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The National Football League has agreed to a landmark, global settlement of lawsuits filed by more than 4,000 ex-players with alleged injuries ranging from advanced dementia to head trauma.
Dozens of lawsuits have accused the League of glorifying NFL violence while ignoring health risks and failing to warn players that repeated concussions could lead to brain damage, suicide or depression.
The settlement details came via court-ordered mediation with mediator Layn Phillips, according to the attached press release. The settlement must be approved by U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania before the deal is final. The text of Judge Brody's order was released Thursday.
The $765 million settlement would be used for medical exams, concussion-related compensation, and a program of medical research for retired players and their families, according to the announcement. The NFL also agreed to pay legal fees.