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Canada: Unprecedented antitrust lawsuit takes on Canadian Hockey League

 |  October 20, 2014

In what reports describe as an unprecedented case, a class action lawsuit has been filed against the Canadian Hockey League accusing it of conspiring to keep wages down for its athletes.

According to reports, claims were filed in Toronto Friday. The Class is seeking $180 million in outstanding wages and additional compensation.

Plaintiffs say the CHL and its hockey teams “conspired and agreed together…to act in concert to demand or require that all players sign a contract which the defendants knew was unlawful.”

Earlier this year, law firm Sylvestre Fafard Painchaud found that the overall business model of the may be found to consist of “possible conspiracies, market restrictions, and abuse of dominance by the CHL and/or the teams.” The firm recommended a class action lawsuit based on antitrust law against the league, say reports.

Full content: Guelph Mercury

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