NFL, Former Players Reach Settlement In Concussion Lawsuit
There has been a settlement worth a proposed $765 milloin in the NFL’s concussion case that included some 4,500 former players suing the league over head trauma.
SI’s Peter King was the first to report the news Wednesday.
NFLCommunications.com also issued this press release:
Former United States District Judge Layn Phillips, the court — appointed mediator in the consolidated concussion – related lawsuits brought by more than 4,500 retired football players against the Nati onal Football League and others, announced today that the parties had reached an agreement that would end the litigation against the NFL and NFL Properties and provide medical and other benefits, as well as compensation, to qualifying injured players or th eir families.
The agreement came after nearly two months of intensive negotiations under the supervision of Judge Phillips. It will be submitted for approval to United States District Judge Anita B. Brody, who is presiding over these cases in federal cou rt in Philadelphia. Under the agreement, the NFL and NFL Properties will contribute $765 million to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for retired NFL football players, fund medical and safety research, and cover litigation expenses. Attorn eys’ fees, to be approved by the district court, will be paid in addition to the settlement amount.
“This is a historic agreement, one that will make sure that former NFL players who need and deserve compensation will receive it, and that will promote saf ety for players at all levels of football,” Judge Phillips said via the statement. “Rather than litigate literally thousands of complex individual claims over many years, the parties have reached an agreement that, if approved, will provide relief and support where it is needed at a time when it is most needed. I am deeply grateful to Judge Brody for appointing me as mediator and offering me the opportunity to work on such an important and interesting matter.”
NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash added: “This agreement lets us help those who need it most and con tinue our work to make the game safer for current and future players. Commissioner Goodell and every owner gave the legal team the same direction: do the right thing for the game and for the men who played it,” said NFL Executive Vice President Jeffrey P ash. “We thought it was critical to get more help to players and families who deserve it rather than spend many years and millions of dollars on litigation. This is an important step that builds on the significant changes we’ve made in recent years to ma ke the game safer, and we will continue our work to better the long – term health and well – being of NFL players.”
Former Eagles and Patriots running back Kevin Turner, who now suffers from ALS and will serve as the lead plaintiff for one group of retired players, is thankful for the settlement.
“The benefits in this agreement will make a difference not only for me and my family, but also for thousands of my football brothers who either need help today or may need help someday in the future,” Turner. “I am grateful that the NFL is making a commitment to the men who made the game w hat it is today.”
In addition to Turner, some of the names in the lawsuit include Art Monk, Mark Rypien, Tony Dorsett, Alex Karras, Mark Duper and Joe Horn.
A summary of the key terms of the agreement, via the press release:
Class settlement: The settlement will include all players who have retired as of the date on which the Court grants preliminary approval to the settlement agreement, their authorized representatives, or family members (in the case of a former player who is decease.
No Admissions of Liability or Weakness of Claims: The settlement does not represent, and cannot be considered, an…