Lacrosse fans in Maryland may have heard of Olympian Jamie Allen and Long Island Express Lacrosse LLC. In Jan. 2005, Allen and four other people formed the limited liability company in order to coach pre-college lacrosse players, provide them with advice regarding recruiting and offer players and their families opportunities in the sport. Since that time, the company claims it helped 300 players get into various colleges, 200 of whom entered Division 1 schools. A business dispute erupted when the other four voted to oust Allen.
During the course of the litigation, Allen asked the court to issue a preliminary injunction to keep the four defendants from using the company's credit card or bank accounts except for business expenses incurred in the normal course of business. He provided records suggesting that the other members of the company were using business funds for personal expenses. However, the defendants claim they were legitimate business expenses.
They went on to argue that Allen's performance was not up to par, and he was not contributing to the New York-based company as much as the others were. They say that is the reason that Allen did not receive as much in distributions as the others. After hearing the evidence from both sides, the judge denied the request for the injunction, ruling that it was not necessary.
The monetary relief that Allen is requesting in this business dispute is based -- at least in part -- on the information provided for the injunction. The judge denied the request for injunctive relief in favor of continuing the litigation where the alleged economic losses will be examined. Each case is different, and whether a preliminary injunction would be beneficial typically depends on the unique circumstances of the case. That does not mean, however, that a Maryland business should not make the request if it is believed to be warranted.
Source: litinsider.com, "Judge Denies Injunction Request in Lacrosse Business Dispute", Ben Bedell, Nov. 7, 2014