Lack Of Licensing Deal Sacks Ex-NFL Players' Royalty Suit

Law360, New York (May 24, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday found that a group of ex-professional football players could not collect licensing royalties allegedly owed by their union, ruling the athletes couldn't establish the same fiduciary relationship that led to a $26 million settlement in a related class action.

U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner granted a motion for summary judgment filed by the National Football League Players Association and its licensing unit Players Inc., finding that the players — none of whom had signed a licensing agreement — could...
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