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.
Tag: NFL Concussion Settlement
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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.
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Apr 28 2018
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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.
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Apr 23 2018
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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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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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But – is it really fraud they’re objecting to or that they’re finding themselves caught in their own trap? On Friday, the NFL, in a couple of caustic motions, decried massive fraud on the part of players, lawyers and doctors in the NFL concussion settlement, while failing to acknowledge that this is a climate of their own making.
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Apr 09 2018
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Recent Law Firm Report Details How False Actuarials Are Being Used to Derail NFL Concussion Settlement Claims
“It is tragic that the victims of alleged deceptive practices by the NFL Parties, the Retired NFL Players, are being looked at with suspicion in a settlement that was supposed to help them,” writes the Law Offices of Hakimi & Shahriari, a firm representing over 250 retired players, in a detailed letter to the Special Masters overseeing the concussion settlement, which Advocacy for Fairness in Sports has obtained.
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