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Topps Chewing Gum v. Major League Baseball Players Association

United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
641 F.Supp 1179 (1986)


Facts

Topps Chewing Gum (Topps) (plaintiff) held the exclusive right from individual major league baseball players to use their names and likenesses on its baseball cards that were sold alone or in combination with chewing gum or candy. Thereafter, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) (defendant) obtained players’ agreement to authorize only the MLBPA to market their publicity rights on a group basis and not to renew any individual licenses, including Topps. Topps filed suit against the MLBPA alleging its actions violated §§ 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act. Both parties filed separate motions for summary judgment.

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