MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The NFL Players Association's lawsuit alleging that league owners set a secret salary cap in 2010 has been rejected again in federal court.
U.S. District Judge Michael Davis issued his order Tuesday, denying the motion filed by the NFLPA in 2012 to reopen the long-running case that was closed in 2011 when the lockout ended. The union sought $4 billion in damages, citing collusion.
The collective bargaining agreement included dismissal of all prior lawsuits and language preventing the players from reopening the case. U.S. District Judge David Doty, handing the union a rare defeat in his courtroom, first denied the motion.
The higher court of appeals kept the case alive by sending it back to Doty, who recused himself and let Davis take over.
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