Tag: Chris Seeger

The NFL Concussion Settlement Spins Toward the Bizarre

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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Alarming revelations about the NFL Concussion Settlement Common Benefit, and a Disturbing Trend in High School Football

Did Chris Seeger Break the Bank?

Did Seeger Weiss Break the NFL Concussion Settlement Bank? by Sheilla Dingus HBO Real Sports Profiles a Disturbing Trend in High School Football by Derek Helling

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The NFL’s Appeal Withdrawal Resembles a Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse - NFL Concussion Settlement - Seeger- Goodell

To recap the latest developments in the strange world of the NFL Concussion Settlement, four events require closer examination.  The NFL’s unexpected withdrawal of a bombshell appeal; the subsequent cancellation of the hearing on that appeal, Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger’s victorious PR campaign, and Her Honor, Judge Anita B. Brody’s substantive ruling on a mooted appeal.

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Why the NFL’s Concussion Settlement Appeal Withdrawal Isn’t Good News

Who's behind the curtain of the latest NFL concussion settlement ruling?

A hearing to decide the fate of the one of two paths of qualification for monetary awards in the oft-heralded but largely problematic NFL Concussion Settlement was scheduled for January 10. On January 9, it was cancelled and announced that the NFL had withdrawn the appeal that prompted the hearing. Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger proclaimed victory over the NFL and its “meritless appeal,” but in reality, the NFL got everything it asked for and more, so there’s pause to consider if someone was behind a curtain and how things sometimes are not what they appear to be.

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January 10 Hearing to Be a “Pivotal” Point in the NFL Concussion Settlement

NFL Concussion Settlement Hearing

On January 2, Judge Anita B. Brody issued an order scheduling a hearing to finally determine the fate of the settlement’s “generally consistent” standard, and with it the fates of hundreds, or possibly thousands of retired NFL players. This is the first record of the issue on the public docket, however the preliminaries leading to the hearing began in the summer of last year.

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Judge Brody stays NFL Concussion Settlement Award Payments

Judge Anita B. Brody Stay

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Judge Stays Payment of NFL Concussion Settlement Claims Pending NFL Appeal Decision

Judge Anita B. Brody Stay

On November 14, Eastern District of Pennsylvania Judge Anita B. Brody issued an order staying payment of 17 monetary awards to retired NFL players pending the outcome of an NFL appeal; her decision, however stands to impact every single claim filed in the concussion settlement, moving forward.

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First Look at the Tentative NHL Concussion Settlement

War and Peace

This is going to take two installments.  Here’s the first one. Also on today’s docket– 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?

hydrogen bomb

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

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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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