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Merriman d. Laettner

Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman today had a sack -- in the courtroom.

Merriman was awarded about $3.8 million and real estate ownership interests by a federal court in a dispute between him and two former pro athletes -- including Western New York basketball legend Christian Laettner.

U.S. District Court Judge Roger W. Titus ruled that a judgment be entered in favor of Merriman against Laettner, Brian Davis and BD Ventures LLC, according to court papers filed Dec. 13 in federal court in Greenbelt, Md. In 2009, Merriman sued the former NBA and Duke University basketball players after they defaulted on a $3 million loan and failed to convey ownership interests promised to Merriman, according to court papers. Davis was a teammate of Laettner's at Duke.

"Shawne Merriman trusted Laettner and Davis to repay the millions they borrowed from him for their business," Marc Kasowitz, Merriman's attorney, said in a statement. "We are pleased that the federal court has vindicated Shawne's rights and is compelling Laettner and Davis to fulfill their obligations."

--Bloomberg News Service

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