Hicks and Gillett drop Texas lawsuit

Having spent the last week dragging his case through the courts to

oppose a £300million sale to New England Sport Ventures –

which went through this afternoon – the American former co-owners

dropped the US $1.6billion (£1bn) claim initially lodged in a

Dallas court. However, they are considering their next move and a

statement from their lawyers suggests they may bring the fight to

England – where they lost a High Court battle to retain control of

the club this week. “Mr Hicks and Mr Gillett have withdrawn without

prejudice their Texas lawsuit in order to fully comply with the

order of the English court,” said a statement from Fish &

Richardson attorney Tom Melsheimer. “We believe the order is

overbroad and unfair, yet Mr Hicks and Mr Gillett respect the legal

process. “We believe that once the English court finally has a

chance to hear all the facts, a very different picture will be

painted.” Hicks’ New York-based spokesman Mark Semer refused to

elaborate on whether the battle would be fought in the English

courts. “We cannot comment on legal strategy,” he said.