A federal appeals court ruled that the bulk of state law claims brought by an NFL agent against the National Football League Players Association for allegedly breaching his rights as an agent after he was criminally indicted for fraud involving NFL players are not preempted by federal labor laws.

In a decision largely reversing the lower court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that the National Labor Relations Act, or NLRA, does not preempt three of the five Michigan state law claims launched by agent Vincent Porter against the union that represents NFL players.