The NHL announced Friday that it has filed a class action complaint in federal court seeking a declaration confirming that the lockout is legal.
The move comes in response to the news that the executive board of the NHL players association had unanimously voted to authorize a vote to proceed with a disclaimer of interest. If that vote were to go through, the NHLPA could terminate its right to represent the players, which would allow players to then individually file lawsuits against the owners claiming the lockout it illegal.
In addition to filing the complaint, the league also filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board claiming that the NHLPA has engaged in unlawful subversion of the collective bargaining process by threatening to disclaim interest.
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