The ever-growing portfolio of litigation involved the NFLPA has gotten smaller by one case.
According to Daniel Kaplan of SportsBusiness Journal, a federal court in California dismissed this week a lawsuit filed by five former players who claimed that the union failed to properly represent them for licensing. The players tried to craft statements by NFLPA employees that the union represents the interests of retired players into a legal duty to attempt to obtain licensing deals in the absence of a contract to do so.
The plaintiffs were Bernie Parrish (pictured), Bob Grant, Walter Roberts, Clinton Jones, and Marvin Cobb.
The suit apparently was inspired by a lawsuit against the NFLPA brought by former players who had signed licensing deals, and who claimed that the NFLPA failed to properly represent their interests. The prior lawsuit resulted in a jury verdict of $28.1 million.