A judge approved a race-neutral plan which will force the administrator of the N.F.L. concussions settlement to rescore dementia tests taken by several thousand Black former players who had submitted claims.
The revised agreement eliminates race as a consideration in evaluating dementia claims by former players.
Black players’ dementia claims were being measured differently from white players’. The change could prompt a reassessment of hundreds of previously denied cases.
Players said the lawyer for the N.F.L. retiree class knew that race-based criteria were used to deny Black players’ dementia claims. A review of eight such rejections seems to support their argument.
Mediation in the case could force a reopening of hundreds of denied dementia claims from Black players if race-based evaluation benchmarks are thrown out.