PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A federal judge says the NFL and more than 4,500 former players want to settle concussion-related lawsuits for $765 million.
The global settlement would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research. The plaintiffs include at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, including former Dallas Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett. They also include Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon and the family of Pro Bowl linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year.
The lawsuits accuse the league of hiding known risks of concussions for decades to return players to games and protect its image. The NFL has denied any wrongdoing.
Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia announced the proposed settlement Thursday. She still needs to approve the deal, which comes after months of court-ordered mediation.
Highlights of the proposed settlement:
- NFL would pay $765 million plus legal costs, but admits no wrongdoing.
- Individual awards would be capped at $5 million for players suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
- Individual awards would be capped at $4 million for deaths from chronic traumatic encephalopathy.
- Individual awards would be capped at $3 million for players suffering from dementia.
- Money would go toward medical exams and concussion-related compensation for NFL retirees and their families, and $10 million toward medical research.
- Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia must approve the settlement.
The Associated Press