8th Circ. Backs NFL Player Lockout

Law360, New York (July 8, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT) -- The Eighth Circuit on Friday greenlighted the National Football League's lockout as part of the league's fight against an antitrust class action brought by its players, saying a Depression-era law designed to protect workers also blocks courts from interfering in management-imposed work stoppages.

In a 2-1 ruling, the federal appeals court found that the lower court's decision to issue an injunction blocking the lockout ran afoul of the 1932 Norris-LaGuardia Act, which curbs the power of courts to interfere in labor disputes.

"The Supreme Court has...
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