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NFL settles concussion suit for $765m
The agreement will be submitted for approval in federal court in Philadelphia.
According to the press release from Layn Phillips, the court-appointed mediator in the consolidated concussion-related lawsuits brought by the retired football players against the NFL and others, ruled on the proposal 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 their families. Phillips is a former district court judge.
The NFL denied all claims and mounted a player safety initiative that brought about rule changes, a new system for fines and reviews of in-game offenses in which players who make helmet-to-helmet contact are subject to financial penalty and partnerships with medical and equipment experts from youth football levels and up.
Insurers for the NFL and its players have denied any obligation in this case, as many of the plaintiffs participated in different eras, with changes in rules, equipment and treatment options.
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