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NFL agrees to settle concussion lawsuit with ex-players for $765M

08.29.13 at 1:14 pm ET

The NFL agreed to settle a lawsuit with more than 4,500 former players concerning long-term effects of concussions they suffered playing in the league, a federal judge in Philadelphia announced Thursday. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody still must approve of the deal, which comes after months of court-ordered mediation.

The resolution calls for a $765 million settlement that would fund medical exams, concussion-related compensation and medical research.

A number of Hall of Famers as well as the family of former Patriots linebacker Junior Seau — who committed suicide last year — are plaintiffs in the case, accusing the league of hiding known risks of concussions for decades. The league has denied the charges and claimed that safety is its primary concern.

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