Settlement reached in Maurkice Pouncey civil suit in Miami nightclub case
March 6, 2017 9:40 AM
Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey was set to go to trial in civil case alleging his role in a 2014 fight at Miami nightclub.
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The attorneys for a man who filed a civil lawsuit against Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey stemming from a July 2014 incident announced this morning they have come to an out-of-court settlement.
Attorneys Marwan Porter and Richard Wolfe said in a statement that the case had been amicably resolved. Financial terms of the settlement were not immediately known.
A trial date had been set for Monday.
Jeff Ostrow and David Ferguson, attorneys representing Pouncey and his brother, Mike, described the lawsuit as a “nuisance case that we would have won at trial.”
“The Pounceys resolved the case for a nominal amount, which is a small fraction of what the Plaintiffs would have asked for at trial, and far less than what they would have paid my firm to try the case,” Ostrow and Ferguson said in an email.
The lawsuit filed by Riquan James claimed Pouncey verbally taunted James, a gay man also known as Ricky Vazquez, with homophobic remarks and then physically attacked him at the Cameo Nightclub in Miami.
Law enforcement officials did not file criminal charges against Pouncey for the incident, which took place at his birthday party at the nightclub. Authorities said Pouncey’s twin brother, Mike, was also involved in the altercation.
James was seeking $500,000 in damages.
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