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Judge thumbs down NFL concussion settlement

Concern that retired players may get shortchanged

Philadelphia federal judge Anita B. Brody today (January 14) rejected the National Football League's agreement to pay $765 million to settle claims with players who have suffered concussion damages.

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Most observers viewed the August 2013 settlement as a steal for the league. Judge Brody obviously does, too: "I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their [families]...will be paid," she wrote in a 12-page opinion.

The court will now go back and do more due diligence to determine what amount is truly adequate. More than 4800 former players have filed suit.

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Philadelphia federal judge Anita B. Brody today (January 14) rejected the National Football League's agreement to pay $765 million to settle claims with players who have suffered concussion damages.

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Most observers viewed the August 2013 settlement as a steal for the league. Judge Brody obviously does, too: "I am primarily concerned that not all retired NFL football players who ultimately receive a qualifying diagnosis or their [families]...will be paid," she wrote in a 12-page opinion.

The court will now go back and do more due diligence to determine what amount is truly adequate. More than 4800 former players have filed suit.

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