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NFL Concussion Settlement Issues Appealed to Third Circuit

“Though it is not perfect, it is fair,” was the opinion handed down from the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in April 2016, when the appellate court ruled in favor of the Settlement designated to compensate retired NFLers for brain injury that was approved by Judge Brody in almost a year earlier in 2015.  While a group of players appealed the Third Circuit’s decision to the Supreme Court, in December 2016 the High Court declined to hear the case, finalizing the Settlement with player registrations beginning in January 2017 and claims submissions in March of that year. A year and a half into settlement implementation the Settlement has been plagued with problems and controversies, not the least of which are low dementia claim approvals, and NFL allegations of widespread fraud for which it seeks a special investigator.  Attorneys for the players dispute the pervasive fraud alleged by the NFL, a problem largely of their own making, but these are not the only areas where controversy exists. Like a boomerang, two of these controversies have made their way back to the Third Circuit…

Jun 06

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NFL asks the Concussion Settlement Court for a fraud investigator with authority of subpoenas and compelled testimony

Last Wednesday the NFL presented arguments urging Judge Brody to appoint a special fraud investigator in the troubled Concussion Settlement, in which as of May 29, only eleven dementia claims have been paid.

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.”

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.

Attorneys Respond to NFL’s Request for Concussion Settlement Fraud Investigator

One of the unlucky Friday the 13th filings in the largely failing NFL Concussion Settlement was a motion by NFL Counsel Brad Karp requesting appointment of a special fraud investigator.

Apr 28

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Amid disturbing allegations of misconduct Chris Seeger cries “foul”

In the largely private world of class action and multi-district litigation settlement implementation one has reason to question the efficacy for plaintiffs versus the defense of settlements which often seem more valuable to defendants than those they were designed to compensate.  A prime example of this is the much-heralded NFL concussion settlement.

Apr 23

Our latest articles look at recent filings and rulings in the NFL Concussion Settlement and the Climate of Brain Injury Denial in Canada

Part 1 of a 2-part series looks at a recent filing by Chris Seeger and his ambivalence toward the players he was appointed to represent: The mystifying puzzle of Judge Anita Brody: And finally, a look at the obstinance of Canadian media and doctors regarding the football-CTE link:  

Friday the 13th a bad day for NFL Concussion Settlement Players

Friday the 13th was not a good day for Concussion Settlement Class Members.  On that day numerous filings in opposition to the motion filed by attorney Gene Locks for player-friendly Settlement administration landed on the docket.  Among the filings were responses from Special Masters, Claims Administrator Orran Brown, BAP Administrator Matthew Garretson, NFL Counsel and Co-Lead Class Counsel Chris Seeger.

The Settlement resembles the NFL’s Disability Plan on steroids in its attacks against retirees.  This isn’t surprising, because it is standard operating procedure for the league.  Nothing in the NFL’s brief came as a surprise to anyone familiar with their MO.  Unfortunately, as the Settlement progresses, Mr. Seeger’s MO tends to closely resemble that of the NFL.

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