If You Thought Tom Hicks Had Forgotten About "Epic Swindle" In Liverpool, You Were Wrong

It's been a whole two months since last we contemplated Tom Hicks's threat to sue for $1.6 billion over the sale -- pardon, "epic swindle" -- of Liverpool FC to New England Sports Ventures way back in October. But right on schedule, Paul Girolami, a barrister repping Hicks and George Gillett, is in a U.K. courtroom at this very moment trying to convince a judge that the twosome are well within their legal rights to sue over the sale, which was negotiated by former Anfield chairman Martin Broughton.

Maybe you recall: The U.K. justice wasn't at all pleased when Hicks and Gillett ran to the George Allen downtown to block a transaction overseas, and in the end, the former partners in the football club had to withdraw their temporary restraining order blocking the sale. But attorneys at Fish & Richardson always said: They'd be back. And so they are.

Attorneys repping the club are making their case now. But via the Liverpool Echo, we get this recap of the morning's doings:

"Whatever else [Hicks and Gillett] may have done in the past, the question now is not one of punishing them for what they have done before," Mr Girolami told the court.

He said the pair had complied with the judge's previous rulings and were not taking this action in defiance.

Mr Justice Floyd asked him whether Hicks and Gillett had decided that it was more convenient to sue in Texas.

"There is no settled decision by us to sue in England or abroad," he answered.

Please let it be here. Please.

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