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danharr
12/16/2014 10:46pm,
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Former UFC fighters Jon Fitch and Nate Quarry along with Cung Le, who is still under contract with the UFC, have filed a class-action antitrust lawsuit against the UFC and its parent company, Zuffa. Bloody Elbow was the first (http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2014/12/15/7397549/class-action-lawsuit-against-ufc-to-be-formally-announced-at-press) to report the news of the lawsuit's existence.


"It's been definitely a tough road. I'm just honored to be part of this lawsuit against UFC for all the past UFC fighters, like Carlos Newton, and Nate [Quarry] and so many names I'd need a list here," Le said at Tuesday's press conference. "For all the future fighters and potentially one day, if my kids want to pursue the same path as I do, they would have a better situation to be in. I'm just very excited to get this going."




All three fighters have served in main events in the UFC. Two fought for titles in the organization.


Among other allegations, the antitrust suit alleges UFC has violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by illegally scheming to create a non-competitive marketplace restricting the earning capabilities of fighters to a fraction of what would be available in a competitive market. The suit also alleges UFC coerces fighters to give up rights to their names and likeness in perpetuity.

This lawsuit really is about fairness," said Quarry. "It's about a fair market value for the athletes. Over and over again, we've seen that's just not been the case. The UFC has taken over the entire industry and dictated its terms upon the fighters without any say. We don't have any rights. It's the word that comes down.


"It's time for those things to change. We deserve to reap the fruits of our labors."
Involved with this suit are Joseph Saveri Law Firm, Inc, whorecently scored an antitrust suit (http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/25/technology/settlement-silicon-valley-antitrust-case.html?_r=1) victory against Google, Apple, Adobe and Intel. Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, involved in a $1.2 billion antitrust case (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/federal-judge-orders-dow-to-pay-more-than-12-billion-in-urethane-price-fixing-case-2013-05-16) against Dow Chemical Company and $500 million case (http://www.cohenmilstein.com/cases/224/countrywide-mortgage-backed-securities-mbs-litigation) against Countrywide Financial Corporation, are part of this legal act as well as Berger & Montague, P.C.
The suit was filed in San Jose, Calif., which means all legal proceedings are likely to take place there.


Specifics of evidence were not disclosed during a conference call with the plaintiffs and lawyers Tuesday, but the suit draws from past statements made by UFC president Dana White as well as others UFC officials comparing the promotion and its practices to sporting leagues such as the NFL and NBA.

Aside from named plaintiffs Le, Fitch, and Quarry, "all persons who competed in one or more live professional UFC-promoted MMA bouts taking place or broadcast in the United States during the Class Period" will be able to join their names to the suit. The exception to that opportunity are foreign fighters who have solely fought in oversees events.


According to the legal representative, other fighters have shown interest in joining the suit, but no decision has been made as to whether they'll be added.
"I just want everyone to know that the sport of mixed martial arts is the most restrained sport in the world," said Carlos Newton, who is not named in the suit, but was credited with helping to usher it in. "It's restrained by the UFC, and the UFC is the fastest growing monopoly in the world. I'm here to fix that."

http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/12/16/7405055/jon-fitch-nate-quarry-and-cung-le-file-class-action-lawsuit-against

Omega Supreme
12/16/2014 11:01pm,
I took a look at the law suit. It's quite interesting.

Omega Supreme
12/16/2014 11:02pm,
https://cdn1.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/2583228/lawsuit.0.pdf

ghost55
12/17/2014 1:03am,
The UFC has it coming. They treat a lot of their mid/low level fighters like ****.

BKR
12/17/2014 12:18pm,
Good to see those arrogant SOBs getting some grief.

Which labor union would the fighters join ?

Omega Supreme
12/17/2014 3:40pm,
http://youtu.be/IgOaRxc9L74

Not that detailed but there are some interesting statements.

Bneterasedmynam
12/22/2014 12:49pm,
Well I guess since Le can't win in the cage he might as well try for a win in court.

Bneterasedmynam
12/22/2014 1:02pm,
Personally I think they have about as much of a chance of winning this lawsuit as they do of winning any titles. Sounds kind of like bottom of the barrel fighters being butthurt. Although the UFC probably is doing exactly what they are saying.

Omega Supreme
12/22/2014 1:06pm,
Personally I think they have about as much of a chance of winning this lawsuit as they do of winning any titles. Sounds kind of like bottom of the barrel fighters being butthurt. Although the UFC probably is doing exactly what they are saying.

Bottom of the barrel fighters? Interesting statement. Care to back that up?

Bneterasedmynam
12/22/2014 3:51pm,
Bottom of the barrel fighters? Interesting statement. Care to back that up? Name which of them you think will ever get a title shot.

Bneterasedmynam
12/22/2014 3:57pm,
Or for that matter when was the last time any of those three were on a major fight card??

Bneterasedmynam
12/22/2014 4:07pm,
The thing is I acually like Cung Le, but this lawsuit kind of screams of attention whoring. One would assume they would read the contract before they sign it. And it's not new news that the UFC is a greedy organization.

Tranquil Suit
12/22/2014 4:10pm,
Have you actually read the document?

Bneterasedmynam
12/22/2014 4:15pm,
Have you actually read the document? I'm not saying the suit doesn't have some merrit, but the UFC probably has 1,000,000,000,000 lawyers and pretty much that many dollars to put a few nails in the coffin of the suit. I just don't see it really going anywhere. It's not like the UFC is the only business that is violating anti-trust laws, ever hear of cable companies??

W. Rabbit
12/22/2014 4:46pm,
Well I guess since Le can't win in the cage he might as well try for a win in court.


Sounds kind of like bottom of the barrel fighters being butthurt.

Le has an undefeated kickboxing record and a pretty decent MMA one, your argument deserves not one but TWO negative varrots.

So unless you're world champ, you're bad? You sound like a fucking TAPOUT fanboy, bnet.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51rOr2srDhc

Cung Le is NOT a "bottom of the barrel" fighter.

YOU are.

mike321
12/22/2014 4:50pm,
Personally I think they have about as much of a chance of winning this lawsuit as they do of winning any titles. Sounds kind of like bottom of the barrel fighters being butthurt. Although the UFC probably is doing exactly what they are saying.
That's a crap way of thinking about that. I have worked in industries where margins were tight and making a profit a challenge. When losing thousands means more to you than other people losing millions, pressure is very high and you work your butt off. From the outside we don't even know if top level fighters are more profitable than journeyman. The top level may negotiate a larger percentage than the lower fights.