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Civil lawsuit filed against NWHL, Rylan for $650,000 in damages (Report)

For the first time in the history of the National Women's Hockey League (NWHL), they are getting sued.

According to Meg Linehan of Excelle Sports the league's former Chief Marketing Officer, Mike Moran has followed through on threats made by his attorney, and filed a lawsuit against the league and commissioner Dani Rylan.

From Linehan's article:

"Moran’s lawsuit demands $200,000 for breach of contract. Under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 93A, Moran is seeking treble damages plus attorney fees. In addition, there is a separate cause for what is called quantum meruit—Moran is seeking $50,000 for the services he performed as Chief Marketing Officer for the NWHL from February 2015 to October 2015."

According to Wikipedia, treble damages is "a term that indicates that a statute permits a court to triple the amount of the actual/compensatory damages to be awarded to a prevailing plaintiff. Treble damages are a multiple of, and not an addition to, actual damages."

Basically, take the $200,000 he wants and multiply it by three. Then add the extra $50,000 he's requesting through a stipulation called 'quantum meruit.' Essentially he wants money for doing work for the league, but the exact amount is not listed in a legally binding contract.

As reported by Linehan, "Moran and his attorneys allege Rylan and the NWHL’s actions “constitute unfair and deceptive business practices.”

The Associated Press added:

"Moran is demanding his investment back after a dispute occurred with NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan over what he says was his 40-percent stake in establishing North America's first league to pay female players a salary."

In a comment to the AP, the NWHL called "frivolous and personal," and "a malicious attack to undermine Dani Rylan."

We will continue to update this story as news becomes available.

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Jen Neale is an editor for Puck Daddy on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email her at or follow her on Twitter! Follow @MsJenNeale_PD.



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