>> Monday, June 29, 2009
The University of Kentucky Athletics Association filed a motion in federal court on Friday asking the court to dismiss former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie's complaint due to lack of personal jurisdiction or in the alternative transfer the cause to Kentucky. The question of personal jurisdiction focuses on whether minimum contacts exist between the UKAA and the forum so the suit against the defendant does not offend "traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice." (International Shoe Co. v. Washington, 326 U.S. 310 (1945). It is difficult to see how UK "purposefully availed" themselves with the forum state. The first interview between Barnhart and BCG occurred in Atlanta, not Texas.
The UKAA also claims BCG has sued the wrong entity because the University of Kentucky, not the UKAA, hired Gillispie and agreed to pay him.
On May 27, 2009, this joke of a coach sued the University of Kentucky Athletics Association in federal court in Dallas claiming breach of contract. The claim alleges UK never intended to sign him to a long term deal. How can this idiot claim UK did not intend to sign him to a contract when he rejected two proposed contracts offered by UK. The appropriate venue for this cause would seem to be in Kentucky because that is where the cause of action arose.
I hope UK fights this to the bitter end because BCG doesn't deserve anything from University of Kentucky!