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Judge In NFL Films Lawsuit Orders Sept. 4 Status Conference

The judge in the NFL Films case this afternoon ordered a status conference for next week because of a related case that was filed that also alleged the NFL had used retired players' images without their permission. Judge Paul Magnuson wrote, "A status conference will be held on September 4, 2013, at 9:00 a.m ... to discuss: (1) the filing of the New Jersey litigation entitled Culp et al. v. NFL Production LLC ... (2) the effect of any communications to Class members about the Culp litigation that were made without Court approval; and (3) any corrective action that needs to take place."

He ordered attorneys to be present, including those who represent key players who are objecting. The NFL reached a $50M settlement of the original NFL Films case in March, and Magnuson preliminarily approved it. But none of the original six plaintiffs agreed to the settlement, and they are encouraging their peers to opt out of the settlement or oppose it. If they opt out they can join the new Culp lawsuit.
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