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Judge Moves Up Date For NFL Response In Players' Antitrust Suit
Published May 23, 2011
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The players are claiming the lockout and free agency restrictions are illegal under antitrust laws. The players saw the request for delay as a delaying tactic. With the league having won a key victory at the 8th Circuit Court staying the lockout decision, the players focus appears to be shifting to pursuing the antitrust case. The court also reversed its decision giving the league until July 6 to respond to a separate claim from retired players led by Carl Eller, and said the league now has to also respond by June 6.
The league and players will argue the appeal of the lower’s court’s ruling enjoining the lockout on June 3 before a three judge panel of the 8th Circuit.