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Nov. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Carmelo Anthony filed a class action lawsuit against the National Basketball Association, alleging it has conspired to boycott players to coerce them to agree to a “massive reduction” in compensation.
The complaint in federal court in Oakland, California, was filed by the New York Knicks forward and four other NBA players on behalf of all players under contract with the association and names the 30 NBA member teams as defendants. A lawsuit was also filed against the league by Caron Butler at a federal court in Minnesota.
NBA players dissolved their union yesterday to allow for antitrust lawsuits against the league after negotiations over a new labor agreement collapsed. The NBA season was to start Nov. 1.
Anthony says the league’s lockout is an “illegal group boycott” that violates federal antitrust law, according to the complaint.
The case is Anthony v. NBA, 11-5525, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (Oakland).
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