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No Antitrust Violation in Refusal of Press Credentials

04 Jun 2002

The Illinois Appellate Court dismissed an antitrust action brought by a publisher of hockey programs, which was denied press credentials by a hockey team. In granting summary judgment for the defendant hockey club, the Court noted that the market for professional hockey game programs was not a "substantial part of trade or commerce" of the state, and thus, the antitrust statute did not apply to the program publisher's action against the hockey club. Blue Line Publishing, Inc. v. Chicago Blackhawk Hockey Team, Inc., 329 Ill.App.3d 859, 769 N.E.2d 97 (1st Dist. 2002).

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