Recently, a judge in Minnesota called Fred Dryer and other named plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the NFL “children denied dessert” for objecting to a proposed settlement of a class action relating to the use of former players’ names and likenesses. That verbal smackdown, however, hasn’t quieted Dryer and his cohorts.
Along with Elvin Bethea, Jim Marshall, Dan Pastorini, Joe Senser, and Ed White, Dryer has issued a press release responding to the ruling.
They claim among other things that, contrary to the judge’s statements, the named plaintiffs did not object due to dissatisfaction with the money they would receive under the proposed settlement.
“Instead,” the press release states, “they opposed the settlement because it is unfair to the entire class and all class members — there is no assurance that even the neediest players will get one cent.”
As a result, Dryer and the others say they will continue to object to the proposed settlement. In the end, however, that may not matter. The judge already has disregarded their objections, and he’ll likely do so again.