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Antitrust Class Actions Against Employers: A Silicon Valley Special?

One substitute for non-competes with employees is a no-hire agreement with competing employers. As the continuing litigation toll in the Silicon Valley illustrates, that option is illusory...more

City of San Jose "Strikes Out" in Case Against MLB

Baseball holds a special place in America’s heart, but it also holds a special place in our judicial system when it comes to federal antitrust law. Unlike other professional sports, such as football, hockey, and basketball,...more

Hitting Below the Belt? MMA Fighters Allege That UFC Has Monopolized the Mixed Martial Arts Game

Throughout their history, professional sports leagues, including the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and the National Hockey League, have generated high-profile antitrust litigation. The nascent...more

FRANCE: Broadcasting rights relating Top 14 rugby games are premium rights that must be allocated to Pay TV channels according to...

On January 14, 2014, the Ligue Nationale de Rugby (the French Rugby League or “LNR”) and French premium cable television channel Canal+ entered into an agreement whereby the latter was granted exclusive rights to broadcast...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

O’Bannon Decision Could Open the Door to Significant Changes in Collegiate Athletics

Since Judge Claudia Wilken’s recent ruling in O’Bannon et al. v. NCAA et al., Case No. 4:09-cv-03329 (N.D.Ca.), in which the judge called the NCAA a “cartel” that restrains the college athletics market, many commentators have...more

Australia: Money for nothing and bets for free – ACCC files legal proceedings against Bet365

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has filed proceedings in the Federal Court alleging that the advertising campaign conducted by companies within the Bet365 Group (Bet365) which offered ‘free bets’ and...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

Federal Judge Enjoins NCAA Player Likeness Rules as Illegal Price Fixing

On August 8, 2014, a California federal judge ruled that college athletes can share in the billions of dollars generated from media contracts, finding that restraints imposed by the National Collegiate Athletic Association...more

Court Rules Against NCAA in O’Bannon Case

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued its highly anticipated decision in the Ed O’Bannon case on August 8, 2014. The Court ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, a class consisting of...more

The GPMemorandum, Issue 183

In This Issue: - Fourth Circuit Upholds Summary Judgment For Manufacturer In Exclusive Dealing Case: Despite being one of two manufacturers that control 99% of the market, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. has...more

Court Rules NCAA Violated Antitrust Laws: But Did The NCAA Win By Losing?

A federal court has ruled that the NCAA cannot ban schools from giving athletes money based on their name, image and likeness, and cannot impose a salary cap below $5,000. See O'Bannon v. NCAA (N.D. Calif Aug. 8, 2014). The...more

NCAA Cannot Bar Compensation of Student-Athletes for Use of Their Names and Likenesses, Federal Court Says

A recent California federal court decision has further lifted the thumb on the scales that has historically benefited collegiate athletics in weighing whether their association rules violate the federal antitrust laws. ...more

The Majors, The Minors and Antitrust Training

In my last antitrust training blog, I admitted I didn’t know much about it and that I frankly thought of the topic as much less popular than others in most ethics and compliance training libraries. After writing about it,...more

International Safe Harbor Privacy Compliance: What You Need to Know

Since early 2014, the Federal Trade Commission has charged at least fourteen U.S. businesses in varying industries, from fashion to telecommunications, for falsely claiming to participate in the US – EU Safe Harbor privacy....more

Basketball, Surreptitious Recordings, and Antitrust

Donald Sterling — yes, that Donald Sterling — filed an antitrust lawsuit a few days ago against the National Basketball Association... ...It’s not clear if the complaint has now been mooted — Mr. Sterling apparently...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

Bracketology 101 – A Look Ahead at Legal Issues that May Change the Face of the Final Four

This year’s NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament may be the last of its kind. This post explores some of the brewing legal issues that may force big changes to future “Final Fours,” and in turn, the legal rights and...more

Ownership Of Competitive Franchise Systems: Risks And Rewards

Franchise systems have been, and continue to be, sought-after investment and acquisition targets. As a result of this, the demand for ownership of franchise systems often exceeds supply. In fact, there has been almost a...more

EU Commission to investigate cross-border pay-TV movie services – a new Murphy’s law?

Executive summary - The European Commission has commenced antitrust proceedings against several prominent European pay-TV service providers and major U.S. film studios including Sony Pictures Entertainment,...more

EU: Commission commences antitrust proceedings into film distribution

The European Commission (the “Commission”) has initiated formal antitrust proceedings to assess various licensing agreements between European Pay-TV broadcasters and major US Film studios for broadcasting by satellite or...more

ACCC raises concern over conduct in the mobile app industry

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has this week expressed the need for industry guidance to ensure greater consumer protection by the “app” games industry....more

EU : Commission launches infringement proceedings against 6 Member States; re-ignites proceedings against Sweden

Today, the European Commission has called on a number of Member States to ensure compliance of their national regulatory frameworks for gambling services with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU....more

Major League Baseball’s Antitrust “Exemption” Is Immune From Judicial Overrule

The City of San Jose, California, entered into an option contract to lease land to the Oakland A’s, a Major League Baseball (“MLB”) club, for the construction of a new stadium. The land was within the exclusive territory of...more

Class Certification Partially Granted in O’Bannon NCAA Case: Current and Future Student Athletes Allowed in Class, Former Student...

This has been an eventful few weeks for the O’Bannon v. Electronic Arts, Inc., et al., No. 4:09-cv-01967 (N.D. Cal.) case in the Northern District of California; an over four-year-old showdown between the NCAA and current and...more

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