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“"They're financing this lawsuit," Boies said. "They're saying, 'We're no longer a collective bargaining agent, but we're going to continue to do all these things.'" Quinn dismissed the accusation that the decertification was a sham, pointing to unanimous participation in a player vote to approve the move. "It's not some kind of tactic. It's the law," Quinn said. "It's what we're allowed to do." Plaintiffs Mike Vrabel, Ben Leber, Vincent Jackson, Brian Robison and Von Miller were joined in court by veterans Tony Richardson and Charlie Batch, members of the union's executive committee prior to dissolution. Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees, the three highest profile players named on the lawsuit, did not attend. Hall of Famer Carl Eller, the lead plaintiff in a separate, similar case filed by retirees, former players and rookies, was also present. Nelson approved a motion to consolidate those cases, and attorney Michael Hausfeld -- on behalf of the Eller group -- took turns with Quinn arguing against and rebutting Boies. Nelson listened to arguments from lawyers for the players and the league Wednesday, asking questions often and speaking politely but directly while acknowledging her difficulty discerning which components of the laws apply to this complicated case. She expressed some frustration trying to understand some of the arguments, mostly those made by Boies, but oversaw a cordial process, telling the two sides they did an "outstanding job." Both sides praised Nelson afterward for her thorough approach and intelligent questions.
I've been doing this for 45 years, and I've never been able to figure out from a judge's questions exactly where they're coming from.” -- David Boies, a lawyer for the NFL
|Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson and likely first-round pick Von Miller attended the hearing Wednesday as the players asked a judge to lift the NFL's lockout.|