Concussion Lawsuit Plaintiffs: How Much is Enough?

More of the plaintiffs in the NFL Concussion Lawsuit just filed their objections to the high “industry-standard” fees that many of their designated attorneys are expecting to receive should a clear settlement actually come through. As cited, most of these plaintiffs had little communication or actual work done by the lawyers they had signed with in the early stages of organizing the class while many attorneys had also jumped on the bandwagon much later.

We’ve uploaded this 18-page motion to Scrbd to make it easier to print and download. You can also enlarge this document for easier viewing by clicking on the Enlarge button in the lower right corner (and hit ESC to get out of Full Screen mode).

BTW – Appendix A lists the players filing this objection through The Neurocognitive Football Lawyers PLLC et al against the list of attorneys in Appendix B.

NFL Concussion Plaintiffs Objection to Attorneys Fees on Scribd


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Concussion Lawsuit Plaintiffs: How Much is Enough? — 2 Comments

  1. Eric –

    Thanks for your observations and comments. As you certainly know, it’s complicated. While there are many attorneys who did all the hard work in the beginning to get this lawsuit off the ground (no small feat), even from the outset, there were others already trying to climb on board for all the credit and to gather large blocs of clients under their firm. Of course, the last-minute ambulance chasers were definitely there as well, as always seems to happen in any class action litigation. We’ve written about a lot of this over the years based on direct experiences and interactions.

    Would love to hear more details from anyone on this law firm from Florida now representing so many players while disengaging them from their original law firms. Can anyone out there tell us what kind of fees they’ve negotiated to represent these players, as well as what work and communication they’ve already provided? Will certainly be happy to post anything we learn.

    What was also interesting was the earlier court order on those nasty high-interest loan companies who have also been chasing the money by offering their lifetime loans to players based on potential future settlement payments. Blood in the water always rings out the sharks!

    While I agree on how all of this will only serve to delay any real settlements (if they actually do come through in the end), given the long history of how the League plays the Delay game, I’m still cynical about a good outcome for the majority of retired players.

    Considering how 90% of these men still don’t have fair access to their EARNED benefits, why would anyone believe things will actually change now? The NFL even managed to avoid pleading guilty or having full discovery hearings. After resounding victories through several appeals of his Workers Comp case in California, George Visger has yet to see his full settlement come through!

  2. So you don’t think this is simply about the new Tampa-based lawyers poaching long-time signed NFL clients from other law firms (after the settlement) with a promise of lower fees, and then not wanting to share any of the legal fees?

    Is it appropriate to steal clients, then denigrate the original attorneys who were involved in the NFL concussion litigation since day 1, then sue them on the players behalf and say they did nothing and oh, also the agreed retainer fees were too high?

    So the enemy now is no longer the NFL – now it’s the plaintiff attorneys who carried the ball to the 1-yard line and just when compensation may finally start coming in from the NFL you don’t want to give them any credit (or compensation) for the touchdown, or let’s agree to at least say, field goal.

    I understand and appreciate your advocacy for the former players and keeping their legal fees and expenses low, but lawyers ripping off other lawyers in players’ names is an entirely separate issue.

    Eric M. Laskoff

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