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Judge throws out cheerleader lawsuit

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

A U.S. District Court Judge has thrown out a lawsuit alleging that the NFL and its owners suppressed the wages of its cheerleaders. The judge, William Alsup, said there was a “lack of evidence” before tossing out the lawsuit.

According to the Associated Press’ Sudhin Thanawala, Alsup gave Kelsey K., the plaintiff and former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader, to re-file the lawsuit with a June 15 deadline. Drexel Bradshaw, Kelsey K.’s attorney, inserted that they plan on re-filing the case.

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader (Getty Images)

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader (Getty Images)

“To state an antitrust claim here, plaintiff must plead not only ‘ultimate facts, such as conspiracy, and legal conclusions,’” Alsup said in his ruling. “The complaint must answer the basic questions of ‘who, did what, to whom [or with whom], where and when?’”

Kelsey K. filed the lawsuit with the class action status on behalf of all of the cheerleaders.

This isn’t the only cheerleader lawsuit. Earlier this month, the Oakland Raiders settled with their former cheerleaders, who claimed the team paid them less than minimum wage for their work over several seasons.

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