There was a big development today in referee John Higgins’ lawsuit vs. Kentucky Sports Radio: a judge has ruled to move the lawsuit from Nebraska, where it was filed, to Kentucky.
Per WDRB, U.S. District Judge Robert Rossiter ruled that the Nebraska court “clearly lacks” jurisdiction over KSR, Matt Jones, and Drew Franklin, and the case will be moved to a federal court in the Eastern Kentucky district.
Attorneys on behalf of KSR, Jones and Franklin argued they have no contacts in Nebraska and did not target any “activities towards readers or listeners in the state.”
In his ruling, Rossiter noted that Jones and Franklin do not live in Nebraska and while KSR is available in the state, that is not enough to satisfy the requirements for jurisdiction.
In addition, Rossiter seemed to indicate that Higgins’ case was not solid. He wrote that “most, if not all, of the damaging actions stated in the Complaint were not performed by any of the defendants but by third parties.”
Higgins is suing KSR for intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with a business, and civil conspiracy after fans left him threats following the Kentucky/North Carolina game in the Elite Eight. Rossieter wrote today that while Higgins claims KSR incited UK fans by writing about and discussing his officiating, “amusing, no matter how much it may be in poor taste or have caused harm, is not the same as actively soliciting such behavior.”
For more on today’s decision, head on over to WDRB.