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WASHINGTON, DC, October 10, 2007 — A court-appointed special master ruled yesterday in favor of the Atlanta Falcons and the NFL Management Council in connection with the Falcons’ attempt to recover more than $19 million in bonus money paid to now-suspended quarterback Michael Vick. Special Master Stephen B. Burbank, professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, declared that the Falcons may invoke contractual forfeiture provisions against Vick and rejected arguments by the NFL Players Association that any bonus money previously paid to Vick was protected under the current collective bargaining agreement. Covington partner and litigation group co-chair Gregg H. Levy and associate Benjamin C. Block represented the NFL and the Falcons in the proceeding.