WPT lawsuit against Qatar Sports, the Players and the IFJ

In the week in which a Challenger of the World Padel Tour (Mallorca) and a Major of the Premier of the International Federation coincide again, WPT announces that it has filed a lawsuit against the International Padel Federation (FIP), the Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) business group, the Players Association (PPA) and its Board of Directors for unfair competition.

WPT’s writ presented in the Mercantile Courts of Madrid, has fallen by distribution in number 15, which has announced a hearing for July 1, in which it will not go into the merits of the matter but will allow the magistrate to decide on the precautionary measures requested by the Spanish company, which involves the dismissal of the players who have a contract with it in the International Federation tests, If the Court dismisses the precautionary measures, the main demand of WPT will continue “until the Court pass judgment on the merits of the matter”.

WPT considers that the defendants have incurred in unfair competition, and that in the development of their strategy they would be incurring in “numerous prohibited practices” by the Unfair Competition Law, such as “inducing the contractual breach of WPT players” and benefiting from that breach “boycott” the normal development of the WPT circuit “taking advantage of the dominant position of the FIP” and the sale at a loss of the Premier,

In addition, WPT recalls that the current lawsuit for unfair competition before the Commercial Courts is “independent” of the arbitration award that was previously presented against the players who breached contracts when participating in the first Premier Padel tournament in Doha (Qatar).

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