The NFL is accusing some attorneys representing players in the $1 billion concussion settlement of fraud, and has asked to have a special investigator appointed to investigate.
Plaintiffs’ lawyers have said the league is not expeditiously awarding funds from the settlement, claiming the review process is too slow. Thus far, $227 million in claims have been awarded.
The league filed a motion Friday in U.S. District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania in which it charges that attorneys, doctors and former players are attempting to cheat the program. The NFL cited an independent study that recommended denying more than 400 claims because of fraud.
Attorney Brad Karp, representing the league, said: “We want to ensure that players and their families receive the benefits they deserve. Fraud threatens the integrity of the settlement and the prompt payment of legitimate claims.”
Karp added that the appointment of a special investigator was “specifically contemplated” in the agreement, and would help to identify fraudulent claims and related misconduct.”