Time came to lawyer up and Zuffa, LLC found a powerhouse firm to represent them in the antitrust case filed against them by fighters Nate Quarry, Cung Le and Jon Fitch. Javier Vazquez and Dennis Hallmann are also now on board as plaintiffs in the case.
On Dec. 16, the process will begin in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. There the UFC will have Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP representing them.
The firm is best known for their landmark cases best known for landmark cases such as United States v. Microsoft and Bush v. Gore. Recently, they saw a $4 billion dollar settlement for their client, American Express. According to their website that was “more than three times the size of the largest previous recovery for a single plaintiff in the history of United States private antitrust litigation.”
Below is the statement as released by UFC.com on Tuesday regarding their stance on the lawsuit
We have built a popular business from modest beginnings by meeting the needs of fans and fighters. Millions of people have watched our bouts, we have instituted leading health and safety measures for our athletes, and fighters are free to negotiate contract terms.
We will stand up against the plaintiffs in this litigation every step of the way, and have engaged attorneys from Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP with a depth of experience in antitrust issues.
Bill Isaacson, our lead litigator, says, “The antitrust laws have long favored companies that create new products and services that consumers want. That is exactly what the UFC has done here through its long and substantial investment in building a popular sport.”
We are proud of the company we have built, confident in our legal position, and intend to prevail in this lawsuit.