NFL retirees involved in another lawsuit

75 NFL retirees have filed a lawsuit on July 20 in Los Angeles claiming that the league deliberately hid information on concussions for decades. The former NFL players are seeking damages because they assert that the league was aware of concussion issues dating back to the 1920s. They did not properly inform players or take enough precautions to prevent these types of injuries. Adding to the current NFL lockout woes, the lawsuit claims that the NFL failed to think about retirees and never considered the impact of concussions on their long-term health.

This is not the first time that former NFL players have rallied together to join a lawsuit.

NFL Retirees Sue NFL Films

On July 13, a class-action lawsuit was filed against NFL Films for using the images of former players without proper compensation. More than 450 former football players were affected because the NFL had used their images to promote the league through videos. The retirees did not receive any payments for the use of their images in multiple advertising and marketing campaigns.

NFL Retirees Sue to be Represented

On July 4, former NFL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the league because they wanted to join the lockout negotiations. They claimed that the NFL and NFLPA were ignoring their requests by not representing their needs. The group was concerned the league and the players association would affect their pension.

NFL Retirees Sue over Royalties and Licensing

In April 2011, five former NFL players filed a class-action lawsuit against the players association because of royalties and licensing issues. The association allegedly allowed the use of their images without payment. The retirees claimed that the NFLPA kept all of the royalties for a variety of products including video games, trading cards and clothing.

NFL Retirees Sue Madden 09

In 2010, 6,000 NFL retirees filed a lawsuit claiming that Electronic Arts Inc. used their likeness in video games without compensating them. They asserted that the Madden NFL 09 video game contained their images, but Electronic Arts Inc. did not pay them for licensing. Although the video game tried to hide the actual identities of the players by changing their numbers, the former football players were still able to identify their images.

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Updated Thursday, Jul 21, 2011