Zuffa gains legal edge on Bellator

by Tracey Lesetar | source: sherdog.com
 

Bellator Fighting Championships suffered a setback last week in Zuffa LLC’s lawsuit against them when a Nevada Federal District Court judge stymied an attempt to put the brakes on factual discovery in the case until the court gets a chance to decide Bellator’s motion to dismiss.

Originally filed in Nevada’s Clark County Court, Zuffa’s complaint accuses Bellator and prominent fighter agent Ken Pavia (MMAagents) of conspiring to use documents that Zuffa considers “trade secrets” for their personal gain in the MMA market -- namely, “promotional documents, bout agreements, sponsorship forms, extension letters, injury forms, and the like ...” Bellator and Pavia scored an early victory in the case when Bellator successfully petitioned to get the case kicked from state court over to the Nevada Federal District Court, an often-exercised option by defendants and a way of avoiding litigation in front of politically elected state judges. Federal judges are appointed, not elected.

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cormano_wild site profile image  

1/17/11 6:57 PM by cormano_wild

A judge does not nor should they ever legislate anything.

vlad3theimpaler site profile image  

1/17/11 4:31 PM by vlad3theimpaler

No, you don't. Judges don't have the power to write or rewrite laws. That's what Congress is for.

roomservicetaco site profile image  

1/17/11 11:19 AM by roomservicetaco

I suspect the bigger issue is that the appointed judge is in the Federal court system, whereas the elected one is in the state system. Zuffa has a lot of influence in NV state affairs, less in federal ones.

Sagiv Lapkin site profile image  

1/17/11 9:13 AM by Sagiv Lapkin

 Absolutely there are positives and negatives to both. Like anything in life.

Ude Garami site profile image  

1/17/11 8:51 AM by Ude Garami

So instead you have lifetime appointed judges who have free reign to rewrite the laws with absolutely no accountability to the society they are supposed to represent. There are negatives to both elected and appointed judges.  

Sagiv Lapkin site profile image  

1/17/11 8:09 AM by Sagiv Lapkin

 No, because the appointments are lifetime appointments. So once a judge is appointed they're beholden to no-one since there is no political pressure to render decisions a certain way, because they are in there for life. They can legislate without having to "please anyone" and can just focus on proper jurisprudence.

Jspec site profile image  

1/17/11 5:51 AM by Jspec

TTT for zuffa bankrupting bellator and buying out there assets (Eddie Alvarez, Ben Askren and MTV2 deal)

Brian Rule site profile image  

1/17/11 2:24 AM by Brian Rule

wait would an appointee not be 'beholden' to whoever appointed him/her? to me this seems like the far more likely route towards politically shadiness... you scratch my back i'll scratch yours, etc

UltraMagnus site profile image  

1/17/11 2:20 AM by UltraMagnus

WIth the process taking as long as it has and will continue will this somehow bankrupt Bellator?

AceAtGSU site profile image  

1/16/11 11:46 PM by AceAtGSU

Nail on the head.