Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ed O'Bannon's attorneys win

A federal magistrate judge on Monday night ordered the NCAA to pay nearly $46 million in attorneys' fees and costs to lawyers for the plaintiffs in the Ed O'Bannon class-action antitrust lawsuit against the association.

Nathanael Cousins' decision came nearly a year after U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken ruled that the NCAA's limits on what major college football and men's basketball players can receive for playing sports "unreasonably restrain trade" in violation of antitrust laws. Although the case — which began in the summer of 2009 — did not include a financial damages component, Wilken ruled that the plaintiffs "shall recover their costs from the NCAA."

The NCAA has appealed the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Appeals, and a three-judge panel heard oral arguments in mid-March but has yet to issue an opinion.

The fees-and-costs award could be affected by the appellate panel's decision.

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