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Four N.F.L. Concussion Lawsuits Consolidated

Jan 31, 2012 ARTICLE SOURCE:

A federal judicial panel has consolidated four lawsuits started by hundreds of former N.F.L. players who have sued the league and helmet makers, alleging that they deliberately hid critical information about the dangers of concussions and hits to the head. The combined case will be tried in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia before Judge Anita B. Brody.

The new location “will serve the convenience of the parties and witnesses and promote the just and efficient conduct of the litigation,” said the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation. Three of the four suits were filed in the Central District of California, while the fourth was filed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

More than a dozen suits have been filed since July on behalf of hundreds of retired players, including stars like Jim McMahon and Jamal Lewis, as well as some wives of players. Some of those suits, including those filed in Georgia, Florida and New Jersey, could be added to the combined suit.

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