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A U.S. District Court judge has granted the National Football League Players Association a permanent injunction against the league, resolving a workers’-compensation-related dispute that has gone on for decades.

Judge Paul A. Crotty ruled that a paragraph in the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA)—a matter of contention since 1977—provides only for a time offset that NFL teams can take from injured-players’ state workers’-comp awards. In other words, teams are only permitted to collect an offset, or reimbursement, based on a formula that calculates when players received salary and workers’-comp payments at the same time.

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