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Antitrust Class Action Suit Filed by BSF on Behalf of NBA Players

November 15, 2011

The players union of the National Basketball Association formally disbanded on Monday, November 14, following a breakdown in labor negotiations with the N.B.A. The players hired Boies, Schiller & Flexner for counsel on next steps; the following day, an antitrust suit was filed against the N.B.A. and its owners.

Firm Chairman David Boies released the following statement on November 14:

We have just been retained. We are assessing what legal options the players have.  It is clear that the collective bargaining process has broken down and has now ended.  The players have made every effort to make the collective bargaining process work.  They made concession after concession, and continued for three months after the owners’ lockout to try to reach a collective bargaining agreement. 

Ultimately, it became clear that the N.B.A. was not willing to negotiate its demands and in the face of the N.B.A.’s ultimatum, the players had no choice but to recognize that the collective bargaining process could not succeed. 

The National Basketball Players Association has never disclaimed, and the players reached today’s decision reluctantly, but unanimously recognizing that the N.B.A. had left them with no effective choice.  In light of the ending of the collective bargaining process and the Players Association disclaiming its union status, it may be that the owners will now end their boycott and negotiate team by team with individual players.  If not, the players will have to assess what their legal remedies may be.

Managing partner Jonathan Schiller and associates Duane Loft and Laura Harris are joining Mr. Boies on the case.

Please follow the below links for related media coverage.

New York Times, November 22, 2011
N.B.A. Players Merge Lawsuits; No Hearing Date Set
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/22/sports/basketball/nba-playe...

Bloomberg, November 22, 2011
New York Knicks’ Anthony, NBA Players Join Minnesota Lawsuit Versus League
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-21/anthony-nba-players-...

USA Today, November 22, 2011
NBA players consolidate lawsuits in Minnesota
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/story/2011-11-2...

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog, November 22, 2011
NBA Players Consolidate Lawsuits in Minnesota
http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2011/11/22/nba-players-consolidate-l...

Minneapolis StarTribune, November 22, 2011
NBA players headed to Minneapolis (U.S. District) court
http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/134307418.html

New York Post, November 22, 2011
NBA union lawyer says league in denial
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/more_sports/it_stern_move_TGhf...

Washington Post, November 21, 2011
Lawyers merge lawsuits on behalf of NBA players
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/lawyers-merge-lawsuits-o...

Newsday, November 21, 2011
Players' two suits consolidated into one
http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/players-two-suits-co...

CBS Sports, November 21, 2011
Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits
http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/33444010

Law360 [subscription], November 21, 2011
NBA Players' Antitrust Actions Consolidated In Minn.
http://www.law360.com/competition/articles/287720/nba-players...

Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2011
NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nba-labor-20111122,0,7224...

Seattle Times, November 21, 2011
NBA players file amended federal lawsuit against league
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2016821136_...

Sports Network, November 21, 2011
NBA players move other lawsuit to Minnesota
http://www.latimes.com/sports/sns-tsn-acn-lockout-nba-p1-2011...

Reuters, November 21, 2011
Players combine lawsuits to speed up process: reports
http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE7AL0CA2011112...

Associated Press, November 21, 2011
NBA players move legal fight to Minnesota
http://www.ajc.com/sports/nba-players-move-legal-1236582.html...

New York Times, November 17, 2011
Legal Teams for Players and N.B.A. Update Suits
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/sports/basketball/nba-and-p...

USA Today, November 17, 2011
Boies a driving force behind players vs. NBA
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/story/2011-11-1...

Forbes, November 17, 2011
The 10 NBA Players Not Afraid Of A Lockout
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2011/11/17/10-nba...

New York Times, November 16, 2011
In Attempt to Force Talks, N.B.A. Players File Antitrust Suit
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/sports/basketball/nba-playe...

Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2011
NBA Players File Antitrust Lawsuit
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204190504577040...

Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2011
Anthony and Billups Plaintiffs in NBA Suit
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577040...

Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2011
Players file antitrust lawsuits against NBA
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-nba-labor-20111116,0,7355...

ESPN, November 16, 2011
Players file 2 antitrust suits vs. NBA
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7239168/nba-cancels-games-d...

Bloomberg, November 16, 2011
NBA Accused of Antitrust Violations as Lockout Standoff Heads for Courts
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-11-16/anthony-of-n-y...

Associated Press, November 16, 2011
NBA players file antitrust lawsuits against league
http://www.wafb.com/story/16051627/nba-players-file-antitrust...

New York Daily News, November 16, 2011
Knicks' Anthony, Billups file lawsuit
http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/players_file_lawsuit_zY...

American Lawyer, November 16, 2011
Boies Not Only Veteran of NFL Labor Litigation to Stand Up for NBA Players
http://amlawdaily.typepad.com/amlawdaily/2011/11/berens-mille...

Law360 [subscription], November 16, 2011
NBA Players Gear Up For Jurisdiction War In Antitrust Case
http://www.law360.com/articles/286389/print?section=employmen...

Marketplace, November 16, 2011
LISTEN: David Boies speaks about the antitrust lawsuit with Kai Ryssdal
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/life/nba-players-file-anti-...

CNN, November 15, 2011
Sorting through the mess that may have ended the NBA season
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/15/sorting-through-the-mess...

New York Times, November 15, 2011
Lawyer for N.F.L. in Lockout Joins Players in N.B.A. Fight
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/sports/basketball/lawyer-fo...

Wall Street Journal, November 15, 2011
NBA Talks Collapse, Head to Court
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577038...

Sports Illustrated, November 15, 2011
Season in serious jeopardy, but not lost yet
http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2011/11/14/season-in-serious-...

Miami Herald, November 15, 2011
NBA players reject latest offer, threatening season
http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/11/15/2502622/nba-players-rej...

Bloomberg, November 15, 2011
NBA Players Miss First $425,000 Paycheck as Stern Says Season in Jeopardy
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/print/2011-11-14/nba-commission...

Boston Herald, November 15, 2011
NBA players disband, sue league
http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/basketball/celtics/view.bg...

Detroit Free Press News Services, November 15, 2011
NBA players' union rejects league offer, plans court fight as 'nuclear winter' looms
http://www.freep.com/article/20111115/SPORTS03/111150416/NBA-...

Houston Chronicle, November 15, 2011
NBA season jeopardized as players reject offer
http://www.chron.com/sports/rockets/article/NBA-season-jeopar...

Washington Post, November 15, 2011
NBA lockout: NBA players reject latest offer, putting season in jeopardy
http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/wizards/nba-lockout-nba-...

Associated Press, November 15, 2011
Players Reject NBA's Offer, Threatening Season
http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory/players-reject-nbas-of...

ESPN, November 15, 2011
VIDEO: For NBA players, check's not in the mail
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7238632/nba-lockout-average...

ESPN, November 15, 2011
NBA players reject owners' offer
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7234180/nba-lockout-players...

Forbes, November 15, 2011
NBA Season on the Brink
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2011/11/15/nba-season...

ESPN, November 15, 2011
Tarnished legacies ... RIP NBA
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/page/RIPNBA-111115/tarnished-l...

Bloomberg, November 15, 2011
VIDEO: NBA Labor Talks, Outlook for Season
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/80354712/

Bloomberg, November 15, 2011
VIDEO: Feldman on NBA Players, Union Dispute
http://www.bloomberg.com/video/80362566/

CNBC with Darren Rovell, November 15, 2011
NBA Players Make $3.3 Billion Bet That Might Pay Off
http://www.cnbc.com/id/45305816

CNBC with Darren Rovell, November 15, 2011
VIDEO: Staggering NBA Salaries
http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000057487#eyJ2aWQiOiIzM...

Law360 [subscription], November 15, 2011
Players Launch Antitrust Action Against NBA, Owners
http://www.law360.com/articles/286167/print?section=topnews

Reuters, November 15, 2011
NBA players sue league
http://www.cnbc.com/id/45314758

New York Times, November 14, 2011
N.B.A. Season in Peril as Players Reject Offer
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/15/sports/basketball/players-r...

Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2011
Players Reject NBA's Offer, Begin to Disband Union
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577038...

Bloomberg, November 14, 2011
NBA Commissioner Says Season in Jeopardy as Players Seek to Disband Union

CNN, November 14, 2011
NBA players reject league offer; begin to disband union
http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/11/14/nba-players-reject-leagu...

ESPN, November 14, 2011
Players' new legal leaders speak
http://espn.go.com/blog/truehoop/post/_/id/33284/players-new-...

CBS Sports, November 14, 2011
NBA players announce they reject revised proposal
http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22748484/33312131

Daily NBA, November 14, 2011
VIDEO: Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher inform the media that the NBPA has filed a disclaimer of interest against the NBA
http://dailynba.org/daily-highlight/14/11/2011/completely-bro...

ESPN, November 14, 2011
VIDEO: NBA players reject owners' offer
http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7234180/nba-lockout-players...

Los Angeles Times, November 14, 2011
NBA players reject owners' latest contract offer
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2011/11/nba-playe...

New York Daily News, November 14, 2011
NBA players taking owners to court, hire high-powered attorney at lockout talks break down
http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/nba-players-owne...

Law360 [subscription], November 14, 2011
NBA Players' Union Dissolves To Prep Antitrust Challenge
http://www.law360.com/topnews/articles/285637/nba-players-uni...

Financial Times, November 14, 2011
Cancellation looms for NBA season
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e119fa50-0eff-11e1-b585-00144f...

Reuters, November 14, 2011
NBA-Players reject offer, season in jeopardy
http://www.latimes.com/sns-rt-nba-dispute-update-2n1e7ad1lc-2...

Related Lawyers: David Boies, Jonathan D. Schiller, Duane L. Loft, Laura Harris

Related Practices: Antitrust, Sports Law