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NCAA May Seek to Recover Legal Fees in O’Bannon Case
NCAA May Seek to Recover Legal Fees in O’Bannon Case

USA Today; June 14, 2013

If the NCAA prevails in an lawsuit pertaining to the use of college athletes' names and likenesses, it could take what it says is an usual step in anti-trust cases: It may try to recover millions of dollars in legal expenses from the plaintiffs' lead law firm, the NCAA's chief legal officer told USA TODAY Sports on Friday.

The case has been going on for more than four years and while U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken is scheduled to hold a key hearing Wednesday, there is no sign that the litigation will be concluded anytime soon. A trial is currently set for June 2014, but the NCAA and its co-defendants on Thursday asked Wilken to reset the case schedule in a way that would move the trial date back at least three more months.

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