NFL Seeks To Punt Hat Maker's Antitrust Suit

Law360, New York (April 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT) -- The National Football League on Monday urged an Illinois court to throw out American Needle Inc.'s long-running lawsuit alleging the league's use of exclusive licensing agreements for team apparel violates federal antitrust laws, saying the hat maker's license wasn't renewed because the company's sales were dwarfed by its competitors.

In a motion for summary judgment, the NFL said American Needle has failed to offer any proof that the league's decision not to renew the company's headwear license was caused by the NFL's decision to enter into...
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