Wednesday, June 28, 2006

More From Moore

Someone make him stop already.

From CBC Sports:

Bertuzzi, who was traded to the Florida Panthers last week, and his wife Julie are the defendants in a lawsuit filed on March 6 by Moore and his parents. It accuses the Bertuzzis of fraud and asks for $100,000 in punitive damages.

The suit claims that five weeks after Bertuzzi’s attack on Moore during a game on March 8, 2004, the joint ownership of the couple’s home in Kitchener was legally changed to place it in the sole possession of Bertuzzi’s wife.

According to the suit, the Bertuzzi home is worth more than $1.2 million, but was transferred to Julie Bertuzzi for $2. Supporting documents listed in the suit state the Bertuzzis' explanation for the $2 transaction was a “transfer from husband and wife for natural love and affection.”

The lawsuit claims the sale was one step in Bertuzzi's attempt to make himself "creditor-proof."
This, after Moore's thrown-out lawsuit in Denver and the perfectly-timed lawsuit filed during the Olympics and includes a section where mommy and daddy are suing for $1.5 million "for negligent infliction of nervous shock and mental distress."

Some questions for the law types out there. Can he really sue for fraud and seek punitive damages for this? I mean, how does Moore's camp prove that Bertuzzi was trying to hide assets? What's next? Suing for the jersey Todd gave to a fan after the last home game of the season?

Comments/Questions: Feel free to post in the comments section or email me at gocanucksgo10 (at) hotmail (dot) com.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 11:11 PM


At July 02, 2006 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes you just wanna punch him in the back of head doesn't it. Opps been there...

At July 03, 2006 5:11 AM, Blogger Chris said...

Hey there hoopsjunkie,

I'm a law student at the U of A, and no this a bogus lawsuit. You can't file a suit claiming damages against someone because you think their transactions are meant to shelter their assets. In the course of trying to collect on the actual injury lawsuit he might argue that the transaction was a sham.

But it looks like Moore is going to have to sue in Canada, as such his damages are going to be significantly less than they likely would be if he sued in the US. The 1.5 for his parents emotional distress for having watched it on tv, is contrary to precident and won't go anywhere.

More will get a lump sum for sustaining injury, he'll get his medical expenses and lost income. Although it will be curious to see how they gauge the lost income of a marginal NHL player.

At October 28, 2006 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the time moore comes bac, vancouver will treat him like they treated steve francis, so i hope he fails all suits.


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