Lawsuit filed against professional hockey leagues’ anticompetitive practices that exploit teenage players

Altshuler Berzon LLP, along with five other law firms, filed a landmark antitrust case in New York federal court against the National Hockey League, the Canadian Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, the Québec Maritimes Junior Hockey League, and each of those leagues’ member clubs, challenging the systematic exploitation of teenaged athletes pursuing their dream of playing in the NHL. This historic class action is about Defendants’ unlawful agreements to restrain competition for these players, rendering them little more than the property of the major junior teams that draft them and compensating them at artificially suppressed, non-competitive levels. Plaintiffs in the case are the World Association of Icehockey Players Unions North America Division, as well as two former hockey players, who seek to represent a class of similarly situated hockey players.

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