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Borislow Motion to Enforce Settlement

Borislow Motion to Enforce Settlement

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The Borislow legal team on "The Deal" and other matters.
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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHEFIFTEENTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT,INANDFORPALMBEACHCOUNTY,FLORIDACASENO.502011CA018214AIFREEDOMSOCCER,LLCandMAGICTALKSOCCERCLUB,LLC,Plaintiffs,
v.
WOMEN'SSOCCER,LLC,Defendant.
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PLAINTIFFS'MOTIONTOENFORCESETTLEMENTAGREEMENTANDFOROTHERRELIEFANDMEMORANDUMOFLAWINSUPPORT
Plaintiffs,FREEDOMSOCCER,LLCandMAGICTALKSOCCERCLUB,LLC,byandthroughtheirundersignedcounsel,respectfullyrequestthatthisCourtenforcethesettlementagreementbetweenthepartiestothisactionandasgroundsthereforestateasfollows:
PRELIMINARYSTATEMENT
PlaintiffsFreedomSoccer,LLCandmagicTalkSoccerClub,LLC,respectfullysubmitthisMemorandumofLawinSupportoftheirMotion(i)toenforcetheparties'settlementagreement,madefinalonJanuary18,2012,(ii)forreliefwithrespecttoDefendant'sbreachofthatsettlementagreement,andinparticular,Defendant'spublicdisparagementofPlaintiffsandtheirprincipal,DanBorislow,onJanuary30,2012,whenDefendantannounceditsdecisiontosuspenditsoperationsforthe2012women'sprofessionalsoccerseason,publiclyblamingMr.Borislow,hisallegedmisconduct,andthislawsuitforitsdecision,and(iii)forlimiteddiscoverywithrespecttoDefendant'sbreachoftheparties'settlementagreement.
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FreedomSoccer,LLCet
at
Women'sSoccer,LLC
CaseNo:502011CA018214AIPlaintiffs'MotiontoEnforceSettlementAgreementPage2of18
ThismotionseeksenforcementofafinalsettlementagreementthepartiesagreedtojustmomentsbeforeDefendantwasfacingafinalhearingonPlaintiffs'motionforinjunctivereliefreinstatingPlaintiffs'teamasamemberofDefendant'sprofessionalwomen'ssoccerleague(the"League").GiventheCourt'spriorrulingsinthismatter,clearlyDefendantwaslookingforawaytoavoidthedistinctpossibilityPlaintiffswouldbereinstated.HavingapparentlydeterminedthattheLeague'seconomicprospectsforthe2012seasonwerenotgood,DefendantdecidedtousethislawsuitanditsdisputewithPlaintiffsnotonlyasanexcusetogetoutoftheparties'settlementagreement,buttobreachthatagreementbydisparagingMr.BorislowandpubliclyblaminghimfortheLeague'seconomicwoes.TheironyinDefendant'sunilateralactionisthatatthetimetheparties'settlementwasenteredinto,DefendantmadeseveralattemptstoincorporatecontingenciesintothesettlementtermsinordertocreatewaysforDefendanttoevadetheagreement.Plaintiffsrejectedeachandeveryoneofthesecontingencies,makingcleartoDefendantthattheagreementwouldbeconsideredfinalasofJanuary18,tothepointofinsistingthatthenon-confidentialportionsoftheparties'agreementbeplacedontheCourtrecordthatday.AsforDefendant'sconcernthatitshouldnotbeheldtothebusinesstermsoftheparties'settlementifDefendantwereinpoorfinancialconditionorotherwiseunabletomaintainitsoperations,Plaintiffsagreed,aspartofthefinalsettlement,thatDefendantwouldnotbeheldtothosebusinessterms,whichinvolvedthestagingofvariousexhibitionsoccermatchesinthe2012and2013seasons,ifDefendantsuspendedoperationsduringeitherofthoseseasons.NowthatDefendanthasdonejustthatforthe2012season-which,accordingtotheparties'agreement,relievesDefendantofitsobligationtoparticipatesoccermatchesagainstPlaintiffs'teamthisyear-ratherthanabiding
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FreedomSoccer,LLCetalWomen'sSoccer,LLC
CaseNo:502011CA018214AIPlaintiffs'MotiontoEnforceSettlementAgreementPage3of18
bytheothertermsofsettlement,includingakeyprovisionitinsistedon,
i.
e.,
non-disparagement,Defendanthasgoneoutandunilaterallybreachedthatterm,tothepointwheredozensofmediaarticlesappearinginmajormediaoutletssuchastheWallStreetJournal,theNewYorkTimes,andtheAssociatedPress,haveparrotedDefendant'sfingeringofMr.BorislowasthereasonforDefendant'sdecisiontosuspendoperationsforthe2012season.Asanexcuseforitsunilateralconduct,Defendantwillarguethattheparties'settlementwascontingentontheU.S.SoccerFederation(the"Federation")'sapprovaloftheparties'agreementtostageexhibitionsoccermatches,andthatthisapprovalwasnotforthcoming.Thefacts,however,revealthatthiswasnotthecase.First,thesettlementwasnotcontingentonFederationapprovaloftheparties'agreement-indeed,atthetimethepartiesenteredintothesettlement,neithersideevenknewifsuchapprovalwasneeded.Second,theFederationsubsequentlymadecleartothepartiesthatitsapprovalwasnotneededinorderforthepartiestostagetheirexhibitionmatches-rather,approvalwasneededfortheparticipationofU.S.Women'sNationalTeam("WNT")playersinthosematchesonlyiffive(5)ormoreWNTplayersintendedtoplayontheteam.Further,thesettlementitselfwasnotcontingentontheparticipationofWNTplayers-indeed,neitherpartyguaranteeditwouldbeabletosignWNTplayerstoplayinthesematches.Third,discussionswiththeFederationaboutthecircumstancesunderwhichWNTplayerswouldbepermittedtoplaywereongoingatthetimeDefendantmadeitsannouncementanddisparagedPlaintiffs'principal.Andfourth,assoonasDefendantannounceditwassuspendingoperationsforthe2012season,whichithadtherighttodounderthetermsofsettlement,therewasnothingleftfortheFederationtoapprove,sincetheexhibitionsoccermatcheswerenotgoingtobeplayed.
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