Tag Archive: Judge Anita Brody

Jan 15

Latest Articles (Updated 1/15/18)

It’s Time To Declare The NFL Concussion Settlement A State Of Emergency

Daunting. Despicable. Dirty. Disastrous.   Those are just a few adjectives that come to mind when evaluating the NFL’s torrent of delays and denials of brain injury claims brought by former NFL players.  Mentally impaired men and their anxious families have been forced to jump through unconscionable hoops and endure painful audits, delays and denials while finding themselves accused of being liars and frauds by the league they once loved and sacrificed their health for.

NFL Concussion Settlement Attorneys Respond to Law Professor’s Fee Recommendations

On December 11, Harvard law professor William Rubenstein filed a 47-page report with the Court detailing his recommendations regarding attorney fees as he’d been commissioned to do in September. His recommendations consisted of (1) Denying the 5% holdback from all approved awards to fund future implementation work on the settlement as requested by Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger, and (2) Capping individual attorney fees at 15%. The professor’s report appeared well reasoned and presented, but as pointed out in the 12 responses, he seemed to lack some critical information when he prepared the it, including correct actuaries on player demographics and anticipated awards as well as the immense difficulty in getting claims approved. Since Professor Rubenstein is a highly intelligent man, several attorneys have indicated to me that they wonder how he could have been shielded from current and pertinent information on which they feel would have changed the recommendations of the report.

Jan 07

The Blitz 1/7/18

Essential Sports & Sports Law News Week In Review ⚖️Litigation Lane: NFL Concussion Settlement #NFL #Concussion Lawyers Question Expert’s Analysis of Attorney Fees https://t.co/0v1KrFgGaa via @MMitchellTLI — Sheilla Dingus (@SheillaDingus) January 5, 2018 Part 4 (and the final part) of my series on Concussion Settlement FAQs Part 4 of my series on #NFL #Concussion Settlement …

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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.

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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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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Letter From NFL Concussion Settlement Class Members to Judge Anita Brody

Honorable Senior Judge Anita Brody James A Byrne U.S. Courthouse 601 Market Street Room 7613, Courtroom 7-B Philadelphia, PA 19106-1717 November 13, 2017 Dear Judge Brody: The undersigned are members of the NFL Concussion Settlement Class. We are retired players, wives and family members who placed our trust in you and your Court. Most of us …

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Letter From NFL Concussion Settlement Class Members to Judge Anita Brody

Dear Judge Brody: The undersigned are members of the NFL Concussion Settlement Class. We are retired players, wives and family members who placed our trust in you and your Court. Most of us have pending claims that were filed in the spring. We have tried to be patient and understand that a backlog exists but …

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Apr 14

The Blitz 4/14/17

💐Steelers Owner Dan Rooney Dies: “Mean Joe Greene cried.” How the greatest Steeler of all remembered the soul of the team. By @EdBouchette https://t.co/HuiAuyC9WG pic.twitter.com/5QbWcAMGqc — Michael Sanserino (@msanserino) April 13, 2017 ⚖️Litigation Lane: Eli Manning Exclusive from @kajawhitehouse: new court documents show Eli Manning was in on Giants memorabilia scheme: https://t.co/IDTt0DGLHz — Daniel Wallach …

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