Tag: Judge Anita Brody

NFL Concussion Settlement No Longer Pretends to Care for Players

NFL Concussion Settlement - Anita Brody, Roger Goodell, Chris Seeger

If there was any doubt previously, an order issued by Senior Judge Anita B. Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May, 16, removes what lingering doubt may remain that the so-called NFL Concussion Settlement is about compensating brain-damaged players. In her order, she denied a motion for reconsideration of rules that will severely inhibit the compensation of impaired players, instead focusing her attention on protecting the NFL from alleged fraud.

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Backstory on NFL Concussion Settlement Funding Issues and Third Circuit Reversal

NFL Concussion Settlement Funders

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Third Circuit Reversal of NFL Concussion Settlement Funding Advances has an Interesting Backstory

NFL Concussion Settlement Funders

Retired NFL players and their families may soon be asking “What happened?” when settlement funders start playing hardball to collect on their “loans” to players in amounts double or more the initial advance due to accrued interest.

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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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Lawrence F. Stengel Appointed Special Concussion Settlement Fraud Investigator

Lawrence Stengel Appointed NFL Concussion Settlement Fraud Investigator

After months of NFL demands for a fraud investigator for the concussion settlement, and an initial deferment on the decision by Judge Anita Brody, on September 12, she granted the NFL’s motion after an unexpected reversal of position by Special Masters, and on December 10, ordered the appointment of former Eastern District of Pennsylvania judge Lawrence F. Stengel.

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Judge Brody stays NFL Concussion Settlement Award Payments

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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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Concussion Settlement Opt-Outs Are Quietly Settling with the NFL

Confidential Settlement

Despite limited data to work from it appears that settlements are being reached for opt-out claims against the NFL. The first indication came on September 4, when ten-year Patriots veteran Ted Johnson and the NFL agreed to stipulation of dismissal with prejudice of his lawsuit against the league.

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Judge Hurls Lone Pine Order at NFL Concussion Settlement Opt-Outs. Could this be an axe to their cases?

True or False? The Constitution of the United States of America guarantees every injured party his or her day in court?  You’d have been correct with either answer.  While the Constitution does make that guarantee, other laws and pleading rules tend to cloud it. That’s the situation players who opted out of the NFL Concussion Settlement are looking at due to a recently filed order.

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Retired NFL Players, Wives React to Recent Concussion Settlement Ruling

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On Wednesday Judge Anita Brody issued a ruling in the NFL Concussion Settlement that prompted a wave of anger and despair for many members of the class action settlement.  In her order, Judge Brody denied the motion of Gene Locks in which he asked the court for permission to share administrative duties in the Settlement alongside Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger.
The first year of claims processing has been very trying for the retired players and their wives.  Many of those with Alzheimer’s and dementia claims have found themselves targeted for fraud.  Hundreds of others found themselves caught in a seemingly endless cycle of “preliminary review” in which their cases never seem to move forward.  Other legitimate claims have been outright denied because of the NFL’s aggressive opposition to claims and their influence jointly with Chris Seeger.  As of April 16, of 1,135 dementia claims filed only nine (9) have been paid.

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