A January 22, 2012, The AM Law Daily article, “The Score: NCAA, Under Fire, Sees Lawyers Switch Firms”, by Brian Baxter highlights recent lawsuits against the NCAA, as well as the shuffle in the association’s legal representation for some of the cases. Baxter’s piece noted the NCAA and its member institutions had to address numerous legal challenges recently, including “sex abuse scandals at two high-profile schools to boosters-turned-Ponzi-schemers to a federal investigation into a major bowl game”. Baxter summarized the status of a few lawsuits against the NCAA, including a “class action suit filed in 2009 by former UCLA basketball star Ed O’Bannon”, which contends the NCAA “violated antitrust laws by allowing media and video game companies to use player likenesses without compensating former players”. Baxter explained the O’Bannon lawsuit “survived summary judgment motions in early 2010 and was then consolidated with a similar case filed by former college football quarterback Sam Keller against the NCAA and video game publisher Electronic Arts”. Baxter’s article also tracks the relocation of several lawyers and law firms that represent the NCAA. Baxter’s piece is an interesting read for legal junkies.
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