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Federal panel ponders merging NFL player concussion lawsuits

The concussion epidemic among athletes is growing, as are the number of lawsuits

While it may not put much of a damper on the furor that’s about to erupt in Indianapolis next week, the National Football League (NFL) has a serious problem on its hands that is likely to get worse before it gets better.

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation will convene today for a hearing on whether to consolidate a spate of lawsuits filed across the country against the NFL by a growing number of players seeking damages for concussions incurred on the gridiron. 

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