Sunday, June 08, 2003

Another Roanoke litigator weighs in on Virginia Tech's lawsuit

Mike Urbanski of Woods Rogers is among those quoted in this Roanoke Times article handicapping the prospects for success in the Virginia Tech lawsuit to stop Miami and Boston College from leaving the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was quoted as saying, "This is a lawsuit that cannot be sneezed at."

The article explains that Connecticut was viewed as legally the most favorable forum for the suit, and the forum farthest from the ACC, and the place where taxpayers have invested millions to expand the Huskies' football stadium. (All of that discussion makes me think the defendants will look to remove the case to federal case, and file a motion for transfer to some place like the Southern District of Florida.) The Hartford paper has this column which says the lawsuit might stop ACC expansion, even if it is not of great legal merit. The same paper has this profile on Jeffrey Mishkin, the Skadden Arps lawyer who is representing Tech and the others in the Connecticut court.

Mike Urbanski was also named in this altogether different kind of sports and law story also in Sunday's Roanoke paper, about a woman lawyer fighting cancer, written by Beth Macy (so you know it has to be good).

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