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The sides are due back in court Sept. 15 before Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham for a hearing on whether the retirees can amend their complaint to reflect their objections to how the new contract was reached, and whether to add the players' association as a defendant.
The Eller lawsuit seeks certification as a class action to cover all retirees, and former Minnesota Vikings Stu Voigt and Bob Lurtsema were among the retirees in the audience Wednesday lending their support.
But some retirees oppose the lawsuit. A statement circulated by the NFLPA on Wednesday from Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell criticized Eller and his attorneys for using an annual charity golf event Mitchell hosted last month featuring fellow Hall of Famers to try to generate support for their cause, saying their actions were "unprofessional and discourteous."
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