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Richardson v. National Football League

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK


March 27, 2009

WILLIAM RICHARDSON, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE MANAGEMENT COUNCIL, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE PENSION PLAN, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE FLEX PLAN, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE MANAGEMENT COUNCIL PENSION PLAN, NFL EMPLOYEE BENEFIT COMMITTEE, AND COMPREHENSIVE DRUG TESTING, INC. DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Cedarbaum, J.

MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

Eighty-nine individual plaintiffs and the executors of four plaintiffs' estates assert varied claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967. Defendants National Football League Flex Plan, National Football League Management Council Pension Plan, NFL Employee Benefit Committee, National Football League, National Football League Management Council, National Football League Pension Plan, National Football League Capital Accumulation Plan move to dismiss the Amended Complaint for failure to state a claim. Defendant Comprehensive Drug Testing, Inc. ("CDT") moves to dismiss plaintiffs' claims against it for failure to state a claim, as well as for lack of personal jurisdiction.

A complaint must plead "enough facts to state a claim for relief that is plausible on its face." Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, ---, 127 S.Ct. 1955, 1974 (2007).

The generalized allegations of the Amended Complaint reveal no effort to plead specific facts connected to particular plaintiffs' claims. Because the Amended Complaint fails to plead sufficient facts to state a plausible and timely claim for each of the eighty-nine individual plaintiffs and four executors, the defendants' motion to dismiss the Amended Complaint is granted with leave to file a Second Amended Complaint by May 26, 2009.

Plaintiffs are directed to allege sufficient facts to establish a prima facie case of personal jurisdiction over CDT in any Second Amended Complaint that is filed.

A pre-trial conference will be held on April 1, 2009, at 10:30 A.M., in Courtroom 14A, United States Courthouse, 500 Pearl Street, New York, New York. All counsel are directed to appear at that time and place.

SO ORDERED.

MIRIAM GOLDMAN CEDARBAUM United States District Judge

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