UFC sues New York to overturn MMA banPosted on November 15, 2011, 06:50 PM by Trent Reinsmith
For the past few years the UFC has tried to get the New York ban on MMA lifted via legislative means. The promotion had little success making inroads through those channels, so they decided to change tack on Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against the state of New York claiming the ban violates the First Amendment.
At the root of the lawsuit is the question as to why the state banned MMA. If they banned the sport because they felt that it sent a message of violence, then the UFC has precedent to fall back on, specifically Brown v Entertainment Merchants Association. In that case, the court found that, in short, expressions of violence (in that case in video games) are protected by the First Amendment.
When asked about the suit, Barry Friedman, a NYU law professor warned not to expect the case to fly through the courts, “The judicial process can be slow. Typically, it would take the state a month or so just to respond, and we would have some initial briefing. Typically what happens in a case like this is that the defendants file a motion to dismiss, which says, Look, even if we accept it's true, everything that they've said in their complaint, we still win on the law. So usually that gets litigated and it takes a while. At some point in there, the party starts to take discovery, which means they do depositions and gather evidence that they want to present in court, and that takes a while. So it's not the kind of thing that happens over night.” – for more see MMAFighting.com
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What do you think LowKick’ers, will MMA be legal in New York and if so, when?
Photo: UFC President Dana White at a post-fight press conference at UFC 100 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Francis Specker2011.11.15 Complaint