U.S. district judge says final approval of $75M concussion settlement to be finalized in 2017
United States District Judge John Lee, a federal judge in Illinois, said at a hearing in Chicago on Thursday, July 14 that a $75 million settlement of the concussion multidistrict litigation between a class of student-athletes and the National Collegiate Athletic Association will obtain final approval in 2017 after the opposing sides resolve issues regarding significant personal injury claims.
Lee granted initial approval to the latest version of the settlement and certified the class after attorneys for both sides forwarded his own amendments to the original agreement, which seeks to institute a 50-year monitoring program to review current and former student-athletes for brain problems.
Lee said that included in the changes is a provision that would allow future class action claims from athletes who played the same sport at the same school.
After the judge approves the settlement, it will be made known through the notification stage, which will commence when a website announcing the plan goes live during the third week of July. May 2017 marks the date of the final approval hearing.
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