Tuesday, January 21, 2020






St. Paul’s Lawsuit with AHSAA Dismissed by U.S. Federal Judge Wednesday

  MONTGOMERY – St. Paul’s Episcopal High School requested that its lawsuit filed against the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) objecting to the AHSAA Competitive Balance implemented in the 2018-19 school year be dismissed Wednesday, May 22. United States District Judge Terry Moorer granted the dismissal without prejudice, ending more than a year of litigation.
AHSAA Central Board President John Hardin said, “While I am pleased that the case has finally been dismissed, I am extremely disappointed that St. Paul’s Episcopal High School did not resolve their issues within the mechanisms already in place for member schools.”
    AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said he is also pleased the case has been dismissed and that the member schools’ process to govern themselves has been upheld.
    “We have always had faith in our member schools’ ability to make the rules, abide by these rules and govern themselves,” said Savarese. “Our member schools will continue to govern themselves through its fair and democratic legislative process.”




Statement from AHSAA Legal Counsel Jim Williams

We are very pleased that St. Paul’s has finally decided to voluntarily dismiss their case today.  This was a frivolous case resulting in a tremendous waste of time and money for the Court, the Association, and all of its member schools.  On June 27, 2018, the Honorable Judge William Steele entered an Order denying St. Paul’s Motion for Preliminary Injunction and specifically ruled: “St. Paul’s has not shown a substantial likelihood that the competitive balance rule is unconstitutional, or that it violates the terms of the Association’s Constitution, Bylaws and Handbook.”  Yet, St. Paul’s waited another eleven months after Judge Steele’s ruling to dismiss their case.  St. Paul’s knew they had lost this case last June and have only been trying to avoid an inevitable ruling that would not be in their favor since then.  The Association and its member schools look forward to St. Paul’s reimbursing all of the legal fees incurred in defending this case. 

James E. Williams

Melton, Espy & Williams, P.C.

Post Office Drawer 5130

Montgomery, AL  36103-5130

(334) 263-6621



All questions should be referred to AHSAA Legal Counsel James E. Williams




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