Sports Direct’s Mike Ashley settles US legal dispute

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Sports Direct's Mike Ashley settles US legal dispute
A US court demanded Mike Ashley provide evidence over allegations that the Eastern Outfitters deal was conducted with ”limited due diligence".
// Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley settles a US legal row after he gave evidence under international law
// He was called on to give evidence relating to his role in a disputed deal to acquire US retail chain Eastern Outfitters
// Ashley acquired Eastern Outfitters for $100m (£78m) in 2017 after it entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Sports Direct’s founder and majority owner Mike Ashley has settled a US legal days after he was called on to provide evidence under international law.

According to the Mail on Sunday, New York Supreme Court judge Andrew Borrok had called the Queen’s Bench of the High Court in London for Ashley to provide “compelling oral evidence for use at trial” relating to his role in a disputed deal to acquire US retail chain Eastern Outfitters.


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Ashley had acquired Eastern Outfitters for $100 million (£78 million) in 2017 after it entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

It was alleged that the deal was conducted with ”limited due diligence over a two-day period”.

Vestis, which sold Eastern Outfitters’ $17 million debt to Ashley, alleged that Sports Direct still owed it money.

However, an agreement with binding terms has reportedly been reached and the judge was asked not to discontinue the legal proceedings.

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