Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Judge rejects proposed settlement in NFL case

The judge presiding over the proposed $765 million settlement between the N.F.L. and more than 4,500 retired players who sued the league and accused it of hiding the dangers of concussions has raised significant questions about whether there will be enough money for all of the payouts, medical tests and treatment.  The New York Times has the details here. (Thanks to Torts Today for the link.)

Over at Litigation and Trial, Max Kennerly has posted "Why The NFL Concussion Settlement Wasn’t Approved – And Why It Might Never Be".  In this short comment he argues that although the main reason for the rejection of the proposed settlement was the inadequacy of the settlement amount, there is another part of proposal that has not been discussed as much.  That's a clause which attempts to prevent players from conducting litigation against the NCAA and other amateur football organizations.  You can read his comment here.