Sens’ Phillips suing former agent

Sens’ Phillips suing former agent
Chris Phillips #4 of the Ottawa Senators looks to pass against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center on March 31, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Ottawa Senators defenceman Chris Phillips has joined former Senators winger Dany Heatley in suing their former agent.

Phillips has filed a $7.5-million lawsuit in connection with alleged shoddy investments and unauthorized real estate deals by Stacey McAlpine.

“It’s in the courts and I can’t talk about that or I will jeopardize the process,” Phillips said before stepping on the ice for an informal skate at the Bell Sensplex on Thursday. “I’m extremely disappointed that I’m in this situation and have to deal with it.”

Phillips accuses McAlpine, as well as McAlpine’s parents, Gerald and Eugenia, of breaches of contract, trust and fiduciary duty as well as conversion, fraud, fraudulent and negligent misrepresentation, conspiracy, oppression and unjust enrichment.

Phillips’ statement of claim was filed in Ontario Superior Court in Ottawa this summer and alleges the McAlpine family used corporate entities Presidential Suites Inc., Waterfront Development Inc. and NSEM Management Inc. as a “sham, cloak or alter ego” in order to protect themselves from personal liability.

Phillips notes he gave the McAlpine family “greater discretion” over his money, but that he was “vulnerable” and trusted them because of their long relationship.

“Chris is angry and disappointed with the conduct of Stacey McAlpine,” Peter Mantas, Phillips’ lawyer, told the Globe and Mail. “He trusted Mr. McAlpine. … He will vigorously pursue this litigation against Mr. McAlpine.”

McAlpine denies the allegations in his three-page statement of defence filed last week and is countersuing Phillips for $230,000 in unpaid fees and expenses. The counterclaim describes the amount of money Phillips is seeking in damages as “excessive, false, and shameful.”

Last month, Heatley filed an $11-million lawsuit against McAlpine.

Both Heatley and Phillips are now represented by agent J.P. Barry.

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