Does the NFL Have Insurance for Players’ Claims?

I’m surprised it took this long. Alterra America Insurance, who insures the NFL, filed a lawsuit against the league asking for declaratory relief from defending and indemnifying 93 underlying lawsuits from 3000 plaintiffs alleging negligence and fraud by NFL players from head injuries suffered during their football careers. Most of these cases have been consolidated under the NFL Players’ Concussion Injury Litigation in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

The NFL wants Alterra to defend and indemnify these claims to the tune of about $75 million. Alterra wants only part of these lawsuits. Personally, I don’t see their lawsuits making it to a verdict. But the NFL will want to throw the kitchen sink and defend them. Alterra does not want to pay for that, and they also don’t want to risk the possibility of Ron Miller being wrong and these lawsuits having legs – because that has happened before.

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