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Buffalo Bills Linebacker Merriman Awarded $3.8 Million by Court

Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Shawne Merriman, a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills football team, was awarded about $3.8 million and real estate ownership interests by a federal court in a dispute between him and two other pro athletes.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus ruled that a judgment be entered in favor of Merriman against Christian Laettner, Brian Davis and BD Ventures LLC, according to court papers filed Dec. 13 in federal court in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The National Football League player in 2009 sued the former National Basketball Association and Duke University basketball players after they defaulted on a $3 million loan and failed to convey ownership interests promised to Merriman, according to court papers.

“Shawne Merriman trusted Laettner and Davis to repay the millions they borrowed from him for their business,” Marc Kasowitz, Merriman’s attorney said in a statement. “We are pleased that the federal court has vindicated Shawne’s rights and is compelling Laettner and Davis to fulfill their obligations.”

The case is: S.M. Real Estate LLC, et al. v. Laettner, et al., 09-cv-00978, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland (Greenbelt).

To contact the reporter on this story: Dawn McCarty in Wilmington, Delaware, at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: David E. Rovella at

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