PHILADELPHIA, April 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from Christopher Seeger, co-lead counsel for the retired NFL player class plaintiffs, on the decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit to uphold the NFL concussion settlement.
"We are pleased with the Third Circuit's decision to affirm in its entirety the District Court's approval of the settlement. This extraordinary settlement's implementation has been delayed enough by this small group of objectors. Their objections now have been exhaustively examined and overruled by both the District Court and the Court of Appeals, and we hope that the objectors will consider the over 20,000 retired players and their families who support this agreement before seeking further review, which would only extend these delays more. The widespread support for the settlement is illustrated by the more than 8,000 retired players who have sought enrollment in the settlement's benefits, even though implementation of the claims process has not yet begun due to the pendency of the appeals.
"As the Third Circuit correctly stated, 'This settlement will provide significant and immediate relief to retired players living with the lasting scars of a NFL career, including those suffering from some of the symptoms associated with CTE.' This agreement helps retired NFL players and their families – from those who suffer with neuro-cognitive illnesses today, to those who are currently healthy but fear they may develop symptoms decades into the future. That is why over 99 percent of the retired-player community supports this agreement as well.
"For months, these appeals have stood between truly injured retired players and their sole prospect for obtaining benefits while still alive. Sadly, Kevin Turner – a representative of retired NFL players who fought tirelessly in the litigation for this agreement while battling ALS – will not be able to see this settlement implemented. We will honor his memory and courage by continuing to fight for the best interests of all retired NFL players, which means implementing this agreement so they can receive the care and support that is so urgently needed."
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