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Arrington Class Settlement Information

The final approval and effective date of the Arrington class settlement agreement for the medical monitoring portion of Arrington v. NCAA was November 18, 2019. The agreement has implications for NCAA member schools and their concussion-related policies and procedures so members should review this information with applicable legal and other advisors, and school staff who might assist in appropriately evaluating this information as it applies to individual institutional risk and practices.

Medical monitoring certifications must be submitted by May 18, 2020

The settlement agreement provides NCAA member schools with an opportunity to benefit from a release from certain legal claims that might otherwise be brought by members of the settlement class. To benefit from the release, member schools must certify in writing that they have put in place a concussion management plan that meets the requirements of Section IX.A. of the settlement agreement. Certifications must be delivered to certain court-identified settlement representatives within six months of the settlement agreement effective date of November 18, 2019, which means schools will have to deliver their written certifications no later than May 18, 2020. Guidance on the certification process will be made available to the membership in early 2020.

What should I do now?

Additional information and instructions will continue be provided by the NCAA national office in the coming months. In the meantime, institutions should begin a careful review of the settlement terms in conjunction with their general counsel and/or primary risk management staff. Additional questions may be submitted to the NCAA National Office via the Sport Science Institute at ssi@ncaa.org.

This content is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or a substitute for legal advice.

Medical monitoring program for student-athletes

NCAA student-athletes who played an NCAA sport at a member school on or prior to July 15, 2016, and who did not opt out of participation may be entitled to free medical screening and may receive free medical testing, known as medical monitoring, up to two times over the next 50 years. Class members do not need to have been diagnosed with a concussion to be a member of the medical monitoring class.

Class members who would like to participate in the medical monitoring program can register and sign up for updates at www.collegeathleteconcussionsettlement.com. A screening questionnaire will be available in late March 2020 that class members complete to determine whether they qualify for an in-person medical evaluation.