Money and GavelA few months ago I wrote about former NFL players who were suing the NFL, alleging that “the NFL was aware of the risks associated with concussions, but deliberately ignored and actively concealed the information from the players.”

At that time, the NFL was trying to dismiss the charges against them.  A few months has passed since U.S. District Judge Anita Brody heard oral arguments from both sides and on Thursday she announced her ruling regarding the NFL concussion cases.

NFL Agrees to Settle Concussion Lawsuits for $765 Million:

After months of court ordered mediation, Judge Brody announced the proposed settlement.  According to ABA Journal, “the National Football League has agreed to pay $765 million to resolve multidistrict litigation.”

This amount is said to compensate close to 4,500 former players and fund their medical exams.  The settlement will also fund medical research.

NFL May Profit From Settlement:

The NFL may actually benefit by agreeing to settle the concussion cases in a number of ways:

  • They may avoid any liability regarding what the league knew about the correlation between head injuries and degenerative brain disease.
  • They won't have to disclose internal files about what they knew about concussion-related brain problems.
  • They may avoid any liability they may have had if the case had gone to trial

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