Squire Sanders Motion Hits Lawyer’s ‘Delusions’ that LeBron James Is His Son
A onetime lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission who says he may be the father of LeBron James is basing his lawsuit on “rank speculation” and groundless damages claims, according to a motion to dismiss filed today.
Leicester Bryce Stovell, a 1980 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, alleges in his July lawsuit that James or his mother, Gloria James, tampered with the results of a paternity test arranged by Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Cleveland. Lawyers for the firm—including John Burlingame, Washington, D.C., managing partner—say Stovell may truly believe his claim, but his belief isn’t enough to support his lawsuit, according to The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times.
“Stovell’s fanciful hope for celebrity cannot be brought to life through a court of law,” according to the motion (PDF posted by Legal Times) filed today. “Stovell may truly believe that he is the father of LeBron James, even though a DNA test has told him otherwise. But his delusions do not give rise to a cause of action.”
Stovell’s suit claims he had sex with James’ mother after meeting her at a Washington, D.C., bar in 1984. He later learned she was only 15 years old, his complaint says.