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High Court: NFL Licensing Conduct Constitutes Concerted Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 24 unanimously held that conduct by the National Football League, its 32 teams and the clubs’ wholly owned licensing company in granting an exclusive license to Reebok International Ltd. to use the NFL’s and teams’...

U.S. Sues Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department alleged Monday in a lawsuit that Michigan Blue Cross Blue Shield is discouraging competition by engaging in practices that raise hospital prices, conduct an assistant attorney general vowed to challenge anywhere else it is found in the United States. The...

High Court's Certiorari Denial Allows Digital Music Antitrust Class To Proceed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 10 declined to grant a petition for certiorari filed by the nation's four top record labels, which sought review of a ruling by the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that allowed a group of consumers to pursue antitrust class claims...

Supreme Court Won't Hear Tobacco Settlement Challenge

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A challenge to the $200 billion tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA) reached the end of the road March 7 when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case, which claims that the settlement violates the Sherman Act and the compact clause of the U.S. Constitution...

Football Players Head To Court As NFL Labor Talks Break Off

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) Unable to decide how to divvy up $9 billion a year, NFL owners and players put the country's most popular sport in limbo Friday by breaking off labor negotiations hours before their contract expired. The union decertified, and 10 players, including MVP quarterbacks Tom Brady...

Class Action Waiver, Arbitration Agreements, And The American Express Litigation

By Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP Excerpt: On February 1, 2012, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals decided In re American Express Merchants' Litigation , No. 06-1871-cv, (2d Cir. Feb. 1, 2012) (" AMEX III ") [ an enhanced version of this opinion is available to lexis.com...

High Court Hears Arguments On Validity Of Arbitration Clause In Antitrust Action

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) American Express Co. (AmEx) told the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 27 in oral arguments that the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in ruling that a mandatory class action waiver clause in AmEx's standardized service contract violated the Federal Arbitration...

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Class Certification In Antitrust Case Improper

By Joan Grossman WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on March 27 ruled 5-4 that a district court may not certify a class action under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) without resolving whether the class has introduced admissible evidence, including expert testimony, to...