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Judge Orders Lawyers To Drop Two Lawsuits Against NFL Films
Published September 6, 2013
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The players allege NFL Films is not paying them for their images. Judge Paul Magnuson, though, said the lawyers for Culp and Tatum, some of whom are involved in Dryer, should have known they could not file such suits.
“As officers of the Court, lawyers are expected to follow court orders, and given the dearth of case law discussing similar situations, it is apparent that most lawyers do so,” Magnuson wrote. “The lawyers here, however, believe themselves not subject to such strictures. As stated at the status conference, their behavior, which is calculated only to doom the settlement in this matter, shocks the Court’s conscience.”
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The players opposing the $50M settlement of the four-year-old Dryer lawsuit contend it gives away their images for nothing, and the settlement money goes to player charities that all former players could have applied to in any event.