Mike Moran has officially filed his lawsuit against the National Women’s Hockey League and commissioner Dani Rylan in United States District Court. If successful, Rylan and the league would owe Moran over $650,000. The paperwork was filed in the District of Massachusetts on April 27.
Rylan, the NWHL Foundation, and two limited liability companies (NWHL Group and NWHL Holdings) are named as defendants in the suit.
When reached for comment, Rylan referred the query to NWHL PR.
Moran’s lawsuit demands $200,000 for breach of contract. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A, Moran is seeking treble damages plus attorney fees. In addition, there is a separate cause for what is called quantum meruit—Moran is seeking $50,000 for the services he performed as Chief Marketing Officer for the NWHL from February 2015 to October 2015.
As reported previously by Excelle Sports, Moran provided funds to Rylan and the league via multiple avenues, including bank transfers, checks, wire transfers, and paying ongoing expenses.
Moran also followed Massachusetts General Law Chapter 93A with his letter of demand issued to Rylan and the NWHL. Letters of demand are required prior to any Chapter 93A action, and Moran and his attorneys allege Rylan and the NWHL’s actions “constitute unfair and deceptive business practices.”
Thanks to the filing of the lawsuit in Massachusetts district court, the total amount has climbed drastically from Moran’s demand of $184,971.10 made in his letter dated March 24, 2016. The league is still actively planning for its second year, but a ruling in excess of $650,000 is worth more than salary caps for two entire teams of seventeen players each.
[Update] The NWHL provided a statement to the Associated Press, calling the lawsuit “frivolous and personal” and “a malicious attack to undermine Dani Rylan.”