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Class action filed for former college football players

Sept. 4, 2013 at 3:47 PM

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- A Washington law firm filed a complaint against the NCAA, claiming former players with head trauma injuries were not adequately protected and advised.

The complaint by the firm Hausfeld LLP is a class action specifically benefiting college players who did not go on to careers in the NFL. It names as plaintiffs two former University of Tennessee players, Chris Walker and Ben Martin, and a former North Carolina State player, Dan Ahern, a statement from Hausfeld said Tuesday.

Michael Hausfeld, lead counsel on the complaint, said, "The NCAA has not taken the necessary steps to protect these former players, even though the medical tools to assist them have been available for some time. It is not too late for the NCAA to offer important education and needed medical testing to these former players."

The complaint seeks a court-supervised and NCAA-funded medical monitoring program to benefit former college players, and did not specify monetary damages.

College football players who went on to the NFL are covered by a separate proposed settlement.

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