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Judge rejects settlement between NFL, retired players with head injuries

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Judge rejects settlement between NFL, retired players with head injuries

By Megan Telles. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

New York (KTNV) -- A surprise blow to the settlement between the NFL and retired players suffering head injuries.

A federal judge has rejected the three-quarters of a billion dollars deal.

Last summer, the NFL agreed to a $765 million settlement to cover nearly 20,000 past, present and future players.

But U.S. District Judge Anita Brody said on Tuesday that may not be enough, "I have concerns about the fairness, reasonableness and adequacy of the settlement."

Under the current settlement, the maximum payments included up to $5 million for players diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease and up to $3.5 million for those with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's.

Judge Brody said the numbers just don't add up, and she wants more evidence that players who qualify will get the money they are due.

Megan Telles

Megan Telles

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Megan Telles is co-host of Valley View Live! and the Social TV journalist for Action News.