SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit by several retired NFL players who are dissatisfied with a $26 million settlement between the NFL union and about 2,000 retirees.
Lawyers representing the retirees agreed to the settlement last year in exchange for the NFL Players Association dropping its appeal of a jury verdict. The jury found in 2008 that the union failed to pursue marketing deals on their behalf.
After the settlement, several retirees accused the plaintiff lawyers of malpractice, saying they settled for too little because of mistakes made at trial.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup on Monday dismissed the lawsuit against the law firms Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and McKool Smith. He lauded the players' lawyer, Peter Parcher, for "excellent trial work."