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“The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Oil” Labor Lessons from Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown's squeaky wheel

“I love it when a plan comes together.” This line was made famous by George Peppard’s character Hannibal Smith, in the 1980’s series A-Team. Antonio Brown is probably putting the line to good use as he enjoys a day off on the first Sunday of the NFL’s 100th season.
What appeared as madness to many appears to have been a well-orchestrated plan by Brown to extract himself from an increasingly untenable spot in Pittsburgh and navigate to a destination where his talents might be better appreciated and labor could take a few lessons from Brown’s “madness.”

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Buried in Documents

Sheilla buried in documents

I wanted to get an article out this week.  I really did.  But it’s just been one of those weeks where the documents (and some other interesting leads) continue to accumulate and as soon as I’ve settled on a subject to write about, something new has bumped it down further on the cue.  So–instead of an article, I’m going to give you documents this week.  Lots of documents spanning lots of cases starting with a consolidated brief filed by former Class Counsel to the NFL Concussion Settlement, Gene Locks,  appealing common benefit fee allocations that went primarily to Seeger Weiss.  The brief is accompanied by 13 volumes of supporting appendices spanning 9,891 pages.  You can find all the documents on our Document Cloud folder–or– I’ve linked two of particular interest below.

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Cognitively Impaired Player files Lawsuit Against NFL, NFLPA After 18 Years of Stonewalling

Andre Royal - The NFL Disability Monopoly Game

The NFL is inconsistent in many ways—player discipline, domestic violence, concussion protocols, and even enforcement of their on-field rules. Has anyone figured out what a catch is yet? The one area in which the NFL is the epitome of consistency is how they battle former players who seek to collect for disabilities resulting from their NFL careers. In both the CBA bargained disability plan and the concussion settlement, damaged players face an uphill battle to find recompense. “Delay, deny, and hope they die,” should be engraved on the cornerstone of every tax-payer subsidized NFL stadium. Such is the story of Andre Royal, as documented in a recently filed lawsuit against the NFL, the NFLPA and the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle Retirement Plan.

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NFLPA’s Legal Gymnastics Show On Display in Lane Johnson Lawsuit

NFLPA legal gymnastics

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NFLPA Engages Legal Gymnastics to Avoid Scrutiny in Lane Johnson Lawsuit

Lane Johnson v. NFLPA

On Monday, NFLPA counsel responded to Philadelphia Eagles Lane Johnson’s opposition brief to their motion for summary judgment.  Johnson has been engaged in a two-year plus legal battle against the NFLPA and NFL, that began with a suspicious drug test and went downhill from there.

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Explosive Brief Puts Lane Johnson Back in the Game

Lane Johnson explosive brief NFLPA

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Lane Johnson Reenters the Game with Explosive Opposition Brief

Lane Johnson - Explosive Opposition to Summary Judgment NFLPA

Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Lane Johnson found himself in the unenviable position of having most of his causes of action against the NFLPA dismissed in a lawsuit that has been waged for over two years.  Despite some disturbing pleadings regarding union misconduct and retaliation, Southern District of New York Judge Richard Sullivan denied Johnson’s motion for discovery and ordered him to respond to the NFLPA’s motion for summary judgment, which could put an end to his case.

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Court Denies Lane Johnson Discovery on Drug Testing; Will Eric Reid Fare Better?

Lane Johnson, Eric Reid NFLPA PED

Two men are searching for the truth about the NFL/NFLPA drug testing program. Last week a federal court denied Philadelphia Eagles OT Lane Johnson’s discovery bid as Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid embarks on a quest of his own.

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Lane Johnson v NFLPA and Dent v NFL lawsuit updates

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And a quick update on the Dent v NFL painkiller lawsuit.  I’ll try to get a story out soon. (Click on the tweet to open the thread.) An amended complaint has been filed in the Dent v #NFL painkiller lawsuit in which the district court decision of dismissal was reversed by the 9th Circuit. Recap to …

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Will Lane Johnson Finally Be Able to Expose the NFLPA’s Spin?

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For nearly two years, Lane Johnson has been asking questions and is now waiting to see if the court will, at long last, grant his request for discovery. On November 28, Judge Richard Sullivan issued an order extending Johnson an invitation to reply to the NFLPA’s arguments, at which time he’ll consider the briefing on Johnson’s LMRDA claim complete. On December 3, Steve Zashin, Johnson’s attorney replied:

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