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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...

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’...

Legal News Video Update - June 1, 2010

Among the stories on this video edition of LexisNexis Legal News, the U.S. Supreme Court finds the NFL acted in concerted action in granting a company an exclusive license to use team trademarks on apparel, and, rules that ERISA provides a court discretion to award fees and costs to either party in a...

Supreme Court Applies “Functional Analysis” to Determine Joint Venture Is Not a “Single Entity” Immune from Antitrust Liability

by James R. McGibbon, Carla Wong McMillian, Jeffrey P. Bialos, Steuart H. Thomsen In American Needle, Inc. v. National Football League , 560 U.S. __ (2010), the Supreme Court unanimously held that teams in the National Football League and a corporate entity that they formed to manage their intellectual...

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...