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Weil Wins Appeal for NBA Star Zion Williamson in High-Profile Marketing Dispute

On December 2, 2020, Weil secured an important appellate victory for NBA star Zion Williamson in a Florida state court breach of contract action that is a part of a series of high-profile disputes between the athlete and Prime Sports Marketing over a marketing agreement he signed with PSM before entering the NBA.

The Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida reversed a lower court’s denial of Mr. Williamson’s motion to dismiss, agreeing with Weil’s appeal, argued by Appellate practice Co-Head Zack Tripp, that contended that PSM’s complaint failed to allege sufficient facts to justify haling Mr. Williamson into Florida court. The appellate court ordered that the claims against Williamson be dismissed without prejudice.

Before PSM brought the Florida state court action, Weil had filed a separate action on behalf of Mr. Williamson against PSM in North Carolina federal court seeking a declaration that the marketing agreement is void and illegal due to PSM’s violation of North Carolina’s Uniform Athlete Agent Act. The North Carolina case is ongoing.

The Weil team includes Appellate Co-Head Zack Tripp, who argued the appeal, and Complex Commercial Litigation Co-Head Edward Soto, counsel Pravin R. Patel and Corey D. Berman, and associates Robert B. Niles-Weed, Lauren E. Richards, and Zach Schreiber.