United States District Judge Anita B. Brody ordered representatives of both sides of the NFL concussion litigation to explore a possible settlement in the litigation.
The order issued by the judge on July 8, 2013 asked both parties “… through their lead counsel, to engage in mediation to determine if consensual resolution is possible.”
Judge Brody appointed retired United States District Court Judge Layn Phillips as mediator and ordered a report of the discussion on or before September 3, 2013 on the results of the mediation.
Last year, the League asked Judge Brody to dismiss the NFL concussion lawsuits brought by more than 4,000 former players, arguing that the issue is a matter of a Collective Bargaining Agreement rather than one for the courts. After hearing the arguments in April, Judge Brody postponed the ruling until September 3 to allow more time for negotiation.