A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday denied a motion to dismiss Billy Hunter’s wrongful termination lawsuit on the basis of a dispute over his contract, but threw out most allegations against Derek Fisher and all actions against his former business manager, Jamie Wior, two people familiar with the decision told CBSSports.com.
Hunter, 71, will be allowed to continue his action against the National Basketball Players Association in which he disputes the union’s argument that his contract was invalid as a basis for firing him in February 2013. The judge threw out most of the allegations against Fisher, the former NBPA president, and all against Wior. Hunter had alleged that the two conspired to oust him and seize control of the NBPA during and after the 2011 lockout.
The judge also ruled that Hunter must pay legal fees related to all counts that were dismissed from his lawsuit, one of the people familiar with the ruling said. Hunter is seeking at least $10.5 million in salary and benefits that were owed him at the time of his dismissal over accusations of nepotism and improper business dealings.