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Staff writer Daniel Kaplan covers the NFL, finance and tennis.

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Settlement Over NFL's Image Use

Published in SportsBusiness Daily on 05 / 21 / 15

A federal appeals court today upheld the settlement of a class action lawsuit against the NFL for allegedly using images of retirees without their permission. The case, Dryer v NFL, began in '09 and was settled in '13, creating a $42M fund for player charities and a licensing agency for the retirees...

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