LA Galaxy Sued By Real Time International Over Information Supplied

CARSON, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Robbie Keane #14 of the Los Angeles Galaxy poses for a portrait following the 2011 MLS Cup at The Home Depot Center on November 20, 2011 in Carson, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

A Reuters article broke this morning saying the Galaxy are being sued by Real Time International Ltd. over a portion of Robbie Keane's transfer fee they feel they are owed. Here's the link to the article: Link

The lawsuit alleges that over a year ago, a senior member of the LA Galaxy contacted RTI to solicit help in identifying a player the club could acquire within a 10 day period. The London based agency identified Keane, and then the Galaxy began direct negotiations with London based Tottenham.

The company's complaint is that the Galaxy used information provided by the agency without the agency's knowledge and without compensation. RTI claims it asked the Galaxy for the customary payment of a percentage of the transfer fee, but the Galaxy refused.

It's an interesting case because the Galaxy clearly were able to identify Keane and secure the transfer rather quickly. It seemed like the news broke and was confirmed over a weekend. Did RTI supply the information that led to the Galaxy identifying Keane? If so, how formally was it done?

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