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NFL and Ex-Players Reach Settlement In Concussion Lawsuit

Thousands of former football players and their families, who sued the National Football League, have reached a settlement.

The lawsuit, which put concussions and their impact on the brain in the lawsuit, was settled for $765 million to fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation, medical research for retired NFL players and litigation expenses.

The deal is still pending approval by a U.S. district judge.

The lawsuit alleged that the NFL led a misinformation campaign to deny scientific evidence about concussion risks. The misinformation included studies by the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury committee which suggested that there was no correlation between concussions and long term brain damage.

Family members of former players were stunned to find out the lawsuit had been settled so quickly.

IN recent years, the NFL has attempted to strengthen rules that govern player conduct on the field, and added sideline medical staff. However, the NFL has responded to the allegations in the lawsuit in the past saying, "Any allegation that the league sought to mislead players has no merits ... and stands in contrast to actions it took to better protect players."

The settlement includes a $675 million fund set up to compensate players who have suffered brain injury, a maximum of $75 million for medical exams and $10 million devoted to research and education. The rest is devoted to legal fees and cost of administering the funds to plaintiffs.

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Source: CNN, "NFL and ex-players reach deal in concussion lawsuit," Aug. 29, 2013

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