Ex-players file motion to intervene in NFL concussion lawsuit
Seven retired NFL players filed a motion in the U.S. District Court in Philadelphia in an attempt to intervene in the National Football League concussion litigation, claiming that the $765-million settlement does not represent the interests of all former players.
U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected the proposed settlement in January, saying she didn't think all of the more than 4,500 former players who filed suit would be paid. The plaintiffs in the original lawsuit included at least 10 players who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The seven ex-players who filed this suit -- Roderick Cartwright, Sean Considine, Alan Faneca, Ben Hamilton, Sean Morey, Jeff Rohrer and Robert Royal -- were not part of the original lawsuit.
" ... [T]hat deal did not provide a single dollar, nor adequate medical treatment, to the many more class members who suffer from afflictions that inhibit their ability to work or function fully in their daily lives," the 29-page motion said, via the Los Angeles Times.
Brody also said there needs to be a way for the 20,000 other ex-players not named in the suit to be potentially paid over 65 years and again said that the settlement amount is not sufficient.
"They're people who have a very strong belief that players like themselves have been injured and this settlement process and this settlement has treated them unfairly," said attorney Steven Molo of the New York-based MoloLampken firm representing the players. "They had long, sustained, high-quality careers in the NFL. They're not people who are just trying to make a quick buck off this."