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NCAA Concussions Litigation

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Related Practice Areas: Mass Torts and Public Health Threats, Sports and Entertainment

In re: National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation, Case No. 1:13-cv-09116 (N.D. Illinois) - Hausfeld represents former National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) football players who seek the establishment of a court-supervised medical monitoring fund to provide early diagnosis and treatment of latent brain injuries caused by repeated traumatic head impacts. A settlement providing the medical monitoring relief has been preliminarily approved by the federal court and awaits final approval in 2018.

In September 2013, Hausfeld and co-counsel filed a complaint on behalf of class representatives who played college football for the University of Tennessee and North Carolina State University. The case was consolidated in December 2013 with nine other cases also seeking medical monitoring relief on behalf of former NCAA players and was transferred to the Northern District of Illinois. The consolidated case is In re: National Collegiate Athletic Association Student-Athlete Concussion Injury Litigation, Case No. 1:13-cv-09116 (N.D. Illinois).

Medical and scientific literature has documented for many decades that repeated head impacts can cause traumatic brain injuries, with a heightened risk of long-term, chronic behavioral and cognitive disorders. The complaints in this case allege that the NCAA failed in its duty to protect NCAA football players from health and safety risks both at the time that the football players played NCAA football and in the years since that time.

Hausfeld has helped fashion the medical monitoring relief which would provide early diagnosis of brain injuries in the former players, and greatly enhance the possibility of successful treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention or mitigation of cognitive, psychological and behavioral disorders.

Hausfeld has an active sports and entertainment practice and represents retired football players, as well as former NCAA college athletes, suing over the use of their images and likenesses. Hausfeld also filed some of the first personal injury and medical monitoring complaints on behalf of former National Football League players at risk to develop brain damage as a result of repeated impacts to the head experienced during their playing careers and serves on the six-member Plaintiffs’ Executive Committee in In re NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation.

For additional inquiries, please contact Hausfeld attorney Richard S. Lewis.

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