NCAA Player Antitrust Class Action Set For June Trial

Law360, Los Angeles (April 11, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Friday declined to dismiss student athletes’ class action claims that the National Collegiate Athletic Association violated antitrust laws by not paying players for the use of their names and likenesses, ruling that free speech rights did not bar the claims.

In a 48-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken rejected the NCAA's argument that its First Amendment rights preempted the players' demands for a portion of the revenue generated by its licensing of televised sporting events.

Judge Wilken questioned how the...
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