There are new developments that affect more than 21,000 retired NFL football players regarding the timing of NFL concussion litigation settlement payments. Registration and certain deadlines must be made in accordance the settlement agreement.
The benchmark date for most deadlines was recently changed to January 7, 2017. This is the “effective date” and is based on the deadline to file any final appeals to the United States Supreme Court. None were filed.
The settlement registration process will officially commence on February 6, 2017, which represents 30 days from the effective date.
On February 8, 2017, the final Hearing establishing the registration process and appeals will be finalized by the Honorable Anita B. Brody in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. PRE-REGISTRATION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE COMPLIANCE WITH THE REGISTRATION PROCESS.
The next step in the ongoing litigation is the final hearing that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 8, 2017. During this hearing it is expected that the Honorable Anita B. Brody will approve the final registration and appeal process for the settlement class members. After that date, all qualified retired NFL football players will need to complete their registration for the settlement. The court set a deadline for all registrations to be complete no later than Saturday, August 5, 2017. (This date is 180 days from the opening of the registration period beginning on February 6, 2017).
PLEASE NOTE THAT THESE DEADLINES AND CUTOFF PERIODS MAY BE ALTERED BY THE COURT AT THE FEBRUARY 8, 2017 HEARING.
Qualified class members who fail to register for the settlement by the deadline may not be entitled to compensation. Attorney Dan Chamberlain is the immediate past president of the Brain Injury Association of America and served an active role in the drafting of an amicus brief filed with the court in support of injured former NFL players who have suffered serious brain injury. Contact Dan now to talk about your specific NFL concussion claim and the necessary filing timelines.