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(Reuters) - The National Basketball Players Association is planning to file a lawsuit against the league on Tuesday for antitrust violations, according to a lawyer for the association.
The players association this week said it would no longer continue in collective bargaining and will become a trade association in order to pursue legal action against the National Basketball Association, with the entire 2011-12 season hanging in the balance.
The NBA has already canceled the first month of a regular season that was scheduled to begin two weeks ago.
The players' lawyer, David Boies, announced the impending lawsuit in a press conference on Tuesday.
Reporting by Dan Levine; editing by Jackie Frank