Tag Archives: Antitrust

US Soccer Execs Ask Courts to Show NASL’s Suit a Red Card

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This past week, Law360 reported that U.S. Soccer Federation (USSF) executives filed a motion to dismiss in the North American Soccer League’s (NASL) suit in New York state courts. NASL filed suit in February alleging a breach of fiduciary duty and a purposeful scheme by USSF executives to undermine NASL while promoting the other major […]

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U.S. v AT&T/Time Warner: The Antitrust Trial of the Century

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On Monday, March 19th, the U.S. Department of Justice faced off against Time Warner and AT&T in what is called the Antitrust Trial of the century. With the rise of direct-to-streaming companies such as Netflix and Amazon, Hollywood has seen aggressive content consolidation, such as Disney’s proposed purchase of 21st Century Fox. The Hollywood Reporter has reported that the outcome […]

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“Art Bastard” Sues New York Art Museums

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Last Tuesday, Robert Cendella, a painter known as “Art Bastard,” has brought a class action lawsuit against contemporary art museums in New York. He alleges in the complaint that these museums have illegally conspired with five major galleries in New York to raise the prices of the works by artists represented by those galleries. Cendella claims that a handful of […]

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Redbox Accuses Disney of Copyright Protection Abuse

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As Disney is gearing up to establish its own streaming service, it has started cracking down on unauthorized digital downloads of its works. In November 2017, Disney sued the video rental company Redbox for breaching the terms and conditions of their licensing agreement as well as violating Disney’s copyrights in their motion pictures. In the complaint, Disney […]

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Jerry: Jonesing for a Fight

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Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has made no secret to fellow owners, players, fans, and the general public that he is displeased with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. About two weeks ago, Jones threatened to sue the league if Goodell’s contract is extended. In response, fellow owners sent a letter to Jones, scolding him […]

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DoJ Throws Wrench in AT&T – Time Warner Merger

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Until last week, it was expected that AT&T’s pending $85.4 billion mega acquisition of Time Warner would close by the end of the year. After almost a year of review, however, the Justice Department has cast doubt on the deal. Late last week, in meetings with AT&T, the Justice Department pressured AT&T to sell Time […]

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Blocking Goodell’s Go-Ahead Contract Extension

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According to Sports Illustrated, Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, has threatened to sue the National Football League (“NFL”) and other NFL franchise owners. Specifically, he has threatened to sue the owners of the Atlanta Falcons, Kansas City Chiefs, New England Patriots, Houston Texans, New York Giants, and Pittsburgh Steelers, all members of the […]

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NASL and USSF Take the Pitch

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On Tuesday October 31, North American Soccer League asked U.S. District Judge Margo K. Brodie to issue a preliminary injunction blocking a denial of its Division II application by the U.S. Soccer Federation. The hearing arose out of NASL’s September antitrust suit against USSF and its alleged co-conspirators Major League Soccer, Soccer United Marketing, and […]

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1st & Goal for the College Athletes’ Rights

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Annapolis, Md. (Sept. 23, 2006) - Navy slot back Shun White, #26 scores Navy's first touchdown on a 26-yard run in the second quarter. Navy lost 24-23 against the University of TulsaÕs Golden Hurricanes in the first overtime game in Academy history. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Seaman Christopher Lussier (RELEASED)

When the United States Supreme Court denies certiorari (cert.) to a case ruling that a large nonprofit organization is subject to federal antitrust laws, most in the sports world don’t pay close attention. On October 3rd, 2016, however, the U.S. Supreme Court grabbed the attention of the sports world by denying cert. in O’bannon v. […]

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Ticketmaster and Facebook Join Forces – Collusive or Collaborative?

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Ticketmaster and Facebook have announced a new joint venture between these two industry-leading companies, where fans will be able to buy tickets from Ticketmaster directly through Facebook’s user interface. According to the announcement, the service will be rolled out as soon as the end of April 2016. Due to a “growing number of mobile-addicted fans,” […]

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