January 14, 2009

Trial Court Upholds $21 Million in Punitive Damages Against NFL Players Association

Judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California issued an order yesterday denying the NFL Player's Association's post-trial motions in a case in which a jury awarded $7.1 million in compensatory damages and $21 million in punitive damages. The plaintiffs in this case are retired players who alleged that the union failed to properly market their images, and that the union cut them out of licensing deals so that active players could receive bigger royalty payments. The Players Association says it will appeal to the Ninth Circuit.

Hat tip: Retired Players.org

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