Los Angeles, CA – May 27, 2022 – Attorneys from ACTS Law, LLP and Thompson Coburn, LLP who represented hundreds of former players in the Alliance of American Football (AAF) are proud to announce a conditional $73 million settlement in a class action against the estate of now-defunct football league.
The class action was filed in April of 2019 after the startup league abruptly suspended operations after less than one season. In the class-action filed on behalf of the league’s former players, represented by Boris Treyzon and Jonathon Farahi, the parties agreed that the Estate of the Alliance of American Football was to pay the remainder of the players’ contract: the final two payments of the 2019 season and the final two years of the three-year contract in full.
Some class members were stuck in hospitals with injuries, unable to deal with their medical bills. Others were stranded in cities without their promised compensation. The lawsuit cited breach of contract, failure to pay wages and other employment-related issues. The class received a secured claim of $13,650 each for the 2019 season and an unsecured claim for the final two seasons of the three-year contract.
Full payment under settlement is subject to the bankruptcy estate receiving sufficient funds from responsible parties to fully fund its claims. ACTS Law has been engaged by the Trustee for the estate of AAF to pursue these recoveries. The settlement and engagement have been approved by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
“While it is wonderful that we have aligned the players’ interests with other creditors that have been harmed in this case, the job of ensuring that the entire Estate and those wronged receive the full justice they deserve still remains.” – said ACTS Law Partner Boris Treyzon. ACTS Law has been retained by the Estate of the league to pursue other parties on behalf of the league.
“Our firm is grateful to put these players in a position to claw back some of the compensation they were promised years ago,” said ACTS Law Managing Partner Danny Abir. “The collapse of the league left hundreds of players high and dry, but now they’re in line to receive some of what this league promised them. We are always gratified when we are able to help our clients get the justice they deserve.”
“Many of the players were concerned about being blackballed if they brought litigation against the league. It took a lot of guts…for Mr. Northrup and Mr. Schmidt to put their name on this lawsuit,” They really stood up for the rest of these guys. In speaking to the rest of the class, I know how grateful they are to these two individuals,” said ACTS Law Of-Counsel Jonathon Farahi.
ACTS Law partners Boris Treyzon and Danny Abir worked on this settlement, as well as ACTS LAW Of-Counsel, Jonathon Farahi. Thompson Coburn Partners Katie Clark, Nicole Williams and attorney John Atkins worked on this settlement as well.
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