NFL Dodges Players' Painkiller Class Action

Law360, Los Angeles (December 18, 2014, 6:42 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday tossed ex-National Football League players' class action claiming that the league encouraged them to abuse painkillers, ruling that a collective bargaining agreement preempted the claims.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted the NFL’s motion to dismiss the suit under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act, saying that it wouldn’t be possible to apply new state common law duties on the league without taking into account the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.

The NFL's counsel had argued that the former players' claims were subject to the union agreement because their allegations involve conduct that took...

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