Tag Archive: Christopher Seeger

The FAQs About NFL Concussion Settlement Claims

The NFL Concussion Settlement has been anything but an easy process for the neurologically impaired class of retired football players. As of December 27 – ten months after the claims process began – a meager 13% — 206 monetary awards out of 1913 filed claims. As an observer noted, if claims continue to be processed at this rate, it will take approximately 4 years to process the current case load – and that doesn’t even account for the additional claims that will be filed.

NFL Concussion Settlement Baseline Assessment Program

FAQs and Analysis… December 28, 2017 Sheilla Dingus In the first installment of this series I looked a NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs 1 – 23 which deal with general provisions and personnel of the Settlement.  More importantly perhaps, I question the ability of and ethical implications of requiring a brain-damaged class to navigate, at minimum, …

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The Facts About NFL Concussion Settlement FAQs

On December 1, a proposed document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) was posted via Electronic Court Filing (ECF) to the NFL Concussion Settlement docket.  The purpose of the FAQ document is to aid the neurologically impaired football players who are class members to the settlement in understanding its terms and filing their claims.  During the enrollment period for the settlement, when retired NFL players had to make a choice between enrollment in the settlement, opting out, or ignoring it all together, in order to encourage enrollment Co-Lead Class Counsel Christopher Seeger, along with Claims Administrator Brown Greer portrayed the enrollment and claims processes as “simple.”  They encouraged retirees to not hire independent counsel for this reason.  They were told if they had a qualifying diagnosis their claims would be approved, and a 30-60 day window was referenced as an estimated approval time.  As a result, approximately 20,000 retired players or their representatives registered for the program, including many who had previously objected or opted out.

Harvard Law Professor Advises Concussion Settlement Court to Cap Attorney Fees

In September, Harvard Law Professor William B. Rubenstein was appointed by Judge Anita Brody to weigh in on controversies surrounding attorney fees, including a 5% hold back that Co-Lead Class Counsel Christopher Seeger requisitioned as payment for future work in settlement implementation.
In a well-reasoned 47-page report, Professor Rubenstein recommended against withholding the additional 5% from Class Members monetary awards and advised a 15% cap on contingency feels from independently retained counsel.  Judge Brody has given a January 3 deadline for responses to the expert opinion.
Withholding 5% of every award is unreasonable
Prior to Professor Rubenstein’s report, every other attorney who publicly expressed an opinion on the subject, as well as members of the class of retired NFL players expressed opposition to the proposed 5% holdback.  Professor Rubenstein agreed.  As the professor noted, Seeger felt that the $112.5 million common benefit (of which Seeger claims over $70 million) should go to pay for securing of the settlement and the 5% for implementation of it, but as Rubenstein said, “Class Counsel bear the burden of proving the need for a 5% set-aside, but their artificial bifurcation of settlement and implementation – and hence the justification for the 5% set-aside – fails to meet that burden for at least six reasons.”

Dec 10

The Blitz 12/10/17

Essential Sports & Sports Law News Week in Review 12/10/17 📖Read of the Week: Compelling read: Forget About Colin Kaepernick; I Think I’m Done With the NFL Just Because I Don’t Want to Watch Someone Die https://t.co/vw8Sg50Fk7 via @verysmartbros — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) December 9, 2017 ⚖️Litigation Lane: NFL Concussion Settlement There was a lot …

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Christopher Seeger Opposes Motion to Benefit NFL Concussion Settlement Class

Again. . . November 28, 2017 Sheilla Dingus In a grand webinar style conference on February 8, 2017, over which Judge Anita Brody presided, Co-Lead Class Counsel Christopher Seeger presented an impressive PowerPoint presentation in which he heralded the many benefits of the settlement that was beginning its registration period. He proclaimed the ease of …

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NFL Concussion Settlement Has Even Attorneys Worried

 Many wonder if they or the retired players will ever be paid November 21, 2017 Sheilla Dingus Andrew Brandt famously said, “There will be lawyers.”  This statement is true and could actually be quite an understatement when it comes the NFL’s Concussion Settlement.  On the surface one might think an uncapped settlement that pays for …

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Motions filed to address NFL Concussion Settlement Delays;

A Closed Hearing is Convened in Judge Brody’s Chambers as Players Seek Transparency November 15, 2017 Sheilla Dingus Monday a motion for reconsideration was filed by X1 Law and Loren Kean Law, just prior to a closed hearing convened by Judge Brody with only Co-Lead Class Counsel Christopher Seeger (by name) along with NFL Counsel and …

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Nov 05

The Blitz

Essential Sports & Sports Law News Week in Review – October 29 – November 4, 2017 📖Read of the Week: “[T]he plea not for peace but for justice. That’s the Kaepernick legacy.” https://t.co/ggnUKolnA6 via @EdgeofSports — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) November 4, 2017 ⚖️Litigation Lane: Ezekiel Elliott The best Twitter commentary as it happened in real-time …

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Co-Lead Class Counsel Petitions Court for $70.4 Million Fee in NFL Concussion Settlement

  Objections Are Raised October 21, 2017 Sheilla Dingus On September 20, a motion was filed by three Texas law firms representing a group of players identified as “Alexander Objectors,”  asking Judge Anita Brody to compel compliance with an order that she issued on September 10, 2012.  The order, known as Case Management Order 5 …

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