SF Jury Sides With NFL Retirees in Video Game Trial

Tuesday, Nov 11, 2008  |  Updated 7:51 AM PDT
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SF Jury Sides With NFL Retirees in Video Game Trial

SF jury sides with retired players over video game dollars.

A federal jury in San Francisco ordered the National Football League players' union to pay $28.1 million to more than 2,000  retired players for failing to protect their interests in a group licensing  agreement.

The retirees claimed in a class action lawsuit that the NFL  Players Association cut them out of millions of dollars in royalties for use  of players' images on video games and trading cards.

The verdict by a civil jury in the court of U.S. District Judge  William Alsup came after a three-week trial.

The award included $7.1 million for breach of fiduciary duty and  an additional $21 million in punitive damages. 

Peter Parcher, a lawyer for the retirees, said after the verdict,  "The retired players are absolutely vindicated."

Players association attorney Jeffrey Kessler said the union will  appeal.

"We believe the verdict was contrary to law." Kessler said

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