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Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

Posted on: November 21, 2011 5:44 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2011 8:59 pm
Posted by Ben Gollivernba-lockout

Last week, National Basketball Players Association executive director Billy Hunter announced that his union was disbanding so that the NBA players could file antitrust lawsuits against the NBA. The immediate question that was raised: was this a legit strategy or a legal longshot?

One week later, USA Today reported that one of the lawsuits filed by the players, set to be heard in Northern California, has been abandoned. 
NBA players involved in lawsuit vs. NBA in California's Northern District file notice of voluntary dismissal of complaint without prejudice.
Later Monday, Ken Berger of reported that the voluntary dismissal was a precursor to the players' decision to consolidate their two antitrust lawsuits into one. Players' attorney David Boies made that announcement official during a Monday evening press conference in New York.

"David Boies says players filing consolidated complaint, combining the cases in California and Minnesota," Berger reported. "The consolidated complaint including all plaintiffs from both cases was filed today in Minnesota."

Players originally named as plaintiffs in the California case included New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, Knicks guard Chauncey Billups, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, San Antonio Spurs rookie forward Kawhi Leonard and free agent forward Leon Powe. Players named as plaintiffs in the original Minnesota case included free agent forward Caron Butler, Detroit Pistons guard Ben Gordon, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Tolliver and Minnesota Timberwolves rookie forward Derrick Williams.

"This is now a consolidated class action on behalf of all the players," Boies said, according to Berger. "If we had not done this, the courts would have done it."

"This should permit us to expedite the case," Boies said of the consolidated complaint, noting that additional plantiffs will be added to the case. Those players include Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Baron Davis, Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, free agent point guard Sebastian Telfair and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Randolph

NBA general counsel Rick Buchanan issued the following statement in response to the consolidation.

"We assume that Mr. Boies was not happy with either the reassignment of the case from Oakland to San Francisco or that the new judge scheduled the first conference for March of 2012," the statement read. "This is consistent with Mr. Boies’ inappropriate shopping for a forum that he can only hope will be friendlier to his baseless legal claims.”

Boies, in turn, called the NBA's statement "ridiculous," Berger reported, before adding that no settlement talks have taken place yet.

"It takes two people to negotiate," Boies said. The NBA has until December 5 to formally respond in court to the players' consolidated legal complaint.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 10:19 pm

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

This NBA lockout thing is getting too old for me.  I see nothing but childish games.  From what I see, the NBA owners claim that they want to return to talk on one condition which is have the players withdraw their lawsuits against them.  The owners didn't mention anything about their lawsuit, as though they don't want to dismiss it.  Is that the best they can do, really?  How exactly is that going to help the given circumstance?  The owners wouldn't go over the 50-50, and neither will the players go below the 52.  It's over!  There's nothing to gain from another talk.  It's time to take this matter to court and resolve it.  I'm sure both owners and players will come out unhappy when it's all said and done.

Since: Sep 17, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 5:34 pm

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

No one that I have talked to has shown the slightest interest in the NBA, season or no season. Players, coaches, owners, Billy Hunter, and David Stern should be deeply concerned about this. I personally have more interest in watching old NBA games in the 1960s and 70s, before the three point line. Teams played with a greater sense of purpose than they do today and it was a higher powered game. I document this in my new book, "How Sweet It Was: And How the NBA Can Return to Greatness." The NBA needs to reestablish itself as a preeminent basketball league, or it will continue to lose its fan base.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 4:45 pm

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

NFLRealist, you can see contracts in MLB going routinely over 30 million a year?  Besides Pujols, who on earth is going to get that kind of contract?  Matt Kemp, one of the best young players in the league, only got 20 million a year.  I douobt Pujols will get 30 million.  And besides, who cares?  These contracts haven't ruined baseball.  They haven't bankrupted teams. 

Since: Dec 29, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2011 3:29 pm

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

Do any of you people care about the NBA having a season? I for one dont care anymore, their greed is just to much for me to stomach. I hope they all have to go out and get a real job like me!

Since: Nov 22, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 12:01 pm

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

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Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2011 11:32 am

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

    If you cancel a suit, due to the possible judge, you should not be able to file another suit for several months.....Again MLB owners showed their stupidity by not going after a hard cap, when Alex Rodriquez is making $30 a year....In the next 5 years, contracts will go above that, and thats becaue the owners were given enough money to go along with it...


Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2011 8:49 am

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

NBA now stands for the No Basketball Association.  Don't care, and probably never will again...pity.

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: November 22, 2011 7:38 am

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

Know what makes me sad? The continued misspellings and improper use of grammar on a majority of comments! I am in the NBA section, so it makes cents!!! 

Since: May 2, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:29 am

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

Either way the fans do not win unless there is a season
Naa. Most of us don't care that the NBA is out of action. In fact, for those that pay to watch the games, they aren't losing. They're saving big bucks!!

Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: November 22, 2011 1:19 am

Boies: NBA players consolidate antitrust lawsuits

The court case has already been won by the owners,the players (and their money hungry agents) are just to stupid and greedy to realise this.Think for one moment what precedent would be set(in every workplace in the u.s) if the players won this case.the courts would have to be on crack to find in favour of the players.

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