Recently, Antonio Brown pleaded no
contest to felony charges arising from a dispute with the
driver of a moving truck. Now, Brown essentially has done
the same thing in a civil action arising from alleged
damages to a condominium that he rented in Miami.
Via attorney Daniel
Wallach, Judge Beatrice Butchko issued on Monday an order
granting default judgment for the landlord in the lawsuit.
The decision, triggered by extreme and repeated failure by
Brown to comply with the requirements of the litigation,
means that he has lost the case. A separate hearing will be
held to determine the amount Brown owes.
Judge Butchko found that Brown engaged in a “willful,
deliberate, and contumacious” failure to comply with the
requirements of the litigation, resulting from multiple
“acts of disobedience.” After his lawyer withdrew from the
case, Brown failed to hire new counsel or to file a notice
indicating that he’d represent himself. He also failed to
confer with the plaintiff’s lawyer regarding reimbursement
for the costs of his second deposition (the court sanctioned
Brown for his behavior at the second deposition, which
happened because of his behavior at the first deposition)
and regarding the scheduling of a third deposition.
exhibited an intentional delay tactic, a pattern of refusal
to follow rules, and established a lack of good faith,”
Judge Butchko wrote.
Brown will now owe to the plaintiff the full amount of the
damages proven at a separate hearing, along with attorneys’
fees. The landlord has sought more than $200,000.