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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Judge Sotomayor's Sports Law Opinions

It's official: as Professor cummings predicted earlier this month, the President will nominate Second Circuit Judge and die-hard Yankees fan Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Perhaps more than any Supreme Court nominee in history, Judge Sotomayor has a long record of adjudicating major sports law cases, dating back to her time on the district court. Among her notable sports law cases:
Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. v. Salvino, Inc., 542 F.3d 290 (2nd Cir. 2008) (concurring) (action by league against manufacturer of plush bears with team logos)

MasterCard Intern. Inc. v. Federation Intern. de Football Ass'n, 239 Fed.Appx. 625 (2nd Cir. 2007) (panel member) (action by credit card company claiming breach of contract providing for continued sponsorship of World Cup)

Clarett v. National Football League, 369 F.3d 124 (2nd Cir. 2004) (antitrust action challenging draft eligibility rules)

Gilbert v. Seton Hall University, 332 F.3d 105 (2nd Cir. 2003) (dissenting) (personal injury claim by college rugby club athlete)

Ortiz-Del Valle v. N.B.A., 190 F.3d 598 (2nd Cir. 1999) (panel member) (gender discrimination case by female NBA referee)

Boucher v. Syracuse University, 164 F.3d 113 (2nd Cir. 1999) (panel member) (Title IX claim by female college athletes)

Tasini v. New York Times, Corp., 981 F.Supp. 841 (S.D.N.Y. 1997) (copyright action by freelance writers challenging electronic republication of Sports Illustrated stories)

Silverman v. Major League Baseball Player Relations Committee, 880 F.Supp. 246 (S.D.N.Y. 1995) (unfair labor practice claim against baseball owners)

Jaguar Cars v. National Football League, 886 F.Supp. 335 (S.D.N.Y. 1995) (trademark infringement suit by car company over naming of Jacksonville Jaguars football team)


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