Upper Deck & Leaf Resolve Sports Trading Card Antitrust Row

Sports trading card makers The Upper Deck Co. and Leaf Trading Cards have reached a settlement of trademark infringement and antitrust claims, the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas said Tuesday.  

Upper Deck initially sued Leaf, alleging it violated federal trademark law by producing cards bearing the likenesses of players with whom Upper Deck held an exclusive agreement, including Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky.

On Nov. 21, Upper Deck sued Leaf, targeting Leaf cards which contain memorabilia from exclusive Upper Deck athletes such as Michael Jordan, Bobby Orr, Patrick Roy, and Wayne Gretzky. These cards appeared in Leaf products such as 2017 Leaf In the Game Superlative Hockey, 2017 Pearl and 2017 Leaf Q.

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