This afternoon CBS Sports broke the story that Texas A&M's new defensive coordinator John Chavis has filed a lawsuit with LSU and A&M over the terms and monetary penalties involved with leaving LSU. Though this is not shocking given the level of confusion over his departure, it is still concerning and worth a deeper look into the legal issues at hand.
John Chavis has filed a lawsuit against both LSU and Texas A&M over his contract situation http://t.co/eSOLsEZGm8 pic.twitter.com/sckMmxnFRz— CBS Sports CFB (@CBSSportsCFB) February 27, 2015
I don't have a law degree, but based on the initial reaction on Twitter I believe I am as qualified as anyone else to speak on the matter.
At first glance this appears to be a prima facie civil suit over restitution. Chavis has left LSU for greener pastures, and LSU is demanding liquidated damages quid pro quo as is stated in the Employment Agreement Chavis signed with his previous employer. Heretofore the party of the third part, Texas A&M University (referred to hereafter as "A&M") has countered that there has been no ex parte contact with Chavis prior to the 30 day notice period, indemnifying them against any financial reparations forthwith.
Accordingly, a basic understanding of torte law indicates that A&M can defer adjudication ad infinitum, pending the findings of a fourth party circuit appellate court supreme.
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Quod erat demonstrandum, motherfuckers.