NCAA Concussion Settlement – Update

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In a class action head injury lawsuit, the NCAA agreed to a proposed settlement which would include money for monitoring and diagnosing head injury in former and current college athletes, as well as changes in protocol. The initial settlement proposal has been rejected.

In July of last year we wrote here about a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit filed against the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA).

The suit was a consolidation of lawsuits filed by several dozen athletes who suffered the effects of concussion while playing contact sports in college.

Financially, the proposed settlement called for for a fund of $70 million for the diagnosis and monitoring of former and current NCAA athletes, as well as $5 million for research into head injuries.  In addition, the NCAA agreed to reexamine its concussion protocols during practices and games.

In his ruling last fall, however, Judge John Z. Lee of United District Court rejected the settlement.  Judge Lee questioned whether or not the NCAA could actually enact the proposed changes and whether $70 million was sufficient.

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