In a hearing on Monday, Judge David Doty dismissed the NFL Players Association's attempt to pursue a collusion claim against the NFL as a result of salary cap penalties that were leveled against the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys in March.
The league penalized the two teams a combined $46 million – $36 million from the Redskins and $10 million from the Cowboys – for overspending during the 2010 season, which was technically uncapped.
The NFL's rebuttal to the NFLPA's claim was that the two parties had put an end to the litigation when settling the new Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. The Judge agreed with the NFL in the belief that the NFLPA did not have grounds to reopen the claim.
An appeal to the United States Court of Appeals is possible in the claim, which could be worth up to $1 billion, but it is unlikely because of the settled nature of the 2011 agreement.