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SETS, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE? PLOT THICKENS IN IMG/SCHWARTZ CASE

          IMG, which recently filed suit against former
     VP/Racquet Sports Jeff Schwartz for "allegedly stealing"
     three tennis clients, "says it caught" Schwartz on videotape
     "raiding company files a week before he left the firm,"
     according to Bill Lubinger of the Cleveland PLAIN DEALER. 
     IMG "filed a motion" in U.S. District Court in Cleveland
     "requesting the immediate return" of documents that are
     "estimated" to be worth at least $75,000 and contain "highly
     confidential trade secrets."  The motion claims the files,
     which are "believed to be at Schwartz's Manhattan apartment
     or office," include sponsorship contracts and agreements
     with clients Pete Sampras, Marcelo Rios and Martina Hingis. 
     Schwartz's attorney Steven Miller said Schwartz "didn't take
     anything he wasn't entitled to."  A hearing on the motion is
     set for March 23 (Cleveland PLAIN DEALER, 3/12).

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