Judge Anita B. Brody granted preliminary approval of the class action settlement agreement in the case of In Re: National Football League Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation on July 7, 2014 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
A revised settlement agreement was reached in June between the National Football League (NFL) and counsel for retired NFL players. The new agreement will uncap the $765 million fund to guarantee injury compensation for all eligible former players who develop neurological conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, early onset dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
The settlement agreement also preserves all collectively-bargained benefits currently provided to retired players, so no former player will have to choose between obtaining compensation under the settlement and collecting benefits from NFL disability programs. An additional $10 million will be devoted to brain injury research and education programs.