Affirming a decision approved almost a year ago, a federal appeals court Monday upheld the settlement to long-running concussion litigation between the NFL and retired players.
The uncapped settlement, which compensates some players suffering from a variety of conditions, could be worth more than $1 billion, or significantly less.
The deal applies to all retired NFL players -- regardless of whether they sued – who weren’t among the roughly 200 who opted out of the agreement.
“As the Third Circuit correctly stated, ‘This settlement will provide significant and immediate relief to retired players living with the lasting scars of a NFL career, including those suffering from some of the symptoms associated with CTE,’” said Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired NFL player class plaintiffs.
“This agreement helps retired NFL players and their families – from those who suffer with neuro-cognitive illnesses today, to those who are currently healthy but fear they may develop symptoms decades into the future. This is why over 99% of the retired player community supports this agreement as well.”
According to the settlement, the families of players who received a postmortem diagnosis of CTE prior to the deal’s final approval could be eligible for up to $4 million. The total depends on seasons in the league, age at diagnosis and other factors. However, the agreement does not compensate for CTE after the deadline, which was April 22, 2015, a point of contention in the appeal.