United States District Court, E.D. Pennsylvania
IN RE: NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PLAYERS' CONCUSSION INJURY LITIGATION
National Football League and NFL Properties, LLC, successor-in-interest to NFL Properties, Inc., Defendants. Kevin Turner and Shawn Wooden, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated, Plaintiffs, THIS DOCUMENT RELATES TO: ALL ACTIONS Civ. Action No. 14-cv-00029-AB
FINAL ORDER AND JUDGMENT 
ANITA B. BRODY, District Judge.
AND NOW, this 22nd day of April, 2015, in accordance with the Court's Memorandum (ECF. No. 6509), it is ORDERED:
1. The Court has jurisdiction over the subject matter of this action.
2. The Court certifies the Settlement Class and Subclasses under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23.
The Settlement Class is defined as follows:
(i) All living NFL Football Players who, prior to the date of the Preliminary Approval and Class Certification Order, retired, formally or informally, from playing professional football with the NFL or any Member Club, including American Football League, World League of American Football, NFL Europe League and NFL Europa League players, or were formerly on any roster, including preseason, regular season, or postseason, of any such Member Club or league and who no longer are under contract to a Member Club and are not seeking active employment as players with any Member Club, whether signed to a roster or signed to any practice squad, developmental squad, or taxi squad of a Member Club ("Retired NFL Football Players"); and
(ii) Authorized representatives, ordered by a court or other official of competent jurisdiction under applicable state law, of deceased or legally incapacitated or incompetent Retired NFL Football Players ("Representative Claimants"); and
(iii) Spouses, parents, children who are dependents, or any other persons who properly under applicable state law assert the right to sue independently or derivatively by reason of their relationship with a Retired NFL Football Player or deceased Retired NFL Football Player ("Derivative Claimants"). The Subclasses are defined as follows:
(i) "Subclass 1" means Retired NFL Football Players who were not diagnosed with a Qualifying Diagnosis prior to the date of the Preliminary Approval and Class Certification Order and their Representative Claimants and Derivative Claimants.
(ii) "Subclass 2" means Retired NFL Football Players who were diagnosed with a Qualifying Diagnosis prior to the date of the Preliminary Approval and Class Certification Order and their Representative Claimants and Derivative Claimants, and the Representative Claimants of deceased Retired NFL Football Players who were diagnosed with a Qualifying Diagnosis prior to death or who died prior to the date of the Preliminary Approval and Class Certification Order and who received a post-mortem diagnosis of CTE.
3. The Court finds that the Settlement Class satisfies the applicable prerequisites for class action treatment under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 23(a) and (b). The Settlement Class Members are so numerous that their joinder is impracticable. There are questions of law and fact common to the Class and Subclasses. The claims of the Class Representatives and Subclass Representatives are typical of the Settlement Class Members and the respective Subclass Members. The Class Representatives and Subclass Representatives and Co-Lead Class Counsel, Class Counsel and Subclass Counsel have fairly and adequately represented and protected the interests of all Settlement Class Members. The questions of law or fact common to the Class and Subclasses predominate over any questions affecting only individual Settlement Class Members, and a class action is superior to other available methods for the fair and efficient adjudication of the controversy.
4. The Court finds that the dissemination of the Settlement Class Notice and the publication of the Summary Notice were implemented in accordance with the Order granting preliminary approval, and satisfy the requirements of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 23(c)(2)(B) and 23(e), the United States Constitution and other applicable laws and rules, and constituted the best notice practicable under the circumstances. The Notice given by the NFL Parties to state and federal officials pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1715 fully satisfied the requirements of that statute.
5. The Court confirms the appointment of Shawn Wooden and Kevin Turner as Class Representatives and Shawn Wooden as Subclass 1 Representative and Kevin Turner as Subclass 2 Representative.
6. Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(g), the Court confirms the appointment of Christopher A. Seeger, Sol Weiss, Steven C. Marks, Gene Locks, Arnold Levin and Dianne M. Nast as Class Counsel. In addition the Court confirms the appointment of Christopher A. Seeger and Sol Weiss as Co-Lead Class Counsel, and confirms the appointments ...