The American Antitrust Institute (AAI) announced today that Langer Grogan & Diver partners Edward Diver, Howard Langer and Peter Leckman have been honored for Outstanding Antitrust Litigation Achievement in Private Law Practice for their work on two major sports broadcasting cases: Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball and Laumann v. National Hockey League.
Garber v. Office of the Commissioner of Baseball
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.
Law360’s Jeff Zelesin reports that MLB Fans Get Initial OK for TV Antitrust Settlement. Major League Baseball fans who were taking the league to trial over its business model for out-of-market game broadcasts won a New York federal judge’s initial approval Friday to settle the antitrust class action in exchange for some new viewing options and discounts.
Reporting from the Major League Baseball Owners Meetings in Coral Gables, Florida, SportsBusiness Journal reporter Eric Fisher writes that MLB hails compromise on broadcast territories.
“Major League Baseball fans will soon have more options for watching their favorite team. And non-sports fans yearning for a cordless future will have reason to cheer as well,” writes Kavitha Davidson in today’s Bloomberg View.
Sports media columnist Chad Finn writes the MLB settlement a big win for out-of-town fans in today’s Boston Globe.
On the top of page one of the business section in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, staff writer Bob Fernandez reports on MLB agrees to concessions settling TV broadcasts antitrust suit. He has covered this story in Philadelphia since 2013.
On the day trial was set to begin in a class action challenging Major League Baseball’s broadcast practices, the parties submitted a proposed settlement agreement to Judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Hours before a class-action lawsuit was set to begin between Major League Baseball and its fans, a settlement was reached Tuesday that will increase viewing options and reduce prices, reports Jacob Emert in today’s The Washington Post.
Law 360’s Benjamin Horney reports in MLB Ripped For Shot At ‘Antitrust Titan’ In Blackout Suit that Pay-TV subscribers suing their providers and the MLB over blackout rules have urged a New York federal Judge to reject an attempt to block testimony from an expert witness hailed by other courts as an “antitrust titan,” claiming he serves to quantify the impact of the allegedly improper conduct.