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Law360: $200M MLB Antitrust Deal Cutting Cost of Web Streams OK’d

Apr 25, 2016

Law360’s Pete Brush reports on the $200M MLB Antitrust Deal Cutting Cost of Web Streams OK’d. Manhattan U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin gave final approval Monday for an antitrust class action deal worth $200 million that drops the price Major League Baseball junkies pay to watch online, awarding $16.5 million to plaintiffs’ counsel and turning aside an objector who said the settlement gives no relief for those who have stopped watching.

The article notes that Judge Scheindlin, whose last day on the bench is Friday, said the settlement lowers the price fans pay to watch baseball online and noted that she had rejected a damages class that could have given relief those who no longer pay for MLB’s online subscription service — meaning that only subscribers seeking injunctive relief were still in the case.

The settlement was reached in January as the sides were set to go to trial.

The plaintiffs are represented by Langer Grogan & Diver PC, Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll PLLC, Kohn Swift & Graf PC, Pomerantz LLP and Boni & Zack LLC.

The MLB and some of its clubs are represented by Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz, Proskauer Rose LLP and Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.