Saturday 23 September 2017

Rory McIlroy case deferred, Paddy Power offer 1/3 for both sides to settle outside court

The opening of the legal case between Rory McIlroy and his former agent was deferred in Dublin today, as lawyers said they were seeking to narrow the issues between the two sides.

Judge Brian Cregan agreed to the request to push the opening to the case until 2pm in Dublin, from 11am.

McIlroy, who wore a dark suit and black-framed glasses in a packed courtroom on Tuesday in Dublin, is suing Horizon Sports Management Ltd. to end what he called an "unconscionable" contract that cost him $6.8 million in fees. Horizon is counter- suing for unpaid fees.

Bookmaker Paddy Power Plc, based in Dublin, offered odds of 1/3 for both sides to settle outside of court. The bookmaker offered odds of 9/4 on the trial being decided by a verdict.

McIlroy, 25, has said he lacked legal advice, business experience and was too young when he signed the deal with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management on Dec. 21, 2011, according to court documents filed in 2014. He agreed to the contract under "circumstances of great informality" on the day of Horizon's Christmas party, according to a filing. McIlroy started his own management group in 2013, the second change in two years for the Northern Irishman.

Horizon lawyer Paul Sreenan said at a hearing in December that $9 million in fees is still owed to the company.

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