In February of 2007, former NFL players, Bernie Parrish and Herb Adderley, filed a lawsuit against Players Inc., the licensing arm of the NFLPA, alleging that retired players have been denied millions of dollars from marketing and licensing deals.
In September of this year, Judge William Alsup dismissed the complaint but gave the plaintiffs permission to file a motion for leave to file an amended complaint. The Washington Post reports, “the players’ attorney, Ron Katz, said they needed documents from Players Inc. to buttress the charges. Once those documents were handed over, the request to refile was made.”
A November 14, 2007, opinion from Judge Alsup states, “In their proposed pleading, plaintiffs have successfully alleged the existence of a contract between Adderley and defendants, that defendants breached the contract, and that Adderley was damaged as a result.”
The November 14, 2007 opinion was based upon the amended complaint.
A settlement conference is scheduled for February 6, 2008, in San Francisco.