NCAA lawsuit and the Motion to Strike

Back in 2009, former UCLA basketball player Ed O'Bannon filed a lawsuit against the NCAA seeking a portion of the royalties enjoyed by the NCAA for rebroadcasting old games and using other archival footage.  As the lawsuit wore on, additional former NCAA athletes joined O'Bannon as plaintiffs, and recently, they sought to add a new claim to the lawsuit, seeking a portion of the current and future royalties enjoyed by the NCAA for broadcasting live games, not just rebroadcasts. In response, the NCAA filed a motion to strike the new claim.  A motion to strike is a procedural tool used to remove improper or unnecessary matter in a pleading, and it is filed by the adverse party.  In this case, the judge overruled the motion to strike, and the NCAA plaintiffs can proceed with their additional claim for more damages.  The additional claim, incidentally, increases these potential damages from millions to billions.

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