Upper Deck Vault Loses Nearly $4 Million Thanks to Settlement

Upper Deck Vault Loses Nearly $4 Million Thanks to Settlement

On November 30, 2011, the United States District Court in Nevada entered judgment in favor of anime company, Aniplex, Incorporated and against Upper Deck over a breach of contract action having to do with the “Kiba" animated series.

Legal translation: Although this judgement isn't specifically about trading cards, it does, however, involve Upper Deck. They're proving once again they're having one heck of a legal year. Let's just say this instance is a business deal gone bad.

What we do care about is that judgment was entered pursuant to a settlement (Legal translation: the parties reached a resolution, so the court dismissed the case). As part of the settlement, Upper Deck was required to pay Aniplex $3,950,000. Yes, a hair under $4 million.


Of note, the payment was also personally guaranteed by Richard McWilliam.

Legal translation: If Upper Deck goes out of business, Mr. McWilliam would pick up the tab.

Again, yikes.

Click here to see a copy of the official court document.

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Paul Lesko is a shareholder at Simmons Hanly Conroy and the chair of its Intellectual Property Department (http://www.simmonsfirm.com). Don’t hold the fact that Paul is a lawyer against him, he’s also a rabid baseball and college basketball fan, and an avid baseball card collector. Paul can be found on Twitter @Paul_Lesko and Google+.

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