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Borislow Statement for Status Conference 2-21-12

Borislow Statement for Status Conference 2-21-12

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INTHECIRCUITCOURTOFTHEFIFTEENTHJUDICIALCIRCUIT,INANDFORPALMBEACHCOUNTY,FLORIDACASENO.502011CA018214AIFREEDOMSOCCER,LLCandMAGICTALKSOCCERCLUB,LLC,
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PLAINTIFFS'POSITIONSTATEMENTFORSTATUSCONFERENCE
PlaintiffsFreedomSoccer,LLCandmagicTalkSoccerClub,LLCrespectfullysubmitthefollowingpositionstatementinconnectionwiththehearingtheCourthassetonDefendant'sMotionforaStatusConference,presentlyscheduledforThursday,February23,2012at5p.m.Currently,therearetwosubstantivemotionsthatPlaintiffssubmitshouldbeaddressed:(i)Plaintiffs'February3,2012MotiontoEnforceSettlementAgreement,and
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Defendant'sFebruary17,2012MotionforSummaryJudgment.Withregardtothesetwomotions,Plaintiffssubmitthefollowingstatement;however,PlaintiffsalsoreservetherighttosubmitsupplementalsupportingdocumentsfortheMotiontoEnforceSettlementafterdiscoveryistakenaswellasanoppositiontoDefendant'sMotionforSummaryJudgmentattheappropriatetime.
I.PLAINTIFFS'MOTIONTOENFORCESETTLEMENTAGREEMENT
AstheCourtisaware,PlaintiffsfiledaMotiontoEnforcetheparties'settlementagreementonFebruary3,2012.IfPlaintiffs'motionisgranted,thenallproceedingsbeforethis
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CaseNo:502011CAOl8214AIPlaintiffs'PositionStatementforStatusConferencePage2of6
Courtareatanend.Accordingly,Plaintiffs'motionshouldbeheardanddecidedbeforetheCourttakesanyactionwithrespecttoDefendant'sMotionforSummaryJudgment,oranyotherproceedingsthatmaybecomenecessaryinthiscase.Further,fromtheoppositionpapersfiledbyDefendantonFebruary17,2012,thereareclearlysharpissuesofdisputedfactthatwillrequireanevidentiaryhearingonPlaintiffs'motion,followingdiscovery,whichPlaintiffshavealreadynoticed.Indeed,theaffidavitssubmittedbyDefendantinoppositiontoPlaintiffs'motionnowonlyconfirmtheneedfordiscovery(includingdiscoveryfromtheDefendant,eachoftheteamowners,and,ifnecessary,theUnitedStatesSoccerFederation("Federation")-seediscussionbelow).andanevidentiaryhearing.PlaintiffssubmitthatthisdiscoverywillrevealthatwhileDefendantpurportedtoenterintoa
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settlementwithPlaintiffsmomentsbeforethepreliminaryinjunctionhearingwastoresumeonJanuary18,2012,infactDefendantneverhadanyintentionofsettlingthiscase.Bywayofexample,intheaffidavitofJenniferO'Sullivan,Defendant'sCEO,Ms.O'Sullivanatteststhattheverydaythetermsofsettlementwerereadintotherecord,shewasincontactwiththeFederationandwasinformedthattheparties'agreementwouldnotcomplywithFederationrules.O'SullivanAff.~15-16.Plaintiffs,however,wereneverinformedofthis,and,indeed,fivedayslaterDefendant'scounselexecutedajointlettertotheFederationsettingoutthetermsofsettlement,andthereafterdiscussionswiththeFederationcontinued.Further,assetoutinPlaintiffs'February7,2012ResponsetoDefendant'sMotionforSettlementConference,itappearsthatneitherMs.O'SullivannorDefendant'scounselevereveninformedotherownersinDefendant'sleagueofthesettlement,notwithstandingthatthetermsofsettlementwerereadintorecordonJanuary18atPlaintiffs'insistence,specificallysothatDefendantcouldnotlatertryto
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renegeonthedeal.Thus,fromallappearances,Defendantneverhadanyintentionofgoingforwardwiththeparties'agreedsettlement-instead,itappearsDefendantwassimplylookingtoavoidhavingtogothroughwith.thefinalpreliminaryinjunctionhearingonJanuary18,particularlyinlightofthisCourt'sJanuary9,2012OrderrulinginPlaintiffs'favoronthekeycontractissues.
II.DEFENDANT'SMOTIONFORSUMMARYJUDGMENT
In
itsMotionforSummaryJudgment,DefendantarguesthatnoviablecausesofactionremaintobedecidedbythisCourt,sincethepartieshavepurportedlyinitiatedthedisputeresolutionprocess.Further,DefendantclaimsthatthestatementsofPlaintiffs'counselduringtheJanuary31,2012telephonehearing,duringwhichtheCourtgrantedPlaintiffs'MotiontoSuspendtheFebruary1,2012hearingonPlaintiffs'MotionforPreliminaryInjunction,supportDefendant'sposition.Defendantiswrong.First,'beforeanythingelsehappens,the.CourtmustdecidePlaintiffs'MotiontoEnforceSettlementAgreement,since,asnotedabove,ifthatmotionisgranted,theremainingproceedingsinthisactionwillbecontrolledbythesettlementagreement.Second,intheeventtheCourtdeniesPlaintiffs'MotiontoEnforce,theCourtmuststilldeterminetheunderlyingclaimsinPlaintiffs'Complaint,whichincludeaclaimforspecificperformanceoftheparties'agreementtoengageindisputeresolutionbeforeanyterminationofPlaintiffs'membershipinDefendant'sleaguecantakeeffect,andaclaimfordeclaratoryjudgmenttothesameeffect.Further,inadditiontothepreliminaryreliefPlaintiffssought,namely,reinstatementintoDefendant'sleagueintimeforthe2012season,Plaintiffsalsosought,
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