NFL Player’s Estate Can’t Cut Attorney Fees in Concussion Suit

Sept. 9, 2020, 6:09 PM

The estate of deceased NFL player Kevin Turner can’t further reduce the fees owing counsel who represented him in concussion litigation against the league, after the Third Circuit Wednesday affirmed a ruling slashing the contingent fees by one-third.

Turner, a running back for the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, died of Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2016—an illness he attributed to repeated concussions.

Though the original retainer agreement contained a contingent fee of 40%, the trial court overseeing the concussion litigation later capped the amount recoverable by individually-retained attorneys, as opposed to class counsel, at 22%. The trial court...

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