NFL Puts Up $42M To Settle Ex-Players' Publicity Rights Case

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT) -- Kicking off what may be an improved relationship with its former gridiron greats, the NFL on Monday announced a $42 million settlement of a class action alleging it used the likenesses of retired players in violation of their publicity rights.

The money will be paid into a “common good” fund to benefit retired players, resolving a case in which plaintiffs including Pro Football Hall of Famer Elvin Bethea, Fred Dryer, Dan Pastorini and Ed White claimed the NFL had infringed their publicity rights, particularly through its...
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