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Does anyone have any idea what the time frame is for settlement on the Maryland lawsuit is at this point? Obviously, it could be settled out of court at any time, but if the ACC is going to play hardball as many here are anticipating, when could this come to trial and be settled?
 
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Does anyone have any idea what the time frame is for settlement on the Maryland lawsuit is at this point? Obviously, it could be settled out of court at any time, but if the ACC is going to play hardball as many here are anticipating, when could this come to trial and be settled?
A North Carolina Judge ruled against Maryland in it's request to dismiss the ACC lawsuit to collect $52 million in exit fees on 2/19/13. UM had thirty days to appeal the ruling. That means UM has until 3/21/13 to appeal. If they do not appeal, the ACC lawsuit will be allowed to continue. Perhaps an attorney could give us an idea how long a trial like this would take. I would guess less than a month.

Link:http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/77050/acc-lawsuit-against-maryland-upheld
 
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There will be a lot of steps prior to going to trial. A scheduling order remains to be set unless I missed it. Following that discovery will occur where depositions will likely occur as well as document production and interrogatories. Just because this case was not dismissed does not mean it goes to trial. I also heard Md filed a suit in there state as well but the details there are fuzzy. Just my 2 cents...if im wrong bl or any other by attorneys please correct me.
 
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There will be a lot of steps prior to going to trial. A scheduling order remains to be set unless I missed it. Following that discovery will occur where depositions will likely occur as well as document production and interrogatories. Just because this case was not dismissed does not mean it goes to trial. I also heard Md filed a suit in there state as well but the details there are fuzzy. Just my 2 cents...if im wrong bl or any other by attorneys please correct me.
As the ACC pushes the court battle back more and more, Maryland will be forced to cave on this, because the B1G will not want any legal dealings with the ACC.
 
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The ACC will probably delay the thing as long as they can, or hold out for the full amount. There is no incentive for them to settle quickly or for much less than full value as that will open the floodgates once again and the ACC is the prime target. I doubt they get full value, but whatever they get establishes a benchmark for other teams looking to exit. Probably gets settled on the eve of a trial because niether party will want a public display of the evidence. Like specialist said, have to wait for some scheduling orders but I don't think the suit is even at that stage.

What's also interesting is that some of the ACC teams may not want to push the limits on this if they are also looking to leave.
 
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And the ultimate irony will be that these ACC teams will be shelling out $$$ to ex-BE members as they depart one by one.

So, all the ex-BE schools currently in the conference are about to hit major paydays.
 

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As the ACC pushes the court battle back more and more, Maryland will be forced to cave on this, because the B1G will not want any legal dealings with the ACC.
I don't see this at all. The ACC will run right up to the trial evening and then settle. Just as chaos is our ally, delay is there ally. Is the B1G even a party to the suit?
 
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I don't see this at all. Acc will run right up to the trial evening and then settle. Just as chaos is our ally, delay is there ally. If the B1G even a party to the suit?
There is a lot of talk out there that ACC does not want to get to the discovery phase of this trial because of some of things that would be made public. I believe they will settle when the time comes...this process is all about delaying future teams from leaving while they look at "creative" ways to increase their TV contract.
 
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There is a lot of talk out there that ACC does not want to get to the discovery phase of this trial because of some of things that would be made public. I believe they will settle when the time comes...this process is all about delaying future teams from leaving while they look at "creative" ways to increase their TV contract.
That sounds fairly realistic.
 
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I don't see this at all. Acc will run right up to the trial evening and then settle. Just as chaos is our ally, delay is there ally. If the B1G even a party to the suit?
B1G is not a party. Only ACC and UMD in both matters.

That sounds fairly realistic.
very realistic, especially if UConn's hope is for this to be resolved in the the range that may open the idea of further ACC defections. I'm not sure how much if any damaging documents/information will be produced but in my opinion the chance of something making the ACC look bad in regards to the Big East raids is somewhat likely and will hopefully force a settlement. Otherwise this may drag on for years.
 
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I don't see this at all. Acc will run right up to the trial evening and then settle. Just as chaos is our ally, delay is there ally. If the B1G even a party to the suit?
B1G is liable in the same way that the B12 was liable last year in the West Virginia case. If Maryland doesn't settle with the ACC, it can't leave.
 

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B1G is liable in the same way that the B12 was liable last year in the West Virginia case. If Maryland doesn't settle with the ACC, it can't leave.
There was a time consideration in the West Virginia case - they wanted out early.

Maryland is not seeking to leave early - this is their last year in the ACC settlement or not. Not sure a lack of a settlement hinders them on that front.
 
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There was a time consideration in the West Virginia case - they wanted out early.

Maryland is not seeking to leave early - this is their last year in the ACC settlement or not. Not sure a lack of a settlement hinders them on that front.
That was the point with West Virginia though. Could they leave before settling their business with the BE? Would the B12 take a team with unsettled business?

Lots of lawyers opined that whoever took them might be open to becoming a party in a lawsuit for taking a team prior to settling their exit with their old conference.
 
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The ACC was not harmed monetarily, so how are they going to win anything?
Right. The exit fee is probably a liquidated damage provision in their conference agreement. ACC has suffered no damages. Even if MD breached the contract. In other words, the ACC can't take the benefit of ND an Louiville and claim they have losses anything by MDs departure
 

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So what's your guess on The timing until this is resolved? 6 months? 1 year? 2? When, if the settlement of the lawsuit is what's holding up the next round of realignment, will that maybe happen
 

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B1G is liable in the same way that the B12 was liable last year in the West Virginia case. If Maryland doesn't settle with the ACC, it can't leave.
I think this is a little different. No one is questioning Maryland's right to leave, or it's timeline for leaving, just what the cost of leaving will be.
 

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The ACC was not harmed monetarily, so how are they going to win anything?
That's why the case will never be tried. Agree with posters who say it may be settled before ACC needs to produce documents, if there is anything that they don't want to produce. If not, they are going to try to run as much time off the clock as possible.
 
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That's why the case will never be tried. Agree with posters who say it may be settled before ACC needs to produce documents, if there is anything that they don't want to produce. If not, they are going to try to run as much time off the clock as possible.
Agreed. Don't underestimate ACC screwing this up too. In any case there is always someone who overplays there hand at some point. We lawyers commonly refer to this us up Factor. UCONN/Blumenthal did that in our case against BC.
 

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Agreed. Don't underestimate ACC screwing this up too. In any case there is always someone who overplays there hand at some point. We lawyers commonly refer to this us up Factor. UCONN/Blumenthal did that in our case against BC.
How did Blumenthal overplay his hand again? Because I must have missed the fact that UConn was in a BCS league for the last 9 years.
 
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But at the end he folded like a cheap suit. Because he let emotion and political opportunism enter into his litigation thinking.

That being said 15 years ago I was all for it. I voted for him an I will again, despite his many flaws

Time an experience has mellowed me on the initial departure. Looking back it was inevitable. Our fundamental error was our admins not positioning us for the next round
 
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The other reason they don't want to get into too much discovery is the potential to depose someone from ESPN to testify about revenues. That'll make things real interesting. The damages to the ACC from Maryland leaving are minute compared to the damages if UNC leaves with another team. That might void the ESPN contract or trigger some re-negotiation.
 
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