Tuesday, July 8, 2014
USA Today (7/8, Mihoces, 5.82M) reports that U.S. District Judge Anita Brody yesterday “gave preliminary approval” to a settlement of the over 240 “concussion suits filed by former player[s] against the NFL” after the organization removed the cap on damages. A final approval could result in “hundreds of millions of dollars in payments over the next 65 years.” Final approval is pending a November 19th hearing. Under the proposed settlement, all retired NFL athletes would be eligible whether or not they joined the suits. A number of athletes are objecting to the proposed settlement alleging it is beneficial to the NFL and to the attorneys, but is not adequate for those who played the game.