U.S. District Judge Anita Brody scheduled a hearing for May 30 to hear more about the “widespread fraud” that the National Football League (NFL) has alleged is taking place in the concussion settlement, Reuters reports.
The NFL says a special investigator is warranted after a report said nearly half of all submitted claims contain signs of fraud. The league pointed to anecdotes of lawyers allegedly coaching clients on how to appear more impaired than they truly are and steering clients to favored doctors. Two special masters have also been involved in the case, but the league says their probes were limited to reports from an auditor. A new special investigator could help broaden the effort, the league’s motion says.
Judge Brody will hear arguments on the motion next Wednesday.