The U.S. Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Third Division reverses a trial court’s dismissal of antitrust claims after finding causes of action under theories of monopoly leveraging or the essential facilities doctrine in the market for professional hockey in Chicago (Weinberg/Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team)

The U.S. Appellate Court of Illinois reversed and remanded the lower court’s dismissal of antitrust claims brought by Mark Weinberg and Blue Line Publishing Inc. (“Blue Line”) because the Blackhawks excluded Blue Line staff from their hockey games to impair Blue Line’s ability to provide a competing hockey program. The Court found that Blue Line’s complaint set forth a cause of action under a theory of monopoly leveraging and/or under the essential facilities doctrine. The Court rebuffed the few defenses offered by the Blackhawks for their conduct. Weinberg and Blue Line initiated this suit because of the Chicago Blackhawks’ refusal to grant press access to Blue Line staff, preventing them from interviewing any players or coaches during practices, press conferences, and post-game

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Katherine Whitehead Miller, The U.S. Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Third Division reverses a trial court’s dismissal of antitrust claims after finding causes of action under theories of monopoly leveraging or the essential facilities doctrine in the market for professional hockey in Chicago (Weinberg/Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team), 2 August 1995, e-Competitions Bulletin Sport, Art. N° 68042

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