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New Group Of Retired NFL Players Files Lawsuit Over Image Use

A new group of NFL retirees yesterday filed a lawsuit against NFL Films, claiming the league is using their images without their permission. The filing comes with a deadline next week for players to opt out of the preliminarily court-approved settlement of a similar lawsuit that was filed four years ago. In that case, Dryer v NFL, the original six plaintiffs oppose the $50M settlement, saying it does not compensate retirees appropriately. Fred Dryer is quoted supporting the new action in a press release from the law firm Hagens Berman.

The new lawsuit also makes a new claim of false endorsement, meaning viewers of NFL Films are left with the perception the retirees endorse the videos. Only players who opt out of the Dryer v NFL settlement are eligible to be part of the new lawsuit.
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