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  1. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Geno Smith Punched by IK, out 6-10 weeks. All discussion here (MERGED)   

    You have to set an example even in the face of stupidity. Everybody who reads comic books knows that the Kirby Silver Surfer is the only true Silver Surfer. 
    Great, great movie. 
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  2. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Interesting Comment   

    I'll give it till the first sack he takes that puts us out of field goal range. Then I'm giving up on him. Again.
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  3. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Shocking Prisco Article   

    Use the boost to get through!
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  4. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Greatest Moments in JetNation History?   

    Big Brother
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  5. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Falcons and Vikings New Stadiums   

    Viking Stadium looks like a Church
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  6. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Maryota takes shot at Jets/Giants   

    Colbert should be great. I've never watched any of the late nights but I'll start recording for him.
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  7. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Message to fans who want Jets to lose   

    Of course he's a lock. Many Jets fans want him, and the Jets will not be able to draft him. Guy is gonna win 4 Super Bowls.
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  8. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Jets \ Vikings -- The Official Game Thread   

    Seriously, this is insane
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  9. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Ngata suspended 4 games   

    Is this true? Cause my first thought was: in no way is Adderall a physical proformance enhancing drug.
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  10. LurkerKing added a topic in The Lounge   

    Interesting NFL Concussion Settlement Article
    Thought this was enlightening...
    Tuesday, November 18, 2014
    The NFL Concussion Settlement: Class Action Exploitation By Joe Tort
     Share By Howard Erichson
    Tomorrow in Philadelphia, lawyers for the NFL and lawyers for former football players will try to persuade Judge Anita Brody to approve their settlement of claims that the League concealed chronic risks of concussions and failed to protect players. The judge, the players, and the public should view the settlement with suspicion.
    We have grown so accustomed to "settlement class actions" that we have lost sight of what is strange and troubling about them. Class actions serve an essential function in our legal system by empowering claimants in mass disputes, and I reject the knee-jerk criticisms of class actions that I  hear too often. But when the class action tool is exploited by defendants to buy peace on the cheap, and when class members are harmed by the alignment of interests between defendants and class counsel, I feel the need to speak up.
    Who reached this agreement with the NFL? Not the thousands of former football players. The deal was struck by lawyers who purported to represent the players but who had not actually gotten the go-ahead to litigate for the class. To litigate a class action, lawyers must get the class certified. But in this case, the lawyers negotiated their settlement before the court certified the class.
    It makes sense that the NFL would want to do it this way. By negotiating before class certification, the NFL knew that the plaintiffs’ lawyers lacked the leverage that comes with being able to say, “See you at trial.” And it makes sense that the players’ lawyers would go along. They stand to make $112 million plus up to five percent of each award going forward. If these lawyers failed to reach agreement with the NFL, they risked being cut out if the League struck a deal with someone else.
    In a “settlement class action” like the NFL deal, lawyers ask the court to certify the class for settlement only, as opposed to a standard class action that can be litigated or settled. This ought to be the first question people ask when they hear about a class action settlement: Was the class certified for litigation? If not, then class members are especially vulnerable to exploitation.
    It is not an obscure problem. As I explain in The Problem of Settlement Class Actions, settlement class actions have become more common than standard class actions. And while good settlements exist, we see mischief too often. Three weeks ago, the Seventh Circuit heard arguments in Pearson v. NBTY, a settlement class action about false labeling for glucosamine supplements. Among numerous other problems, the lawyers’ fees were more than double the amount actually paid to the class. The district court's opinion approving the settlement is disturbing, and Ted Frank's argument for the objectors is powerful. And in Lane v. Facebook, a settlement class action involving claims that Facebook illegally shared information about members’ Internet activity, Facebook paid over $2 million to the plaintiffs’ lawyers, $6.5 million to a foundation that Facebook would partly control, and zero to the class members. Facebook discontinued the challenged program but could reinstate it under a different name. Facebook wiped away its liability while the class members got nothing of value. Chief Justice Roberts was horrified.
    Compared to these settlements, the NFL deal looks pretty good. For some players, it offers immediate compensation, and for others it offers long-term insurance. Judge Brody initially rejected the settlement but then gave it preliminary approval after the NFL removed a cap on the fund. But the dynamic of settlement class actions should make us ask questions. The settlement rewards certain diagnoses (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS) over others (CTE). It pays for cognitive impairment but not mood disorders. The objectors make a strong argument that these items are crucial. The settlement imposes a registration requirement and other hurdles that objectors say are intended only to reduce claims. I can see why the deal has drawn so much fire and why Public Citizen sought to intervene.
    The truth is, it is always hard to judge whether a class settlement is fair. A settlement, after all, is a compromise. There is no magic formula by which a football fan or a federal judge can evaluate whether the settlement is good enough. What we can ask, however, is whether the settlement resulted from a fair process, a negotiation on a level playing field. The answer is no.
    The concern in every settlement class action is that lawyers may have struck the deal not because it was the best the class members could have gotten, but because it was the best the lawyers could get for themselves. If the settlement proves inadequate, then the lawyers get rich, the League gets off easy, and the football players – damaged forever – are left without the money they need to take care of themselves and their families for the rest of their lives.
    There is, of course, something the judge can do about it. Reject this settlement, and on a proper motion, certify the class for litigation as well as settlement. Rest assured, there will be a better offer on the table. Although the judge would still face the difficult task of evaluating a class settlement and would still have to be on the lookout for abuse, at least she would know that the players weren’t disempowered from the start. 
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  11. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Farewell Rex - Thanks for the memories   

  12. LurkerKing added a post in a topic Sheldon is not a happy camper.   

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  13. LurkerKing added a post in a topic ***The OFFICIAL N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo Bills in Detroit Game Thread***   

    Cheer up folks, I really believed Rex was coming back next year after meaningless wins over Buffalo and some other teams but after this I've convinced myself he may actually be gone. Sculpin's Fathom IPL in celebration.
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  14. LurkerKing added a post in a topic ***The OFFICIAL N.Y. Jets vs. Buffalo Bills in Detroit Game Thread***   

    So who is drinking what?
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