Leslie Mark Stovall, Mayorga’s lawyer, sought to problem that settlement on the grounds that Mayorga was not sound of thoughts when she consented to the deal, and the case was moved from state to federal court docket in 2019. However Stovall’s case relied upon “leaked and paperwork detailing attorney-client discussions between Ronaldo and his stolen attorneys,” in keeping with the Related Press.
Federal choose Jennifer Dorsey wrote in her ruling Friday that “the procurement and continued use of those paperwork was dangerous religion,” denying Stovall’s bid to power Ronaldo to pay greater than $25 million in damages primarily based on allegations that Ronaldo or his associates violated a nondisclosure settlement by permitting information about it to seem in European media.
These allegations stem from the 2017 publication of an article by German information outlet Der Spiegel that detailed the sexual assault allegations and settlement. Der Spiegel stated it acquired paperwork from the case by the web site Soccer Leaks, which has been described because the “WikiLeaks of soccer.” Earlier than submitting the grievance, Stovall reached out to Soccer Leaks creator Rui Pinto in search of paperwork associated to the accusations towards Ronaldo, in keeping with the Athletic. Months later, Stovall obtained the confidential paperwork.
Ronaldo’s lawyer in Las Vegas, Peter Christiansen, addressed the choice to AP, saying, “Now we have maintained the motion was introduced in dangerous religion. The outright dismissal of [Mayorga]’s case ought to give all who comply with this matter renewed confidence within the judicial course of on this nation whereas dissuading those that search to undermine it.”