Judge dismisses NFL retiree lawsuit vs. union

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A lawsuit filed against the NFL Players Association by retirees has been dismissed.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued her order Tuesday from St. Paul, Minn.

Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end Carl Eller, a former Minnesota Vikings star, was the lead plaintiff in the complaint that argued current players and their attorneys had no right to bargain with NFL owners about retiree benefits because they weren't legally a union last summer.

Michael Hausfeld, the lead lawyer for the retired players, says his group plans to appeal Nelson's decision. He calls her findings "elucidating and disappointing overall."

The retirees felt they lost money because they couldn't represent themselves in the labor talks.