Six new concussion suits filed against NCAA, colleges

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Six new lawsuits have been filed against the NCAA and member institutions claiming negligence in the treatment of head injuries, according to the New York Times

Penn State, Vanderbilt, the Big Ten, the SEC and the Pac-12 joined the NCAA as the defendants named in the class-action lawsuits filed Tuesday.

The players behind the lawsuits are hoping to receive financial compensation for a number of health problems, including mood swings, depression and sleeplessness. 

Jay Edelson, the lead lawyer in the cases, said that more lawsuits are to come. 

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The NCAA settled a class-action lawsuit filed in 2011 on behalf of players suffering from concussion related health issues, agreeing to institute new safety protocols and spend $70 million on medical screenings for former college athletes. However, their was no payout to individual athletes as part of the settlement.

Auburn, Georgia, Oregon and Utah represent the other schools at which the players in the lawsuits played, although they were not specifically named as defendants. 

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