As the NFL case progresses, we regularly receive questions from retired players and their families about how lawyers in the case are being paid. There has been a lot of confusion.
Sometimes the confusion stems directly from the Concussion Settlement website, which states that lawyers shall be paid by the NFL fund for COMMON BENEFIT FEES, none of which have been awarded. Strangely, the website never mentions Contracts (that is, the retention agreements). Other times, the confusion is created by lawyers new to the case or other people without experience in Multi-District Litigation (“MDL”), and they have come to a conclusion that is not well-informed.