Despite yesterday’s claims from one of Todd Bertuzzi’s lawyers that a “firm and binding settlement” had been reached in the lawsuit stemming from Bertuzzi’s attack on Steve Moore in 2004, it seems the saga is far from over.
Geoff Adair, a lawyer for Bertuzzi, confirmed an agreement between the two parties to ESPN yesterday, adding that the terms of the settlement could not be shared due to a confidentiality agreement. However, Mark Moore, Steve’s brother, is now claiming that a settlement has yet to be reached.
“I got a text message from Steve last night and he’s very concerned,” Mark Moore said in an interview with TSN. “He says there is no deal yet and isn’t sure what to do about all the media speculation.
Moore believes Bertuzzi’s legal team is attempting to use the media attention to put pressure on his brother to accept a deal within the next month since Bertuzzi is currently a free agent and looking to sign a new contract in the NHL.
The league had released a statement saying they were glad a settlement had been reached, giving credence to the idea the issue had been resolved. However, they were not directly involved in the case.
The Canucks on the other hand, have released a statement disputing Moore’s claims.
“Canucks Sports & Entertainment confirms that a mutually agreeable and confidential settlement of the action commenced by Steve Moore against Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks has been reached.”