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9th Circ. Upholds Baseball Antitrust Exemption In Wage Suit

Law360, New York (June 26, 2017, 11:44 AM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday rejected a lawsuit by minor league baseball players alleging Major League Baseball colluded to fix minor leaguers’ wages, again upholding a nearly 100-year-old judicially created exemption for the business of baseball from antitrust scrutiny and handing the league a major win.

The minor leaguers had argued that courts have misapplied the so-called baseball exemption for 95 years by allowing MLB teams to suppress players’ wages. They said the massive change to the baseball industry since a 1922 U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes the exemption unjust, and ultimately the Ninth Circuit isn’t required to follow “wrong law."...

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Appellate - 9th Circuit

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3410 Antitrust

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September 29, 2015

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