MINNEAPOLIS -- A players' union lawsuit accusing NFL team owners of setting a secret salary cap in 2010 was kept alive by a federal appeals court Friday.
The 8th US Circuit Court of Appeals partially reversed a federal judge's order that had rejected NFL Players Association's collusion claim.
“Our union will always pursue and protect the rights of its players," the NFLPA said in a statement. "We are pleased that the Eighth Circuit ruled that players have the opportunity to proceed with their claims. Through discovery and a hearing, we can understand how collusion took place. We have notified the NFL of its obligations to preserve all relevant documents and communications.”
The three-judge appeals court panel that heard oral arguments in January disagreed with U.S. District Judge David Doty on one of the NFLPA's two arguments for pursuing damages despite the 2011 collective bargaining agreement that was supposed to settle such lawsuits.
The appeals court sent the case back to Doty's jurisdiction in Minneapolis for further proceedings.
The Associated Press and NFLPA media services contributed to this report