Bloomberg Law
Oct. 16, 2020, 5:56 PM

DOJ Rejects Oakland Antitrust Claim for Raiders Move Tax Losses

Victoria Graham
Victoria Graham

Oakland, Calif.'s lost tax revenue resulting from the Raiders’ relocation to Las Vegas earlier this year doesn’t amount to an antitrust violation, the Justice Department told the Ninth Circuit.

“Lost tax revenue is an insufficient basis to establish antitrust standing because the harm is inherently derivative of other more direct harm and is not the type of injury the antitrust laws were intended to address,” the DOJ’s antitrust division said in an amicus brief filed Thursday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Oakland said the Raiders engaged in anticompetitive behavior when the team paid the other ...

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