ACC sues Clemson over rights issue, seeks damages

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The ACC sued Clemson in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, on Wednesday, arguing that the school is subject to the grant of rights and withdrawal penalties it agreed to as a league member, as well as monetary damages. Had also demanded.

The move comes a day after Clemson sued the ACC in Pickens County, South Carolina, challenging the grant of rights and a $140 million exit fine — potentially the first step in leaving the league on the conference. Joining the state of Florida in suing.

The state of Florida filed its lawsuit in Florida in December, a day after ACC filed its lawsuit in Mecklenburg County, asking a judge to declare that the grant of rights is “valid and enforceable” and It will remain like this till June 30, 2036.

The first hearing in that case in Mecklenburg County is scheduled for Friday.

In its lawsuit against Clemson, the ACC used language similar to the lawsuit it filed against Florida State. The ACC argued that Clemson, like Florida State, signed grants of rights two separate times in 2013 and 2016, and in 2012 to increase the withdrawal penalty to “an amount equal to three times the conference’s total operating budget.” Voted. ,

Clemson questioned the league’s view that it controls its rights even after leaving the conference, calling it a “nonsense reading,” “incorrect” and “inconsistent with the clear language of that agreement.”

The ACC is asking a judge to declare that the plain language of the grant of rights “means exactly what it says” and is “exclusive and irrevocable” through the wording.

After the dueling ACC/Florida State lawsuits were filed in December, the ACC said in its lawsuit that Clemson indicated a “willingness to work with the conference” regarding its membership and “requested the privacy and security that the ACC Will not file a lawsuit” it.

ACC said it agreed to find a solution without resorting to litigation. While it was working to document those assurances, the league claims Clemson filed its lawsuit in Pickens County, South Carolina.

In addition to seeking declaratory judgment on the grant of rights and the penalty of withdrawal, the ACC is seeking damages from Clemson for breach of the grant of rights and breach of its “duty of good faith and fair dealing.”

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