There are a limited number of former NFL players, however, the settlement amount will net high fees for lawyers involved. This explains recently aired television ads, reaching out to affected former players, by law firms usually advertising medical claims settlements. These firms are just intermediaries, seeking a referral fee.
A problem arose, however, when allegations of deceptive practices targeting settlement class members. Normal television advertising isn’t the problem. Organized groups close to the case are alleged to be exerting personal pressure on former players. The Court is concerned the former players are being deluged with solicitation. Noting the victims are likely suffering from cognitive impairment, the Judge ordered further investigation to determine the fairness of the solicitation blitz.
With such a small pool of potential litigants, class action lawyers have ramped up the competition. Hopefully, the Court can play the role of referee, and maintain fairness in this high-stakes game.
Attorney James Haroutunian practices real estate, estate planning and business law in Billerica at 630 Boston Rd and can be reached with questions at hlawoffice.com, 978-671-0711 or via email: James@hlawoffice.com.