Case Conclusion Date: May 31, 2012
Practice Area: Litigation
Description: Ex-Detroit Lion Brown seeks damages from a company he claimed used his contacts without compensation, and ex-Detroit Piston Rodman is being sued for allegedly breaching his contract with a Southfield company that claims it was trying to recover money for him from the state of Michigan. Brown, 49, of Waterford Township was a first-round draft pick of the Lions in 1985. He played 11 seasons in Detroit, much of it making key blocks for superstar running back Barry Sanders. Brown played his final NFL seasons with Arizona, Cleveland, N.Y. Giants and finally Tampa Bay — where he snagged a Super bowl ring before retiring in 2002. According to his complaint, assigned to Judge Wendy Potts, Brown allegedly entered into a business agreement in 2011 with Federal Government Procurement Specialists of Farmington Hills, which connects businesses with federal government contracts and services. "Lomas is a very charismatic guy and quite a salesman," said his attorney Reese Serra on Tuesday. "He arranged business meetings with people through his contacts in sports and the NFL, and they leached on him and never paid him. I guess they thought it was pro bono work." The lawsuit said the company and two employees, Janice Booth of Detroit and Julie Wash of Southfield, made an "oral" agreement to pay Brown one-third of gross revenue received from all business clients procured by Brown. "He's saying what? I'm appalled," said Wash, unaware of the lawsuit. "He introduced us to a couple people, and we bought him an I-pad. But there was never any business relationship. That's just crazy." Brown claims he obtained accounts with several companies but has never been compensated and alleges the two women entered into a "silent fraud" not to pay him for his efforts. He now seeks in excess of $25,000 in damages.