MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – The federal judge who oversaw NFL labor matters for almost two decades is considering a collusion lawsuit against the league brought by the NFL Players Association.

An attorney for each side argued the case before U.S. District Judge David Doty on Thursday. Doty said he will rule on the issue later.

The union is seeking billions of dollars in damages. It claims the NFL set a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season to hold down salaries. The league insists the new CBA precludes such a suit.

The 83-year-old Doty presided over the Reggie White settlement from 1993 until 2011 when the league locked out the players. That served as the backbone for the previous collective bargaining agreement that was replaced by a new one last summer.

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