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Storm case in court on Monday

By Daniel Fogarty 18/07/2010 02:25:36 PM Comments (0)

Lawyers for the former independent directors of the Melbourne Storm are due in court on Monday with their case against the NRL in limbo following their sacking.

The independent directors are seeking a Victorian Supreme Court injunction restraining the NRL from imposing salary cap penalties, which include stripping it of the 2007 and 2009 premierships and preventing it from earning points this season.

They have argued in a court document that the penalties, which were announced on April 21, are in breach of NRL rules and the decision-making process in imposing them was not fair.

A trial is due to begin in the first week of August.

It is unclear whether the former independent directors, Peter Maher, Rob Moodie, Petra Fawcett and Gerry Ryan, who were sacked on Thursday, now have the authority to act on behalf of the club.

Speaking on Thursday, Mr Maher admitted to some doubt over whether they could continue with their legal action.

"We persevered with the court case for one obvious reason - the support base wants that," Mr Maher said.

"They want that. They don't feel that we've got a future until we work out where we have been.

"Whether it does or whether it does not I'm not in a position to answer that at this stage."

NRL boss David Gallop said on Thursday he was hopeful the court action would be dropped.

"The club's owner does not wish for it to continue and, in any event, it has always been our belief that the court action is without any merit," Mr Gallop said.

The matter will be mentioned at 4.15pm on Monday before Justice Tony Pagone.

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