Michael Kaplen was interviewed in this article by the New York Times entitled “Appeals Court Affirms Landmark N.F.L. Concussion Settlement”
“They didn’t say this was a good settlement, they said it was a reasonable settlement that was reached,” said Michael Kaplen, a plaintiffs’ lawyer who specializes in cases of head trauma, and a frequent critic of the settlement. “They don’t care that large numbers of players weren’t compensated, only that this was the best deal that their lawyers could make.”
Mr. Kaplen, the critic of the deal, said he did not expect the league to willingly broaden the boundaries of who would be eligible for an award.
“It’s foolhardy,” he said. “Do you think the N.F.L. is going to open their wallet in 10 years? Experience tells you it’s not going to happen.”