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Philadelphia World Hockey Club v. Philadelphia Hockey Club

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
351 F.Supp. 462 (1972)


Facts

The World Hockey Association (plaintiff), including member team the Philadelphia World Hockey Club (WHL) (plaintiff), was struggling financially to survive. In order to attract talented hockey players, it often had to lure them away from their current National Hockey League (NHL) (defendant) team, like NHL team the Philadelphia Hockey Club (defendant). The WHL brought an antitrust suit against the NHL to secure a federal injunction barring the NHL and its teams from seeking state court injunctions which prevented more than 60 NHL players from moving to the WHL in violation of the standard NHL player contract. The district court granted the WHL’s request for an injunction and the NHL appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Higginbotham, J.)

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