821 F.3d 410 (3rd Cir. 2016), 15-2206, In re National Football League Players Concussion Injury Litig.

Docket Nº:15-2206, 15-2217, 15-2230, 15-2234, 15-2272, 15-2273 15-2290, 15-2291, 15-2292, 15-2294, 15-2304 & 15-2305
Citation:821 F.3d 410, 94 Fed.R.Serv.3d 615
Opinion Judge:AMBRO, Circuit Judge
Party Name:IN RE: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS CONCUSSION INJURY LITIGATION. Craig Heimburger; Dawn Heimburger, Appellants (15-2206), Cleo Miller; Judson Flint; Elmer Underwood; Vincent Clark, Sr.; Ken Jones; Fred Smerlas; Jim Rourke; Lou Piccone; James David Wilkins, II, Appellants (15-2217), Curtis L. Anderson, Appellant (15-2230), Darren R. ...
Attorney:TerriAnne Benedetto, Esquire, Seeger Weiss, Philadelphia, PA; David R. Buchanan, Esquire, Diogenes P. Kekatos, Esquire, Christopher A. Seeger, Esquire, Seeger Weiss LLP, New York, NY; Samuel Issacharoff, Esquire (Argued), New York University Law School, New York, NY; Gene Locks, Esquire, David D....
Judge Panel:Before: AMBRO, HARDIMAN, and NYGAARD, Circuit Judges.
Case Date:April 18, 2016
Court:United States Courts of Appeals, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
 
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821 F.3d 410 (3rd Cir. 2016)

94 Fed.R.Serv.3d 615

IN RE: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS CONCUSSION INJURY LITIGATION.

Craig Heimburger; Dawn Heimburger, Appellants (15-2206), Cleo Miller; Judson Flint; Elmer Underwood; Vincent Clark, Sr.; Ken Jones; Fred Smerlas; Jim Rourke; Lou Piccone; James David Wilkins, II, Appellants (15-2217), Curtis L. Anderson, Appellant (15-2230), Darren R. Carrington, Appellant (15-2234), Raymond Armstrong; Nathaniel Newton, Jr.; Larry Brown; Kenneth Davis; Michael McGruder; Clifton L. Odom; George Teague; Drew Coleman; Dennis DeVaughn; Alvin Harper; Ernest Jones; Michael Kiselak; Jeremy Loyd; Gary Wayne Lewis; Lorenzo Lynch; Hurles Scales, Jr.; Gregory Evans; David Mims; Evan Ogelsby; Phillip E. Epps; Charles L. Haley, Sr.; Kevin Rey Smith; Darryl Gerard Lewis; Curtis Bernard Wilson; Kelvin Mack Edwards, Sr.; Dwayne Levels; Solomon Page; Tim McKyer; Larry Barnes; James Garth Jax; William B. Duff; Mary Hughes; Barbara Scheer, Appellants (15-2272), Liyongo Patrise Alexander; Charlie Anderson; Charles E. Arbuckle; Cassandra Bailey, as Representative of the Estate of Johnny Bailey; Ben Bronson; Curtis Ceaser, Jr.; Larry Centers; Darrell Colbert; Harry Colon; Christopher Crooms; Jerry W. Davis; Tim Denton; Michael Dumas; Corris Ervin; Doak Field; Baldwin Malcolm Frank; Derrick Frazier; Murray E. Garrett; Clyde P. Glosson; Roderick W. Harris; Wilmer K. Hicks, Jr.; Patrick Jackson; Gary Jones; Ryan McCoy; Jerry James Moses, Jr.; Anthony E. Newsom; Rance Olison; John Owens; Robert Pollard; Derrick Pope; Glenell Sanders; Thomas Sanders; Dwight A. Scales; Todd Scott; Frankie Smith; Jermaine Smith; Tyrone Smith; James A. Young, Sr., Appellants (15-2273), Scott Gilchrist, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Carlton Chester " Cookie" Gilchrist, Appellant (15-2290), Jimmie H. Jones; Ricky Ray; Jesse Solomon, Appellants (15-2291), Andrew Stewart, Appellant (15-2292), Willie T. Taylor, Appellant (15-2294), Alan Faneca; Roderick " Rock" Cartwright; Jeff Rohrer; Sean Considine, Appellants (15-2304), James Mayberry, Appellant (15-2305)

Nos. 15-2206, 15-2217, 15-2230, 15-2234, 15-2272, 15-2273 15-2290, 15-2291, 15-2292, 15-2294, 15-2304 & 15-2305

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit

April 18, 2016

Argued November 19, 2015

As Amended May 2, 2016

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Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. (D.C. Civil Action Nos. 2-12-md-02323 and 2-14-cv-00029). District Judge: Honorable Anita B. Brody.

TerriAnne Benedetto, Esquire, Seeger Weiss, Philadelphia, PA; David R. Buchanan, Esquire, Diogenes P. Kekatos, Esquire, Christopher A. Seeger, Esquire, Seeger Weiss LLP, New York, NY; Samuel Issacharoff, Esquire (Argued), New York University Law School, New York, NY; Gene Locks, Esquire, David D. Langfitt, Esquire, Locks Law Firm, Philadelphia, PA; Dianne M. Nast, Esquire, NastLaw, Philadelphia, PA; Stephen F. Rosenthal, Esquire, Steven C. Marks, Esquire, Podhurst Orseck, Miami, FL; Arnold Levin, Esquire, Frederick S. Longer, Esquire, Levin, Fishbein, Sedran & Berman, Philadelphia, PA; Brad S. Karp, Esquire, Theodore V. Wells, Jr., Esquire, Lynn B. Bayard, Esquire, Bruce A. Birenboim, Esquire, Walter R. Reiman, Esquire, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, New York, NY; Beth A. Wilkinson, Esq., Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz, Washington, DC; Paul D. Clement, Esquire (Argued), Andrew N. Ferguson, Esquire, David Zachary Hudson, Esquire, Robert M. Bernstein, Esquire, Bancroft PLLC, Washington, DC; Robert C. Heim, Esquire, Dechert, Philadelphia, PA; Sol H. Weiss, Esquire, Anapol Schwartz, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellees.

Alan B. Morrison, Esquire, George Washington University, Washington, DC; Scott L. Nelson, Esquire, Public Citizen Litigation Group, Washington, DC, Counsel for Amicus Appellant, Public Citizen Inc..

Shana De Caro, Esquire, Michael V. Kaplen, Esquire, De Caro & Kaplan, Pleasantville, NY, Counsel for Amicus Curiae, Brain Injury Association of America.

Christopher A. Bandas, Esquire, Bandas Law Firm, Corpus Christi, TX; Howard J. Bashman, Esquire (Argued), Willow Grove, PA; Gary P. Lightman, Esquire, Glenn A. Manochi, Esquire, Lightman & Manochi, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellants, Craig and Dawn Heimburger.

Edward W. Cochran, Esquire, Cochran & Cochran, Shaker Heights, OH; John J. Pentz, Esquire, Sudbury, MA, Counsel for Appellants, Cleo Miller; Judson Flint; Elmer Underwood; Vincent Clark, Sr.; Ken Jones; Fred Smerlas; Jim Rourke; Lou Piccone; James David Wilkins, II.

George W. Cochran, Esquire, Streetsboro, OH, Counsel for Appellant, Curtis L. Anderson.

Joseph Darrell Palmer, Esquire, Carlsbad, CA; Jan L. Westfall, Esquire, Menifee, CA, Counsel for Appellant, Darren R. Carrington.

Richard L. Coffman, Esquire, The Coffman Law Firm, Beaumont, TX; Deepak Gupta, Esquire (Argued), Matthew W.H. Wessler, Esquire, Jonathan E. Taylor, Esquire, Gupta Wessler PLLC, Washington, DC; Mitchell A. Toups, Esquire, Weller Green Toups & Terrell, Beaumont, TX; Jason C. Webster, Esquire, The Webster Law Firm, Houston, TX, Counsel for Appellants, Raymond Armstrong; Nathaniel Newton, Jr.; Larry Brown; Kenneth Davis; Michael McGruder; Clifton L. Odom; George Teague; Drew Coleman; Dennis DeVaughn; Alvin Harper; Ernest Jones; Michael Kiselak; Jeremy Loyd; Gary Wayne Lewis; Lorenzo Lynch; Hurles Scales, Jr.; Gregory Evans; David Mims; Evan Ogelsby; Phillip E. Epps; Charles L. Haley, Sr.; Kevin Rey Smith; Darryl Gerard Lewis; Curtis Bernard Wilson; Kelvin Mack Edwards, Sr.; Dwayne Levels; Solomon Page; Tim McKyer; Larry Barnes; James Garth Jax; William B. Duff; Mary Hughes; Barbara Scheer; Willie T. Taylor.

Lance H. Lubel, Esquire, Adam Q. Voyles, Esquire, Lubel Voyles, Houston, TX; Mickey L. Washington, Esquire, Houston, TX; Charles L. Becker, Esquire (Argued), Kline & Specter, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellants, Liyongo Patrise Alexander; Charlie Anderson; Charles E. Arbuckle; Cassandra Bailey, as Representative of the Estate of Johnny Bailey; Ben Bronson; Curtis Ceaser, Jr.; Larry Centers; Darrell Colbert; Harry Colon; Christopher Crooms; Jerry W. Davis; Tim Denton; Michael Dumas; Corris Ervin; Doak Field; Baldwin Malcolm Frank; Derrick Frazier; Murray E. Garrett; Clyde P. Glosson; Roderick W. Harris; Wilmer K. Hicks, Jr.; Patrick Jackson; Gary Jones; Ryan McCoy; Jerry James Moses, Jr.; Anthony E. Newsom; Rance Olison; John Owens; Robert Pollard; Derrick Pope; Glenell Sanders: Thomas Sanders; Dwight A. Scales; Todd Scott; Frankie Smith; Jermaine Smith; Tyrone Smith; James A. Young, Sr.

Jared H. Beck, Esquire, Elizabeth Lee Beck, Esquire, Beck & Lee Trial Lawyers, Miami, FL; Antonino G. Hernandez, Esquire, Miami, FL; Cullin A. O'Brien, Esquire (Argued), Fort Lauderdale, FL; Jeffrey J. Cairlanto, Esquire, Profy Promisloff & Ciarlanto, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellant, Scott Gilchrist, individually and on behalf of the Estate of Carlton Chester " Cookie" Gilchrist.

Dwight P. Bostwick, Esquire, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Washington, DC; Cyril V. Smith, Esquire, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, Baltimore, MD; Ramya Kasturi, Esquire, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP, New York, NY, Counsel for Appellants, Jimmie H. Jones; Ricky Ray; Jesse Solomon.

Stuart D. Lurie, Esquire, Rosenthal Lurie, Exton, PA; Michael H. Rosenthal, Esquire, Rosenthal Lurie, Philadelphia, PA, Counsel for Appellant, Andrew Stewart.

Steven F. Molo, Esquire (Argued), Thomas J. Wiegand, Esquire, Kaitlin R. O'Donnell, Esquire, MoloLamken LLP, New York, NY; Eric R. Nitz, Esquire, Rayiner I. Hashem, Esquire, Jeffrey M. Klein, Esquire, MoloLamken LLP Washington, DC; William T. Hangley, Esquire, Michele D. Hangley, Esquire, Hangley Aronchick Segal Pudlin & Schiller, Philadelphia, PA; Linda S. Mullenix, Esquire, Austin, TX, Counsel for Appellants, Alan Faneca; Roderick " Rock" Cartwright; Jeff Rohrer; Sean Considine.

David S. Coale, Esquire, Edward J. Dennis, Esquire, Kent D. Krabill, Esquire, Lynn Tillotson Pinker and Cox, Dallas, TX, Counsel for Appellant, James Mayberry.

Before: AMBRO, HARDIMAN, and NYGAARD, Circuit Judges.

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OPINION OF THE COURT

AMBRO, Circuit Judge

TABLE OF CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION
II. BACKGROUND
A. Concussion Suits Are Brought Against the NFL
B. The Parties Reach a Settlement
C. The Proposed Settlement
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