A federal judge has sided with class counsel in the NFL concussion litigation on several disputes, including how the former players’ claims should be processed and whether attorney fee awards should be delayed until more payments are made to the claimants.

U.S. District Judge Anita Brody of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania issued rulings Tuesday, settling several disputes that have arisen since the claims registration period ended over the summer. Along with denying requests for additional briefing on the lingering issue of how attorney fees should be divided up, Brody also rejected attempts by attorneys representing individual claimants to re-examine the claims administration process and to prioritize the compensation of former players before the fees are awarded.

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