So here we are two weeks after Judge Brody issued her opinion on the NFL’s Concussion Settlement Offer and more details are now coming out. Not on the Offer, not on the Judge’s ruling, not on counteroffers… Nope. Apparently, Chris Seeger – one of the six attorneys on the Executive Committee supposedly negotiating with the NFL – called a meeting in New York last week to “update” all the other attorneys in the class. Seeger and Sol Weiss were the two lawyers who hijacked the negotiations and presented Judge Brody with that final Settlement Offer from the NFL. What’s even more interesting is that apparently the lawyers meeting didn’t go so well with the majority still demanding to know the details of the Offer while being told no details could be disclosed because of a so-called “gag order” from Judge Brody (?!!) that Seeger kept citing during the meeting.
I know a lot of retired players complain about their brain injuries and serious memory problems. But most haven’t forgotten that it wasn’t all that long ago when Hausfeld cited the same “gag order” crap to negotiate behind everyone’s back with no transparency or communication with his clients or the other attorneys. Funny how things work. So now Hausfeld’s complaining about being left out of the final negotiations and details – oh, the irony of it all! Wasn’t he the same lawyer who kept citing gag orders to try and shut us down from blogging about details on his earlier NFL Films deal?
And how was it that the NFL owners and their lawyers would be allowed behind-the-scenes input as negotiations were ongoing even as none of the Plaintiffs that we know of were ever consulted on details of the discussions. (It was reported that Jerry Jones made sure to get his two-bits worth in on the negotiations – see below).) We also wonder where the NFL got details on actuarial numbers to come up with their paltry $765 million offer? Did they get it from the McCaskeys who not only happen to own the Chicago bears but also AON Corp. which just happens to be one of the largest insurance companies? If so, would that also be a clear HIPAA violation? Not only that, if they did have all that past actuarial information on players, now we get into the argument they’ve been trying to deflect all these years about concussions: What did they know and when did they know it?