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Case Number: No. 14-cv-05484

Practice Area: Antitrust

Case Status: Pending

Court: United States District Court for the District of Nevada

Berger Montague serves as co-lead class counsel on behalf of a proposed class of current and former UFC professional fighters, alleging that the plaintiffs and class members are victims of the UFC’s illegal scheme to eliminate its competition in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), and that the defendants have suppressed compensation for UFC Fighters with respect to bouts, fighter identities, and likenesses. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

On October 19, 2016, Judge Richard F. Boulware, II issued an opinion denying Zuffa’s motion to dismiss. Led by Eric L. Cramer, Michael Dell’Angelo, and Patrick F. Madden, Berger Montague has since overseen a vigorous fact and expert discovery effort that is now completed. On February 16, 2018, the plaintiffs filed their motion for class certification. In August and September 2019, the court held a series of multi-day evidentiary hearings with seven witnesses relating to class certification. In a December 2020 status conference, Judge Boulware stated that he will certify a class of UFC fighters. A formal ruling is still forthcoming from the court.

The complaint is available here and the motion to dismiss opinion is here.

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If you or your company has been harmed by anticompetitive conduct or any conduct that you believe violates the antitrust laws, please contact Berger Montague.

About Berger Montague

Berger Montague is a national law firm focusing on complex civil litigation in federal and state courts throughout the United States. For over half a century, Berger Montague has played lead roles in consequential, precedent-setting cases and has recovered over $50 billion for its clients and the classes they have represented. Berger Montague is headquartered in Philadelphia and has offices in Chicago, Minneapolis, San Diego, San Francisco, Toronto, and Washington, D.C.

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