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Berger & Montague Appointed Interim Co-Lead Counsel in UFC Antitrust Class Action

Posted: July 29, 2015
By: Jeff Zalesin
Source: Law360
Practice Areas: Antitrust

Law360, New York (July 29, 2015, 5:02 PM ET) -- The Ultimate Fighting Championship may have to produce some documents while it seeks to knock out a proposed class action by mixed martial artists who accuse the UFC of illegally dominating the sport, a Nevada federal judge said Tuesday, leaving the scope of discovery undetermined.

In a brief order following a Tuesday hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen denied the UFC's request to order a halt in discovery until U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II rules on its motion to dismiss the litigation. But she ordered the both sides to meet and work out a procedure, saying now is no time for unrestricted discovery.

Eric Cramer, an attorney for the plaintiffs, praised the order as a step forward for a case that he said the plaintiffs had thoroughly pleaded in their complaint.

"We were pleased that we are able to move forward with discovery in the case," he said.

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship may have to produce some documents while it seeks to knock out a proposed class action by mixed martial artists who accuse the UFC of illegally dominating the sport, a Nevada federal judge said Tuesday, leaving the scope of discovery undetermined.

In a brief order following a Tuesday hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Peggy A. Leen denied the UFC's request to order a halt in discovery until U.S. District Judge Richard F. Boulware II rules on its motion to dismiss the litigation. But she ordered the both sides to meet and work out a procedure, saying now is no time for unrestricted discovery.