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Milwaukee American Association v. Landis
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
49 F.2d 298 (1931)
The Milwaukee American Association (Milwaukee) (plaintiff), a minor league baseball club, wanted to accept the transfer of a St. Louis Browns player and submitted an optional contract to baseball Commissioner Landis (defendant) for approval. After learning that St. Louis and Milwaukee were secretly owned by the same person, Landis found that each team had violated the spirit and intent of the Major-Minor League Agreement because of the common ownership of both clubs. Landis absolved Bennett from any obligation to either club and declared him to be a free agent. Milwaukee brought suit against Landis claiming that Landis did not have the power to declare Bennett a free agent.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Lindley, J.)
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