This lawsuit was the latest in a series of actions related to a settlement agreement (the“Settlement Agreement”), which seeks to address the claims of former players who believe they suffered brain damage while playing football. The purpose of the Settlement Agreement is to provide monetary awards to former players who receive a qualifying diagnosis after following the necessary protocol outlined in the Settlement Agreement.
Relevant to this appeal, the Settlement Agreement’s claims administrator (the “Claims Administrator”) and the District Court, respectively, created and adopted a set of clarifying, revised rules relating to the “successful operation” of a specific aspect of the monetary award program created by the Settlement Agreement. Appellants, consisting of are sixty retired NFL players or their estates, appealed the District Court’s orders, which adopted and implemented the revised rules devised by the Claims Administrator. The Court of the Third Circuit affirmed, finding the District Court did not abuse its discretion.