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Court Ruling Clears Path for Return of Professional Lacrosse to Vancouver

December 5, 2008 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) News Release

The National Lacrosse League has announced that a significant hurdle has been cleared for the return of professional lacrosse to Vancouver, British Columbia.

On April 28, 2008, the NLL filed suit in US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York against the former owners of the Vancouver Ravens franchise as well as other parties who may have had an interest in the club. On December 2, the Judge awarded to the NLL a monetary judgment against the club's former owner, Tom Mayenknecht and various corporate ownership entities in the amount of $1,296,093 US and a declaration that the club's former owners have no ownership rights in the franchise. Other former owners who were named in the suit previously settled with the League in exchange for a release of any claim to the franchise. The League was represented in the suit by the law firm of Hiscock & Barclay.

"This judgment and declaration clears the way for the successful return of the NLL to Vancouver with a new franchise that is free and clear of any obligations from the failed ownership of the Ravens", said NLL Commissioner Jim Jennings. "The league remains committed to finding the right ownership group to ensure a vibrant and successful franchise for Vancouver."

The Vancouver Ravens franchise played in the National Lacrosse League for three seasons, suspending operations after the 2004 season.

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