Junior Seau’s family v. NFL


Cooley helped the family of late NFL player Junior Seau secure a confidential settlement in their litigation against the NFL, which alleged Seau took his own life at age 43 because of brain injuries sustained during his tenure with the league.

A post-mortem study of Seau’s brain concluded he had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repetitive brain trauma. In 2016, the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved a settlement between the NFL and a class of 5,000 former players over brain injuries, but the Seau family opted out in order to pursue their individual action against the NFL and recover for the children’s unique wrongful death claims.

Cooley advised Junior Seau family with a team including Steve Strauss (Picture) and Megan Donohue.

Involved fees earner: Steve Strauss – Cooley LLP; Megan Donohue – Cooley LLP;

Law Firms: Cooley LLP;

Clients: Junior Seau’s family;

Author: Ambrogio Visconti