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NFL Concussion Lawsuits Combined in Philly

At least four of the lawsuits filed against the NFL by former players for concussions and head injuries will be consolidated in Philadelphia. Both the plaintiffs' attorneys and the NFL were in favor of the consolidation due to logistics and avoiding the chaos of having dozens of similar suits heard before different judges in different cities.

Lawsuits have been filed in New York, New Jersey, Georgia, Florida, and Philadelphia. It's not clear which lawsuits were consolidated, but the one filed by former Eagles quarterback Jim McMahon will be one of the cases heard in Philadelphia, reports the Associated Press. The other lawsuits may also eventually be consolidated in Philadelphia.

The lawsuits were brought against the NFL claiming that the league was negligent in protecting its players. It's claimed that the league knew about player complaints of headache, dizziness, and other symptoms of head injuries, but failed to take steps to protect them. As a result, an alarming number of retired players and deceased players exhibited signs of dementia, brain damage, and other serious injury.

The NFL denies these claims and says that the lawsuits are barred by the league's collective bargaining agreement, reports the AP. Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody will hear the consolidated cases and will likely make pre-trial rulings on what evidence may be heard at trial and whether a class action may be certified.

Four of the NFL concussion lawsuits were consolidated in Philadelphia. It's a safe bet that some of the other cases will also be consolidated into this lawsuit.

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