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1,420 (And Counting) Alumni Receive Concussion Settlement Awards

The ongoing NFL concussion settlement program in Philadelphia now has funded more than $818 million to approximately 1,420 alumni or their families.
 
One related development that may interest you on this concussion settlement occurred last Monday.
 
U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody issued a ruling on Monday that dismissed a discrimination lawsuit filed by two Steelers alumni against the league.  The players had alleged that the use of “race-norming” to adjust cognitive test raw scores of African-Americans seeking concussion settlement awards made it more difficult for those alumni to qualify for payments.
 
Race-norming, according to briefs filed by the NFL in this case, is a well-established practice in cognitive testing and intended to counter misdiagnoses that could harm African-American patients.  The NFL also stated that the race-based adjustments are “widely used in the neuropsychological community” and added these adjustments were “fully disclosed” in the 2015 settlement agreement.
 
Although Judge Brody dismissed the players’ discrimination suit, she wrote that her court “remains concerned about the race-norming issue” and ordered the NFL and concussion class counsel Chris Seeger to “address the concerns relating to race-norming” before Magistrate Judge David Strawbridge, who has handled previous disputes in the Settlement Program.
 
We at NFL Alumni will continue to update you on developments in this uncapped settlement agreement, including any changes made as a result of these upcoming discussions with Judge Strawbridge.

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