Ex-Judge to Investigate Fraud in NFL Concussion Case

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Retired federal judge Lawrence Stengel has another high-profile assignment, it was announced Monday.

Stengel, of East Hempfield Township, has been appointed the special investigator for the National Football League's concussion settlement program.

The NFL and retired players who had sued the league over long-term effects of head injuries settled the retired players' class action suit in 2013, with the league agreeing to pay $765 million.

Stengel will lead the investigation of possibly fraudulent claim submissions and make recommendations to the special masters overseeing the administration of the fund.

Attorneys for the league and the retired players had asked U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, the federal judge who is presiding over the concussion litigation, to appoint a special investigator.

Brody, of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, selected Stengel, who retired Aug. 31 as chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Soon thereafter, Stengel joined Lancaster-based law firm Saxton & Stump as a shareholder and chair of the firm's internal investigations practice.

In November, Stengel was named to an independent oversight committee to compensate victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Philadelphia area.

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