January 31, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A federal judge will hear oral arguments in about two months on requests to throw out lawsuits by thousands of former NFL players regarding concussions suffered while playing for the league.
U.S. Eastern District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia on Tuesday scheduled an April 9 hearing on motions to dismiss filed by the NFL Inc., NFL Properties Inc. and All American Sports Corp.
Players say they've developed dementia and Alzheimer's disease, or are worried about developing them.
They argue it's not a labor dispute that's governed by the collective bargaining agreement, but an issue that should be resolved through the courts.
The NFL has argued it didn't intentionally mislead the players and took steps to protect their health.
More than 100 lawsuits against the league are consolidated before Brody. And more than 3,500 former players have sued the NFL, alleging that not enough was done to inform them about the dangers of concussions and not enough is being done today to take care of them.