Bellator fighter Yoel Romero continues his legal battle against a company called Goldstar Performance Products. However, the compensation that the Cuban was supposed to receive today suffered a blow. It seems that the Cuban will not charge the mistake of the company that makes the supplements in the originally planned amount of 27.45 million US dollars.
Let us recall briefly the whole situation. In 2016, the Cuban was accused of violating anti-doping regulations and was suspended by USADA. However, Romero and his team blamed the contaminated supplements as the cause of his positive doping test.
It turned out that the Cuban fighter was telling the truth and in the end, he served only six months of suspension. If it turned out that Romero wasn’t telling the truth, he would most likely serve a two-year suspension.
Yoel and his team decided to sue Goldstar Performance Products, and in mid-2019, a court ruling ruled that the company must pay the Cuban $ 27.45 million in damages.
$9 million for mental pain
Nevertheless, the process has experienced a certain turnaround today, at least when it comes to the amount of compensation.
According to attorney Jason Morrin, the New Jersey High Court has ruled that Romero will be paid slightly less money, at least for now. Compensation for lost wages was charged at $ 9.45 million. This is a significant increase compared to the original $ 3.15 million given that it is a determinable loss under the Consumer Fraud Act.
However, Romero was supposed to receive $ 9 million for mental pain as well, but that figure has been reduced to $ 3 million for the reason that it is not an identifiable loss. The amount of compensation for reputational damage, ie violation of parts and reputation, was returned to the first instance court, which will decide on it.
Thus, a minimum of $ 12.45 million will be paid by the supplement manufacturer to Yoel Romero for lost wages and mental pain inflicted. Although the new figure is significantly lower than the one originally mentioned, it remains to wait for the decision of the first instance court, which will further increase the amount that should be paid to the account of the 44-year-old Cuban.
Given his age and the end of his career, Yoel Romero cannot be dissatisfied with such a verdict. It seems that the Cuban will not charge the mistake of the company that makes the supplements in the originally planned amount of 27.45 million US dollars.
It seems worthwhile though to be persistent and fair. Romero certainly showed that in the ring, and now he showed it in the court