NFL's $1 billion concussion settlement upheld by appeals court

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Posted: Apr 18, 2016 10:58 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the National Football League's estimated $1 billion concussion settlement with former players, calling the agreement fair, if "not perfect."

A group of players had objected to the deal, which was approved in April 2015 by U.S. District Judge Anita Brody in Philadelphia, because it did not cover potential victims of a degenerative brain diseases that scientists have linked to repeated blows to the head.

"It is the nature of a settlement that some will be dissatisfied with the ultimate result," Circuit Judge Thomas Ambro wrote for a three-judge panel of 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia. "But they risk making the perfect the enemy of the good."

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel and Joseph Ax; Editing by James Dalgleish)