The National Football League made the news recently when a former player sued the league for $5 million after the player was preliminarily diagnosed with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, which is caused by repeated head trauma. This lawsuit follows a 2015 class-action lawsuit settlement between the NFL and former players which provides up to $5 million per retired player for medical conditions caused by repeated head trauma.
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Let's search for the class-action lawsuit settlement between the NFL and its former players. Select Fastcase from the list of subscribed libraries, and enter "National Football League" OR "Nat'l Football League" OR NFL using the Case Name fields:
Nearly 350 results are received. to find the class action settlement discussed above, choose the search within results icon, which is located above the list of search results:
Add the phrase "class action settlement" in the Text field, and search only 2015 cases using the Date fields:
To search for all cases containing the phrase "chronic traumatic encephalopathy" OR CTE, search within results and enter each term in a text search field:
12 results contain one or both of those phrases.
Find related journal articles on this topic by searching in the Law Journal Library for ("National Football League" OR "Nat'l Football League" OR NFL) AND ("chronic traumatic encephalopathy" OR CTE). This search query produces nearly 250 results, with the vast majority of articles written in the past six years. Sort results by Volume Date (Oldest First) to view the progression of this topic over time:
This will likely continue to be a frequently studied topic as new information emerges about the long term effects of repeated head trauma, especially as it pertains to professional sports.