NFL Pulls 'Cynical' Concussion Appeal Just Before Hearing

Law360 (January 9, 2019, 7:42 PM EST) -- The NFL on Wednesday withdrew an explosive appeal in the landmark concussion settlement that had outraged attorneys representing the brain-damaged players covered by the deal, just one day before it was to be discussed at a much-anticipated hearing in Pennsylvania federal court.

The league's appeal challenged language that allows one group of doctors who evaluate players' injuries to deviate from the strict guidelines used by a different group, as long as their methods are "generally consistent" with the stricter rules. The NFL described the legal challenge as a way to weed out unscrupulous and incompetent doctors, but irate player attorneys called...

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