Miller Canfield Leads NCAA Victory in Seattle Bowl Lawsuit

Sep 21, 2011, 09:00 ET from Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.

DETROIT, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Gregory Curtner of the law firm of Miller Canfield led the defense of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), a longtime client, in a recent Hawaii State court jury trial, successfully defending against claims by Aloha Sports, Inc. (ASI) regarding an alleged deal to sell the Seattle Bowl in 2003.

The NCAA was represented by Miller Canfield's experienced team of litigators, led by Curtner, and included Jessica Sprovtsoff and Eric McLand. William McCorriston and Kenneth Mansfield of the Hawaii law offices of McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP assisted with the trial in Honolulu.

The case, which began in 2004, was successfully defended in both Federal and State Court on antitrust, contract and unfair competition theories. Finally, on September 19, 2011, a Honolulu jury ruled in favor of the NCAA and dismissed the remaining claim for tortious interference with a claimed deal to transfer the then existing Seattle Bowl. The NCAA may seek to recover significant costs and fees incurred during this multi-year legal battle.  

"We are pleased that the Jury saw through efforts to hold the NCAA accountable for the plaintiff's failures. After seven years litigating this matter, this is the right result. All too often, plaintiff's and their lawyers bring questionable claims against the NCAA looking for a big pay day," said Donald Remy, the General Counsel of the NCAA.  "As we did in this case, we will vigorously defend the NCAA's efforts to do the right thing. The NCAA always endeavors to act in the best interest of the student athlete and the collegiate model of athletics and in this case, the jury found that saying no to the Seattle Bowl was the right thing."

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