JURY SIDES WITH ATP IN ANTITRUST CASE AGAINST HAMBURG TOURNAMENT
By Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal
The ATP last night won a resounding legal victory in the antitrust case brought against the circuit by its Hamburg, Germany, event. A Delaware jury deliberated about nine hours after a two-week trial before making the ruling yesterday that the ATP did not violate antitrust laws in downgrading the tournament. The German Tennis Federation had sought about $76M in damages.
But the ATP’s headaches still may not be over. Sources have said that many of the top eight events still want a declaration from the ATP that their sanctions are permanent, and their lawyer, Peter Lawler, has said previously he will contact the ATP as soon as the case is over.
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