Judge Dismisses Former NFLers' Licensing Lawsuit Against NFLPA
A federal court earlier this week dismissed a lawsuit brought by five former NFL players against the NFLPA, alleging the union did not properly represent them for licensing. Judge R. Gary Klausner of the U.S. Central District Court of California wrote the NFLPA had no duties toward the players to negotiate on their behalf in licensing, in part because some of them had not paid their membership dues. Even if they had and for those that do, that is not sufficient to prove the union had a duty to the players.
“Statements by NFLPA employees that the organization represents all retired NFL Players for licensing purposes do not, as Plaintiffs suggest, show that … any of the other Plaintiffs, indicated a desire for the NFLPA to act on their behalf,” Klausner ruled. The NFLPA leadership has said they speak for retired players, and the retirees here tried to use that as evidence the union had a fiduciary duty to market them and failed to do so. The retirees are Bernie Parrish, Bob Grant, Walter Roberts, Clinton Jones, and Marvin Cobb.