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Borislow Complaint

Borislow Complaint

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHEFIFTEENTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT,INANDFORPALMBEACHCOUNTY,FLORIDACASENO.:
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FREEDOMSOCCER,LLCandMAGICTALKSOCCERCLUB,LLC,Plaintiffs,
COMPLAINT
v.WOMEN'SSOCCER,LLC,Defendant.Plaintiffs,FreedomSoccer,LLCandmagicTalkSoccerClub,LLC(collectively,the"Team"),fortheirComplaintagainstDefendantWomen'sSoccer,LLC,allegeasfollows:
NATUREOFACTION
1.Plaintiffsareaprofessionalwomen'ssoccerfranchiseoperatingoutofBocaRaton,Floridaundertheteamname"magicJack."DefendantWomen'sSoccer,LLC(the"League")isawomen'sprofessionalsoccerleagueofwhichtheTeamisamember.Thisisanaction,pursuanttoFla.Stat.§
86.011(2011),
Rule1.610oftheFloridaRulesofCivilProcedure,theFloridaArbitrationCode,FloridaStatutes§§682.03,andtheFederalArbitrationAct,9U.S.C.§551
etseq.,
fordeclaratoryrelief,andforspecificperformanceoftheparties'agreementtoengageincertaindisputeresolutionproceduressetoutintheLeague'sleague-widemembershipagreement(the"LLCAgreement")andoperatingagreement(the"Operating
 
Agreement")
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includingarbitrationbeforetheAmericanArbitrationAssociation-priortotheeffectuationoftheLeague'spurportedOctober25,2011terminationoftheTeam'smembershipintheLeague.Specifically,theTeamseeksspecificperformanceoftheprovisionsoftheparties'agreementrequiringthatsuchdisputeresolutionproceduresbeexhaustedbeforeanyterminationoftheTeam'smembershipintheLeaguecanbeeffectuated.Amongotherthings,theTeamseeksanorderrequiringthattheLeaguesubmittoandconcludethedisputeresolutionprocesssetoutintheLLCAgreement,beforeanypurportedterminationoftheTeam'smembershipintheLeaguecantakeeffect,andfurtherirreparableharmtotheTeamiscaused.
JURISDICTIONANDVENUE
2.SubjectmatterjurisdictionisproperinthisactionpursuanttotheFloridaArbitrationCode,FloridaStatutes§§682.03.3.VenueisproperinthisactionunderFla.Stat.§682.19(2011),asthisisthejudicialcircuitinwhichPlaintiffsaredoingbusiness;inwhichDefendantis,atminimum,transactingbusiness;andinwhichasubstantialpartoftheeventsgivingrisetotheclaimoccurred.THEPARTIES4.PlaintiffFreedomSoccer,LLC("FreedomSoccer")isaDelawarelimitedliabilitycompanymaintainingitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinWestPalmBeach,Florida.UnderthetermsoftheLLCAgreement(towhichFreedomSoccerisapartyorasuccessor-in-interestofaparty),FreedomSoccerhasamembershipinterestintheLeague,andownsandoperatesthemagicJackprofessionalwomen'ssoccerteaminBocaRaton,Florida.
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TrueandcorrectcopiesoftheLLCAgreementandOperatingAgreementareattachedheretoasExhibitsAandB,respectively,andincorporatedherein.-2-
 
5.PlaintiffmagicTalkSoccerClub,LLC("MagicTalk")isaDelawarelimitedliabilitycompanymaintainingitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinWestPamBeach,Florida.MagicTalkisthemajorityownerofFreedomSoccer.6.Uponinformationandbelief,DefendantWomen'sSoccer,LLCisaDelawarelimitedliabilitycompanywhichcurrentlymaintainsnophysicalplaceofbusiness,asitsformerofficeshaveclosed.Rather,saidDefendantisandhasbeendoingand/ortransactingbusinessinthoselocationswhereitsmembers,includingFreedomSoccer,conductbusinessandplaytheirprofessionalsoccermatches.7.(2011).PersonaljurisdictionmaybeexercisedovertheLeagueunderFla.Stat.§48.193
FACTS
8.Plaintiffsareownersandoperatorsofaprofessionalwomen'ssoccerfranchiseknownas"magicJack,"basedinBocaRaton,Florida.ManyoftheplayersonPlaintiffs'Team,includingtheplayer/coachAbbyWambachandthegoalieHopeSolo,aremembersoftheUnitedStatesWomen'sNationalTeamthatfinishedsecondintherecentFIFAWomen'sWorldCupinGermany.Inlessthanoneyear,Plaintiffshaveestablishedthesportofprofessionalwomen'ssoccerinSouthFlorida,andhavecreatedincalculablegoodwillintheTeam,the"magicJack"brandname,andthesubstantialSouthFloridasoccercommunity.9.TheLeagueisaprofessionalwomen'ssoccerleagueconsistingofsixmemberfranchises,includingFreedomSoccer.TheLeaguewasafailingbusinessventureandwasonthevergeofcollapsefollowingits2010seasonuntilMagicTalkagreedtoacquireamajorityinterestinFreedomSoccer,therebysavingitsfranchisefromcollapsing,theLeaguefromextinction,andthesportofsoccerintheUnitedStatesfromtheembarrassmentofhavingitsprofessionalwomen'sleagueterminateoperationsintheyearoftheWomen'sWorldCup.-3-

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