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Former security chief withdraws lawsuit against Saints

Geoffrey Santini, the former security director for the New Orleans Saints, has withdrawn his lawsuit against the team after the team’s lawyer’s sent the matter to an arbitration judge.

The Associated Press reports that a motion filed Thursday indicated the Saints waited more than a week after the suit was filed to invoke an arbitration clause in Santini’s contract rather than do battle over the lawsuit in civil district court.

I’m not the lawyer around here, so I’ll refrain from trying to break down what this all means and what happens from here until knowing more.

Sending the case to an arbitration judge means that neither side can
publicly discuss the case.

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31 Responses to “Former security chief withdraws lawsuit against Saints”
  1. FireJerryJones says: May 13, 2010 1:52 PM

    Looks like the price was finally right.
    I believe he was seeking $2 million?

  2. alewatcher says: May 13, 2010 1:53 PM

    The check must be in the mail.

  3. winkel33 says: May 13, 2010 1:56 PM

    Why wait until you know more? that is not the profootballtalk philosophy.

  4. navigator322 says: May 13, 2010 1:58 PM

    Where are all the Haters???? THe guy was a money hungary ex FBI agent looking to embarrass the Saints into a 7 figure payday. It was clear to anyone with common sense… He was trying to save the franchise… Bull crap. He was willing to drop everything for 2 million… How noble…. Now that it goes to arbitration and he can’t hit the news circuit he quits. Who Dat!!!!

  5. BayouWarrior says: May 13, 2010 1:58 PM

    Dude tried exorting money money an organization that just won a world championship simply because he was disgruntled, SO PLEASE END THIS SAGA THAT ONLY PFT SEEMED TO BE INFACTUATED WITH

  6. _ROCKSTAR_ says: May 13, 2010 2:02 PM

    Sounds like this is where it should have gone to begin with. Disgruntal employee who wants more money. Can’t find work, regrets leaving?

  7. Nate is Gay for Brady says: May 13, 2010 2:03 PM

    It means somebody’s about to get PAID!
    Cha-Ching!

  8. Rasta says: May 13, 2010 2:04 PM

    Simple, the Saints paid him.

  9. Panda_Claus says: May 13, 2010 2:11 PM

    Paging Florio.
    Does a withdrawal of a lawsuit usually mean the plantiff figures he can’t win? Or as is possible in this case, could it mean a settlement is being reached as we speak?

  10. Fonetik says: May 13, 2010 2:12 PM

    Santini got his payday!

  11. vanhelsing says: May 13, 2010 2:20 PM

    what’s this got to do with favre?

  12. vegassquire says: May 13, 2010 2:20 PM

    He got paid!

  13. Carlos22 says: May 13, 2010 2:20 PM

    It means a judge will decide. The Saints haven’t paid anything.
    Although, it does mean that Santini can’t schedule weekly pressers at his lawyer’s office designed to embarrass the Saints into settling.

  14. Boudin says: May 13, 2010 2:21 PM

    seems to me that withdrawing the lawsuit is part of the process of going to arbitration. the lawsuit gets dumped because a couple of arbitrators will be deciding the outcome, not a judge or jury.
    hopefully in the backroom where this will be decided, Santini will receive a physical beatdown of epic proportions… and six weeks pay, of course.

  15. Zahar says: May 13, 2010 2:23 PM

    I am a lawyer.
    If the case was subject to an arbitration provision then it should not have been brought in state or federal court. Rather, it properly would have been brought before an arbitrator.
    As one side has now invoked the arbitration provision, it would only be proper to withdraw the court action and allow the matter to be resolved in arbitration.
    Therefore, this is a non-story. I mean, this is not an indicator of settlement. Arbitration provisions (pursuant to the Federal Arbitration Act) are enforced under most circumstances.

  16. Reggie'sBush says: May 13, 2010 2:24 PM

    We are paying him in vicodins.

  17. TexansMike says: May 13, 2010 2:25 PM

    You are going to wait for the facts? Isn’t that different?

  18. FriarBob says: May 13, 2010 2:26 PM

    Guys, he withdrew the lawsuit because the was FORCED to do so. That’s what sending the matter to arbitration does, it forces the cancellation of the lawsuit in return for offering him his chance to prove his allegations before the arbitration judge.
    Nobody has gotten paid jack squat yet. He may yet be paid, he may not be, that depends on whether his lawsuit really had any merit or not. But not one penny has changed hands so far.
    No, this was not because he realized he was going to lose. It wasn’t to help with a settlement. This happened for one reason and one reason only: to force him to stop trying to crucify the team in the media. Now he has to shut up. Now instead of him being able to constantly give interviews to the media in which he can freely spew venom (whether accurate or not, it’s still venom), spread hearsay, and give out reputation-damaging “hints” about the situation, he has to wait for the arbitration judge to make his decision. And that decision will be binding, if it goes in his favor he has to take the money amount chosen by the judge, and if it doesn’t, he can’t sue later for more.
    Smartest move they’ve made since the second-half onside kick.

  19. K-DIZZLE says: May 13, 2010 2:29 PM

    # navigator322 says: May 13, 2010 1:58 PM
    Where are all the Haters???? THe guy was a money hungary ex FBI agent looking to embarrass the Saints into a 7 figure payday. It was clear to anyone with common sense… He was trying to save the franchise… Bull crap. He was willing to drop everything for 2 million… How noble…. Now that it goes to arbitration and he can’t hit the news circuit he quits. Who Dat!!!!
    ——————————————————————-
    Oooo!, Oooo!, I’m a Hater! It looks like Mr. Money Hungary Ex FBI Agent just got $$$PAAAAAIDDD$$$ HE DAT!!!!

  20. artieblanksucsbigD says: May 13, 2010 2:31 PM

    anyone notice that florio wrote all of the other news about this story exclusively, however this one someone else…. HHhhmmmm…
    just saying

  21. ethan robert says: May 13, 2010 2:36 PM

    Gregg, PLEASE break it down for us. Otherwise “the lawyer around there” will. Then we’ll really be confused.

  22. Ilovefoolsball says: May 13, 2010 2:38 PM

    dumbasses, the check isn’t in the mail if it’s going to an arbitration judge. That means they’re just letting someone else settle the situation outside of public court. Do you people have the ability to process information this sophisticated?
    Public schools inaction.

  23. Ufanforreal says: May 13, 2010 2:51 PM

    # navigator322 says: May 13, 2010 1:58 PM
    Where are all the Haters???? THe guy was a money hungary ex FBI agent looking to embarrass the Saints into a 7 figure payday. It was clear to anyone with common sense… He was trying to save the franchise… Bull crap. He was willing to drop everything for 2 million… How noble…. Now that it goes to arbitration and he can’t hit the news circuit he quits. Who Dat!!!!
    ——————————————————
    No it just means he was paid a amount of money to let it go, so Sean can find another way to get his fix.

  24. RhinoSteel56 says: May 13, 2010 2:54 PM

    Pass the Vics Saints fans, I know your coach has a stash in his desk drawer.

  25. stkurt says: May 13, 2010 3:01 PM

    I just love to read the ignorant comments on here that are self-inflicted. Educate yourselves on legal matters before you jump to a conclusion. The only educated comment on here is FriarBob’s. The majority of you are making yourselves look like a$$es.

  26. joelvis72 says: May 13, 2010 3:08 PM

    RhinoSteel56 says:
    May 13, 2010 2:54 PM
    Pass the Vics Saints fans, I know your coach has a stash in his desk drawer.
    ————————————————-
    We’ve got a Lombardi Trophy, too.

  27. Paulitik says: May 13, 2010 3:08 PM

    Man, I was really hoping to see a Sean Payton perp walk. Benson paid him off. I hate that scumbag team.

  28. Carolina Homie says: May 13, 2010 3:23 PM

    I don’t think this haults the DEA’s investigation.

  29. Bious says: May 13, 2010 3:48 PM

    Good. Let’s move to a story that actually matters
    The guy wanted money and didnt get it

  30. ItalianArmyGuy says: May 13, 2010 4:18 PM

    Saints have one more Super Bowl than the Vikes, the Chargers, the Bungals, the Browns AND the Iggles COMBINED
    HAHA – I love it!!
    Suck on a Vicodin, Philly fan

  31. dabarber says: May 13, 2010 4:48 PM

    Send some of that money that I (and the rest of the country) have been sending to rebuild that swamp since Katrina hit and pay the man.

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