Judge rules in New York’s favor, dismisses Zuffa lawsuit

March 31, 2015

On Tuesday, Judge Kimba Wood granted New York’s Motion for Summary Judgment and denied Zuffa’s Motion for Summary Judgment thus ending (for now) the company’s legal battle to strike down New York’s law prohibiting professional mixed martial arts in the state.

Essentially, Judge Wood stated that Zuffa lacked “standing” as a plaintiff as there was no “injury in fact” and it was “merely speculative.” Since the Court determined that there was no “imminent injury” in the evidence presented, it sided with New York. Thus the remaining claim that the New York statute was unconstitutionally vague as well as a similar challenge to the state liquor law were dismissed.

Two key points made by Judge Wood here was that Zuffa had to establish an “injury in fact.” It held that there were no “specific facts” provided by Zuffa to survive the motion for summary judgment. Secondly, the Court stressed that standing must be determined at the commencement of the suit. Essentially, the Court let it be known that anything that occurred after the filing in November 2011, could not be utilized as evidence to prove standing now.

In her opinion issued on Tuesday, she indicated that if Zuffa wants to re-file based on events that may have occurred since the lawsuit was filed in November 2011, it may be better served to do this in state court rather than federal court.

The Court did not rule on a Motion to Strike filed by New York which it sought to preclude some of Zuffa’s evidence since it already had ruled in New York’s favor.

(h/t: Jim Genia)

Payout Perspective:

We had predicted that this may have been a likely outcome. In its moving papers, New York had stressed the standing argument which would allow an “out” for the Court to dismiss the case without a further need for ruling on the merits. Yes, that’s a Zuffa view of the New York strategy (of course, a more Zuffa view would be its press release announcing the decision). It’s also a very good one and one that courts tend to look for if the issues either become convoluted, a toss-up or they just don’t think that the claims were that strong. We’re not saying any of those was the reason for the ruling Tuesday. But, standing is a necessary requirement in bringing claims. Essentially Con Law 101. But, there were legitimate arguments set forth by Zuffa which addressed the reasons why it had a right to bring the lawsuit.

At this point, it’s too early to know whether Zuffa will appeal or focus its efforts on lobbying for an MMA bill in Albany. MMA Payout will have more on this and keep you posted.

7 Responses to “Judge rules in New York’s favor, dismisses Zuffa lawsuit”

  1. saldathief on March 31st, 2015 7:06 PM

    hahahah I forgot about this lawsuit, at least the UFC attorneys are making real money bahahahha

  2. tops E on March 31st, 2015 8:01 PM

    Hahahahaha…antitrust next? hahahahaha

  3. anti trolls on March 31st, 2015 8:06 PM

    You two are a couple of donks

  4. d on March 31st, 2015 8:39 PM

    A pair of mutated retards as well.

    Who cares about this ruling, the only one that really matters is the one where it is legalized which will get down by the end of the year.

  5. saldathief on April 1st, 2015 11:48 AM

    hahah im sure all the girls at zuffa really fucking care!!!!!!! only a retard like D wouldn’t care. but D dosnt understand anything but google x box and masterbation! hahahaha oh well they dont have a show big enough for msg yet hahahah

  6. d on April 1st, 2015 2:08 PM


    Sal only cares about Arum’s crusty dick and someone changing his shit dripping diapers. He’s just a retarded, homosexual boxing welfare to work troll.

  7. SashaConstantine on April 8th, 2015 3:08 PM

    The giggle-tards who post their idiotic comments criticizing Zuffa and their struggle to become legal in New York must not know that they can now rent Dumb and Dumber Too. Yes, you can now watch two morons living out your life’s dream over and over again instead of posting ignorant remarks about subjects you know very little, if anything about, except of course “masturbation” which other than not knowing how to spell it, you are experts in the field.

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