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Four years after high court ruling, judge allows American Needle’s case vs. NFL to proceed

04 / 21 / 14

It’s been nearly four years since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the NFL in its request to have an antitrust lawsuit from cap maker American Needle dismissed. The league lost its argument then that its collective commercial decisions should sidestep antitrust scrutiny. The...

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Coverage of players with CTE in question

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Future uncertain for NFL's settlement

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Judge sides with Mill in ruling

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Dryer leads charge against settling suit

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