October 20, 2006
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An Illinois federal judge on Friday handed a win to Major League Soccer and the United States Soccer Federation in an antitrust suit brought by former soccer promoter ChampionsWorld LLC, who had claimed that collusion between the USSF and MLS drove it out of business.
Major League Soccer and U.S. Soccer Federation Inc. on Wednesday hit back at moves by former soccer promoter ChampionsWorld LLC to advance its antitrust claims and stop enforcement of an international arbitration award.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer LLC sought to dismiss ex-promoter ChampionsWorld LLC’s racketeering and state law claims in its Illinois antitrust suit, disputing claims that USSF did not have the authority over matches it imposed fees on, according to documents made public Tuesday.
An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday quashed ChampionsWorld LLC's subpoena of the U.S. Soccer Federation's former outside counsel, ruling that the request came too late from the close of discovery in an antitrust suit with Major League Soccer LLC.
The U.S. Soccer Federation and Major League Soccer LLC, locked in an antitrust suit with defunct ChampionsWorld LLC, said Monday that it is too late for ChampionsWorld to subpoena USSF's former outside U.S. legal counsel.
A bankrupt soccer promoter has filed an antitrust lawsuit against United States Soccer Federation Inc., alleging it has perpetuated the idea that it is in charge of professional soccer in the U.S. to restrain competition against the soccer league it favors, U.S. Major League Soccer.