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Hausfeld Announces Landmark Decision Finding NCAA Violated Antitrust Law and Must Change Rules

Related Lawyers: Michael D. Hausfeld, Swathi Bojedla, Bruce J. Wecker, Hilary K. Scherrer, Michael P. Lehmann, Sathya S. Gosselin
Related Practice Areas: Antitrust / Competition, Sports and Entertainment

Washington, DC - In a historic decision, United States District Court Judge Claudia Wilken ruled in favor of the plaintiffs in O'Bannon v. NCAA, and entered a permanent injunction prohibiting the NCAA from enforcing any rules or bylaws that would prohibit its members from offering FBS football or Division I basketball recruits a limited share of the revenue received from using their names, images and likenesses in addition to a full grant-in-aid. The injunction takes effect with the next football/basketball recruiting cycle. 

In her 99-page opinion, Judge Wilken found the NCAA's bylaws unreasonably restrain trade in the college education market and that the NCAA's alleged procompetitive justifications either were not supported by the evidence or could be achieved through less restrictive alternatives.

Michael Hausfeld, Chairman of Hausfeld, and lead counsel for plaintiffs, stated: “This is a long awaited decision to unmask a myth imposed upon young college athletes. The decision was a well-reasoned rebuke to the NCAA’s exploitation. No longer can the NCAA hide behind the fiction of amateurism to deny the benefits well deserved by the young players who are the heart and soul of the enterprise.  Hopefully the decision will mark the beginning of a transformation of the relationship of the athletes to the academic community.”   

Hausfeld's outstanding team of attorneys working on the case are: Michael Hausfeld, Michael Lehmann, Hilary Scherrer, Sathya Gosselin, Bruce Wecker, and Swathi Bojedla.

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