BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen wins case on behalf of Anonymous Internet Blogger
The Texas Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of requiring Texas trial courts to determine that they would have personal jurisdiction over the prospective defendant before ordering pre-suit discovery under Rule 202. The ruling can be viewed here.
BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen argued in front of the Texas Supreme Court on November 7, 2013. The case involved a company’s and its CEO’s attempt to discover the identity of an anonymous Internet blogger, “Doe.” In 2010 the trial court granted Reynolds’s 202 Petition ordering Google to release Doe’s name, address, and telephone number to R & R. The Court of Appeals agreed, and BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in the Texas Supreme Court.
Ms. Skeen has practiced primarily in the areas of complex commercial litigation, representing businesses across the country in disputes in state and federal court and arbitrations; in appellate law; in professional malpractice and grievance defense; and in probate and estate planning.… Read More
This is a continuing series documenting cases the IBPA’s lawyers have resolved in favor of their clients without having to resort to BAT Arbitration.
BFSN Law’s attorneys recently settled a case for $25,000 for a client without having to resort to BAT arbitration. An agent (“European Agent”) contacted the IBPA because one of his players (“Player”), with whom he signed a 2-year player-agent agreement, had signed a contract to play for a European Team (“Team”) with another agent (“US Agent”). The Player’s contract with the Team stated the US Agent, and not our client, was to receive the $25,000 agent fee. The European Agent wanted to know what he could do to get the agent fee.
Most agents sign players to 1- or 2-year player-agent agreements with evergreen provisions. Evergreen provisions are more commonly known as rollover provisions because they act to roll the contract over at the end of the primary term for additional 1-year terms unless the player or the agent properly terminates prior to the end of the primary term.… Read More
Yesterday FIBA announced it is sanctioning S.S. Sutor Srl, Montegranaro for failure to pay BAT arbitration awards BAT 0439/13 – Burns, Hart Sports Management, Players Group Srl vs. SS Sutor Srl; BAT 0449/13 – Steele, Greig, Slay vs. SS Sutor Srl; BAT 0463/13 – Johnson vs. SS Sutor Srl. The BAT issued the above awards against Sutor on March 20, 2014. The original story can be seen here.
BFSN Law represented all 7 claimants against Sutor. The awards are worth an approximate $350,000.00 in total.… Read More
BFSN Law recently helped seven separate claimants win three arbitration awards against S.S. Sutor Srl, Montegranaro, a team playing in A-1 Italy. The three awards are worth approximately $350,000.00 combined, not including taxes. The awards are:
BAT 0439/13 – Burns, Hart Sports Management, Players Group Srl vs. SS Sutor Srl
BAT 0449/13 – Steele, Greig, Slay vs. SS Sutor Srl
BFSN Law’s Shelly Skeen argued in front of the Texas Supreme Court on November 7, 2013 in support of the First Amendment right to speak anonymously on the Internet. The case involves a company’s and its CEO’s attempt to discover the identity of an anonymous Internet blogger, “Doe.”
Ms. Skeen is a partner of BFSN Law and one of the co-founders of the IBPA. She is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, England, MCIArb and has been a certified mediator for over 10 years.
Besides conducting arbitration for the IBPA before the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal, Ms. Skeen’s practice focuses on areas of complex commercial litigation, representing businesses across the country in disputes in state and federal court and arbitrations; appellate law; professional malpractice and grievance defense; and probate and estate planning.
To read the full article about Ms. Skeen’s Argument before the Texas Supreme Court, visit BFSNLaw.com
The relationship between the BAT and FIBA may call into question the independence of the BAT. In the early days of the BAT, the tribunal was called the FIBA Arbitral Tribunal. The BAT was originally funded by FIBA and is still to this day guaranteed by FIBA. See FIBA Reg 296 (The financing of the BAT is guaranteed by FIBA, it being understood that the BAT is designed to be self-financing). The tribunal’s name was changed in an attempt to make the independence of the BAT more clear (it was also changed so people would stop referring to the female BAT secretariat as the “FAT lady”).
In a widely disseminated letter, BFSN Law announced that it has filed arbitrations with the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal on behalf of four former American players of SS Sutor Srl, of Montegranaro, Italy, a team currently playing in Serie A.
BFSN Law stated that it “represents former Sutor players Christian Burns, Kyle Johnson, Ron Steele, and Tamar Slay,” and that “Sutor has failed to honor its obligations to all of these Players.” The letter states that “[w]hen these parties win the arbitrations, Sutor’s total liability, including interest, costs, and legal fees, will likely exceed $591,000.00.”
Sutor has apparently failed to respond to attempts by BFSN Law to amicably settle the dispute without the need of BAT arbitrations.
Click below to view a copy of the original letter:
Richard D. Faulkner J.D., L.L.M, Dip, Intnl. Comm. Arb.
The IBPA employs the law firm of Blume, Faulkner, Skeen & Northam PLLC in Richardson, Texas (BFSN Law) to arbitrate claims with the BAT. One of the lawyers working on the cases is Richard Faulkner. Mr. Faulkner, besides being a partner at BFSN Law, has over 30 years of experience in international arbitration. He was the lead arbitrator in the famous sports arbitration, Lance Armstrong and Tailwind Sports, Inc. v. SCA Promotions, Inc. et al. He has also served as Arbitration Counsel in multiple insurance arbitrations in U.K. and Bermuda in USD $100,000,000.00 cases.