Reds' Texas case adjourned
Liverpool wait on Texas hearing
Last Updated: October 15, 2010 7:53am
Liverpool and the prospective new owners will have to wait until Friday to see an end to the battle with George Gillett and Tom Hicks after the court in Texas was adjourned on Thursday.
Gillett and Hicks obtained a temporary restraining order against Liverpool's prospective sale to New England Spots Ventures (NESV) on Wednesday in Dallas, just hours after the High Court in London ruled the deal was legal.
On Thursday the High Court again ruled in Liverpool's favour, condemning Hicks and Gillett's attempts to prevent the sale.
Indeed the American owners of Liverpool were given until Friday 4pm to comply with their new orders and to withdraw their action in Texas.
Liverpool are now battling against the restraining order obtained by Hicks and Gillett in Dallas, and have hired lawyers in Texas to combat the restraining order, which appears to be the final hurdle the club need to overcome in order to progress finalise the sale.
Details of Hicks and Gillett's motion were also revealed, which asked the Dallas judge to jail and fine club chairman Martin Broughton and other defendants in the case.
In the motion for contempt filed in Dallas, lawyers for Hicks and Gillett said: "Further showing their unlawful intentions and brazen disregard for their obligations, defendants have undisputedly and according to their statements, quite proudly, violated this court's temporary restraining order."
The motion also requested a daily fine of $50,000 be imposed until the contempt of court
Lawyers for the club and their prospective new owners NESV filed a motion of their own asking for the restraining order to be thrown out on Friday as that is the deadline set by the club's financiers Royal Bank of Scotland for repayment of their £280million debt.
An official for the 160th Civil District Court in Dallas, which issued a temporary restraining order in the matter on Wednesday, said the hearing had been adjourned after about 90 minutes and would resume at 7am local time (1pm BST).