Report: NCAA concussion case headed to mediation

Wednesday September 25th, 2013

The NCAA and concussion lawsuit plaintiffs will head to mediation in November.  ( The NCAA and four concussion lawsuit plaintiffs will head to mediation in November. (

The NCAA will head to mediation with the plaintiffs of a landmark concussion lawsuit, reports

The lawsuit was filed in September 2011 by four people, including former Eastern Illinois defensive back Adrian Arrington.

Arrington, 27, says he is on welfare and suffers from seizures that were caused by repeated head trauma suffered while playing for Eastern Illinois.

Both sides agreed to the mediation process on Nov. 1 and say the date is subject to change, according to the report.

Former federal judge Layn Phillips, who helped the NFL and NFLPA reach a settlement last month over the concussion lawsuit filed by more than 4,500 former players, is expected to be the mediator presiding over the hearing.

"If we're able to settle the case in November and get this through [it] would change the game forever," plaintiffs attorney Joseph Siprut said.

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The Arrington plaintiffs are seeking unspecified monetary damages as well as long-term medical monitoring by the NCAA and stricter concussion guidelines. The NCAA also donated awarded a $400,000 grant to study concussions in March 2012.
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