Wednesday April 15th, 2015

A new proposed settlement was reached according to filings in U.S. District Court in Chicago over a head injury class-action lawsuit brought against the NCAA by college football players and other athletes, reports the Associated Press.

In December, District Court Judge John Z. Lee rejected a preliminary approval of the lawsuit, saying it was unclear in some sections and the dollar amount proposed was potentially insufficient. Lee then ordered both sides to attempt to reach a different settlement.

The original lawsuit called for the NCAA to create a $70 million fund to test current and former athletes in contact and non-contact sports for trauma caused by brain injuries. It also wanted the NCAA to strengthen its return-to-play rules after an athlete suffers a concussion.

No financial terms appeared in the new proposed deal.

The first lawsuit was filed in 2011 by four plaintiffs, including former safety Eastern Illinois Adrian Arrington, who said that he suffered five concussions during his career, with some so severe that he couldn’t recognize his parents after the head trauma.

Since then, a total of 10 lawsuits have been filed against the NCAA, which were consolidated into one case.

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This lawsuit differs from the one former National League Football players filed against the league.

The NFL set aside funds for players who have suffered brain injuries while playing to receive medical treatment. The lawsuit against the NCAA does not give players money, but instead allows athletes to sue individually for damages.

Tests funded by the NCAA will determine the about of brain damage to an athlete establishing grounds to sue college athletics’ governing body.

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