Antitrust Column & Publications

The NFL Must Defend Its Licensing as Joint Action

Date: 07/15/10

Source: The New York Law Journal. Reprinted with permission.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the NFL's licensing activities constituted concerted action that is not categorically beyond the coverage of §1 of the Sherman Act, but must instead be judged under the rule of reason. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) closed its investigation into Google's acquisition of a leading rival mobile advertising network because of significant new entry into the market
by Apple.

Other recent antitrust developments of note included a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit dismissing dental laboratories' claims that a leading artificial tooth supplier, which had been previously found liable for monopolization, conspired with its dealers in violation of antitrust laws.

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