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Judge will rule on NFL motion to dismiss concussion lawsuit July 22

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Addressing the concussion lawsuit filed by thousands of NFL players against the league remains a major concern to all involved. And July 22 is the next big date to target in that lawsuit.

That's when U.S. District Judge Anita Brody is expected to rule on the league's motion to dismiss and potentially bar players from attempting to recover money from the NFL in a court of law.

"I will rule when I sort this whole thing out for myself," Brody said in early April when she initially heard arguments from the two sides.

The league would prefer to have the case handled in arbitration and has argued that Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations act prevents a lawsuit from being the determining method for resolving this matter.

There's almost always some sort of recourse for the losing side in the manner of an appeal; winning a motion to dismiss doesn't guarantee a free ride.

But whoever emerges victorious in the July 22 ruling will have a big leg up in terms of deciding where the next battle in the concussion lawsuit is being fought.

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