Federal Court Judge Anita B. Brody today approved a settlement in a lawsuit against the National Football League. The suit was filed by more than 5,000 former players and alleged that the NFL hid the dangers of concussions and concussion-related injuries related to playing in the league.

If it survives the appeals process, the settlement will pay up to $5 million to the retired players party to the suit. Less clear is what impact this decision will have on other professional sports, other levels of organized football, and on concussion-related litigation overall.

In light of the continued litigation surrounding concussions and concussion-related injuries, the piece “Concussions and Youth Sports: Practices for Avoiding Litigation,” by senior litigation attorney Bill Kowalski may be of particular interest to our school law clients. It may be some time before the reverberations of this federal-level suit for a national sports league reach the school football fields or classrooms, but it is still vital to understand how concussion litigation could impact your district right now, and potential ways to mitigate your district’s risk.

As always, we monitor all national and local developments related to matters that might be important to you. If you have any questions about your school district’s concussion policy for all staff and students (not just those involved in athletics), please contact us at 303-443-8010 or find an attorney.