A lawsuit filed by former NFL running back Ricky Williams against his former financial advisor has been moved from Houston to Federal District Court in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., after neither the advisor nor her lawyer appeared for a court hearing Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Williams, the 1998 Heisman Trophy winner and former NFL player for the Saints, Dolphins and Ravens, filed suit in December against Peggy Fulford and Fulford’s King Management Group and Associates. He charged the advisor with breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty.
Williams, Fulford and their attorneys were to appear in Federal District Court in Houston on Monday, but Fulford and her attorney failed to appear, according to the Houston Chronicle. Federal Court Judge Nancy Atlas then moved the hearing to Fort Lauderdale, which is Fulford’s current address.
The former football star is asking for a temporary injunction preventing Fulford from any activity involving the assets owned by him and his wife.
Fulford handled Williams’s assets between 2008 and 2012, says Williams' attorney, Carlton Wilde Jr. of Houston, who added that Williams has been unable to obtain his bank records and his 2010 tax return. The suit is seeking records for between $2 million and $4 million. The tax records are needed to restore tax deductions and reduce a six-figure amount being demanded by the IRS.
Williams is now an assistant coach at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.