NCAA Responds to Objections Over Concussion Settlement

On November 16, 2015, the NCAA responded to objections made earlier this month in relation to the proposed $75 million concussion settlement offered by the NCAA to monitor symptoms of concussions in current and former athletes. A couple of weeks ago, Adrian Arrington — former member of the Eastern Illinois University football program — objected to the proposed NCAA settlement, claiming that it will not help former college athletes that have already incurred out-of-pocket expenses related to diagnosed injuries. Arrington also voiced his concern that…
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NFL Hit With Another Concussion Lawsuit

On Wednesday November 11, 2015, the son of former professional football player Art DeCarlo brought a wrongful death suit against the National Football League in New York State Supreme Court on behalf of his father’s estate. The son chose to file an individual suit rather than participate in the contested concussion settlement agreement reached between the NFL and former players for more than $765 million. That settlement is still waiting approval on appeal. According to the complaint, DeCarlo played in the NFL from 1953 to…
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NCAA Concussions: Conflict Between Plaintiff And Plaintiff’s Attorney Continues

Recently, ex-NCAA football player, Saints wide receiver, and lead plaintiff in NCAA concussion litigation Adrian Arrington claimed that he never agreed to a $75 million proposed concussion settlement that is currently under review by an Illinois federal court judge. He subsequently fired Joseph Siprut, his attorney. Joseph Siprut fired back on Thursday, stating that Arrington’s claims that he never agreed to the $75 million deal and that he was misinformed were “demonstrably false.” Siprut further explained: “It is absolutely a false statement that [Arrington]…
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NCAA Concussions: Unhappy with Proposed Settlement, Player Fires Attorney

Former NCAA football player and Saints wide receiver Adrian Arrington said in a statement on Tuesday that he wants the Illinois federal judge considering a $75 million NCAA concussion settlement, in which Arrington is a lead plaintiff, to reject it. He claims that the first time he learned about the settlement was not from his attorney, but through the media: “I feel that I have been misinformed and the preliminary settlement doesn’t address the reasons I filed the lawsuit in the first place ……
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Duerson Family Backs Off NFL Concussion Settlement Appeal; Heimburger Presses Forward

Former NFL lineman Craig Heimburger recently filed a notice of appeal in an attempt to put a stop to the current $1 billion NFL Concussion settlement. The appeal of the settlement has the potential to delay care for players in medical need of its proceeds by many months. Heimburger’s decision is in stark contrast to that recently made by the family of the late Dave Duerson, who decided against an appeal as they “[didn’t] want to hold up awards for retirees who need…
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