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Zelle Hofmann Represents Former NFL Players in Class Action

March 29, 2011

Zelle Hofmann represents former NFL players, including hall of famer Carl Eller, in a putative class action against the league. The complaint, filed March 28 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, seeks class-action status on behalf of all former players and potential rookies and names the league and all its teams as defendants, accusing them of violating the Sherman Act.

Plaintiffs contend that long-standing collusion among NFL teams has stopped players from negotiating the pension and health benefits they could have in a competitive market. An impending lockout threatens the teams' ability to fund ex-players' benefits and semi-independent foundations that retired players depend on for services, including programs that provide treatment for spinal injuries, discount prescription drugs and cardiovascular screening.  Plaintiffs contend that the lockout would also harm potential rookie players by increasing injury risk if they are unable to play in games and stiffening the competition if they must enter the league a year later with another pool of rookies.

Hausfeld LLP also represents plaintiffs in this action. For additional information regarding the lawsuit, please click here.

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