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American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League, et al., 2010 U.S. LEXIS 4166 (May 24, 2010)

LexisNexis Overview: Agreements among a football league, its teams, and a licensor formed by the teams to license their intellectual property constituted concerted action that was subject to antitrust scrutiny under 15 U.S.C.S. § 1. The teams' decisions to collectively license their separately...

Greenberg Traurig Alert: Supreme Court Unanimously Finds NFL’s Joint Licensing Activities are Subject to Antitrust Rule of Reason

In the valedictory antitrust opinion of Justice John Paul Stevens, joined by all eight other justices, the Supreme Court held on May 24, 2010, in American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League , et al., that collective licensing activities of member teams of the National Football League (NFL) constitute...

The Supreme Court's American Needle Decision Refocuses The Inquiry On What Constitutes Concerted Activity

by Maureen McGuirl In American Needle, Inc. v. NFL , 2010 U.S. LEXIS 4166 (U.S. May 24, 2010) , the Supreme Court unanimously held that the National Football League's (NFL) teams and National Football League Properties (NFLP) could not be considered a single entity incapable of engaging in concerted...

American Needle: What's The Big Deal?

In American Needle, Inc. v. NFL , 2010 U.S. LEXIS 4166 (U.S. May 24, 2010) , the Court addressed the type of conduct falling within a "contract, combination. . . or conspiracy" in restraint of trade under Section 1 of the Sherman Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1 . Because the pendulum has swung too...