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Rival Report 6/3: Appeals court denied to review NFL concussion settlement

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The NFL has been in a lot of hot water over concussions and the resulting brain injuries. There was even a lot of hype that a lawsuit from former players could be so disastrous to possibly bankrupt the league altogether, though that was never very likely to happen. Much of that concern went away when the NFL came to a majority approved settlement to cover expenses for 20,000 former players at the cost of 1 billion dollars or maybe more.

After the settlement was approved by a 3 judge panel of the 3rd Circuit, a minority of players felt like it still did not adequately address their issues and filed an appeal of the settlement. That appeal to revisit the case and review the settlement has officially been denied by the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals leaving only the Supreme Court left for the 70 players that would like more than the settlement has to offer.

The settlement payments have been stalled by this appeal and now that stay could finally end unless the courts grant a further stay while the case gets sent to the Supreme Court. However, a continued stay is extremely unlikely due to the negative effect of further delaying payments to the 20,000 players being far superior to the negative effect felt by the 70 players who do not agree with the settlement.

This is absolutely another win in the NFL's legal department, which has seen their belt continue to get a few more notches over the past couple of years. They may have floundered in public relations at times, but the NFL's lawyers have to be happy with the result of many of their legal battles in recent times including the reinstatement of Tom Brady's "Deflategate" suspension.

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The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has denied a request to reconsider arguments made in the NFL's concussion settlement case.

NFL concussion case rehearing denied - USA Today

The NFL’s concussion settlement that has been tied up in court for more than a year inched closer toward a resolution on Wednesday.

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