Suburban company wins victory at Supreme Court

May 24, 2010 5:00:34 PM PDT
A suburban clothing maker has won a big victory in its fight against the National Football League.

The Supreme Court unanimously reversed a district court ruling Monday and said the NFL must be considered as 32 separate teams and not one big business when selling branded items like jerseys and caps.

American needle of Buffalo Grove sued the NFL after losing a contract to Reebok. The company argued the league violated federal antitrust law because all 32 teams worked together to freeze it out of the NFL licensed hat-making business.

The lawsuit returns to district court.


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