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Bias v. Advantage International, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
905 F.2d 1558 (D.C. Cir. 1990)


Basketball star Leonard Bias entered into a representation agreement with Advantage International, Inc. (Advantage) (defendant), but died of a cocaine overdose two days after being drafted in the first round by the Boston Celtics. Bias’s estate (plaintiff) sued Advantage. The first claim was that Advantage had failed to obtain the one-million-dollar life insurance policy Bias and his parents requested and that, relying on Advantage to obtain this policy, they had forgone purchasing a policy themselves. The second claim alleged that Advantage negotiated for an endorsement contract not only on Bias’s behalf, but on behalf of other players, and as a result Advantage failed to obtain an endorsement deal from Reebok, an athletic equipment company, prior to Bias’s death. The district court granted summary judgment to Advantage, and Bias’s estate appealed.

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