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Boxing Contender O'Shaquie Foster Answered Dibella Lawsuit Now Opposes 19 Day Extension

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon
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SDNY COURTHOUSE, June 16 – Boxer O'Shaquie Foster wants to drop promoter Dibella Entertainment, which has sued him and is stopping his probably short career at a key point. 

     On May 11, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Judge John G. Koeltl held a proceeding. Inner City Press covered it. 

  Both sides said they want this proceeding to move quickly, given how time bound a boxer's career can be. But the best that could be done was a discovery schedule running through October 29.

Will this contender still have a shot by then?

On June 9, Judge Koeltl held another proceeding, and Inner City Press live tweeted it, here:

Judge Koeltl asks why a Temporary Restraining Order is being sought.

Response: No one will give a fight with threat of litigation hanging in the air.

 Judge Koeltl: How could I decide that on a TRO? With the absence of an imminent fight...

 Judge Koeltl: The ability to move forward with a new promoters sound more like a Preliminary Injunction matter.

Answer: We could have a one-off agreement, like with Bash Boxing. In the 14 or 28 days, we can get more than one offer for Mr. Foster to box.

 Judge Koeltl: I don't do TROs ex parte.

Dibella's lawyer: We are ready to promote him. He is refusing. Lou Dibella is in the boxing Hall of Fame. I've been in the business 30 years and I've never heard of the promoter they're promoting.

 Dibella's lawyer: We offered him a fight next week on a major network, he turned it down. Fighters like Foster can't be allowed to just run off.

Judge Koeltl: I am unlikely to sign a TRO. The papers for a Preliminary Injunction should be filed on Friday.

And afterward he ordered: "ORDER: For reasons stated on the record at the conference today, the pending requests for the temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction are denied with leave to refile on proper papers pursuant to Local Civil Rule 7.1. The defendant shall file the appropriate papers by June 11, 2021, the plaintiff will respond by June 18, 2021, and the defendants will reply by June 23, 2021. The plaintiff may move on the counterclaims without a pre-motion conference. The parties shall file a Rule 26(f) report by June 24, 2021.

 On June 11, the PI papers were filed. They characterized Lou DiBella as a Harvard Law School graduate, oppressing 27 year old O'Shaquie Dominique Williams Foster and making him "a pariah in his chosen profession and unable to fight until the present litigation winds its way through this Court."

On June 16, Foster's counsel opposed DiBella's request for a 19 day extension of time to answer, saying 10 days could be agreed to "with the caveat that Mr. Wirt does not argue that neither he nor his client can commence written or oral discovery until after the forthcoming FRCP 12(b)(6) motion had been heard." Watch this site.

The case is DiBella Entertainment, Inc. v. Foster, 21-cv-2709 (Koeltl)


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