A judge has temporarily halted a lawsuit involving the University of Maryland’s departure from the Atlantic Coast Conference, saying a North Carolina lawsuit on the same subject should be heard first.
On Friday, Prince George’s County Circuit Judge John Paul Davey wrote that permitting the two lawsuits to proceed at the same time could result in conflicting outcomes.
“Permitting both matters to proceed simultaneously plainly risks inconsistent and/or competing determinations of fact and law, an outcome this Court seeks to avoid,” Davey wrote.
Last November, Maryland announced it would be leaving the ACC for the Big Ten in 2014.
Shortly thereafter, the ACC sued the school to have it pay a $52 million fee for leaving the conference.
The ACC filed its lawsuit in the state of North Carolina, where it is headquartered. Maryland responded, in turn, by filing suit against the ACC in Maryland in January, maintaining that the amount represented an illegal penalty.