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Class Action Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Former and Prospective Rookie NFL Players

Washington, DC (March 28, 2011)   Hausfeld LLP has today filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on behalf of Carl Eller, Priest Holmes, Obafemi Ayanbadejo, and Ryan Collins representing former and prospective rookie football players against the National Football League ("NFL") and its thirty-two member teams.  They simultaneously moved for a preliminary injunction to prevent the NFL and its member teams from continuing the lockout that threatens to cancel the 2011 NFL playing season. 

Eller and the other plaintiffs allege that the NFL and its member teams have conspired to violate the federal antitrust laws through a group boycott, namely the lockout.  The admitted purpose of this group boycott, according to the complaint, is to coerce the plaintiffs and the other players to agree to a new anticompetitive system of player restraints that will, among other things, drastically reduce prospective player compensation levels and benefit levels for former players. 

According to one of the attorneys, Michael D. Hausfeld, "This lawsuit represents a significant addition to the existing suit brought predominantly by current players who were formerly represented by the union." 

For additional information please contact:

Michael Hausfeld

Tel: 202-540-7158

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Practice Areas: Antitrust / Competition


Supporting Documents

» NFL Complaint and Exhibits (PDF)
» Memo in Support of Preliminary Injunction (PDF)