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Randy Shannon Lawsuit Against University of Miami

Randy Shannon Lawsuit Against University of Miami

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U.\1dismissedII1\:-\0.asits
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leadFootballCoachin'ovember
2010,
withoutcauseoranyadvancewarningandharefusedtopaySHA]\;;\O.thefullcompensationduetohimund
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hisemploymentagreements,
Parties/J
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1.
ThisisanactionfordamagesthatexceedS
15,000.00,
exclusiveofinterest,costs,andattorneys'fees.2,SHAJ:\'0,'O,isaresidentofDadeCounty,3,UMisaFloridanot-for-profitcorporationwithitsprincipalplaceofbusinessinDadeCounty,Florida,4.VenueisproperinDadeCounty,Florida,becausethecontractwasexecutedandhasbeenbreachedinDadeCounty,thecauseofactionaroseinDadeCounty,andtheparties
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agreed
111
writing
tkt
Dade
County
wouldbethi.!
V(.!IlUC
Cor
any
disputes
regardingthe
employment
agn,:c1Tlcnls,
5.SIIANNOJ
W(lS
hired
by
UMasitsHead
FootballCoachin
December2006.().OnoraboutOctober
J
9,2007,
SIIANNONand
UM
executed
an
employment
agreement
(the"20()7Agreement")that,
hy
itsterms,expiredonJanuary
7,20
I
I.7.In
May
2010,
SIIANNON
and
UM
executed
two
related
agreementsthatreplaced
the2007
Agreement
<ell
J
cxtcndc
SIIANNON'semploymentthroughJanuary
31,2014:
anEmployment
Agreement
and
aGuaranteeAgreement.Copies
oftheseagreementshavenotbeenattached
tothis
Complaint
because
(i)
theEmploymentAgreementrequiresSIlANNONtokeepthefinancialterms
or
theagreementsconfidential,and
(ii)
UMalreadyhascopiesofbothagreements.
8.
TheEmploymentAgreementprovidedforanannualsalary,but
al
0
providedthat,ifUMterminatedthecontractwithoutcausebeforeitsexpirationdate,SIIANNON"will
nevertheless
bepaidby
the
Universityasumequaltothe[prescribed]formula,"
which
yielded
a
fixed
dollar
amount.TheEmploymentAgreementfurtherprovidedthatSIIANNONwouldbe
paid
additionalcompensationforhisteam'sappearanceinabowlgame,regardlessofwhetherhewas
9.
stillemployedwiththeUniversitywhenthepaymentcarnedue.
I
o.
PursuanttotheGuaranteeAgreement,UMguaranteedthat,inadditiontohisothercompensation,SIIAI
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fO
J
wouldreceiveacertainsumofmoneyforeachyearofhisemployment.
was
10-,
hi
receive
IS
guarantee"infour(4)equalinstallmentson
2
 
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February
l,
May
l,
August
I,
and
NovemberI
of
each
year
in
whlcl;
tli'
Lllljll(llll1el1l
\3.
O
nNovember
2720\0UM
notifiedSHANNONlhatit
was
\:~\:r<.:isilwitsric:.IiL
,
,
Agreementisineffect."\\.TheErnployrnentAgreementandGuarantecAgrccl1lcnlhoth(h;lili\:
"\\'111'
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liS
the
period
0
f
ti
me
fromFebruary
I,20I0
throughJanuary
3I,20II,12.
ByNovem.berofYear
I
(Novcmber
2010),
consiste
l1
t
withtiI'
(iu;lr;IIII''';
Agreement.SHANNONhadreceivedfullpaymentofhisguarantee.underSection
7
oftheEmploymentAgreement,toterminatethecontractprior
to
itsc~l,ir;ili(lll
,
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E.'
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date.
14.UM
hasacknowledgeditsobligationtopaythe
fixedslimset
forlhin
the
EmploymentAgreement.But,astotheGuaranteeAgreement.
UM
hastakenthepositi\\l\th;lttheguaranteemustbeprorated,meaningthat,becauseSHANNONwasIcrminatedrOll\.!.hly
ten
\11onlhsintoYear
I
ofhiscontract,heisentitledtojustundcrfivc-si~lhs
of
the
~uar;lIllccll16.BecauseSHANNONwasalreadypaidthefullamountoftheguaranke,UMhasal11ount.
l5.
TheEmploymentAgreementprovidesthatthefixedamount
title
SIIl\NNON
uponhisterminationwillbepaidinequalmonthlyinstallmentsoverthercm~lining.termofhiscontract.reduceditsmonthlypaymentsundertheEmploymentAgrecmentbywhat
it
hasimprllpcrlylabelledthe"amountoverpaid"undertheGuaranteeAgreement.Thisimproperreductionb~\salreadybeenappliedtothe17monthlyinstallmentpaymentsmadebetweenDecember20
I
0[lnd
l\priI2012,
anditisUM'sstatedintentiontoapplythisdeductiontotheremaining
2I
pa
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