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NFL Today Responds To Antitrust Lawsuit Filed By Retired Players
Published April 4, 2011
The NFL reply to Eller did add another piece of evidence to its arguments, noting in the last edition of the NFLPA publication the Huddle the group wrote, “The NFLPA members gave the NFLPA permission to renounce its union status in the event of a lockout.” The NFL contends this amounts to a tactic, which labor law disallows as a reason for renouncing union status. Unions cannot sue under antitrust law, so for Brady to succeed the class must not be part of a union. The former union maintains all it has to do is announce it is no longer a union and that is enough.
The Eller class grew from four to five, adding Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout WR Antawan Walker. The Eller class seeks to represent all retired and incoming players, the groups largely not covered by Brady (though the named plaintiffs include Texas A&M LB Von Miller).