NFL to Settle Concussion Lawsuits for $765M

Judge announces proposed deal
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2013 12:26 PM CDT
NFL to Settle Concussion Lawsuits for $765M
In this Dec. 23, 2012, file photo, New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy, bottom, is sacked during the second half of an NFL football game in East Rutherford, NJ.   (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)

The NFL will settle concussion-related lawsuits from more than 4,500 former players for $765 million, a federal judge says, though she still needs to approve the deal. The settlement would go toward concussion-related compensation as well as medical research and medical exams, reports the AP. The NFL and the plaintiffs—including at least 10 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Junior Seau's family, and a Super Bowl-winning quarterback—have been in mediation for months. (Read more NFL stories.)

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