Scott Martin, a partner in Hausfeld’s New York office, filed an early complaint in this matter, on July 13, 2015, against various NFL and DirecTV entities, on behalf of a proposed class of commercial purchasers of the NFL’s Sunday Ticket package, a subscription service through which DirecTV broadcasts out-of-market NFL games to its subscribers. The complaint alleged that Defendants have violated federal antitrust laws through entering into anticompetitive agreements regarding the rights to broadcast live NFL games and granting DirecTV the exclusive right to broadcast live out-of-market NFL games.
In examining the various leadership applications, the court considered:
- the work counsel has done in identifying or investigating potential claims in the action;
- counsel’s experience in handling class actions, other complex litigation, and the types of claims asserted in the action;
- counsel’s knowledge of the applicable law; and
- the resources that counsel will commit to representing the class
The court noted that Hausfeld filed the first commercial action in the matter (Ninth Inning Inc v. Nat’l Football League, Inc. et al., Case No. CV 15-05261-BRO (JEMx)), following a year-long investigation and development of the original theory of the case. The court also noted that Hausfeld attorneys had served in leadership roles in more than thirty class actions over the last eight years, and have “substantial first-chair trial experience,” and that Hausfeld’s Chairman, Michael Hausfeld, would be “personally engaged” in this matter.
In commenting on the appointment, Scott Martin, stated, “Our firm is gratified by the Court’s confidence in our abilities, and we look forward to working alongside other talented counsel in vigorously pursuing subscribers’ claims.”
Scott Martin of Hausfeld will serve as interim co-lead counsel along with Marc Seltzer of Susman Godfrey LLP, Hollis Salzman of Robins Kaplan LLP, and Howard Langer of Langer, Grogan & Diver L.L.P.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
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