Nearly 100 concussion lawsuits filed by ex-pro players against the NFL are being consolidated, according to various press reports.
On Thursday lawyers, representing more than 2,000 former NFL players who claim they’ve sustained permanent brain damage under suffering concussions, filed a complaint to consolidate some 85 suits, according to The Los Angeles Times.
They brought their 88-page complaint to U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody in the Eastern District in Pennsylvania. This so-called “master complaint,” according to The Times, charges that the NFL deliberately hid information from players regarding the connection between repeated blows to the head during games and “long-term neurological injuries.”
The NFL must respond to the complaint by June 19, and it has repeatedly maintained that the issues raised by the litigation should be handled as a collective bargaining issue, not a court case.
The league also denies the allegations made in the concussion-related suits.
“The NFL has long made player safety a priority and continues to do so,” the NFL said in a statement, which The Times published. “Any allegation that the NFL sought to mislead players has not merit.”