Thursday, November 7, 2013

Charles O. Finley & Co., Inc. v. Kuhn case brief

Charles O. Finley & Co., Inc. v. Kuhn case brief summary
569 F.2d 527 (1978)


CASE SYNOPSIS
Plaintiff baseball club owner appealed an order of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, finding in favor of defendant baseball commissioner in an action challenging the scope of defendant's authority to disapprove of player assignments.

CASE FACTS
Defendant baseball commissioner disapproved the assignments of three player contracts by plaintiff baseball club owner to other major league teams as inconsistent with the best interests of baseball. Plaintiff filed suit alleging that defendant exceeded his authority in making his decision. Plaintiff's complaint alleged seven causes of action.

PROCEDURAL HISTORY
The trial court granted summary judgment to defendant on an antitrust claim on the ground that baseball was not subject to federal antitrust laws, and on two constitutional claims on the ground that plaintiff failed to allege sufficient nexus between the state and the complained-of activity to constitute state action. The trial court rendered judgment for defendant on the remaining four causes.

DISCUSSION
The appellate court affirmed, holding that defendant had the authority to determine whether the assignments were in the best interests of baseball, and to take whatever preventive or remedial action he deemed appropriate.

CONCLUSION

The appellate court affirmed an order finding in favor of defendant baseball commissioner in an action challenging the scope of defendant's authority to disapprove of player assignments where the court found that defendant acted within his authority in disapproving the assignments.

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