Seeger Stands Alone: 5 Firms Tossed From NFL Settlement

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Law360 (May 24, 2019, 7:40 PM EDT) — In a move that came as a surprise and left many attorneys furious, the federal judge overseeing the NFL’s landmark concussion settlement terminated all of the deal’s leading lawyers except Chris Seeger on Friday, heightening long-simmering tensions between Seeger and his fellow attorneys and plunging the contentious case into uncharted waters.

U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody’s two-page order gave little indication of the impact the ruling is likely to have on the settlement, which was rocked in recent weeks by her decision to approve a set of new rules for doctors that many player attorneys think will make it harder for their clients to get paid. The order reduces the number of powerful class counsel from six firms to just one, Seeger Weiss LLP, which has always exercised the most influence over the deal.

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Since its establishment in 1999, Seeger Weiss has led some of the most complex and high-profile litigations in the U.S.