Saban to be subpoenaed in lawsuit over car dealership

Saban to be subpoenaed in lawsuit over car dealership

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Coach Saban at a November 2013 press conference. Source: WBRC video Coach Saban at a November 2013 press conference. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

FOX6 News has learned that Crimson Tide football head coach Nick Saban will be subpoenaed in an off-field business venture.

Saban's business partner says he and the coach agreed at one time to open a Mercedes-Benz franchise dealership. However, those plans are now on hold due to a lawsuit.

Saban is not named as a defendant in the suit, which is between Crown Automobile in Hoover and Mercedes-Benz USA. Crown claims that allowing Saban and his business partner to build a new dealership in Irondale will infringe on their market and violate the Alabama Motor Vehicle Franchise Act.

The subpoena served to Saban asks that he turn over all correspondance relating to the venture including documents, emails, notes and even text messages.

Saban's attorney, Robert Plott, shared this statement from the coach:

"My partner and I have entered into a letter agreement with Mercedes Benz to open a new dealership in Irondale. We are honored to join the Mercedes family and are extremely excited about the benefits this dealership will bring to the citizens of Birmingham, Irondale and surrounding areas."

Plott says Saban will comply with the court's order. The subpoena was filed Monday and will be served to Saban soon.

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