World Padel Tour

Bad news for WPT due to lawsuits against players QSI, PPA and FIP

As anticipated by the Argentinean newspaper Ole, the WPT circuit received bad news this week at the start of its legal proceedings against PPA, FIP, and QSI. Their lawsuit for "unfair competition" was postponed, while their CIMA filing against the players for "breach of exclusivity clause" had a first unfavorable verdict for Setpoint Events SA.

At the end of May, World Padel Tour issued a statement announcing the initiation of a lawsuit against QSI, FIP, and PPA over the creation of the Premier Padel circuit. In the lawsuit, WPT accused the parties of "Unfair Competition." It urged the expedition of an injunction to suspend the activity of players (who had a current contract with WPT) in any Premier Padel tournament.

The resolution of this precautionary measure was supposed to be discussed this Friday. But the 15th Commercial Court of Madrid suspended the processing of the lawsuit due to formal errors in the presentation by WPT.

This is a setback for Setpoint Events, as if it had been favorable, the decision would have directly impacted the Premier Padel Madrid tournament that starts on the 1st of August. According to the information provided by Olé, once WPT corrects the filing errors, the time (23 working days) would not be enough for this lawsuit to take place before that date.

In addition, World Padel Tour has received bad news about the lawsuit it has with the players' collective for "breach of contract." The claim, made at the Civil and Commercial Court of Arbitration of Madrid (CIMA), has already had the first resolution.

WPT intended to make two claims: one against the first 20 players in the ranking and the second from the twenty-first player onwards. The CIMA resolved that the claims had to be presented individually, that is to say, one for each player, thus increasing the number of claims from two to more than seventy. This is a major problem for WPT, as it will increase the cost of legal fees and lengthen the legal proceedings.

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