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Almost 10,000 retired football players have registered to receive payouts from a $1 billion settlement with the NFL in a class-action concussion-related lawsuit.
Pittsburgh attorney Jason Luckasevic expected even more by now.
There are more than 20,000 former players who could benefit from the settlement. Registration for the settlement began a month ago and will remain open until Aug. 7.
"I find it interesting that only 50 percent have registered," Luckasevic said. "That tells you that a lot of guys are apathetic or unable to realize that they need to do something."
Some settlement checks could be issued as soon as this summer, he said.
Luckasevic's clients include former Pitt stars Tony Dorsett and Hugh Green, late Steelers Mike Webster, Justin Strzelczyk and Terry Long, and former Steelers Louis Lipps, Bam Morris and Delton Hall. His national clients include Mark Duper, Rodney Hampton and Leonard Marshall.
The settlement resolved thousands of lawsuits that accused the league of covering up what it knew about the long-term health effects of repeated head injuries.
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