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Judge urges settlement in JMU default case

The judge hearing a claim by a New York college that James Madison University unfairly raided basketball recruits when JMU lured its head coach has urged the two sides to settle, according to a spokesman for the New York school.

Tim Massie of Marist College said Judge Charles D. Wood “encouraged both sides to enter into settlement negotiations” at a hearing today. If negotiations fail, a two-day hearing is set for Dec. 8 to determine damages.

JMU and the commonwealth have been held in default in the case filed by Marist over JMU’s 2008 hiring of head basketball coach Matt Brady. Marist claimed JMU committed tortious interference with the coach’s contract by recruiting players the coach had lined up for the Marist team.

By Peter Vieth

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