Adrien Moerman wins vs Bilbao at BAT

Adrien Moerman

French player Adrien Moerman filed a claim against former team Bilbao Basket (Spain-Liga Endesa) at the Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) for outstanding salaries, agent’s fees, and interest. He and his agent, Guy Zucker, claimed that club made only partial payments. Moerman played for Bilbao during the 2012/13 season. Bilbao Basket provided an answer to their claim and argued that the BAT did not have jurisdiction over the claim, based on league rules. The arbitrator of the claim upheld in its entirety.

The Award states as follows:

1. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Adrien Moerman EUR 484,492.51 as compensation for unpaid salaries and for breach of contract, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 12 June 2013.

2. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Guy Zucker EUR 7,500.00 as compensation for unpaid agents’ fees due on 5 December 2012, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 6 December 2012.

3. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Guy Zucker EUR 7,500.00 as compensation for unpaid agents’ fees due on 5 March 2013, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 6 March 2013.

4. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Guy Zucker EUR 35,000.00 as compensation for breach of contract, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 12 June 2013

5. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Hirant Manakian EUR 7,500.00 as compensation for unpaid agents’ fees due on 5 December 2012, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 6 December 2012.

6. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Hirant Manakian EUR 7,500.00 as compensation for unpaid agents’ fees due on 5 March 2013, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 6 March 2013.

7. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay to Mr. Hirant Manakian EUR 35,000.00 as compensation for breach of contract, together with interest of 5% per annum on such amount from 12 June 2013.

8. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay jointly to Mr. Adrien Moerman, Mr. Guy Zucker and Mr. Hirant Manakian EUR 10,860.00 as reimbursement of the advance on BAT costs.

9. Bilbao Basket Berri SAD is ordered to pay jointly to Mr. Adrien Moerman, Mr. Guy Zucker and Mr. Hirant Manakian EUR 15,500.00 as a contribution towards their legal fees and expenses.

10. Any other or further-reaching requests for relief are dismissed.

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