme to Screw Players Filing Dementia Claims

Exclusive: Advocacy For Fairness in Sports has obtained non-public concussion settlement documents which provide a glimpse into the NFL’s latest attempt to put the screws to players hoping to hold the league accountable for diagnosed neurocognitive damage sustained during their football careers. On August 30, the following email was sent to several attorneys representing players from Claims Administrator BrownGreer.
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