Judge rejects NFL concussion settlement, requests more information

Jan. 14, 2014 at 2:48 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A federal judge rejected a proposed class-action settlement Tuesday between the National Football League and retired players who sued over concussion issues.

In an opinion released Tuesday in Philadelphia, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody raised concerns the $675 million the NFL agreed to set aside for concussion-related claims may be inadequate to cover payments to about 20,000 eligible former players, family members and representatives, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

She requested both sides to inform her of how they arrived at the dollar figure, and can modify her opinion at a later date.

The ruling came a week after lawyers for both sides released details of how the settlement, which totals $760 million, would be distributed. The total includes the cost of baseline testing for current players, costs for research and education related to improving safety in the sport, and payments to disabled former players. It does not include the legal fees of the plaintiffs, estimated to be about $125 million, which will be borne by the NFL.

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