Suit against Big East remanded to state court
MIAMI -- A federal judge has refused to hear the University of Miami's lawsuit against the Big East and four member schools, sending it back to state court.
Miami sued the conference and league members Connecticut, West Virginia, Rutgers and Pittsburgh in October. The university claimed it suffered "substantial monetary damages" by remaining in the league.
The Big East moved the suit from Florida Circuit Court to federal court in November, although Miami wanted it heard in state court. U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro--Benages agreed with Miami and yesterday decided it belonged in state court.
Miami sued the Big East after the conference sued the South Florida school in Connecticut. The conference alleged Miami was involved in a conspiracy with the Atlantic Coast Conference to weaken the Big East -- costing the member schools millions of dollars.
Miami and fellow Big East member Virginia Tech are leaving the league to join the ACC after the current academic year ends. Boston College also is leaving the Big East for the ACC, but not until at least 2005.
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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