Lawyer in NCAA concussion suit says settlement underserves players

Friday April 17th, 2015

A settlement offer in a class-action suit that would allocate $70 million toward head-trauma research under-serves former players, a dissenting attorney for the plaintiffs said Friday. 

The NCAA has set aside the money to test former athletes for brain trauma, but attorney Jay Edelson told a courtroom in Chicago Friday that the settlement would not result in 'just compensation' for the athletes. 

In an original settlement offer, rejected by District Court Judge John Lee in December, the NCAA offered less money, according to the Associated Press

The class-action suit consolidates 10 lawsuits into one. 

''This is a smoke-screen settlement,'' Edelson told reporters outside the courtroom Friday.

Another attorney representing the plaintiffs, Steve Berman, said the settlement forces NCAA schools to make major concussion-protocol changes and addresses the flaws from the first settlement attempt.

Judge Lee had noted that the first settlement did not allow the NCAA a means of enforcing schools' to adopt rigorous return-to-play concussion policies.

Approximately 4.4 million athletes could apply for the NCAA-funded testing. 

- Will Green

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