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Report: NFL reaches settlement in concussion lawsuit

08/29/2013 at 9:53 am By

nfl-concussion-front-pagePer a report from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, the NFL has reached a $765 million-dollar settlement with 4,500 plaintiffs that were involved in a concussion lawsuit against the league:

Judge Anita Brody, who was proceeding over the case, released the following statement:

“From the outset of this litigation, I have expressed my belief that the interests of all parties would be best served¬†by a negotiated resolution of this case. The settlement holds the prospect of avoiding lengthy, expensive and¬†uncertain litigation, and of enhancing the game of football.”

The settlements breaks down to about $170,000 per plaintiff. Judge Brody has also requested that neither side make any further public statements about the case, meaning that the NFL just paid out $765 million in hush money to the plaintiffs. Shrewd indeed.

The lawsuit was due to be back in court in September before the NFL reached the lofty agreement. The NFL was standing to lose an estimate of over $1 billion in damages and even more in legal fees if the case went to court and they lost, so settling outside of the judicial system was their best option.

Concussions are an unfortunate part of football, but at least this is a step in the right direction. The league has already lost several players due to the traumatic symptoms of concussions, including the death of Junior Seau. Hopefully the NFL devotes more resources to preventing the long-term affect multiple concussions can have on a player’s career and their life post-football.

-ALR

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