Judge Boots Ex-NFL Players' Antitrust Suit Over Game Footage

Law360, New York (June 13, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT) -- A Minnesota federal court on Wednesday sacked a putative class action accusing the National Football League of monopolizing the market for former players' likenesses, holding that antitrust law didn't encroach on the NFL's right to market collectively owned intellectual property.

Former Minnesota Vikings and Denver Broncos wide receiver Gene Washington and two other named plaintiffs failed to plausibly allege any antitrust violations, U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson said in a memorandum and order granting the NFL's motion to dismiss their suit, which targeted the league and...
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