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Friday, August 26, 2011

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit issues nonprecedential disposition in NCAA case

In George, et al v. NCAA the Court orders:

This case comes to us on remand from the Indiana Supreme Court. Plaintiffs brought a proposed nationwide class action against the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and Ticketmaster, alleging that both Defendants operated illegal lotteries to sell and distribute tickets for certain Division I championship tournaments. The district court dismissed Plaintiffs’ Second Amended Complaint with prejudice, and Plaintiffs appealed. This Court originally reversed the judgment of the district court ... but later vacated that decision and certified three questions to the Indiana Supreme Court * * *

On April 21, 2011, the Indiana Supreme Court responded to our certified questions and held that the NCAA’s ticket‐distribution process, as alleged by Plaintiffs, was not an illegal lottery under Indiana law and, therefore, declined to reach the remaining questions presented. See George v. Nat’l Collegiate Athletic Ass’n, 945 N.E.2d 150 (Ind. Apr. 21, 2011). In light of the Indiana Supreme Court’s express determination that the scheme alleged by Plaintiffs does not constitute an illegal lottery under the laws of Indiana, we now AFFIRM the judgment of the district court.

Here is the April 21, 2011 Indiana Supreme Court decision.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on August 26, 2011 02:26 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions