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Minor League Baseball Players Take a Swing at MLB in Antitrust Suit

Several minor league baseball players have filed an antitrust class action against Major League Baseball, alleging that MLB and its teams operate as a cartel to impose restrictive contracts on minor league players. The suit,...more

Law Professors Suit Up for NCAA in O’Bannon Appeal

On November 21, 2014, professors of antitrust law from 15 universities filed an amicus brief in support of the NCAA’s appeal in O’Bannon v. NCAA. (This blog has previously covered the O’Bannon case; the most recent entry...more

NCAA Appeals Ruling on Compensation for Student-Athletes

On November 14, 2014, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) submitted its initial brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the Northern District of California’s August decision that the NCAA’s...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #4

Red Bull’s $13M False Ad Deal Crashes Site - Red Bull may claim to give you wings, but a false advertising settlement with the company apparently couldn’t stop its servers from crashing....more

No Harm, No Foul in Apple E-Book Notice Screw Up

In mid-September, class notices went out in the ongoing Apple E-books class action lawsuit that might have momentarily had Apple’s attorneys a little concerned. Over three million potential members of the class received...more

“Free Sherlock” Litigation Raises Specter of Antitrust Liability for Distributors Cooperating With Intellectual Property Owners

Leslie Klinger, noted Sherlock Holmes scholar and lawyer, has waged a nearly all-out legal offensive against the Estate of Arthur Conan Doyle over the Estate’s assertion of a copyright in connection with certain works...more

What O’Bannon Means For NCAA's Next Round Of Litigation

After a three-week trial and five years of litigation, the “[m]ost important trial in sports history” — O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association — concluded last month, culminating in what some have said is the...more

NCAA to Appeal O’Bannon Decision

Last Thursday, the NCAA announced that it had filed a notice of appeal of Judge Claudia Wilken’s August 8, 2014 decision in O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association et al. The appeal was widely anticipated as the...more

District Court Denies Summary Judgment in Broadcast Rights Class Action

On Friday, August 8, 2014, the Southern District of New York denied motions for summary judgment filed by the National Hockey League, Major League Baseball, Comcast Corp. and DirecTV LLC in suits alleging that these...more

NCAA’s Latest Legal Nightmare May Be Most Important

No doubt all eyes of the sports world are on the O’Bannon v. National Collegiate Athletic Association trial, which is currently taking place in Oakland, California. SB Nation called the trial “the biggest trial in the history...more

Real Madrid 2014/15 audiovisual rights for sale

Real Madrid has just published in its website that it will listen to offers from those entities who might be interested in acquiring its audiovisual rights for 2014/2015 season. Although Real Madrid audiovisual rights...more

Class Certification Issues In O’Bannon v. NCAA

In This Presentation: - Important Players - Underlying Lawsuit - Procedural Pre-Class Certification - Class Certification Issues - Aftermath and Trial - Recent Developments...more

Court Won’t Reconsider Prior Ruling in NCAA Class Action

On May 12, 2014, the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) lost its motion for leave to file a motion for reconsideration of a prior ruling, which barred the NCAA from arguing at trial that not paying...more

Busting Brackets: District Court Rejects NCAA’s Summary Judgment Motion and Allows Student-Athletes’ Suit for Publicity...

Nearly five years into the lawsuit, a District Court denied defendant NCAA’s summary judgment motion, and ordered that the antitrust claims of current and former student-athletes denied compensation for the commercial use of...more

Section One’s Shining Moment: A new antitrust lawsuit threatens the NCAA

This year, the term “March Madness” meant more than basketball tournaments to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, its conferences and member schools. On March 17, 2014, a group of college basketball and football...more

Injunctive Relief, but not Damages Class, Certified in NCAA Student-Athlete Litigation

In In re NCAA Student-Athlete Name & Likeness Licensing Litigation, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 160739 (N.D. Cal. Nov. 8, 2013) (Wilken, J.)., the Court certified a class of current and former student-athletes seeking injunctive...more

Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners - Consumers can challenge Reebok's exclusive NFL apparel deal based just on a market of...

On August 2, 2013, District Judge Edward J. Davila denied a motion to dismiss antitrust claims brought by consumers of NFL apparel against Reebok and the NFL in Dang v. San Francisco Forty Niners, Case No. 5:12-CV-5481 (N.D....more

Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

Court Order Overruling Objections to Proposed Order (re Dismissal)

Court Order Overruling Objections to Proposed Order (re Dismissal) -- minutes entered by Los Angeles Superior County Clerk on 07/12/2013. ...more

Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

Order Sustaining Demurrers To Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint W/O Leave to Amend and Dismissing Action in its Entirety

Order Sustaining Demurrers To Plaintiff's Second Amended Complaint W/O Leave to Amend and Dismissing Action in its Entirety -- entered by Honorable Elizabeth A. White, Judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court on July 12, 2013....more

Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

Tentative Ruling Dismissing Case in its Entirety (LASC Judge White)

Tentative Ruling Dismissing Case in its Entirety (LASC Judge White); issued as final court ruling and findings in law and motion hearings held on June 7, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. before Hon. Elizabeth White, Judge of the Los...more

Novel Approach To Opposing Class Certification Rejected

Originally published in Competition Law360 on March 7, 2013. Current and former student-athletes are one step closer to forcing the National Collegiate Athletic Association and its member institutions to share their...more

End of the Dark Ages? Lawsuits Put Sports TV Blackout Rules to the Test

Could the New York Yankees sell the broadcasting rights to their games to cable companies and subscribers in Mississippi? Could a Los Angeles Kings fan living on the East Coast pay to watch a crucial, late-season game live...more

Cardroom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

LASC COURT RULING: In Favor of Demurring Defendant Ferguson et. al. moving defendants.

Defendant Chris Ferguson's Demurrer to all 3 of Plaintiff Cardroom's purported causes of action sustained by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth White: --- Ferguson had argued in his demurrer that Plaintiff’s...more

Cardoom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

NOTICE OF DEMURRER AND DEMURRER OF DEFENDANT CHRIS FERGUSON, TO PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT

Plaintiff’s lawsuit is nothing more than a frivolous and baseless attempt to capitalize on an indictment and civil forfeiture action that is wholly unrelated to the claims alleged. Plaintiff, Cardroom International LLC...more

Cardoom International LLC v. Mark Scheinberg, et. al. (Ferguson, Chris)

NOTICE OF DEMURRER AND DEMURRER OF DEFENDANT CHRIS FERGUSON, TO PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT

Plaintiff’s lawsuit is nothing more than a base attempt to capitalize on an indictment and civil forfeiture action that is wholly unrelated to the claims alleged. Plaintiff, Cardroom International LLC (“Plaintiff”), claims...more

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