Originally Posted by superchuck500
No, nothing like that. 1)The lawsuit is a separate civil process that can't itself directly challenge the suspension. They involve some of the same subject matter but are otherwise wholly unrelated.
So Vilma isnt' sitting home waiting for a decision, the case hasn't really even begun yet. But Goodell is expected to file a motion to dismiss, which is a prelimary motion seeking to end the case before it starts . . . 2) he's got a fairly good argument for that (though Vilma's counterargument isn't so bad itself).
Expect that motion process to last into August (and a decision could come even later than that). 3) If Vilma survives the dismissal request, the case will then go into discovery, when Vilma can then get access to the bounty evidence. 4)If it isn't settled or disposed by motion through the discovery period, it will eventually go to trial (sometime next year to be sure). And that's only if it isn't dismissed on preliminary motion.
Thx SuperChuck 500
A few more questions pls...
1)The civil case doesnt directly challenge suspensions & since we know Vilmas not doing this for $. How do you believe the civil case helps him fight the league suspensions? If he can't even get the civil case to trial after all the motions to extend or dismiss.
2)Sayn Goodell has good argument for dismissal, confuses me when I hear the NFLPA say he has no right to punish for issues previous to new CBA. Im assuming that means Goodell would have to produce extremely damning info that views Vilma as a 2012 current or future threat?
3)If the Vilma case gets to discovery ruling, can Payton use the evidence or lack thereof from trial to reappeal his or enter his own civil case or might he continue to stay quiet since the coaches have no union protection?
4) Can I assume if Vilmas civil case is strong that we'd likely see Goodell settle on lighter suspension so the case cant go to trial & no one can find out he's a phony lying despot? If RG has reasonable evidence & Vilmas case is dismissed or goes to trial for Goodell to defend, Vilmas career this year is done for sure?!