MLB Says Minor Leaguers' Antitrust Suit Flouts High Court

By Jeff Zalesin (July 22, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT) -- Major League Baseball and its teams told a California federal court Tuesday that minor leaguers are pushing a "lawless" disregard for U.S. Supreme Court precedent, to protect their putative antitrust class action accusing the league of suppressing their pay through restrictive contract provisions.

In a reply brief urging U.S. District Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. to toss the case, the MLB said that the players' opposition to dismissal mostly attacks the merits of Supreme Court decisions — stretching back to 1922 — that found the business of baseball exempt from antitrust law. But that strategy is doomed because a trial judge...

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