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Troubled NFL Concussion Deal May Roil NHL Cases

May 25, 2018, 11:06 AM

The fallout from the National Football League’s troubled $1 billion concussion class settlement will be felt in another professional sport dealing with its own concussion crisis: the National Hockey League.

The NFL settlement, once hailed as a “revolutionary compromise and easily implemented” model for future mass tort cases, has proved thorny in application, with players’ charges of a “rigged” payout system and league countercharges of fraudulent injury claims.

Those and other problems with the rollout of the NFL’s compensation system have triggered a wave of litigation over supposedly “settled” issues.

It remains to be seen how strongly the disputes will...

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