Tag Archive: Chris Seeger

Nov 12

First Look at the Tentative NHL Concussion Settlement

This is going to take two installments.  Here’s the first one. Also on today’s docket–Derek Helling revisits an 1857 Supreme Court decision. In response to yet another useless, tweet of BAP statistics, Sheilla wrote an open letter to Chris Seeger as shown below:

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Will the NFL’s latest appeal blow up the Concussion Settlement?

EXCLUSIVE: Last week, while requesting a stay on payment of claims, the NFL stated intent to appeal the NFL Concussion Settlement’s Special Masters ruling on “generally consistent.”  The off docket appeal, obtained by Advocacy for Fairness in Sports was filed on November 7, escalating a volatile disagreement as to how non BAP claims and claims appeals should be handled.  Judge Brody’s ruling will determine if the settlement will achieve its goal of compensating former players who’ve suffered brain impairment, or if it will instead, “fail its execution,” as Class Counsel Attorney Gene Locks phrased it in motion filed in March.

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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. 

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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.

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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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Aug 25

Advocacy For Fairness in Sports Requests Information on BAP

On August 9, Sheilla emailed Chris Seeger and Scott George at Seeger Weiss requesting public access to information regarding the NFL Concussion Settlement’s Baseline Assessment Program (BAP). There has been no response or update to the reports on the settlement website.  The redacted portion of the email relates to an inquiry on behalf of an …

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Aug 07

$500 Million Pitcher of Kool-Aid

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Please don’t drink the Kool-Aid!

There’s a $500 million pitcher of Kool-Aid making the rounds and numerous people including many in the media have been consuming it in unhealthy quantities and risking credibility in doing so. Recently Co-Lead Class Counsel for the NFL Concussion Settlement, Chris Seeger, mixed up an especially sugary batch…

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HBO Real Sports Pulls Back Curtain on NFL’s Claims of Fraud in the Concussion Settlement

Who’s defrauding whom? The NFL has decried massive fraud in the much-heralded uncapped settlement purposed to compensate retired NFL players for brain injuries but far from living up to its promise, HBO reports in a May 22 segment, “only ten percent of players who’ve filed claims for payment have received any money. That includes only one percent of all claims for dementia. One percent.”

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NFL Goes “Scorched Earth” Against Retired Players and their Lawyers

Andrew Brandt has famously stated, “there will be lawyers,” but it remains to be seen how many will be left standing as struggles over settlement implementation go scorched earth, leaving room for doubt as to whether or not retired players suffering from brain injury will ever see the compensation they were promised.

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