Zuffa, LLC filed its Motion for Preliminary Injunction against Randy Couture on February 1, 2008. The hearing has been set for 9:00 a.m. on March 4, 2008 in front of Judge Jennifer Togliatti. MMAFightline is in the process of obtaining a copy of the motion, but based on the allegations in Zuffa’s complaint, the preliminary injunction is more than likely focused on stopping what Zuffa believes to be ongoing breaches of Couture’s non-compete agreement in his employment contract.
If the motion is granted, a preliminary injunction (which is sometimes referred to as a temporary or interlocutory injunction depending on the jurisdiction) will act to temporarily prevent Couture from engaging in certain activities deemed to be in breach of the non-compete until the Court can make a final determination regarding the validity of Zuffa’s allegations.
Although it was thought that the injunctive relief was sought to block the Xtreme Couture team appearance at the IFL event on February 29, 2008, the fact that the hearing was set after that date in March suggests that Zuffa may not view Couture’s indirect participation with the IFL as egregious as originally suggested.
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