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

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 owned trademarks joined together independent centers of decisionmaking. 

Judge: STEVENS, J., delivered the opinion for a unanimous Court.

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