LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The Leach legal saga continues and his attorneys say this is far from over.
In the documents filed Friday morning, Leach claims defamation as one reason for the lawsuit and says the university has made both slanderous and libelous statements that he was insubordinate and refused to cooperate.
This is the first time in legal documents that Leach accuses the university of libel and slander for statements including that he was fired with cause and that he refused to cooperate. According to the documents Leach claims that it is false that his termination was precipitated by his treatment of Adam James. The documents say those statements are false and were made intentionally to injure Leach's reputation as a coach.
Ted Liggett, Leach's attorney, says more documents will be filed. "After our initial hearing, the university decided to terminate Mike instead of letting us put the facts out into the public that this was just the beginning. We will use the court system to bring all the justice that we can to Mike," says Liggett.
A legal concept called sovereign immunity may stand in the way of the lawsuit. It basically means that a person cannot sue the State of Texas unless the state grants permission.
Local lawyers not affiliated with this lawsuit say Texas Tech will most likely ask for a summary judgment or a direct ruling on the issue of sovereign immunity from Judge Bill Sowder and could file a motion asking Leach to specify an exact dollar amount that he is seeking.
In the most recent documents, Leach is asking for the money he is owed in his contract, actual and punitive damages, a jury trial and attorney's fees.
99th District Court Judge Bill Sowder has set a date for an initial hearing January 20th at 9 a.m. that could be moved or a settlement is always a possibility.
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