American Needle V. NFL: Short Of The End Zone

Law360, New York (June 2, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT) -- The United States Supreme Court recently issued its decision in American Needle Inc. v. National Football League et al.[1] The dispute involved a single question: whether the National Football League ("NFL") and its 32 separately owned and operated teams act as a single entity when licensing team trademarks and logos. The court's decision unanimously answers that question "no," but it leaves unanswered the larger question of what conduct, arising in the context of a lawful joint venture, violates Section 1 of the Sherman Act.

The dispute...
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