Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - A federal judge has withheld approval
of the NFL's concussion settlement with former players, saying Tuesday she
needs more information from both sides.
U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody filed a decision Tuesday, saying she was
unsure if the $765 million agreement reached would be sufficient.
An agreement was announced in August after nearly two months of negotiations
under the supervision of mediator Layn Phillips, a former United States
District Judge appointed to the case by Brody.
The proposal was set to provide medical benefits and injury compensation for
retired NFL players or their families. It was also set to fund medical and
safety research, and cover litigation expenses.
More than 4,500 former players, including Hall of Famers Tony Dorsett and Eric
Dickerson, filed suit against the NFL. Those plaintiffs believed the NFL knew
about the dangers of concussions and for years hid information from those who
suffered such injuries during their careers.
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