NHL, former players reach settlement in concussion lawsuit

146 former players were included in the settlement.
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The years-long federal court case between former players and the NHL has concluded, with the parties agreeing on settlement terms Monday morning. 

However, the NHL said in a release that it denies "any liability" to the former players' claims that they're more likely to suffer from long-term cognitive health disorders as a result of the league encouraging fighting and violent play. 

"The NHL does not acknowledge any liability for the Plaintiffs' claims in these cases," the release reads. 

"However, the parties agree that the settlement is a fair and reasonable resolution and that it is in the parties' respective best interests to receive the benefits of the settlement and to avoid the burden, risk and expense of further litigation."

According to the 56-page settlement document, the total value of agreement is worth $18,922,000. 

The lawsuit, first filed in Twin cities federal court in 2014, including 146 former NHL players, more than a dozen of them with connections to Minnesota. 

"I’ve been examined by several experts, and they’ve come to the same conclusion — that I am starting to show the signs and the symptoms of multiple concussions," said Steve Payne in a 2017 interview with Boston.com. "So it has started to cause some dysfunction for me. I’m 57 years old, and I’m at a level of someone in his late 60s."

Payne played for the Minnesota North Stars from 1978-88.

The plaintiffs' ultimate goal was to provide medical monitoring for nearly 5,000 living former NHL players who might suffer from neurological diseases or conditions, but an attempt to gain class action status was denied by a federal judge in July, according to ESPN

You can see the full list of 146 plaintiffs right here

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