Lawsuit Accusing NCAA of Lax Safety Standards on Hold

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Byline: Nathan Fenno, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The long-running lawsuit accusing the NCAA of not doing enough to protect athletes against head injuries has been stayed pending mediation and settlement discussions, according to federal court records.

The move came a month after the release of hundreds of pages of internal NCAA emails and other documents filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago that raised questions about the organization's concussion policy.

Attorneys involved in the case confirmed the discussions were not ordered by the court.

The parties on their own initiative are mediating, Steve Berman, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, wrote in an email.

That's a significant difference from the concussion litigation brought by more than 4,500 retired players against the NFL. In July, an expected ruling on the NFL's motion to dismiss the case was instead replaced by an order for both parties to undergo mediation. A progress report is due Sept. 3.

In the NCAA case, further court filings regarding class certification are on hold pending the mediation that is expected to begin shortly. …