Former Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak has lawsuit denied by federal court

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Former Union manager Peter Nowak's lawsuit in federal court against the Union has been sent to an arbitrator by judge Mary McLaughlin.

Former Philadelphia Union manager Peter Nowak's lawsuit against his former team has been sent to arbitration by U.S. District Court judge Mary McLaughlin. McLaughlin ruled to uphold the argument of the team that the matter between the parties be decided by an arbitrator and not in court.

The case however has not been dismissed, only stayed. If the arbitrator awards money, the amount needs to be confirmed by the court. There has been no date given for when the matter between Nowak and the Union will go to the arbitrator.

Nowak was fired from his position as the executive vice president and manager of the Union for cause on June 13. Nowak brought his suit against the Union on June 24, citing wrongful termination and seeking unpaid severance money. During the course of the progression of the lawsuit, details emerged suggesting that Nowak might have improperly benefited from player transactions through his role with the team.

The Union were 2-7-2 when Nowak was fired and have gone 6-8-4 under new coach John Hackworth.

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