NFL, ex-players want concussion suits heard in Pa.



PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The National Football League wants to consolidate in Philadelphia a string of lawsuits filed across the country by former players who say they’ve suffered concussion-related brain injuries.

Seven former players filed the first such lawsuit last summer in Philadelphia, where a similar lawsuit filed Monday seeks more than $5 million for more than 100 former players. Other lawsuits are pending or expected in California, Florida and New York.

Philadelphia lawyer Sol Weiss says a hearing is set for Jan. 26 in Miami for the parties to seek consolidation in Philadelphia.

Weiss represents two-time Super Bowl champion Jim McMahon and six others who filed the potential class action lawsuit last year. They accuse the NFL of trying to conceal any links between football and brain injuries.

The league has pledged to fight the accusations.