Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Six current student-athletes join NCAA student-athlete likeness antitrust litigation.

In the NCAA student-athlete likeness antitrust litigation, the judge said last month that she would not rule on the former student-athletes' motion for class certification until at least one current student-athlete joins the lawsuit. In the past week, six current student-athletes have joined. The current student-athletes represent four of the five "major" conferences: the ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. The Big 12 is the lone major conference without a current player in the lawsuit.

Having current student-athletes join the lawsuit is not a sufficient condition for class certification, but the judge considered it necessary before she would rule on whether the case can proceed with two classes in the class action: former and current student-athletes.

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