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PostSubject: Le, Fitch and Quarry named plaintiffs in class action suit vs UFC   Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:14 pm

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Jon Fitch, Cung Le and Nate Quarry are the first three names on the class-action lawsuit to be filed against the UFC. --Those are three fighters who have main evented in the UFC--two of whom fought in championship bouts during their careers but it should not be confused that these are the only fighters involved with the suit. They are, however, the "identity class plaintiffs" on the complaint. Carlos Newton is in attendance but not on the official document.

The suit alleges that the UFC has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act via an illegal scheme to eliminate competition. The result of these tactics is a marketplace where fighters are only able to earn a fraction of what they would in a competitive marketplace (along with fighters being forced to give up the rights to their name and likeness in perpetuity...etc).

The primary lawfirms involved are Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc (recently in news for successful antitrust case against Apple, Google, Adobe other tech giants) - Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC (involved in $1billion+ victory against Dow Chemical and $500mil victory against Countrywide Financial Corporation) - Berger & Montague, P.C. It will also be taking place in the Bay Area in California. That's the home to Le and also a notoriously plaintiff friendly state in antitrust cases.

The suit singles out statements by UFC officials wherein they compare the promotion to the NFL as "the only game in town," but then draws important distinctions between the NFL and UFC in that multiple teams are bidding for the services of the athletes.

Also singled out are UFC practices such as not allowing sponsors in the cage if they'd sponsored rival fighters or events. Continuing the idea that the UFC has taken action to squash potentially competitive rivals, leading to a non-competitive marketplace which prevents fighters from being able to earn their worth as high level mixed martial artists.

What do you guys think?
Personally I think this would hold more water if more fighters "currently" fighting under the Zuffa banner were front runners. Get a big name or two in the Top 10 of any weight class and they may have something... but these guys, no way. Le just looks like an angry ex-wife at this point.


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PostSubject: Re: Le, Fitch and Quarry named plaintiffs in class action suit vs UFC   Tue Dec 16, 2014 6:37 pm

I admittedly am not very educated in the intricasies of the legal system, but I'm just not seeing what the case against the UFC is here.
They don't have a monopoly; there's other orgs. They may be the biggest game in town, but if they weren't, somebody else would be.
And as far as the UFC refusing sponsors who are in bed with rival promotions somehow being proof that they are attempting to "squash potentially competitive rivals", I'm not sure I see the correlation there. The other orgs are the rivals, not the sponsors, so how is refusing a sponsor in the UFC hurting the UFC's competition?

Regardless, I think the UFC will get their asses handed to them in this suit. Afterall, it's not how solid your case is, it's how good your lawyers are, and these guys are bonafide heavyweights!!
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