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Supreme Court asked to block $1B NFL concussion settlement

PHILADELPHIA >> A second petition has been filed asking the U.S. Supreme Court to reject the $1 billion settlement of NFL concussion lawsuits because of how it treats current brain injuries versus future ones.

The former players complain that chronic traumatic encephalopathy (ehn-sehf-uh-LAH’-thuh-pee) diagnosed before the April 2015 cutoff can bring $4 million while future CTE diagnoses aren’t compensated.

They say that violates Supreme Court rulings that insist each subgroup in a class-action settlement be treated fairly.

The petition filed Monday echoes earlier complaints that the lead players’ lawyers signed a quick deal with the NFL that favored their clients over thousands of others.

The lead negotiators reject those arguments and say the appeals are holding up payments that ailing retirees need.

The 31 petitioners include 1996 Super Bowl MVP Larry Brown.

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  • All claims should stop at the end of the current bargaining agreement. All players that play after should get their own insurance from outside sources or the NFL to cover all future claims of trauma caused by malpractice of NFL policy and its representatives. Players know the risks and should prepare for them like any other occupation, NFL has the duty to follow certain guidelines agreed to in next agreement.

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