The NFL is in the midst of a new wave of litigation over NFL players’ use of social media.
That includes lawsuits filed by the players’ union and others against former players who are seeking compensation from the league for alleged wrongful termination of employment, and a new lawsuit by the NFLPA against former team owners who have signed on to a new labor deal.
Here are five questions you should know about NFL and union litigation.1.
Who is behind the lawsuits?
NFL players are represented by attorneys from the NFL Players Association and the NFL.
The league is also suing former players for $1 billion in damages and $200 million in punitive damages.
The NFLPA and the union are seeking to get the case dismissed.
A judge in a class-action lawsuit filed by former players in May dismissed that case because the lawsuit is “inadmissible” because it was filed before the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement was ratified.
The union is seeking a court ruling in a different case filed in June that the players were not properly represented by their lawyers and that the plaintiffs were “in a position to obtain meaningful relief” from the team owners.2.
What are the plaintiffs suing?
The plaintiffs in the NFL lawsuit are former players seeking a payment for the pain and suffering they have suffered as a result of their injuries and for wrongful termination.
The plaintiffs include former players such as former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who in a lawsuit filed in February filed in the Southern District of New York is seeking $50 million in compensatory damages.
Luck’s suit says that his contract was terminated for “breach of fiduciary duty, wrongful termination, and wrongful interference with contract,” which is a type of tort that can be used to recover damages.3.
Who are the other defendants?
The NFLPA is asking a federal judge to dismiss the lawsuit against former Colts players, as well as former players from other teams who are now part of the new labor agreement.
Luck, in the suit, says that “NFL players have been injured and have been hurt by the team owner’s actions.”
Luck is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and unspecified attorney’s fees.
The NFL has not responded to requests for comment on the lawsuit.4.
Who’s the NFL suing?
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been named as the main defendant in the league’s case against the players.
Goodell, who is in his 30s, was not immediately available for comment.
The complaint alleges that the NFL has violated several labor laws by not compensating players for the injuries and suffering that they have endured as a direct result of playing for the team that drafted them.5.
How long has this case been in the works?
The lawsuit was filed in August 2016 by Luck’s attorneys.
The suit is the first class-wide lawsuit in NFL history, and the first to seek punitive damages for players’ claims of wrongful termination and wrongful labor practices.
The team owners, who signed on in February, did not immediately respond to requests seeking comment on this case.