MSF litigation partners Mitchell Schuster and Kevin Fritz scored a significant victory for NFL quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin, III. Sports agent Ben Dogra commenced a lawsuit in federal court in Missouri, seeking to enforce an oral marketing agreement between CAA Sports and Mr. Griffin, which was terminable at will, and which was terminated by Mr. Griffin in 2014. Mr. Dogra alleged, as the purported assignee of CAA Sports’ rights under the agreement, that he was entitled to approximately $700,000 in commissions on endorsement fees Mr. Griffin received from 2014 through 2016. Upon MSF’s motion, the Court determined that California’s two-year statute of limitations applied to the claims, and not Missouri’s five-year statute of limitations, as Mr. Dogra contended. MSF successfully demonstrated the meritless nature of Mr. Dogra’s contention that Mr. Griffin was equitably estopped from asserting a statute of limitations defense. The Court ruled that Mr. Dogra’s claims were time-barred and granted Mr. Griffin summary judgment.
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