Attorney Steve Berman Comments on NCAA Concussion Settlement

SEATTLE – Attorneys Steve Berman and Elizabeth Fegan of Hagens Berman presented a proposed settlement for approval yesterday to U.S. District Judge John Lee in Chicago, IL. The following is a statement from Steve Berman regarding the hearing:
We are confident that Judge Lee understands the importance of the medical monitoring program to current and former NCAA student-athletes and the change in concussion management practices to be implemented at NCAA schools.
We also believe Judge Lee understands that the primary objections of lawyer Jay Edelson, who represents former San Diego State University football player Anthony Nichols, are without merit. Mr. Edelson’s claim that medical monitoring is “fake” is contradicted by experts and one of the country’s most distinguished mediators. His claim that we left billions of dollars of liability on the table is also unsupported. Edelson states that there is a large number of people with small-dollar concussion cases that should be joined into a class. His client is asymptomatic and has not been diagnosed with an injury that is presumptively caused by concussions. We believe that serious concussion injuries and their long-term effects are injury cases that are worth serious damages and should not be shoehorned into a class case.

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