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Court may not rule further on NFL’s stay — 4:44 p.m.

The three-judge panel that granted the NFL’s emergency request to reinstitute its player lockout last Friday was expected to announce a more long-term decision this week. But the clerk for the Eighth Circuit Court in St. Louis said Wednesday that a judgment wasn’t necessarily forthcoming and the injunction could remain in place at least until a June 3 hearing for the Brady v. NFL antitrust lawsuit.

"I don’t have any indication whether there is going to be any further ruling on the motion for a stay," clerk Michael Gans told USA Today.

This makes the stakes in the upcoming Brady v. NFL hearing even higher. Each side will present 30-minute arguments to the appellate court about whether the lockout should be allowed to remain in place as the antitrust lawsuit unfolds. The court will then need at least a few weeks to render a decision. Full story


Court date set for NFL lockout fight — 5:17 p.m.


A federal appeals court has agreed to a speeded-up schedule to hear the NFL’s appeal of the order that lifted the lockout a week ago.

The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis announced the schedule Tuesday. The court set a June 3 hearing, with 30 minutes of oral argument for each side before Judges Duane Benton, Kermit Bye and Steven Colloton.

U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson issued her injunction stopping the lockout last week. The league appealed to the 8th Circuit, and the same three-judge panel issued a temporary stay of Nelson’s order on Friday. Full story



NFL: Appeal shouldn’t affect ’11 season — 2:08 p.m.


Its players again barred from coming to work, the NFL told a federal appeals court Monday it believes the appeal over whether the lockout is legal can ”readily be resolved” during the offseason.

The NFL filed a brief with the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in St. Louis, arguing that the lockout should remain on hold permanently while the two sides hash things out in court.

A three-judge panel of the appeals court put U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s order lifting the 45-day lockout on hold temporarily last week. The owners reinstated the lockout a few hours later and they want Nelson’s order eventually overturned altogether. Full story


Monday could be critical day for NFL — 1:57 a.m.


If these are not fun times for football fans, they are captivating days for lawyers.

The NFL lockout is back in force after a short hiatus last week. A St. Louis appeals court could determine as early as Monday whether the league deserves a permanent stay of an injunction granted to the players in Minnesota to block the lockout.

”We are in uncharted but fascinating legal territory,” agent and attorney Ralph Cindrich said as he examined the short-term reinstatement of the lockout by three judges from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ”The owners’ lockout is temporary now; it can become permanent after the same three judges do a detailed review. If the lockout is reinstated, it puts the players down on points big.” Full story