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Judge says no to law firm on concussion settlement


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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge has denied a law firm's request to be added as an administrator of the NFL's estimated $1 billion concussion settlement.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected an attempt from the Locks Law Firm to join the process that compensates former players for head injuries they sustained during their careers. The firm had claimed that the process was going too slowly.

In a two-page order issued Wednesday, Brody said existing administrator Seeger Weiss has done a "fine job."

The settlement resolved thousands of lawsuits that accused the NFL of hiding what it knew about the risks of repeated concussions. Players who suffer from Lou Gehrig's disease, dementia or other neurological problems linked to head trauma could receive as much as $5 million apiece.

Nearly 400 claims that could pay out more than $416 million have already been approved.

Attorney Christopher Seeger told The Associated Press that his goal is to hold the NFL accountable.

An NFL spokesman declined to comment.

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