Further courtroom drama set for Anfield over future of Liverpool?
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Tom Hicks and George Gillett are heading back to court in the latest twist in Liverpool’s ownership saga.
The pair lost control of the club – and £140million – when the Reds were sold in October to New England Sports Ventures for £300m.
During the legal manoeuvrings at the time, an anti-suit injunction was taken out when Hicks launched a £1billion lawsuit in Dallas trying to halt the sale of the club.
Solicitors for the duo now want to discharge the suit, which currently runs indefinitely, in a move which could result in the American pair launching a bid for damages.
A High Court date has been set for 9th and 10th February to be heard before Mr Justice Floyd, who ruled the deal with NESV could go ahead.
Hicks and Gillett will be represented in court against NESV, now the Fenway Sports Group, the Royal Bank of Scotland and former Liverpool chairman Martin Broughton.
Keith Oliver, from solicitors Peters and Peters, told the Daily Express: “It is hoped that the hearing will enable the dispute between the various parties to be unravelled and the way forward to be determined.
“They (Hicks and Gillett) feel very wronged by the process and will consider their options.”
But it is thought Broughton is unconcerned by the latest legal move and believes the motion will be defeated. (Sky Sports)
Liverpool’s courtroom drama seemed to be over.
There were weeks of uncertainty as lawyers mulled over the future of the club, which farcically ended up in Texas as Messrs Hicks and Gillett’s dirty tactics reached a whole new level.
Those days seem a very long time ago, but few people give up on £140m without a fight.
Even so, for Hicks and Gillett to have come up with new evidence or proof that they have been wronged in the last few weeks seems unlikely at best.
Should it happen, it will be just another unnecessary distraction from on-field affairs, and all associated with the club will hope their team can keep their focus.
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