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Judge lets new painkillers lawsuit against NFL teams proceed

More than 1,500 former players claiming that NFL teams and their training staffs dispensed powerful drugs while misleading them about the health risks will get their day in court.

Federal judge William Alsup of the Northern District of California denied a motion Friday to dismiss the players' lawsuit, allowing the discovery phase of the trial to begin.

Alsup had dismissed a similar lawsuit in December 2014, in which former Chicago Bears great Richard Dent was the lead plaintiff among the dozen named. Alsup wrote that the collective bargaining agreement was the proper forum to resolve the players' claims. That case is currently on appeal.

The new lawsuit was filed in...