6th Circ. Shreds Ex-College Players' Likeness Suit

Law360, New York (August 17, 2016, 6:25 PM EDT) -- The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday tossed a suit by a proposed class of former college athletes claiming they should be paid for broadcasts of the games they played in, slamming their legal theory as so deficient that to state it “is nearly to refute it.”

Deferring largely to a Tennessee district court’s June 2015 decision that roundly rejected their claims, a three-judge panel said that the same statute the ex-Division I football and basketball players point to for their argument that Tennessee law gives them a “right of publicity” for their names and images directly refutes their theory.

“That argument is...

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