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Now THIS is What a Real Opt Out Complaint Looks Like!

Aug 30, 2013

While the conjecture and speculation about the NFL Concussion lawsuit is taking front stage to close this crazy week, Jason Luckasevic and Jason Shipp at Goldberg Persky & White still managed to file Opt Out forms for 564 retired players before the deadline on Friday. They filed those Opt Outs with the Minnesota court along with a full complaint requesting a jury trial in a district court in Pittsburgh. (We’re waiting for the hearing before Judge Brody on Tuesday, Sept. 3rd to get more factual details on the concussion litigation proposal that is still being discussed and negotiated so we can keep readers informed.)
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We’ve uploaded a copy of the full 114-page combined opt-out and complaint to Scribd for easy viewing and to make it available for downloading and printing. You can also click the Enlarge icon in the lower right corner of the menu at the bottom of the viewing screen to go Full Screen for easier reading (just hit the ESC key to close):
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Former NFL players sue league in Pittsburgh federal court

August 31, 2013 6:26 pm
By Rich Lord / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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The famed Immaculate Reception footage could become the proverbial Exhibit 1 in a lawsuit filed late Friday in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh by 564 former NFL players who want direct compensation for the league’s use of their likenesses by its film arm and TV unit.
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The plaintiffs have all opted out of a proposed $50 million settlement reached in the Minnesota case Dryer v NFL, in which $42 million of the proceeds would go to charities that benefit retired players, and the rest is slated for attorney fees and administrative costs. The deadline to opt out of that settlement was Friday.
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The plaintiffs, led by the estate of former Oakland Raider standout John D. “Jack” Tatum, also include former Steelers L.C. Greenwood, Louis Lipps and Barry Foster. Other notable plaintiffs include Mark Duper, Rodney Hampton and Ricky Waters.
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They played before 2011, when, according to plaintiffs’ attorney Jason Luckasevic, the players’ union negotiated away all future rights to the images held by NFL Films.
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It’s no accident that Tatum is the lead plaintiff. “You know how famous one of his videos is,” said Mr. Luckasevic, of the Downtown law firm Goldberg, Persky & White. “They play it every 20 minutes in Pittsburgh.”
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Read the rest of the story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – click HERE.
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