Judge sets settlement deadline in McAllister suit

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has set a deadline for settlement negotiations in a lawsuit between Nissan Motor Acceptance Corp. and Deuce McAllister related to a car dealership the former New Orleans Saints star owned in Mississippi.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda R. Anderson set a telephone conference for Jan. 5 and said discovery will resume immediately if a settlement hasn’t been reached.

NMAC sued McAllister and Deuce McAllister Motors LLC for more than $1.5 million, saying he defaulted on payments and exceeded credit limits.

In a counter claim, McAllister said Nissan knew he an “athlete inexperienced in the motor vehicle sales business” and didn’t help his dealership succeed.

McAllister was a football star at the University of Mississippi and spent eight seasons as one of the Saints’ most popular players.