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Judge rejects $760 million NFL concussion settlement deal

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:09

Jan. 15 - A U.S. judge denies a $760 million settlement between the NFL and former players, saying it may not be enough to pay for all those diagnosed with a certain brain condition. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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A U.S. judge has rejected a $760 million settlement between the National Football League and thousands of former players. Judge Anita Brody said the amount might not be high enough to pay all of the affected players, who claim the league downplayed the risk of concussions. The proposed deal was reached in August, and had set up to $5 million for each former player diagnosed with a certain brain condition. Up to 20,000 former players could ultimately be eligible for payment. Attorney Robert Fitzsimmons says players, retired players, and their attorneys have asked his advice on the matter: (SOUNDBITE) (English) ROBERT FITZSIMMONS, SAYING: "There's been a lot of complaints about the methods that they're distributing the monies, and the sufficiency of it. But -- when you have a lawsuit, there are defenses. You just don't walk into court, and somebody that's injured receives money. You have to prove that somebody was at fault. And there are some pretty strong defenses in this case." The judge called on the NFL plaintiffs to submit documentation -- in order to show the money set aside was adequate to meet the potential need.

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Judge rejects $760 million NFL concussion settlement deal

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 01:09