Lawyers: Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

Lawyers: Judge approves NFL concussion settlement

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Aug 20, 2011; San Francisco, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell (8) is examined by Dr. Warren King (third from left) and head athletic trainer H. Rod Martin (second from right) after suffering a concussion.

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by Associated Press

NWCN.com

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 9:30 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a deal that would compensate former NFL players for concussion-related claims.

Attorneys Sol Weiss and Christopher Seeger said in a statement that Monday's decision represents "an extraordinary settlement" for the plaintiffs.

The NFL last month agreed to remove a $675 million cap on damages after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody questioned whether there would be enough money to pay all claims.

The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retirees who develop Lou Gehrig's disease and other neurological problems.

More than 4,500 former players have filed suit, some accusing the league of fraud for its handling of concussions.

 

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