The NFL thought it had reached a favorable deal to resolve a potentially billion-dollar concussion lawsuit for $765 million plus legal expenses (more than $112 million). That settlement has been rejected by a federal judge. The judge is worried the allotted amount won’t be enough to cover potential payouts to retired players.
“I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their (families) … will be paid,”
The settlement includes proposed seven-figure payouts for certain diagnoses, such as ALS, brain trauma-induced death and dementia. It is intended to cover a pool of more than 20,000 players over 65 years. According to the judges’ filing, even paying out to 10 percent of possible claimants would overshoot the fixed amount over the duration of the settlement.
The full statement from Judge Anita B. Brody can be read here.